Sunday, November 24, 2013


All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Honest Messenger, his family and Companions.
All the implicit and explicit calls to women’s engagement in men’s work, which leads to free intermixing of men and women under the pretext that it is urgently needed and represents a civilized aspect, is a grave matter that results in fatal consequences. It goes against the texts of Shari`ah (Islamic law) which order women to stay at their houses and carry out their domestic duties.
Whoever wants to know the innumerable evil consequences of free intermixing can unbiasedly and impartially observe the societies inflicted with this grave affliction. It is easy to find people expressing their disapproval and grief at women leaving home and subsequentfamily breakup. This is apparent in writings and in the media, as this is the reason behind the destruction of societies.
There are many reliable proofs that prohibit being alone with and looking at an Ajnabiyyah (a woman other than a wife or unmarriageable female relatives) and the prohibition of the means that lead to committing what Allah has prohibited. All these indications prove the prohibition of mixing between the two sexes as this leads to evil consequences.
Letting a woman leave her house; her kingdom and proper place, is against her Fitrah(natural disposition) and the nature created in her by Allah.
Calling women to engage in men’s work has dangerous effects on the Islamic society. Among these dangerous effects is the free intermixing of men and women, which is considered one of the greatest means to adultery that destroys the morals and values of society.
Allah (Exalted be He) created women with a physique completely different from men, so that women will be able to carry out domestic affairs as well as other feminine duties.
When a woman engages in men’s work, this is considered against her physique and nature. It is a grave crime against women, for it destroys her character. The effect continues to her children, as they lose love and compassion. This is because no one can perform the role of a mother who, when she dismisses herself from her kingdom, she cannot find rest, stability, or tranquility elsewhere. The reality of these societies is the best example.
Islam entrusted the two spouses with different duties and each has to undertake their responsibilities to help build up their community both inside and outside home.
A man’s role is to earn livelihood and support his family financially while a woman’s role is to raise and love children and show compassion toward them. This is in addition to nursing, breastfeeding, teaching children, administrating female schools, treating women medically, as well as other duties proper for women. Abandoning the domestic duties destroys the whole family and, eventually, the society becomes an empty entity, a form without reality or substance.
Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:
Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allâh has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means.(Surah an-Nisa 4:34).
It is Allah’s Law upon His creation that guardianship is the duty of man who supports the woman financially as mentioned in the previous Ayah. Allah has ordered women to stay in their houses and forbidden them from free intermixing with Ajanib (men other than a husband or permanently unmarriageable male relatives) in the same place, such as in work, markets, trips, and traveling. Women’s engagement in men’s work will lead to committing what Allah has prohibited and disobeying Allah’s Orders and neglecting the legal duties a Muslim woman has to perform.
Free intermixing of men and women and the means leading to it are prohibited by the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:
“And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and perform As-Salât (Iqamât-as-Salât), and give Zakât and obey Allâh and His Messenger. Allâh wishes only to remove Ar-Rijs (evil deeds and sins) from you, O members of the family (of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم), and to purify you with a thorough purification. And remember (O you the members of the Prophet’s family, the Graces of your Lord), that which is recited in your houses of the Verses of Allâh and Al-Hikmah (i.e. Prophet’s Sunnah – legal ways, so give your thanks to Allâh and glorify His Praises for this Qur’ân and the Sunnah ). Verily, Allâh is Ever Most Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things.” (Surah Al-Ahzaab 33:33-34)
Allah has ordered the Mothers of the Believers (the Prophet’s wives, may Allah be pleased with them) and all the Muslim believing women to stay in their houses to protect and keep them away from the means of evil. When a woman leaves her house without necessity, this may lead to Tabarruj (woman’s public display of her adornment or charms) in addition to other evils. Allah has ordered women to perform good deeds that protect them, such as Salah (Prayer), Zakah (obligatory charity), and obeying Allah and His Messenger, which protect them from wrongdoing. Then He (Exalted be He) directed them to what benefits them in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, such as reciting the Qur’an and studying the Hadith frequently, as they both purify the hearts and guide them to the Truth.
Allah (Exalted be He) says:
O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allâh is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah Al-Ahzaab 33:59)
Allah has ordered His Prophet (peace be upon him) to inform his wives, daughters, and the believing womento cover their bodies completely when they leave their houses when necessary to escape the harm of people with weak faith. How about working in the same places, free intermixing, expressing her demands to them, relinquishing her femininity and losing her shyness so that harmony is achieved between the two sexes who are different in form and content.
Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:
Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyûbihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) (Surah Al-Noor 24:30-31)
Allah orders His Prophet (peace be upon him) to inform the believing men and women to lower their gaze and abstain from committing illicit sexual acts. Allah (Glorified be He) emphasizes the merit of this value. It is known that guarding one’s private parts can be realized through avoiding the means that lead to committing adultery. Undoubtedly, gazing and free intermixing of men and women in workplaces are dangerous means that lead to committing adultery. A believer cannot fulfill those two requirements while working with an Ajnabiyyah in the same place. It is impossible for the two sexes to lower their gaze, guard their private parts, and purify their soul while working in the same place.
Allah commands the believing women to lower their gaze, guard their private parts, and not show their beauty and adornments. He also orders them to wear Khimar (veil covering to the waist) to cover their heads and faces. How can they lower their gaze, guard their private parts, and not show their beauty and adornments when women work and intermix freely with men at the workplace? Free intermixing of men and women could certainly lead to committing these forbidden acts. How can a Muslim woman lower her gaze while walking with an Ajnaby (a man other than a husband or unmarriageable male relatives) side by side on the plea of being a workmate or that she is equal to him?
Islam has prohibited all the means that lead to committing prohibited acts. It also prohibited for women to soften their speech while talking to men as this might stir the desires of men with weak faith. Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allâh), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery) should be moved with desire. (Surah al-Ahzaab 33:32)How can this be prevented in an atmosphere where men and women freely intermix?
Undoubtedly, if a woman works with men in the same place, they will exchange talks and soften their speech. Satan will beautify their deeds and invite them to commit adultery. Allah, All-Wise and All-Knowing, orders women to wear Hijab (veil), for people vary; some are good and some are bad, some are virtuous and some are indecent. By Allah’s will, Hijab prevents Fitnah (temptation), blocks its means, keeps men and women’s hearts pure, and shuns suspicions. Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: And when you ask (his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen: that is purer for your hearts and for their hearts. (Surah al-Ahzaab 33:53)
The best Hijab for women after covering her face is to stay in her house. Islam forbids a woman to intermix freely with Ajnaby men so that she may not be exposed to Fitnah in a direct or an indirect way. It orders her to stay in her house and not leave it without necessity. If a woman leaves her house, she should adhere to the etiquettes of Shari`ah. Allah even called this act of staying in the house as ‘Qarar‘, i.e. settlement, stay, and composure, to convey the meaning of stability and heart-rest. This is a refined meaning as when a woman stays in her house, her soul becomes stable, feels peace at heart, and has self-assurance. On the contrary, when she goes out of her house, she feels uneasy, irritated, and tense and she may be exposed to evil consequences. Islam forbids Khulwah (being alone with a member of the opposite sex) with an Ajnabiyyah woman without a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative). She should not travel without a Mahram. This is to block the means to corruption, cut off the means that lead to evil, and protect the two sexes from the intrigues of Satan. It was authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:I am not leaving behind me any trial more harmful to men than women. And: So beware of (getting infatuated by) this world and women. The first trial of the Children of Israel was due to women.
Some advocates of free intermixing of men and women take the superficial meanings of some legal texts to support their claims. However, these legal proofs may only be explored and understood by those whom Allah granted deep understanding of religion. Those who can collect the relevant texts to each other and deal with them all together. For example, they may argue that some women used to go out with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) in some battles. In reply, these women accompanied their Mahrams. They went out for many interests, which will not lead to corruption for their faith and Taqwa (fear/wariness of offending Allah), and their Mahrams used to look after them. They were also wearing Hijab unlike women of the present time. It is evident that the case of women going out to work is completely different from the case of the female Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet). It is not appropriate to make an analogy between the two cases as it is not completely corresponding. What is the meaning derived by the Salaf (righteous predecessors) who were the most knowledgeable people in the meanings of the legal texts and their application? What are the statements traced to them in this regard? Did they call for working in the fields that are for men? Did they call for free intermixing of men and women? On the contrary, they understood that those were only special cases.
Examining the Islamic conquests and the battles unveils that this phenomenon was not there throughout history. As for those who call for women to join the armed forces and fight in battles like men, this is just a call to corrupt the morals of the soldiers in the name of entertainment. Its man’s nature to incline, feel at ease with, and like to talk with women when being in Khulwah. It is better to block the means that lead to Fitnah than regretting it in the future.
Islam is keen to bring the benefits and ward off and block the means to corruption. Free intermixing of men and women in the workplace plays a major role in the deterioration and the corruption of nations. It is known that among the reasons behind the fall of the Roman and the Greek civilizations was women’s engagement in the fields of men that led to men’s corruption and abandoning the acts that should lead to the prosperity of their nations.Women’s work will lead to the unemployment of men, deterioration of the nation, family disorders, and decline of morals. It also contradicts what Allah has mentioned with regard to men’s domestic authority over women. Islam is keen to protect women from all that is against her nature. Islam has prohibited her to rule a country or hold the position of a judge. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Never will succeed such a people who place a woman in charge of their affairs. (Related by Al-Bukhari in his Sahih) Allowing women to work in the fields of men is against her happiness and stability. Islam forbids women to work in fields that do not befit her. It is proven, especially in societies where the two sexes intermix freely, that men and women are not naturally equivalent. It is clear in the Qur’an and the Sunnah that both sexes are different in nature and duties. Those who call for equality between the two sexes; the females who are brought up in adornments and inclined to peaceful life, and males, are ignorant or intentionally ignore the basic differences between them.
We have mentioned many Shari`ah texts that prove the prohibition of free intermixing of men and women and women’s engagement in jobs that do not befit her. However, some people might benefit from statements by Eastern and Western intellectuals more than the Qur’an, the sayings of the Messenger (peace be upon him), and Muslim scholars. Therefore, it is more useful to cite the confessions of the intellectuals in the East and the West concerning the negative effects of free intermixing, so the opponents may be convinced and learn that the teachings of Islam are for the protection of women.
English writer Lady Cook said that men like and prefer a mixed environment. And thus women are lured to something that conflicts with their human nature. The greater the co-ed. Environment (between male and female), the more illegitimate children the society will have. This is the greatest disaster, she said, urging people to learn women that men are luring.
The philosopher Schopenhauer said, “Hence, with that absurd arrangement which allows them to share the rank and title of their husbands, they are a constant stimulus to his ignoble ambitions. And, furthermore, it is just because they are Philistines that modern society, where they take the lead and set the tone, is in such a bad way.”
Lord Byron said, “Thought of the state of women under the ancient Greeks – convenient enough. Present state, a remnant of the barbarism of the chivalric and the feudal ages – artificial and unnatural. They ought to mind home – and be well fed and clothed but not mixed in society.”
The British writer Samuel Smiles said, “The system that has required women to work in factories and industrial areas, regardless of the national wealth it brings, has destroyed the family life. It has attacked, in fact, the basic structure and foundations of the home and destroyed the essential pillars of the family. It has cut and destroyed social ties as well.Stripping the wife from her husband, and depriving children of their rights of proper, tender and maternal care, has resulted in lower moral values for the women. The real job and profession of a woman is to raise a good, sound and moral family. She is mainly required to take care of household responsibilities, home economics and other domestic needs. Work in factories has stripped the woman, as we pointed earlier, of all these responsibilities which changed the looks and the realities of the inner home. Children, as well, were often neglected and raised with no sound standards. The love and affection between a husband and wife were somewhat extinguished. The woman was no longer the sought after, wanted, admired and loved by man, after he got used to seeing her in the factory next to him doing the same thing he does. Women came under many influences and pressures that changed her mentality and thinking pattern on which moral values and virtues were established.”
An American professor called Adeline said that the reason for family crises in the United States and the increase in the crime rate is because a woman has abandoned her house in order to double the family’s income. The income increased but the morals declined. She added that woman’s return to her house is the only way to save the new generations from deterioration.
A Congressman said a woman can truly serve her country if she stays at her house which is the essence of a family.
Another Congressman said when Allah granted women the ability to produce children, He made it her duty to stay in her house to take care of children and not leave them to work outside her house.
German philosopher Schopenhauer also said, “Grant woman total and absolute freedom for one year only, and check with me after that to see the results of such freedom. Do not forget that you (all), along with me, will feel sad at the loss of virtue, chastity and good morals. If I die (before then) you are free to say either: “He was wrong!” or “He hit the heart of the truth!” These quotations were mentioned by Dr. Mustafa Husny Al-Siba`y (may Allah be merciful to him) in his book ‘Al-Mar’ah bayn Al-Fiqh wa Al-Qanun.’
Following and gathering the numerous sayings of the unbiased Western writers on the disadvantages of free intermixing of men and women that followed after women’s participation with men at work may form volumes. However, the above quotations are enough.
In conclusion, it is better for a woman to stay in her house and carry out her domestic duties after performing her religious obligations as it is suitable for her natural dispositions. It is for the sake of her welfare as well as that of society and the youth. She may spend her spare time in fields that are for women, such as teaching, curing, and nursing women. Thus, they cooperate with men in developing society but each in one’s field. We are not to forget the role of the Mothers of the Believers and those who followed in their footsteps in teaching, directing, guiding the nation, and conveying the Message of Allah (Glorified be He) from His Messenger (peace be upon him). May Allah reward them the best! There are many Muslim women who are following in their footsteps while wearing Hijab and staying away from free intermixing with men in their workplaces.
May Allah help us carry out our duties in the best manner that pleases Him and protect us all from the means to Fitnah and Satanic tricks. He is the Most Generous. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His servant and Messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his Companions.
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What is true freedom?

I had often wondered in my past life, living in a Western society, why religion oppressed people. I had this preconceived notion that religion was only for people who were oppressed and had no sense of direction in life. Often I made such ludicrous judgments and never really bothered to do my research. I thought that religion had way too many rules and regulations and that learning the playbook of football or the NBA would be easier than to learn the teachings of a religion, hence why I was never religious for the right reasons.

But enter Islam.

For some reason, which only Allah knows, I began to see things in a different light. I actually wanted to RESEARCH Islam and the different "rules and regulations" such a religion had in store for me. Something triggered my interest and I wanted to find out more. Perhaps it was because I was sick of the Western world, where a simple greet and smile was almost as hard to find as a diamond in the red sea, where globalization and consumerism was the primary focus in everybody's life, and where sex, drugs, partying was the only known pastimes.

Money made and will always make the world go round and I never really thought this was how I wanted to live my life. Women dressing like men or with barely nothing on is considered a movement of freedom for the women's revolution.

Women dating women, men dating men are becoming more popular in the world. The crime rate is skyrocketing and more economic depression is sweeping the world by storm. Perhaps all these things were making me sick and disgusted and I wanted nothing to do with this. The ironic thing is that this revolution of the 21 st century is supposed to be the century of opportunity, growth, technology, and more freedom. But is this really considered freedom? When all you see is violence and casualties , free sex everywhere, economic oppression of slave wages, high divorce rates, pornography in many homes, women dressing like "whores" on television, people using vulgar language, and many mistreating their parents and elders. The women we see walking around in malls, on television half naked, these women are mothers, wives, and daughters of yours!!!

Is that really freedom? Who is really oppressed ? Is it really us Muslims?

Are we, Muslims, oppressed just because we, women, cover up our adornment from strange men we don't know because our beauty is only for our Lord and for our husband? Are we oppressed because we cover up properly and we are actually respected instead of being looked at as sex objects ? Are we oppressed because we remember our Lord, our Creator five times a day ? Because we prostrate before our Creator and submit to Him? Are we oppressed because we are treated like a delicate flower from our husbands instead of a woman who is easily disposable at any moment ? Are we oppressed because we greet and smile at every Muslim out of respect for one another? Are we oppressed because we stay away from violence and crime because in the Qur'an it STRICTLY prohibits such acts ? Are we oppressed because we know the destruction that the media and music have on people? Are we oppressed because we have a book that teaches us how to live our lives as decent, well mannered, loving human beings?

If all these things ( and they are just a few of the many) seem to you to be why Muslims are oppressed, than by all means continue living in your Western world "bubble" as I, amongst millions of born Muslims and reverts want to live their life with true freedom and that's why we choose Islam any day over all the other religions, and especially the religion of the consumer society.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Liberated or Oppressed?

“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! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Sacred Month. The day of Ashura'

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 Thursday 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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Being modest, is it obligatory?

This is for those lovely sisters (May Allah guide us all) who do not think that hijab, niqab, or any type of covering is obligatory in Islam. 

In the chaotic and confused times we are living in, many women are turning to Islaam due to what they see of it’s beauty, simplicity and nobility. They wish to serve their Lord and Creator and to worship Him alone, without partners or intercessors and devoid of superstitious practices. So as Muslim women seek to practice their faith, they begin to recognise the importance of modesty and realise the evils of nakedness. Many men take advantage of women and see them as nothing more than sex objects to be exploited. This is not the Islamic vision of women. However, it is a point of concern for Muslims that if a Christian woman such as a nun is seen in modest clothing that covers her head and body, then she is viewed as righteous, noble and modest - yet if a Muslim woman is seen in the same type of clothing, she is labelled as extreme or otherwise oppressed by men - even if she wears the veil out of her own free choice!

The status of the Muslim woman in Islaam is a very noble and lofty one, and her effect is very great in the life of every Muslim. Indeed, the Muslim woman is the initial teacher in the building of a righteous society, providing she follows the guidance from the Qur’aan and the Prophetic tradition, since adherence to the Qur’aan and the Prophetic tradition distances every Muslim, male or female, from being misguided in any matter. So in the course of practicing her faith, the Muslim woman knows that she must cover herself as an act of obedience to her Creator. But to what extent and what are the conditions of the correct Islaamic veil?

Much has been written and said in the West about this very important topic, unfortunately most of it misses the mark! The Muslim woman is required to veil herself in accordance to the regulations of the Qur’aan and the pure Prophetic Sunnah. In recent times, these requirements have become blurred due to widespread ignorance amongst Muslim communities. Verdicts are often issued by those who are referred as ‘Muslim Scholars’. However these verdicts are often based upon cultural or political biases, not upon the Qur’aan and Prophetic Sunnah. One must also consider the dress code of the believing women in the time of Prophethood as a source of guidance for the Muslim woman in modern times, as the Islamic religion is not confined to a particular era or location, rather the beauty of Islaam is for all times, all places and welcomes all people to it. So this small leaflet is designed to enlighten the reader with the conditions of the hijaab based upon textual proofs with the understanding of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

The First Condition: “To Cover the Whole of the Body except that which is Allowed TO BE uncovered”. And this is mentioned in the statement of Allaah, the Most High, “"And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and protect their private parts from lewd acts and not to show off their beauty except that which is apparent, and to draw their scarves (i.e. the khimaar) over themselves and not to reveal their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (muslim) womenfolk, or the female servants whom they possess, or old male servants who do not possess desire, or small children who have no sense of sexuality. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornments. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you, O believers, that you may be successful."” (An-Noor 24:31) 

There is also His statement, “"O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the believing women to draw their cloaks (i.e. Jilbaabs) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known as free respectable women so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft­Forgiving, Most Merciful."” (Al-Ahzaab 33:59). 

So in the first verse there is a clear obligation upon the woman to conceal all of her beautification and a forbiddence of revealing anything from her beauty in front of strangers, except for that which appears from her unintentionally or unavoidably and her outer garment is worn over her normal clothing. And as for the meaning of the word jilbaab, then it is defined as a large sheet or cloth that covers the woman’s garments as well as her head scarf (i.e. the khimaar) as has been mentioned by the scholars of the Religion and Arabic language such as Ibn Hajr, Al-Baghawee, Ibn Hazm, Al-Qurtubi and others. This is further supported by the statement of the female Companion, Umm ‘Attiyah, “The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), commanded us to go to out on al-Fitr and al-Adha (to the morning ‘Eid prayer)... So I said, ‘O Allaah’s Messenger! If one of us does not have a Jilbaab?’ He replied, ‘Let her wear the Jilbaab of her sister.’” (Bukhaaree and Muslim). So this narration clearly shows that even if a woman does not have a Jilbaab to wear before leaving her house, she should borrow one from a Muslim sister. So there is no doubt wearing a Jilbaab for a women is an obligation established in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. So the woman should be completely covered. However, she is allowed to uncover her face and hands upto her wrist if she wishes as has been stated by a great many scholars of early times based upon various narrations of Allaah’s Messenger, though it is better to cover the face and hands. The great Scholar Al-Albaanee stated that the jilbaab can be a one piece garment or two pieces, so long as it covers the khimaar (headscarf) and meets all the conditions of the jilbaab, as stated here.

The Second Condition: “The Jilbaab Should not be Beautifying”. This is based upon the statement of Allaah, “and not to show off their adornments...” (An-Noor 24:31). This beauty and adornment is that which would cause men to look towards the believing women with desire. And this is further supported by the statement of Allaah, the Most High, “...and do not display your adornments like in the times of ignorance.” (Al-Ahzaab 33:33). The Prophet said, “...the woman who’s husband is absent from her, and he has left her with sufficient worldly provisons and she displays her beauty in his absence, then about them do not ask (i.e. they are from destroyed ones).” (Reported by Al-Haakim). Imaam Adh-Dhahabee stated in his book of major sins that from the actions that cause a woman to be cursed is if she was to reveal her beauty such as displaying gold, pearls or to perfume herself when leaving her home. It is, however, permissible for a woman to utilise other than black or white as the colour of her jilbaab, so long as that is the norm amongst the people as stated by the Scholars.

The Third Condition: “That the Jilbaab Should be Thick and not Transparent”. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “There will be in the latter part of my nation women who will be dressed yet undressed. Their heads will resemble the humps of camels. Curse them, for indeed they are accursed. They will not be admitted to Paradise nor smell its fragrance.” (Combined report by at-Tabaraanee and Muslim). The great scholar Ibn Abdul-Barr stated that this refers to the garment that is thin and shows the body and does not conceal it, so she is dressed in name, but naked in reality. In a narration reported by Al-Bukhaaree, Ibn Sa’d and Al-Bayhaqee it is stated authentically that Umm ‘Alqamah said, “I saw Hafsa, the daughter of Abdur-Rahmaan bin Abu Bakr, enter upon ‘Aaisha (the wife of the Prophet) and Hafsa was wearing a thin, transparent khimaar, so ‘Aaisha pulled it off her, and said, ‘Do you not know what Allaah revealed in Sooratun-Noor?!’ She then asked for a khimaar and dressed her with it.” The meaning of transparent as far as the jilbaab is concerned is that the colour of the skin underneath or the garments underneath can be seen through it.

The Fourth Condition: “That the Jilbaab Should be Wide and not Tight SO as to Reveal the Shape of the Body”. And the reason for this is that the purpose of the outdoor garment of the woman is to prevent temptation and arousal of desires, and this will not be achieved except by a wide spacious garment. So even if the beauty underneath cannot be seen because the garment has fulfilled the previous condition, it must also fulfill this important condition whereby the shape and size of the bodily parts of the woman are not described, such as her breasts and waist, due to the tightness of the jilbaab. For indeed if the jilbaab is tight, then it’s objective is lost! The noble Companion Usaamah bin Zaid said, “Allaah’s Messenger gave me a dense Coptic cloth to wear which he was given as a gift from Dihyah Al-Kalbee. So I dressed my wife with it. So the Messenger said, ‘Why have you not worn that Coptic garment?’ I replied, ‘I clothed my wife with it.’ So he said, ‘Command her to wear a garment underneath it, for I fear it will reveal the size of her bones (i.e. her bodily parts)’.” (Reported by Ahmad and Al-Bayhaqee).

The Fifth Condition: “That the Jilbaab Should not be Scented and Perfumed”. There are many narrations from Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that forbid the women from leaving their homes whilst perfumed. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Any woman who perfumes herself and passes amongst the people so that they may smell her scent, has (resembled) a fornicator.” (Reported by An-Nasaa’ee, Abu Dawood, and At-Tirmidhee). Zainab Ath-Thaqafiyah stated that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say, “If any of you women leave out to go to the mosque, do not approach scented perfume.” (Reported by Muslim). A woman passed by Abu Hurairah smelling of perfume, so he said to her, “O female slave of the Exalted! Are you going to the Mosque?” She replied, “Yes.” He said, “And you perfumed yourself for it?” She replied, “Yes.” So he said, “Then return back and take a bath, for indeed I heard Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say, ‘Allaah will not accept the prayer of a woman who leaves for the Mosque smelling of perfume up until she returns to her home and takes a bath (to remove it’s smell).’” (Reported by Al-Bayhaqee). So these textual proofs should be sufficient warning with regard to this serious affair.

The Sixth Condition: “That the Jilbaab Should not Resemble the Clothing of Men”. This condition is based upon extensive authentic narrations forbidding women from resembling men and from men resembling women. Abu Hurayrah stated, “Allaah’s Messenger cursed the man that wears the clothing of the woman and the woman that wears the clothing of the man.” (Reported Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Al-Haakim). And ‘Abdullaah bin ‘Amr said that he heard Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say, “Not from us are the women who take to resembling men and nor the men that take to resembling women.” (Reported by Ahmad). Ibn Abbaas stated, “The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) cursed the men who take to the effeminate behaviour of women and cursed the women who take to the manly behaviour of men.” (Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Abu Dawood). And this refers to taking on the behaviour that is specific to the opposite sex, such as utilising the types of beautification, jewellery and clothing etc.

The Seventh Condition: “That the Jilbaab Should not Resemble the Clothing of the Unbelievers”. The texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah establish for the Muslims that they have their own identity that must be preserved. The Islamic legislation therefore forbids the believers from resembling the unbelievers in that which is specific for them in their worship, their celebrations and clothing. This is an important principle in Islaam that has been abandoned in these times, so much so that much of the Islamic heritage is being lost as the generations go by, and this is due to the large number of Muslims blindly following non-Islamic cultural practices. In this regard there are many authentic narrations from the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), such as, “Differ from the people of the Scripture...”, “Differ from the Jews...”, “Differ from the unbelievers...”, “Whoever imitates a people is from them.” (Reported by At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Hibbaan, Abu Dawood and others). So he would command the people to differ from the non-Muslims in many issues such as growing the beard, trimming the moustache, praying in shoes, etc. Additionally, Allaah’s Messenger said, “You will follow the ways of those who came before you, handspan by handspan and cubit-length by cubit-length so much so that if they enter into a lizard’s burrow, you would surely enter it!” So it was said, “Do you mean the Jews and Christians?” He said, “Who else?!” (Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim).

The Eighth Condition: “That the Jilbaab Should not be for Shuhrah, meaning, Ostentatious Seeking Fame or Repute”. The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever wears clothing seeking to stand out and seeking fame in this world, Allaah will dress him with clothing of humiliation on the Day of Resurrection, then it will be set ablaze.” (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ibn Maajah). Shaikh Al-Albaanee mentioned that this refers to any clothing which is worn intending to stand out amongst the people, whether it be clothing which is costly which one may wear to show off and boast regarding this world and its adornment, or clothing which is lowly or simple and worn to manifest abstenance and for displaying a righteous act with the purpose of impressing others. Ibnul-Atheer stated that it means making something manifest, and the intent here is that the clothing is such that it makes one stand out amongst the people due to its colour being different from the colour of their clothing, so the people look towards such that person, so he displays self importance such that it causes amazement and pride (See Naylul-Awtaar 2/94). When asked regarding the various colours of Jilbaab that the wives of the Prophet wore, Shaikh Ubaid Al-Jaabiree stated that the intent behind that which is mentioned in these narrations is not colours that turn one’s attention, so one should not envision that the Mothers of the Believers and their sisters from amongst the Companions or their Successors used to wear Jilbaabs or Khimars so as to turn the attention of unrelated men towards them.

Why we convert to Islam.

If anyone were to ever ask me why I converted to Islam, well, nobody could have said it better than Jafar ibn Abi Talib’s (rahimuAllah) in his speech in the court of Najashi. I urge you all to share this beautiful piece to all non-Muslims and to all our sisters in Islam because it is such a gem that should not be overlooked! 

There have been many biographies written and speeches given on Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that have provided a glimpse of his life, the role that he played as a Messenger of God, and the message that he brought for mankind. However, the speech delivered by Ja‘far bin Abi Talib to the Christian king of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the 7th century to date is referenced as one of the most succinct and eloquent speeches that captured the moments of that era, and expressed the message of Islam concisely and clearly.

The speech was delivered in the fifth year of Muhammad’s Prophethood. As we recall from the early days of Islam when Muslims were tortured, persecuted, and humiliated in many ways, a few Muslims emigrated to take refuge in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) that was ruled by Ashamah Negus (also known as al-Najashi), a Christian king. The prophet had known him as a fair ruler and thus had permitted the followers of Islam to take refuge in his kingdom. Makkah’s Quraish, who at the time were amongst the foremost in persecuting the new Muslims could not tolerate the Muslims living peacefully in the Christian kingdom. Hence, they made a last ditch effort to get those Muslims extradited to Makkah and sent two of their strongest envoys to demand their extradition.

Those envoys were Amr bin Al-As and Abdullah bin Abi Rabia (the two embraced Islam a few years later). The two envoys took valuable gifts for the king and his clergy in the hopes of convincing the king to return the new Muslims. The pagan envoys demanded the Muslims’ extradition on grounds that they had abandoned the religion of their forefathers, and their leader (Muhammad) was preaching a religion different from theirs and from that of the king.

On hearing the claims against Muslims that the envoys had presented, the Christian king summoned the Muslims to his court. The Muslims selected Jafar bin Abi Talib to speak on their behalf. With silence in the court, Jafar bin Abi Talib stood up and addressed the king in the following words:

“O King! we were plunged in the depth of ignorance and barbarism; we adored idols, we lived in unchastity,we ate the dead bodies, and we spoke abominations,we disregarded every feeling of humanity, and the duties of hospitality and neighborhood were neglected; we knew no law but that of the strong, when Allah raised among us a man, of whose birth, truthfulness, honesty, and purity we were aware; and he called to the Oneness of Allah , and taught us not to associate anything with Him. “He forbade us the worship of idols; and he enjoined us to speak the truth, to be faithful to our trusts, to be merciful and to regard the rights of the neighbors and kith and kin; he forbade us to speak evil of women, or to eat the substance of orphans; he ordered us to flee from the vices, and to abstain from evil; to offer prayers, to render alms, and to observe fast.“We have believed in him, we have accepted his teachings and his injunctions to worship Allah, and not to associate anything with Him, and we have allowed what He has allowed, and prohibited what He has prohibited.“For this reason, our people have risen against us, have persecuted us in order to make us forsake the worship of Allah and return to the worship of idols and other abominations. They have tortured and injured us, until finding no safety among them; we have come to your country, and hope you will protect us from oppression.”

[Reference: Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum ; The sealed nectar]

It is quite obvious from the speech that it has stood the test of time and delivers the message of Islam today just as effectively as it did more than 1400 years ago. The eloquence of the speech leaves no doubt regarding the strength of the faith and clarity of the new Muslims’ understanding of Islam and the message brought by Allah’s messenger. This speech also serves as a reminder not just for us Muslims but also for those who are still struggling to get the message that Muhammad (peace be upon him) brought for mankind.

The question for Muslims today is whether they are living that message? In the mean time, let’s gets the message to whoever we can. Insha'Allah.