March 31, 2010 § 1 Comment
It’s confirmed – Shaykh Ahmed was confirmed dead yesterday. He was a good man and Zayeds son.
May Allah have mercy on his soul – Inna Lillah wa Inna Ilaihi Raji3oon.
للهم أرحم الشيخ احمد بن زايد و اجعل قبره روضة من رياض الجنة –
Makes me wonder though, could it have been not just an accident…?
A little about him here:- Link
March 29, 2010 § 3 Comments
Every Muslim knows praying [Salah] is one of the most important five pillars of Islam and yet so many of us don’t bother praying.
We just finished doing the Tafseer of Surah Al Mudathir and Surah Al Qiyama and there was something that was repeated in both chapters of the Qurán that really caught my eye and made me think.
In Surah Al Muddathir there is a conversation between the People of Paradise [May Allah azza wa jal’ make us from among them] and the people of Hell-fire where the People of Paradise will ask them the reason for why they were entered into hell-fire:-
مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِي سَقَرَ
“What has caused you to enter Hell?”
قَالُوا لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ الْمُصَلِّينَ
‘They will say: “We were not of those who used to offer their Salat (prayers)’
And in Surah Al Qiyama again, one of the reasons for being entered into hell-fire is because:-
فَلَا صَدَّقَ وَلَا صَلَّىٰ
‘He neither affirmed the truth; nor prayed’
The reason why these people are entered into hell-fire is because they did not offer Salah. A lot of Muslims simply believe they were will be entered into Paradise because they claim to be Muslim and have said the Shahada – but is it really enough?
Reflect, think and ponder.
March 14, 2010 § 1 Comment
Quebec has joined the list of Countries, Provinces & Cities who see ‘Niqab’ as a threat. Yes, ladies & Gentlemen the Niqab – a really simple piece of cloth seems to have people in quite a flurry. God forbid Women wear such a thing and surely they must have forced into it! Not to mention, we simply can’t speak to them when they have that thing on. So guess what? We’re going to ban it. Hah! But wait, we’re still keen on freedom you know? We support Women in their right to wear whatever they want because this is the 21st century…
If you’re thinking great blog post – I absolutely support what she has written so far you need to click on the ‘X’ button on the top right corner of your screen because the above was sarcasm.
Simply put, this is ridiculous and I’m a little surprised that this is coming from Canada. Which I have long looked upon as being at least a little lenient to Muslims compared to other Western Countries but I guess not
The issue of the face-veil has been blown out of proportion by the Media. There is a lack of understanding & the Media did its part in painting the Niqab as ‘evil’ & ‘oppressive’. What we need is interaction between Muslim Women who veil & the Non-Muslim Western public. What we need is a more positive approach to the Niqab by the Media. What we need is understanding.
What I find ironic and hypocritical that these same Countries who preach ‘Women rights’ and Women being allowed to wear what they want are now breaking their own rules, views and laws. At the same time being discriminatory. It’s utterly okay to walk around in a ultra mini-skirt and a tanktop because that is her right – but God Forbid she cover her face.
In the end, I have to say – this is going to do nothing but fuel more Anti-Western views within the Muslim World and cause Muslim Women who cover their faces to be alienated within Quebec Society.
March 2, 2010 § 9 Comments
I originally posted this at Al Emarati – another blog I’m a guest-blogger at. Also this incident is a little old now I thought it was still worth re-posting.
This story has been the talk of the town since it hit the newspapers. And quite frankly when I first read it I was groaning with despair because Niqabis so do not need another Media bashing right now.
Ultimately though, it isn’t exactly the Niqab [face-veil] to blame but the people involved in it. However the story is written in such a way that it makes delicious food for the Niqab-haters out there.
A Man apparently married a Woman who wears the Niqab and didn’t properly see her before they got married, finding out too late that she had quite a bit of facial hair and was cross-eyed.
Dubai: An Arab ambassador said he decided to call off his wedding immediately after he discovered that his wife-to-be, who wears a niqab, was bearded and cross-eyed.
The ambassador claimed that the bride’s mother deceived his mother, when she went to see his Gulf national wife-to-be, by showing her pictures of the bride’s sister.
The Arab man, who also holds the title of minister plenipotentiary, claimed to a Sharia court judge in Dubai that the bride’s family showed his mother photos of the bride’s sister and not the woman he was going to marry.
Sources close to the case told Gulf News that the groom only saw the woman a few times. He did not realise that she had a beard because she wore the niqab the few times he met her, added the source.
First of all, islamically, it is the right of the Man and the Woman to look at each other before they marry and this is proved from the authentic narrations of the Prophet Sallalahu alayhi wasallam.
- The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When one of you proposes to a woman, if he can look at that which may encourage him to go ahead and marry her, let him do so.” [Sunan Abu Dawood]
- From Abu Hurayrah [RA]: “I was with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when a man came and told him that he had married a woman of the Ansaar. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to him, ‘Have you seen her?’ He said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Go and look at her, for there is something in the eyes of the Ansaar.” (Reported by Muslim, no. 1424; and by al-Daaraqutni, 3/253 (34)
- From al-Mugheerah ibn Shu’bah: “I proposed marriage to a woman, and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Have you seen her?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Look at her, because it is more fitting that love and compatibility be established between you.’” According to another report: “So he did that, and he married her and mentioned that they got along.” (Reported by al-Daaraqutni, 3/252 (31, 32); Ibn Maajah, 1/574)
From the above ahadith it is a consensus among the scholars that it is allowed for both spouses to look at each other before they get married. Obviously the Man in question did not do so – instead he relied upon pictures and was deceived by the daughters Mother. Who is to blame here? Definitely not the Niqab.
Which brings me to another point, how could anyone, especially a Mother deceive her future son-in-law like that? Not to mention, she should’ve given her daughter at least some sort of therapy at least before marrying her off. Also, deception about physical attributes is one of the reasons a person can annul a marriage.
Read the original story here:- Link