Do you offer your Salah?

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’

[31]

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.

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

Al Asma Al Husna

February 24, 2010 § 9 Comments

As part of our course we’re required to study and learn the 99 Names of Allah. So I was browsing some Youtube videos and came across this particular one that I really liked. It’s by Hisham Abbas – Enjoy!

The Messenger of Allah, said, “Allah has ninety-nine names. He who ‘ahsaha’ [enumerates them, believes in them, ponders their meanings, worships Allah by them and supplicates with them, and acts by them according to one’s belief in them] will enter Paradise.

[Bukhari & Muslim]

‘When will you wake from this slumber?’

February 10, 2010 § 3 Comments

First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

November 17, 2009 § 11 Comments

Most of us want shortcuts. Easier way outs. Ways to invest little and gain a lot of reward. When it comes to the deen, a lot of Muslims tend to complain that its ‘hard’, that it’s difficult to keep up with praying 5 times a day and doing other ibaadah.

Well, although this isn’t exactly a way out for those people, it is a way to invest little and gain a lot of reward.

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are nearly upon us [Starting tomorrow inshaAllah!] and these days and nights have a lot of importance in the sight of Allah. Deeds done in these 10 days have immense reward.

A few ahadith pertaining to these days:

  • Ibn ‘Abbas reports that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days [meaning the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah].” The companions asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, not even jihad in the way of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihad, except for the man who puts his life and wealth in danger [for Allaah’s sake] and returns with neither of them.” [This is related by the group except Muslim and an-Nasa’i]
  • Ahmad and at-Tabarani record from Ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “There is no day more honorable in Allaah’s sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allaah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allaah : Laa ilaaha illallaah), takbir (Allaah is the greatest : Allaahu Akbar) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allaah : alhumdulillaah) a lot [on those days].” [Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shaakir stated it is saheeh]
  • Abu Hurairah relates that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “There are no days more loved to Allaah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijja. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer salatul tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [i.e., Lailatul Qadr].” [This is related by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and al-Baihaqi]

Take most advantage of these days, step-up with the Ibaadah and earn the pleasure and ajar of Allah [SWT].

Who knows if you’ll live long enough to see the next Dhul Hijjah?

[More ahadith concerning these days found on: – First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah]

Nasheed for Hijabis [By Ahmed bin Ali Al-Ajami]

November 15, 2009 § 1 Comment

Came across this and I loved it. Shaykh Ahmed bin Ali Al-Ajami has a beautiful voice – especially his Qiraat of the Qurán. 🙂

Stay strong if you wear the Hijab or the Niqaab – in the end, the ajar is with Allah SWT.

May Allah subhanna wa ta’ala give all our Sisters sabr who are facing problems be it at home or from the government because of their Hijab or Niqaab. Ameen.

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