Saturday, November 24, 2012

Liberated or Oppressed ?

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu,

Warning! Another long post, but I promise I have something good to say. Insha'Allah. 

By the way, sisters are welcome (and highly encouraged) to leave comments, positive advice and feedback to all of the sisters who are struggling in this dunya to free themselves from their puppet masters (Shaitan & their nafs). 

“The West interprets veiling as repression of women and suppression of their sexuality. But when I traveled in Muslim countries and was invited to join a discussion in women-only settings within Muslim homes, I learned that Muslim attitudes toward women’s appearance and sexuality are not rooted in repression, but in a strong sense of public versus private, of what is due to God and what is due to one’s husband. It is not that Islam suppresses sexuality, but that it embodies a strongly developed sense of its appropriate channeling - toward marriage, the bonds that sustain family life, and the attachment that secures a home.”—Naomi Wolf  (American Author, a feminist)

So, I wanted to explore a word that is often misused by many people, mainly the media: 'OPPRESSED'. This word often describes Muslim women to be : treated unjustly, enslaved, powerless, without a voice, depressed, miserable, emotionally and physically abused.

Not only has the media gotten their vocabulary totally twisted, but sadly, so have many Muslimahs of today. Our beloved sisters have some how become brainwashed with the dictatorship of the media and have truly believed themselves to be oppressed Subhana'Allah! 

Our very own Muslimahs have chosen to abandon their 'oppression' for the life of a liberated woman in the 21st Century. She has followed the masses of the media and left her Qur'an and Sunnah because THIS is what she believes is true liberation in a society like today's. Do these liberated women of today's society make us seem OPPRESSED? I've lived my life a game at a time prior to Islam, and here in my post are things that I witnessed and experienced with my own life. I know what the true meaning of OPPRESSION is, and it's not from being a Muslim.

To proceed,

The "LIBERATED" women of the 21st century are the very same women you see who are dressed like (excuse my honesty, but my eyes do not lie) someone who just finished their night shift at the Gentleman's clubChristina AguileraLady GaGa, Big Bird, the clown from the circus, the prostitute from the street corner, and sadly, a sex slave . Yes, these larger than life circus clowns are the symbols of LIBERATION!

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the term LIBERATED is defined as this :
freed from or opposed to traditional social and sexual attitudes or roles.

So let us explore the women of today, and see if they are TRUELY LIBERATED as they all claim to be. 

These leading ladies of today's liberation movement, are our very own mothers, daughters, and sisters. They apparently represent 'freedom'.

They feel that plastic surgery is the best way for them to express themselves, because their brains lack anything less than what's in their closets! These liberated women, are the mistresses of a married men because they aren't good enough to be the first wife. She is the "side job", and the "one stop shop" for men. She is unable to determine the seasons of the year, and thinks it's summer and Halloween all year-round, according to the way she dresses.

This liberated woman shows off her used goods as if it were new and never used. She's been around the block one too many times and the men all know her by her breast size  name. These women are liberated because they can't think for themselves, instead they need a talk show host, a singer, or a movie star to tell her how a woman should walk, talk, and act like. These women are so liberated that they look up to airbrushed, photo-shopped women in the pages of fashion magazines. These women are so liberated that they have no clue that these magazines are used only to pollute their minds with unattainable goals which they will NEVER reach.

The liberated woman of today, feels she is too fat and must constantly diet so that she can maintain her little mermaid figure. The liberated woman of today's the very same woman who sells her body on film in the online world and in the homes of millions of televisions across the globe. This woman has a boyfriend or husband (and children) who allows her to have coitus relations with other men on-screen just to make some 'extra' cash, he feels proud of his wife who is an on-screen "whore". She is the woman who causes divorces and problems in many families, and the very same woman that husbands fantasize about and wish he had to himself. This liberated woman is the sex slave of society who has been brainwashed into stripping herself of her dignity, her modesty, and her pride. The liberated woman in today's society is the one who has to dress up her face and wear her costume every time she goes out only to look like a circus clown, but she is liberated, because the media says so. 

The liberated woman of today, abandons modesty, self-respect, and intelligence. The liberated woman thinks that wearing slim fitting, curve hugging dresses and tank tops are the way to express her intelligence. True liberated women are the ones who need to dress up like a sideshow 'call girl' and intoxicate herself at the club so she can get all the men's attention. Liberated women have become commodities and accessories to men. The liberated woman of today are those very same ones who are easily disposable to men. The free woman is the one who thinks her voice counts, but her chest and tight clothes are worth more in the eyes of men.

The 21st Century 'free' woman of today are those very mothers, daughters, and sisters financing their life savings to pay for her breast augmentations and nose job JUST so she can look "beautiful" according to the media's standards. The liberation of women are the teens as young as 13 suffering from eating disorders because they want to look like the clowns on television. The liberation of women are those seen on billboards all around the city, dressed extremely promiscuous and posing in suggestive manners (your daughter must be proud of you! oh wait, she is the next billboard down the street.) These liberated women are puppets to their slavemasters who pay them a small wage to give up their true dignity, their self rights, and their true identity.

So, there you have it. The sex slaves  liberated woman of the 21st Century are these very same women who are our mothers, daughters, and sisters. ARE THESE THE VERY WOMEN YOU ARE LEAVING YOUR RELIGION FOR?

They complain about their husbands cheating on them with pornography, or the next door neighbor  but it's OK! Because she is liberated! She complains about her size 26 waist being too big  and her breasts too small, but that's OK...because she is liberated! She suffers from depression and drug abuse because she can't live up to society's pressure and standards, but it's OK, because she is liberated! She wonders why her boyfriend refers to her as "my b*tch" or "my hoe" to his friends, she figures, "oh it's because I'm LIBERATED!" She wonders why her boyfriend stares at other women lustfully when they go to the mall, or why he flirts with the waitress, then she remembers, "it is because I am empowered and a free woman!"

If Muslimah's of today are leaving their own pure, beautiful religion to become liberated like these women in today's society of the 21st century, then I will let you know, it will only take a matter of time before you return to Allah and when you do, you will be asked in your grave,  WHO WAS YOUR LORD? WHAT WAS YOUR RELIGION? WHO WAS YOUR PROPHET? WHAT DID YOU BELIEVE IN THIS DUNYA?

A Believer will answer : “Two angels come to him, make him sit up and ask him, ‘Who is your Lord?’ He [the believing soul] will reply, ‘My Lord is Allah.’ They will then ask, ‘What is your religion?’ and he will reply, ‘My religion is Islam.’ They will ask, ‘Who is this man who was sent among you?’ and he will say, ‘He is the Messenger of Allah.’ They will then ask, ‘What was the source of your knowledge?’ and he will reply, ‘I have read Allah’s Book, believed in it, and declared it to be true.’”  (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, pp.257-258, no.456)

BUT how will YOU answer...

When the only thing you believed in, in this Dunya, were the very women who thought dressing like a go-go dancer was a status of liberation...

When you thought women who exposed all of her prized "goods" was who you strove to become because that's what true beauty is (according to the media)...

When you were a slave to Shaitan instead of Allah and falling into the temptations of your own desires...

When you obsessed over the women in the magazines, on the talk shows, and the television. When you worshiped TV idols and MUSIC idols...

When you thought "empowerment" was getting into groups and howling and prowling around town like hyenas trying to get men's attention...

When you worshiped money and you let it control you and dictate your life...

When you couldn't even educate yourself on self morals and humility and let Oprah Winfrey or some Egyptian celebrity dictate to you what morals and confidence is...

When you thought that immodesty is so "out of style"....

When you thought liberation and freedom was in the speeches of others rather than the Speech of Allah. 
How will you answer, when all you can answer to is your puppet master.
When you gave up your modesty, your purity, your humility, your rights, your true womanhood, your family, your future, and your identity to be the "LIBERATED" woman of the 21st Century.

When you thought that liberation was in fact TRUE, RAW, OPPRESSION.

Tell me now dear sisters, who are the ones treated unjustly, enslaved, powerless, without a voice, depressedmiserable, emotionally and physically abused? 

The hourglass has turned and the sand that is trickling will NOT slow down for you. If you think your idols are making you feel liberated then continue leading your life of lies, for when Allah takes your last breath (which can and will be any time He pleases), you will surely see the truth..but by then, it will be too late. 

May Allah continue to guide us on His straight path until our last breath and may our last breath be "La ilaha ilAllah, Muhammad ur-rasoolullah" and may He open up our eyes and hearts to see that Islam is the cure for all diseases internally and externally and the life of this world is a mere delusion meant to take us astray. Ameen.

Here are some BEAUTIFUL reminders for us all to succeed in this life so that we can be successful in the eternal life.. Some times we all need a reality check to realise that what we are doing is against Allah's Commands and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallalahu aleyhi Wasselam and that this temporary life we live in is nothing but a mirage, what you see is all an illusion, once you feel like you've attained your worldly desires, it will disappear right before your eyes. 

On the authority of Sahl bin Saad Al-Saedi, who said :
A man came to the prophet sallalahu aleyhi wasselem and said:
"O Messenger of Allah, direct me to an act which, if I do it, [will cause] Allah to love me and people to love me." He said: "Renounce (
Formally declare one's abandonment of (a claim, right, or possession))the world and Allah will love you, and renounce what people possess and people will love you." (a fine Hadith related by Ibn Majah and others with good chains of authorities)

On the authority of Abu Malik Al-Harith bin Asim Al-Ashari said that the messenger of Allah sallalahu aleyhi wasselam said:

"Purity is half of faith. alhamdu-lillah [Praise be to Allah] fills the scales, and subhana-Allah [How far is Allah from every imperfection] and alhamdu-lillah [Praise be to Allah] fill that which is between heaven and earth. Prayer is light; charity is a proof; patience is illumination; and the Quran is an argument for or against you. Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin." (Sahih-Muslim from An-Nawawi 40 aHadith #22)

On the authority of Abu Dharr Al-Ghafari, of the prophet sallalahu aleyhi wasselam is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord is that He said:

"O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another.
O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you. 
O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. 
O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. 
O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you.
O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and you will not attain benefiting Me so as to benefit Me. 
O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to become as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything. 
O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything. 
O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more than a needle decreases the sea if put into it.
O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him who finds good, praise Allah, and let him who finds other than that blame no one but himself."
(Sahih- Muslim An-Nawawi 40 aHadith #23)

On the authority of Abu Hurairah, who said : the messenger of Allah sallalahu aleyhi wasselam said :
"Allah the Almighty is good and accepts only that which is good. Allah has commanded the faithful to do that which he commanded the messengers, and the Almighty has said: "O ye messengers ! Eat of the good things and do right". And Allah the Almighty has said : "O ye who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you"
Then he mentioned [the case of] a man who, having journeyed far, is dishevelled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky [saying] : "O Lord! O Lord!" - while his food is unlawful, his drink unlawful, his clothing unlawful, and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be answered !"

( Sahih- Muslim an-Nawawi 40 aHadith #010 )

On the authority of Al-Nawwas bin Samaan, that the prophet sallalahu aleyhi wasselam said:"Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding out about."
(Sahih-Muslim an-Nawawi 40 aHadith #26)

May Allah forgive me for anything that I've said that has offended you, anything good I've said is from Allah and anything bad is from my own self and I seek refuge in Allah from shaitan the accursed. Ameen! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Oyster & The Pearl

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu,

As many of you know, I was working on a dawah blog for all our Non-Muslim sisters around the globe. Good news is that it is now up and running and most if not all of your stories have been posted! Jazakilah Kheyr to those who contributed and may Allah reward you for your intentions to revive the Sunnah a day at a time whilst spreading the Haq of the beautiful deen al-Islam!

You can visit the blog here @

The Gems section is still under works as well as the translations!

I am currently looking for sisters who want to volunteer their time to earn some Sadaqah insha'Allah in helping out with my blog. I need Arabic translators, French Translators and Spanish translators as well! I have a few sisters helping out already, but of course we are all busy with our lives masha'Allah and I would love to share the workload! If you are interested you know where to find me! 

I am ALWAYS looking for more stories to share on the blog! If you are uncomfortable with exposing yourself, please e-mail as Anonymous. 
If you are willing to share your story of how you found beautiful Islam and was saved by Allah , then e-mail me @! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Islam Way: How to change the world

when will all this turmoil stop?

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,

( Al- Maidah 5:33 )

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu,

The billion dollar question that we ask ourselves each and every day. How to change the world...
How do we change this sad, weak, dying world?

Lately all I have been seeing around the social networking scene are statuses about Gaza, heartbreaking photos of martyrs, and hash tags. This is not news to me nor is it news to you. Corruption in this pathetic world has been circulating like some kind of permanent recycling program. It seems to never end and somewhere in every part of the world you will find violence, oppression, and hatred. There is no denying that we all feel helpless when we see photo's of children as young as an infant being martyred and weeping mothers holding their martyred son to their chest. We all feel sad because we can't do anything so we spread the word and re-tweet, re-share, and re-post anything that we think will let the world know how we feel. This is the least that we can do. We tell our Muslim sisters to make duaa for all our oppressed brothers and sisters and this is the only thing we think we can do. But is it? Can we do more than just tell the world to make duaa? Is it sufficient enough to just sit behind the computer screen and feel that pinch in our hearts when we see our own sisters in Islam dying for the sake of Allah? Is it sufficient enough for us to express our frustration and sadness through posts on Facebook and Twitter with caps locks and exclamation marks? Is it sufficient enough for us to blog about it?

Surely some sisters may say "yes, it is sufficient enough because we can't fly to Gaza, Syria, Palestine, Somali, Burma (and any other oppressed country) to fight." or "Yes it is sufficient enough because ( _insert excuse here_) but I disagree with those who think duaa is sufficient enough for our drying, oppressed, brothers and sisters in Islam. Of course duaa heals all wounds and cures all diseases and kills all oppression HOWEVER, I hadn't given it much thought until I remembered this verse from the Noble Qur'an :

"Verily, Allah will not change the condition of the people, until they change what's in themselves.” (Ar-Ra'd 13:11) 

What Mighty words our Creator sends forth to His creation. This verse deserves some serious attention (well, the Qur'an deserves serious attention in general ).

How many of us are living double lives as a Muslim? Where we submit to our desires one day, and then when we hear about some tyrant oppressing the world, we turn into that devoted Muslim seeking duaa from Allah before seeking Forgiveness from Him? How can we expect Allah to answer our duaa's when we can't even do the bare minimum of fulfilling the 5 daily prayers, fasting, adopting modesty, and displaying good character? How do we expect Allah to answer our duaa's when we sit behind our computer, surfing on Facebook and stalking brother's pages , or worse, displaying our adornments loud and proud all over our photo albums online? How can we expect Allah to answer our duaa's when we can't even be kind to our neighbour and spread the PROPER GREETING of Salaams (see this post for more details).

Do you think Allah will answer our duaa's if we can't even put aside our pride and take in the positive criticism our dear sisters are giving us? Do you think Allah will answer our duaa's if we can't even make an effort to improve ourselves for His sake? Do you think Allah will answer our duaa's when we refuse to listen to other sisters correcting us for the sake of Allah and instead argue back with them? Do you think Allah will answer our duaa's when we continue to stay ignorant about so many things that are and aren't in the Qur'an and Sunnah (see post : What is Ignorance)?

We need to stop feeding our desires and start feeding our bank for the Akhirah.
We need to stop listening to music and flooding our minds with pollution and false emotions that make us turn away from Allah. We need to open our minds a little bit wider and absorb more of the Qur'an and the Sunnah! We need to stop fantasizing about the next vacation hot spot or the next Gucci purse we are going to buy! We need to start raising our kids the proper way and teach them at a young age how to be righteous and obedient to Allah the Almighty! We need to start wearing the HIJAB PROPERLY and STOP TALKING TO NON-MAHRAMS! We need to STOP being stubborn and RUDE to other sisters who are trying to help us make it to JANNAH!  What kind of attitude is this? Who do we think we are? We need to stop saying " leave me alone " when someone is trying to forbid an evil action of ours and trying to encourage us to do good because

Prophet – salla Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said:
“Verily the most detested speech to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, is that a man says to another man ‘fear Allaah,’ so the (other) man says: ‘Leave me alone!‘”
[In another narration, he says: "Worry about your own self." Al-Albaanee authenticated it in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (2598).]

Please remember, our duaa's are answered once we start being obedient to Allah the Almighty. As He mentions several times in the Qur'an about the importance and about those who forbid the evil actions and enjoin the good deeds and good actions for His sake and His alone:

"... of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful" (Al-Imran 3:104)

Abu Sa"id al-Khudri, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) had said:

"Whoever amongst you sees anything objectionable, let him change it with his hand, if he is not able, then with his tongue, and if he is not even able to do so, then with his heart, and the latter is the weakest form of faith." (Muslim)

How can we expect any changes in this world when we can't even change ourselves? How can we expect the world to change when we can't even drop our desires for ONE MINUTE? What good will listening to music or watching haram movies do for the world? What good will it do when we dress immodestly and argue with others that hijab is not obligatory? What good will it do when we can't even carry good etiquette and manners? What good will it do when you are in a HARAM relationship, go clubbing and do drugs ? What good will fearing the people do? Why is it that more and more people are fearing the creation rather than the CREATOR??????!!!! Will THIS CHANGE THE WORLD?! 

What happened to trustworthy people ? Truthful people? Why is it so hard for us to speak the truth and accept it and apply it to our Ummah?! If we can't even be truthful to ourselves how will we be truthful to others? Better yet, how can we be truthful and honest to ALLAH SUBHANAHU WA TA'ALA?! OUR ONE TRUE CREATOR? He created US and destroying US is SO easy for Him, yet He preserves US , giving us chance after chance to change ourselves so that we can help change the Ummah.

But what exactly are we doing with the chances that Allah keeps giving us? Are we using it to our advantage or are we using it against ourselves? We keep crying and complaining about the world yet we still sit behind our computer showing off our beauty to half the world to see. We keep spreading the tweets on Twitter yet we still can't follow the simple Sunnah of abandoning non-mahram relationships! We expect the world to change but WHAT ARE WE DOING TO CHANGE OURSELVES?
Goodness will not spread from disobedience to Allah. Goodness will not spread from following our carnal desires. Goodness will not spread when our ignorance, arrogance, and pride stops us from being humble and modest to Allah and to the creation. Goodness WILL NOT spread if we are constantly falling into SIN upon SIN without seeking FORGIVENESS from ALLAH.

So, how can we change the world?

Fall in prostration and ask ALLAH for Forgiveness and repent. From the smallest of sins to the biggest of sins, Allah the ALL MERCIFUL is waiting for us to change our ways before He changes the world.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that :

"The Initiator of the heavens and

 the earth: to have anything done, He simply says to it, "Be,"

 and it is" (Al Baqarah 2:117)

So for Allah to restore the peace within the Ummah, it is nothing hard for Him to do. He could do it faster than the speed of light, after all He created the world, so He does as He pleases with it.

The thing we need to realise is, that He will not change anything until we make that effort to change ourselves. 

Remember :
On the authority of Abu Hurairah, who said : the messenger of Allah said :

"Allah the Almighty is good and accepts only that which is good. Allah has commanded the faithful to do that which he commanded the messengers, and the Almighty has said: "O ye messengers ! Eat of the good things and do right". And Allah the Almighty has said : "O ye who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you"
Then he mentioned [the case of] a man who, having journeyed far, is dishevelled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky [saying] : "O Lord! O Lord!" - while his food is unlawful, his drink unlawful, his clothing unlawful, and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be answered !" (Muslim)

May this be a good reminder for you, as it is definitely a good reminder for myself. May Allah open our hearts and help us change our ways to be a better servant to Him, so that we can work together as one BODY to change the world together and revive the Sunnah, a day at a time. AMEEN ! 

May Allah forgive me for anything that I've said that has offended you, anything good I've said is from Allah and anything bad is from my own self and I seek refuge in Allah from shaitan the accursed. Ameen! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Day of Ashura.- 10th of Muharram

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu,

There is no doubt that Allah's Mercy is constantly showering us each and every day. I love the months after Ramadan because He still blesses us with so much opportunity to continue in our streaks of good deeds for His sake and His sake alone. 

The Islamic new year has approached us and during this month of Muharram, we are yet blessed with another great opportunity to fast, in hopes that Allah will expiate our sins. This year Ashura will be on THIS coming Saturday insha'Allah (please correct me if I'm wrong!) and Ashura, means "ten" in Arabic! 

Provided are the Authentic Hadith about the benefits of fasting on the Day of Ashura! 

May Allah forgive us and grant us His mercy in this dunya, in our graves, and on the Day of Judgement...Ameen. I don't know about you, but I definitely need it! 

I just also wanted to warn you all, about some of the Rafidah (Shia). I tried to attach a lovely photo of "The day of Ashura" but to my horror I found a bunch of Shia drenched in blood holding some sort of weapon and hitting their heads and bodies astughfurAllah. This bidaa'h is UNACCEPTABLE and is clearly not prescribed in the Qur'an or Sunnah. So for anyone who is new to Islam and wanting to know more about the Day of Ashura, what you see in those disturbing photos is NOT part of Islam!!!!

On the authority of Abu Sa'eed al-khudaree –Rahiallaahu anhu-  said that the 
Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said; 'Whoever fasts the day of Arafat he is forgiven for the following year and the previous year. And whoever fasts 'Ashura then he is forgiven the year.' 
{Narrated by Tabaranee with an isnaad which is Hasan. confirmed by Noble Sheikh Albani}  

On the authority of Ibn Abbas –Rahiallaahu anhu-  'That the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- never aspired for the excellence of a day after ramadan; except the day of 'Ashura.' {Narrated by Tabaranee in 'al-Awasat', and its isnaad is Hasan with the isnad before it. confirmed by Noble Sheikh Albani}

On the authority of Abu Qataada -RadhiAllaahu anhu- that the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- was asked about the fast of the day of ‘Ashura, so he answered: 'It expiates the sins of the previous year.' Narrated by Muslim and other than him, and by Ibn Majah and his wording is: 
'The fast of the day of ‘Ashura; Indeed the reward that I request from Allaah is that He expiates the sins of the year before this year.' 

1251. Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) observed Saum (fasting) on the day of `Ashura' and commanded us to fast on this day.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary:  `Ashura' 10th of Muharram. In another Hadith, it is stated that when the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) emigrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah, he saw that the Jews were fasting on this day. He asked them why they did this on that day, and they told him that they did it for the reason that Allah granted Prophet Musa emancipation from Pharaoh on this day, and so they observed Saum in token of their joy. On this, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said that in this happiness of Prophet Musa, Muslims have a greater right to observe Saum than the Jews. Consequently, he also observed Saum on 10th of Muharram. Then, he said that if he lived the following year, he would observe Saum on 9th of Muharram also so that they would make themselves different from the Jews. According to another Hadith, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) ordained the Muslims to observe Saum on `Ashura' and in addition one more Saum on 9th or 11th of Muharram in opposition to the Jews. (Musnad Ahmad, Vol.4, P-21, edited by Ahmad Shakir; and Mujamma` Az-Zawaid, Vol.3, P-188). Thus observance of two Saum on this occasion is a Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam). These two Saum can be observed either on 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th of Muharram. It is regrettable indeed that present-day Muslims do not follow this Sunnah of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) and instead observe the baseless practices of mourning assemblies (Majalis), which is a grave sin practised by Shi`ah.

1252. Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about observing As-Saum (the fast) on the tenth day of Muharram, and he replied, "It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year.''

1253. Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "If I remain alive till the next year, I shall also observe fast on the ninth of Muharram.''

Commentary: Some people think these words stand to mean that `he will observe Saum on the 9th of Muharram only. But this interpretation does not agree with other Ahadith. In order to oppose the Jews, he (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) resolved to observe one more Saum with that of 10th of Muharram and ordained it for the Muslims. In this connection, we have quoted above the authority from Musnad Ahmad. Hence, the meanings we have given in the translation of the text are correct.

May Allah accept our fast and grant us with His Mercy and Forgiveness because this sad, weak Ummah really really needs it. Ameen

Friday, November 16, 2012

Guest Post : The Hijab...The Controversy & everything in between

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu, well here is another lovely guest post from one of my closest sisters in Islam. You can check our her lovely blog here and please do follow 

In follow up to my latest post, here is another explanation on Hijab and the issues that lie in today's Ummah. We can't be reminded enough about it, so might as well remind you all again!

Guest Post : by Amira.

The Hijab…The Controversy….and everything in between
Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu,
First of all I want to say a HUGE JAZAKILLAHU KHAYRAN to my beloved Sister Khadijah aka Twinsie ;) to give me a little voice on her amazing blog Mashaa Allah.
First of I would like to start off with a little WARNING!!!
I Pray this post will not be long and Inshaa Allah not offend any of my sisters out there, also I am no knowledgeable sister trying to pass my own fatwas as I am just another passerby and sinner in this world, I am just speaking out on the sad state to which our hijab has been brought to, I am human and not perfect so I am not telling you that “I am Holier than thou”, I am simply sharing a random thought running through my head that can serve as a reminder firstly to me and any other Muslimah out there who thinks this post is worth reading….Recently I was able to read a very insightful post by Sister Khadijah on her blog regarding Hijab and it really caught my attention Mashaa Allah. She did a great job like always Mashaa Allah. Please do not think I am sucking up to her because she is so dear to me or because I am posting on her blog. It is just a sincere thought that I had to put out in the open.
Now for the main deal Inshaa Allah…First of all there is a lot of controversy about hijab in Islam lately but not that there are no other important issues out there we need to post about, but there is always a space for reminders when you feel things are going wrong with certain things…I will not get into the details to save you from reading through the same points Sister Khadijah has already mentioned…Let us try to evaluate ourselves a little please….Is Hijab a commitment you make with Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala or is it simply another fashion accessory trying to please the creations of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala??? Don’t get me wrong but there is nothing bad in dressing up to look neat and presentable as many authentic Hadeeths talk about dressing well, but also not looking like a “Rich princess” or “America’s Next Top Model” strutting down the runway, let us not go overboard with the term dressing well and convert it to dressed to kill. I am sure for all covered Muslimahs out there including me, Hijab is like a Priceless crown gifted to us by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, so why do we bring it to low levels of this Dunya by making it a trendy fashion accessory that Muslim women wear??? Let us learn to respect the fact that the “Turban Style Hijab” which is all the rave in the Hijabi styling scene now is not Hijab because it does not cover your Bosoms aka Chest aka Bust as there are explicit verses in the Quran which talk about Hijab covering our chest area inclusive of your neck which is exposed in the “Turban Style Hijab”. But you know what Allah knows best and I am just another ordinary Muslimah sharing my thoughts on appropriate Hijab as I read in the Holy Quran and Authentic Hadeeths.
Many Sisters will say Allah looks what is in our hearts not our outward appearance which I do agree to a certain extent.  I mean you can be an amazingly kind “Trendy Hijabi” as compared to a “Hijab Guideline following rigid Hijabi” who may not be a pleasant personality to be with. Both of them are Human and they lack the good things that exist within each other, anyways who are we to judge right??? No one is perfect after all. But are we really here to dress to impress??? Look like an haute couture Hijabi Model??? I confess fashion can be very interesting especially since we are girls but do we really have to be slaves to the western and eastern fashion trends??? Hasn’t Islam liberalized us from the shackles of this Dunya??? Not even a little bit??? I also agree some people make everything haram and many term them as the “Haram Police” Islam is a religion of ease where the middle path is the best path to be taken, where you do not slack off or be extremely “Everything is Haram in this world” person. Once again the term we do not slack off, Basic hijab guidelines must be followed or else where is the discipline that separates you from the Non-Muslims??? Is Islam a bunch of rituals or a complete way of life guidance to you??? I confess I like simple baggy t-shirts paired with a pair of jeans during the summer but I also know that my top or t-shirt have to be up to my knees or lower, not tight, not transparent and the list goes on. I also know wearing jewelry and other adornments like make up, perfume are not permissible when I go out so I had to make a choice whether to smell good and alluring to the passersby or just plain old smell nothing and everyone will ignore me, should I wear makeup and enhance my facial features to look attractive or look like a plain Jane who is not attractive??? I mean the man who wants to marry me will have to love me for me not the physical beauty I have to offer, I mean yes brothers like pretty girls to be their wives but if he is a true Muslim he will follow the guidelines of choosing a wife as mentioned in authentic hadeeths and if I fit all the qualities and I just end up being pretty, then that is the icing on the cake for him, but sincerely looks are the last thing any true Muslim should look for in a spouse. We all know being pretty and physically attractive is only temporary because after a few years the wrinkles will show up and you will look old and not so pretty in Dunya terms. Would we rather be a beautiful woman or a pretty woman??? Beauty is more eternal because, in my terms beauty is something that is within a person that reflects outwards and that is something no one can take away from your personality whereas being pretty or hot just lasts for a season…It is like a flower that will wither away before we know it. Oh by the way have you ever thought of all the damage and cancer you are inviting to your body in forms of cosmetics??? Did Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala give us all these guidelines for any apparent reason, or is it that Islam wants us to be cooped up in a tiny hole???
What happened to a little constructive criticism??? Why have we become so negative in just hearing out someone’s opinion??? No one is forcing their ideals down your throat…If anyone is then that person is not doing the right thing and needs to be corrected in a nice polite way as well…
Do we react negatively to anyone who criticizes us??? Does it mean there is some form of guilt kicking in somewhere??? Are we so hard headed that we do not want any ideas of good change???
Let us also remind ourselves that someone may speak out their opinion but since Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala being so Merciful and liberal gives us the freedom of choice. Either you can continue walking down the makeup haute couture Hijabi alley or tone it down a notch, follow the Islamic code of dressing but still keep you own little Muslimah identity minus the whole makeup, jewelry and hijab store on your face, wrists/fingers and head respectively. It’s so funny how we easily fall into the marketing schemes of marketers trying to sell a new Hijab or another Abaya as a hot new trend….I mean really are we that desperate we need some designers and trendsetters to tell us what’s hot and what’s not??? Are we easily giving into our nafs where the new watch you bought is actually a whole year’s salary for a poor family that feeds 10 mouths somewhere in the world??? Why are we making the rich richer and the poor more poorer??? Why do we die for the latest iphone or ipad which is sold as the same amount as someone’s house rent for the next 2 years somewhere around the world???
In short we are not only falling prey to fashion trends but technological drains and other worldly desires just the way shaytaan wants us to. I am sorry to make this long but I just wanted to generalize everything and how we have all become slaves to this dunya by some way or another. Please do not hate on a sister trying to give some friendly advice, just take it in a good stride and make your own choices as she did her part of reminding you and you do your part as you desire Inshaa Allah. Let us stop fighting amongst ourselves and respect each other’s positive characteristics accept our flaws. Stop having a feeling of being attacked because no one has the right to do that and if someone does just stay silent in the midst of your anger just like another Authentic Hadeeth tells us to. Shaytaan keeps trying to divide our ummah further and to an extent it is working. Let us learn from each other. We want peace for the world while we cannot even have peace within our Muslim Sisterhood and Ummah as a whole.
….A well-dressed (soul) in this world may be naked in the Hereafter. " ...
: Sahih al-Bukhari 115

P.S I am by no means saying I am perfect just trying to reflect on my character as a Muslim and you are welcome to do the same with your life and journey

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Future of Hijab

the future of hijab? 

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu,




Islam means to submit and surrender to the one TRUE Creator. Why are these hijabi bloggers distorting the proper way of HIJAB with their 2012 Lady Gaga fancified version of Islamic dress?  


Mu'adh bin Anas radiallahu anhu reported: Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleyhi wasselam said, "Whoever gives up wearing elegant and expensive garments out of humbleness, when he can do so, Allah will call him on the Day of Resurrection and before all the creations, He will give him the choice to wear whichever garment of IMAN he would like to wear." (At-Tirmidhi, Chapter 120. #802 pg 666 Riyah us-Saliheen"excellence of giving up elegant clothes for HUMILITY")

It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattāb came out one Eid. Passing by a group of women, he could smell the scent of perfume from one of them. He asked, “Who is the one wearing this scent? By Allāh, if I knew who she was, I would do such-and-such (punish her). A women is only to wear perfume for her husband, and if she goes out, she wears her older (scruffier) clothes or the older clothes of her servant.” And so it was rumored amongst the women that the woman [who was wearing perfume in public] got up from that gathering having soiled herself (out of fear).
Ibn Abī Shaybah, Al-Musannaf article 6387.

To proceed,

I am a revert, a Muslimah, a Chinese Canadian who is fighting with my self on a daily basis. Struggling to be the best Muslimah for my Creator. I owe it to Him.
I left my fashion flaunting wonderland for this beautiful religion, Islam. Islam is a religion that promotes everything that is good and forbids all that is evil. Islam emphasizes the importance of MODESTY. Allah has created this religion for mankind for one reason, and one reason alone. It is to WORSHIP HIM, SUBMIT COMPLETELY TO HIM, AND SURRENDER ALL YOUR PERSONAL DESIRES AND TURN TO HIM AND HIM ALONE.
But something is terribly wrong, and I am almost ashamed. I am embarrassed at the amount of Muslimahs in today's society who are giving the Qur'an and Sunnah a bad image. An image which mocks piety, imitates the non-Muslims, and steps beyond the limits of modesty in Islam. I left my fashion-partying-modelling lifestyle in hopes to meet modestly dressed sisters who didn't give into society's distorted image on beauty. But lately, all I see is hijab being misrepresented, misinterpreted, and misused. What has happened to the hijabi ummah of today? This is a disgrace and it is SHAMEFUL. Not only are you disrespecting yourself and offending other Muslimahs, but you are first and foremost disrespecting the Qur'an and Sunnah WHICH MEANS that you are, yes that's right, disrespecting Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala.

Allāh Says:
The only saying of the faithful believers, when they are called to Allāh (His Words, the Quran) and His Messenger (Sallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam), to judge between them, is that they say: "We hear and we obey." And such are the successful (who will live forever in Paradise).  And whosoever obeys Allāh and His Messenger (Sallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam), fears Allāh, and keeps his duty (to Him), such are the successful ones.

[An-Nur, 24: 51-52]

So hijabi bloggers, do you hear and do you obey?


The amount of hijab blogs listed on google is on the rise. Each day you will see a Muslimah enter into the blogging world trying to surpass the gazillion "Muslimah fashion" blogs out there. Now there is nothing wrong with owning a hijab blog, in fact I highly recommend it BUT......*KEY WORD* BUT, there are some serious limitations and guidelines that we all need to check ourselves with before we start advocating what "hijab" is to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

This has become a problem that needs to constantly be addressed.

It seems these days, many hijabi bloggers incorporate the word "trend", "fashion" , and "beauty" in MANY if not ALL of their blog posts and including pictures of themselves with decked out faces full of makeup and styles too hot to handle on the runway! I really don't understand their mission statement " being modest yet adhering to the rules of Islam" .... Non-Muslims paint their faces like a blank canvas with glitter pens and magic markers, since when did Islam make the haram, halal?

I never knew that the word "hijab" meant "high profile fashionista". Modesty in Islam has become distorted amongst many Muslimahs today, especially the youth and I blame it on all these hijabi blog sites. I am unsure as to what separates their blogs from non-Muslim fashion bloggers except for a piece of cloth shaped like what seems to be a turban, wrapped around their heads astughfurAllah. Must I remind you, the way you promote hijab on your blogs, is unacceptable, immodest, and just plain WRONG!? The saddest part of this whole thing is the amount of blind followers you are receiving.


Your are not helping them out except teaching them everything except what's in the Qur'an and Sunnah. Could you just imagine the heavy weight you are carrying ? It's one thing to be ignorant and not knowing that what you're blogging about is haram, but it is another thing to be COMPLETELY AWARE of what you are blogging about, and not ACCEPT ANY KIND OF CRITICISM from other sisters who are warning you for the sake of Allah. Arrogance and being defensive are signs that you know the truth yet you STILL choose to turn away from it (Please study tafsir of Surah Al-Fatiha). So I suggest you hijabi bloggers, please revisit the Qur'an and Sunnah with a clear, open mind and burn your magazines and delete your fashion bookmarks on your computer. Read about what TRUE MODESTY really is by Sheikh Albani, Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah, & Sheikh Uthaimeen (just to name a few) and don't go on believing what Dubai hijab week or Abu Dhabi fashion week has to say because they HAVE NO CLUE what modesty is!!! If you think the only way you can attract attention to yourselves is by hosting a blog that is unIslamic and promotes beauty and fashion then you need to clean up your intentions and shut down your blog , go on a retreat and educate yourself on Islam and Modesty.

Surely we are in 2012, but that does not mean to hijabify your hijab to acquire to today's era, if you would stop being naive for one minute, and realise just how much fitnah is out there today. Perhaps you should also educate yourself on what the word "fitnah" means and what the ramifications are in result to partaking in it.

May Allah guide all those hijabi bloggers and teach them the correct understanding of what TRUE modesty is so that they can revamp their blogs into the proper Islamic hijab. Ameen

Please, in no way am I being harsh, my sensitive diva's, but I am simply stating the truth from what my own two eyes see. Many people say "well you don't know what their intentions are", again, I would like to remind you that intentions are displayed through actions and actions are governed by intentions. [Ibn Qayyim says : Intention is like the soul, and actions like the body: if the soul leaves the body, the body dies.]
When there is a problem, we need to fix it, especially if I see the Sunnah of the Prophet sallalahu aleyhi wasselam slowly being eaten up by sisters who are too busy satisfying their own nafs and tossing the commands of Allah to the side. HAVE YOU NO SENSE O' MUSLIMAHS? What is so special about the Western culture that you have to adopt their ways ? You want to imitate the oppressed women who are controlled by what the society dictates as "sexy" and "trendy"?

You might as well wear a wig and call it hijab
What has Islam become ? Memorizing what is on page 12 of the November issue of Vogue or memorizing the verses about modesty in the Qur'an?

Firstly, I recommend any newbie who wants to LEARN how to wear the hijab PROPERLY, to google "the meaning of hijab" or, just read below.

“Hijab” in Arabic. If we look at the meaning of the word “Hijab” in the dictionary we learn that the word means “veil”, “screen”, “cover(ing)” or “curtain” (see Al Mawrid: A Modern Arabic English Dictionary, 1992 p. 453).

NOWHERE in the Arabic language or even Wikipedia does it state that "hijab" means : to advertise and promote sexy kitten heels, skinny jeans, hip hugging maxi dresses, Bobbi Brown makeup, fake lashes, and MAC lip gloss.

Secondly, What is the point of the Hijab?

Well, Allah Subhanahu Wa ta'la CLEARLY mentions:

In Surah An-Nur , the VERY FIRST AYAH :

‘[This is] a surah which We have sent down and made [that within it] obligatory and revealed therein verses of clear evidence that you might remember.’ (24:1)

We find the following verse in the SAME SURAH (Chapter) of the Qur'an so therefore it means that THIS following verse is OBLIGATORY and we must act upon it, if we believe in Allah and His messenger (sallahu aleyhi wasselam). I encourage everyone to please click on the link and read the tafsir of ayah 31.

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31). (for more information, see TAFSIR by IBN KATHIR)

I am no Scholar in tafsir, or a scholar in any matter, but the verse is CLEAR for anybody who knows how to read and again, please

May I also mention, when you say " Allah loves all things beautiful , so we should make beautify ourselves" ....*HUH?* Is that what this verse means? Because women are created beautiful we should beautify ourselves for the creation? PLEASE REVIEW THIS VERSE CAREFULLY. Again, this verse is CLEAR , if you can read.

Guarding our modesty does not mean having a full fledged photo shoot of ourselves decked in H&M or Forever 21's latest trends posing like we are some starving model which is only what the disbelievers do! {"whoever imitates a people, he is one of them."(ahmad, aboo dawood, hasan hadith, authenticated by al-albani in sahih jami` us-sagheer 6025}

As well, we are told NOT to display our beauty or ornaments except what is apparent. I didn't know earrings and glitzy glam-jam jewellery was considered "apparent" parts of women's bodies. Does that also include juicy tube lip glosses and bronzer with blush enhancing our cheek bones?
Has veiling become tight jersey tees that cup the bosom and long maxi dresses that cinch at the waist? I had no idea that high heels underneath the abaya was considered an APPARENT part of the female body?!

Am I missing something? How is it that some Muslimahs are more stylish than some of the top fashion stylists of today? There is something wrong with this.

Can someone please provide aHadith or verses from the Qur'an that show me and the rest of the Muslimahs that it is indeed ok to do what most of the hijabi fashionista queens are sporting today?
As well, please provide proof that it is permissible to modify your hijab similarly to the likes of modified racing cars with leather interior, metal skirts, 20' inch rims, and a full body paint job.

THIRDLY, The Hijabis of today:

We are already warned about the severity of broadcasting our adornments to the entire non-mahram nation. In case we forgot, here is a reminder in bold, italicized, & bright colours :

"In later (generations) of my ummah there will be women who will be dressed but naked. On top of their heads (what looks) like camel humps. They will not enter into paradise or (even) get a smell of it." (Muslim)

Allāh’s Messenger (Sallallāhu `alayhi wasallam) said:

“The best of your women are the affectionate, the fertile, the comforting, and the agreeable – if they fear Allāh. The most evil of your women are those who expose and display themselves, and those who strut (to show off), and they are the hypocrites. Those who enter Paradise are like the red beaked crow.”[Recorded by Al-Baihaqi]

“Any woman who puts on perfume and passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, is an adulteress.” (al-Nasaa’i, Tirmidhi: hasan by Albaani)

Hijab is a symbol of your worship and submission to Allāh. 
So dear sensitive glamazons, when you are wearing :

- a fashion forward turban on your head
- foundation, bronzer, blush and the whole nine yards
-high heels 
- kitten heels that go "click clack clack"
- form fitting maxi dresses
- hip hugging, boobie cupping abayas
- fake lashes
- fake nails
- the entire Tiffany's collection on your arms
- the camel hump
- metallic eye shadow
- sticky icky shiny lip gloss
- fishnet 
- men's attire
-boyfriend jeans
and anything else that you think is fashionable ....

Remember that Islam and "FASHION", "TREND", "STYLISH" DO NOT GO TOGETHER!

I left the fashion world for a reason. Why are so many sisters trying to imitate the kuffar? Advice, stop watching television, listening to music and spending your money on fashion magazines. It might do you some good yeah?


Please sisters, do yourself a favour and DO NOT imitate all those fashion hijabi bloggers you see in the online world. This is NOT the correct hijab. DO NOT become one of their followers. Follow the Qur'an and Sunnah. Giving into your desires and the temptations of this world is NOT an option. I've been there, done that and look where I ended up? Alhamdulilah I am Muslim. I chose to give up the fashion world for the world of modesty which makes me feel way more beautiful than the next fashion model. Modesty is unique, but every other fashionista is just a try-hard struggling to fit into this world because they don't have their own identity. 

Your identity is a Muslimah, so use it and wear it proud because come The Day of Judgement, those hijabi bloggers will not intercede on your behalf. The Day of Judgement, those very same hijabi bloggers will be running away from you and saying they don't want anything to do with you. NOBODY will be your friend. Remember that.

again, It seems i have to ALWAYS add this at the end of to ANY kind of opinionated posts I write : IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY SINCERITY, WRITING STYLE, and HONESTY . PLEASE SEE THIS POST "MY BLOG, IS THERE A PROBLEM?"

Disclaimer: If I offended any of you I apologize in advance my dear sisters. Being harsh and offending you is far from my intentions and Allah knows best. I am trying to spread the truth a day at a time and Islam is the perfect religion. When I see it being man-handled and toyed with, I WILL SPEAK UP. My specialty is HONESTY & TRUTHFULNESS. I like candy, but I don't sugar coat my words. I tell it how it is. If you don't like it, then the "unfollow" button is readily available at your right hand side !
May Allah continue to guide us all on His straight upright path, and may He grant us taufiq to revive the Sunnah a day at a time. Ameen