Go, Quebec, Go! [A look into the Niqab-Ban]

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.

Quebec School Expels Niqab Student

Re: Man claims fiancee hid behind Niqab

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

Tantawi, Egypt and Niqaab

October 8, 2009 § 18 Comments

Tantawi goes and does it again. I can’t bring to call him Shaykh anymore. I am so upset at this I can’t even begin to put it into words.

Egypts reputed Sunni Scholar of Al Azhar, Yes, the famour Al Azher, one of the top most reputed Islamic Universities come out with the statement banning Niqaab in all schools and universities. And guess what? He doesn’t just stop there, he forcibly removes the Niqaab of a 16 year old in front of her classmates and then goes on to say something crude to her by commenting on her looks. He denys that Niqaab is a part of Islam [At the very least it is Sunnah]. Oh and he takes another step ahead by saying that he knows more about the religion then her and her Parents.

SubhanAllah… these are our so-called ‘Shyookh’ – he shows no respect for the haya and honour of a Muslim Woman which is sacred in Islam and then he shows arrogance when the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam has said that a Man with even an ounce of kibr in his heart will not enter into Paradise.

I’m shocked. Dismayed and saddened, not to mention, as a Niqaabi myself I can’t even begin to imagine how humiliated that girl must have felt.

May Allah subhanna wa ta’ala grant our Sisters in Egypt Sabr and steadfastness and replace our misguided Ulema with guided ones. Ameen.

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi does an excellent article [satire] on Muslimmatters here.

Eid Mubarak!

September 19, 2009 § 3 Comments

Wishing all of you a blessed and joyful Eid Mubarak!

TaqabbalAllahu minna wa minkum saleh el Amal. Ameen. Rabbana taqabbal minna salatana wa siayama wa qiyamana.

As always it is depressing to see Ramadan go, because it makes you wonder if your deeds have been accepted or not or if you were among those who Allah subhanna wa ta’ala saved from the fire or those who were cursed because Ramadaan came and they did not seek forgiveness from Allah.

Although everyone has been saying this Ramadaan had been declared a day late and therefore we’re just completing 29 days instead of 30. I fully expected to pray Taraweeh when I was at the Masjid, not to mention I haven’t even gotten my henna done. But inshaAllah khayr, there is always tomorrow.

I’d like to remind everyone that everyone, including Women and Children are recommended to go to the Eid Musalla/Masjid for Eid Prayers. Scholars the likes of Ibn Taymiyyah rahimulla consider it to be fardh, but wa Allahu alam.

According to a report narrated by al-Tirmidhi: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to bring out the virgins, adolescent girls, women in seclusion and menstruating women on the two Eids, but the menstruating women were to keep away from the prayer place and witness the gathering of the Muslims. One of them said, “O Messenger of Allaah, what if she does not have a jilbaab?” He said, “Then let her sister lend her one of her jilbaabs.” (Agreed upon).

I’m also linking an article regarding all the bid’ah [innovations] and mistakes people tend to do on Eid which have no basis in the Qurán and Sunnah.

Mistakes done on Eid

Savagely beaten to death for being Muslim

September 9, 2009 § 4 Comments

This is another one of those hate crimes that a lot of people choose to ignore, especially the West. May Allah subhanna wa ta’ala grant him a high status in Jannatul Firdaws and give his family sabr. Ameen. I really hope the perpetrators of this crime are punished in this life and the hereafter.

A devout Muslim pensioner attacked by a race-hate gang of schoolboys died yesterday.

Ekram Haque, 67, lost his fight for life a week after he was battered to the ground in front of his three-year-old granddaughter, Marian.

As revealed in yesterday’s Daily Mail, he suffered horrific head injuries in the assault outside a mosque in Tooting, South-West London, where he had just prayed.

As he and Marian waited for a lift, the gang ran up behind him and clubbed him around the head.

Two other worshippers chased the thugs away but Mr Haque – described by friends as a ‘gentle giant’ – had suffered horrific head injuries.

And they had no fault except that they believed in Allâh, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise! (85:8)

Memon Weddings

August 15, 2009 § 32 Comments

This is the second wedding I’ve been dragged to in the past two weeks. The first one was my first experience of attending a Hindu wedding. How do I get dragged into them? My Dad gets invites from his business associates and my Mom really dislikes going alone to weddings because according to her, ‘If she doesn’t know people, what will she do alone?’ And therefore I have to be the good daughter and go with her to give her company.

I’ve never been to a Memon Wedding before, how was I to know it was going to be segregated? Usually, whatever wedding it is, I usually do make an effort to dress-up  regardless of the fact that I won’t be taking my Abaya/Niqab off. It’s just a personal thing, you dont have to dress up to show it to others.

But today I was tired, knackered and absolutely not in the mood to go and I wanted my comfort. Considering I’d be wearing my Abaya where you could probably just see my Shararah… I matched one of my T-Shirts with my Shararah and I was all set. 😛 [It didn’t look half bad though…]

Usually desi weddings aren’t segregated from what I’ve seen unless its a religious family or there are Women in the family who cover. And I wasn’t prepared at all for a segregated wedding. Khayr, everything that happens, happens for the best. Some of the Men from the family had the tendency to walk-in the ladies hall without considering the fact that there were Women who probably do purdah inside. And I thought that only happened in Pakistan!

On a totally random note, they had some of the crappiest and loudest music playing. I wonder if people ever consider the fact that they’re starting something beautiful with something that is haraam? No Music on my wedding inshaAllah.

Watch what you say

August 14, 2009 § 15 Comments

The internet can be a scary place sometimes. Watch what you say! [Especially on facebook.]

😛 Poor guy.

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