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Diam-French rapper stuns fans, makes first TV appearance wearing hijab

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Amid a nationwide debate in France surrounding attitudes towards the Islamic veil, or hijab, a French rapper has surprised fans by announcing her conversion to Islam and choosing to wear a headscarf.

French rapper Mélanie Georgiades, known as Diam’s, made her first TV appearance with her new image.

French rapper Mélanie Georgiades, known as Diam’s, made her first TV appearance with her new image.

Mélanie Georgiades, known as Diam’s, has gone through what onlookers have described as a “complete transformation” from an image she had prior to 2009.

Since 2009, Diam’s had been unusually absent from the mainstream rap scene, prompting more than three years of controversy over her whereabouts, despite making the odd public appearance with her scarf.
But recently the French rapper made her first television appearance with her new image.

Diam’s appeared in an exclusive TV interview with French TV station TF1, to talk about a past experience with drugs, including hallucinating narcotics, and being in a mental asylum until she discovered the “serenity of Islam.” The rapper said the religion was introduced to her by coincidence, when she saw a Muslim friend praying.

Diam’s, said she has been married for over a year and is a now a new mother, moving far away from her drug-relate past.

In her TV interview she said her “conversion to Islam was the result of a personal conviction, after understanding the religion and reading the Holy Quran.”

When asked about wearing the hijab in France, a country which has banned the niqab, she said: “I believe that I live in a tolerant society, and I don’t feel hurt by criticism, but by insults and stereotyping and ready-made judgments.”

French rapper Mélanie Georgiades, known as Diam’s, made her first TV appearance with her new image.

French rapper Mélanie Georgiades, known as Diam’s, made her first TV appearance with her new image.

Asked by her host about why she is wearing a hijab while many Muslim women don’t wear it, and don’t find it to be a religious obligation, she answered: “I see it as a divine order or a divine advice, this brings joy to my heart and for me this is enough.”

Stardom?

Diam’s said that by converting to Islam she gained comfort, adding that stardom doesn’t fit in with her life anymore, adding “this has warmed my heart, as I know now the purpose of my existence, and why am I here on Earth.”

Diam’s criticized the media which photographed her coming out of one of the mosques in France, wearing her Hijab and looking at her mobile, preceded by a man in a training suit, which many believed to be her husband.

Discussing how her life was like before her conversion to Islam, Diam’s said: “I was very famous and I had what every famous person looks for, but I was always crying bitterly alone at home, and this is what none of my fans had felt.”

She added: “I was heavily addicted to drugs, including hallucinating narcotics and was admitted in mental asylum to recover, but this was in vain until I heard one of my Muslim friends saying ‘I am going to pray for a while and will come back,’ so I told her that I want to pray as well.”

Recalling that moment, Diam’s said: “it was the first time that I touched the floor with head, and I had a strong feeling that I have never experienced before, and I believe now that kneeling in prayer, shouldn’t be done to anyone but Allah.

Islam, a religion of tolerance

Diam’s said that she moved to Mauritius to read the Quran, and have a better understanding of Islam, discovering during her retreat, the tolerance of Islam.

When asked by her host about her views on Islam, and those who commit all the murders and atrocities pretending to be doing it in the name of religion, she answered: “I think we should differentiate between the ignorant and the knowledgeable, and the ignorant should not speak about what he doesn’t know, Islam does not allow murdering innocent victims the way we see it nowadays.”

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10 Majors Excuses why not wear Hijab…

# 1 excuse : “I don’t think it is necessary to wear the hijab.”

We must asked if the person is truly convinced of the truth that is Islam?

And the clear answer given is: Yes, she is convinced, for she responds “Laa ilaaha illallah!” (There is no God but Allah), and then she says: “Muhammadun rasoolullah!” (Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah). Therefore, she is convinced of Islam as a belief system and a way of life

So now isn’t hijab then a part of Islamic Law and an obligation? If you are convinced of Islam, how then can you not be convinced of its orders?

What do we call a person who says they believe but who nonetheless does not do what Allah or His Messenger have ordered? Certainly they can in no way be described as those whom Allah speaks of in this verse:

The only saying of the faithful believers when they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say: ‘we hear and obey ‘ and such are the successful. [Sura An-Noor 24:51]

#2 Excuse: “My parents prevent me from wearing it and I can’t disobey my parents”

How can you obey your parents and disobey Allah, Who created you and your parents?

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said in these words of wisdom: There is no obedience to the created in the disobedience of Allah. [Ahmed]

Obedience to parents is not limited except in one aspect, and that is if they order to disobedience of Allah. Allah said: “But if they strive with you to make you join in worship with Me others that of which you have no knowledge, then obey them not.” [Sura Luqmaan 31:15]

#3 Excuse : “My Job does not allow me to wear an Islamic dress”

It is not permissible for the Muslim woman to leave her home in any instance unless her clothing meets the conditions of Islamic hijab and it is a duty of every Muslim woman to know what they are. If you must go out, then do so only with the correct hijab, seeking the pleasure of Allah and the degradation of Shaytan. If your place of work does not allow it then  try your best to find another job.

if you are really truthful in your intention and correctly determined in wanting to wear hijab you will find a thousands hands of good assisting you and Allah will make it easy for you! Is He not the One Who says: And whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty) and He will provide him from sources he never could imagine. [Sura At-Talaaq 65:2-3]?

#4 Excuse: “It is too hot to wear a hijab”

Allah gives an example by saying:

Say: The Fire of Hell is more intense in heat if they only understand. [Sura At-Taubah 9:81]

Understand that Shaytan has trapped you and he is dragging you from the heat of this world to the heat of the Hellfire. Free yourself from his net and view the heat of the sun as a favor and not an affliction especially if it reminds you of the intensity of the punishment of Allah which is many times greater than the heat you feel now.

#5 Excuse: “I ‘m afraid that if I wear the hijab I will take it off later because others did it

If everyone was to apply that logic then they would have left the Deen in its entirety! They would have left off salat because some would be afraid of leaving it later. They would have left fasting in Ramadan because so many are afraid of not doing it later but If you hold tight to the causes of guidance and taste the sweetness of faith you will not neglect the orders of Allah after having held to them.

#6 Excuse: “I will never find a husband if I wear it”

Why will you want to marry someone who does not want to follow Allah’s commands?

Any husband, who desires that you be uncovered and adorned in public in defiance of and in disobedience to Allah, is not a worthy husband in the first place.  As Allah stated: But whosoever turns away from My reminder (i.e. neither believes in the Qur’an nor acts upon its teachings) verily for him is a life of hardship and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection. [Sura Ta Ha 20:124]

#7 Excuse: “I can’t not hide the beauty that Allah blessed me with”

Have you forgotten these verses:

And do not show off their adornment except only that which is apparent [Sura An-Noor 24:31] and the statement of Allah Subhanah Wa Taala: Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over their bodies [Sura Al-Ahzaab 33:59]?

And is there a greater blessing and favor upon the woman than guidance and hijab?

#8 Excuse: “I will wear it when Allah guides me”

Are you serious?

Haven’t He already guided you by sending His Noble Quran and making you a muslim?

#9 Excuse: “I am still young I will wear when I get older”

How can you guarantee your own life until tomorrow?

The Angel of Death is visiting and waiting at your door for the order of Allah Taala to take your life at any moment. Death doesn’t discriminate between the young or the old.

We should all race to obedience to answer the call of Allah:”Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord and Paradise the width whereof is as the width of the heavens and the earth. [Sura Al-Hadeed 57:21]

#10 Excuse: “If I wear it i will be labeled and people will stare at me”

The hijab is a high form of worship that is not subject to the opinions of people and their orientations and choices because the one who legislated it is the Most Wise Creator.

In the way of seeking the pleasure of Allah and in hope of His Mercy and success in His Jannah and throw those statements against the wall! Dust your shoulders off from their evil and focus on the prize. Hold tight to the rope of Allah by your molars and follow the example of the striving and knowledgeable Mothers of the Believers and the female companions (radiallahu anhum ajmaeen).

Your body is on display in the market of Shaytan seducing the hearts of men. The hairstyles, the tight clothing showing every detail of your figure, the short dresses showing off your legs and other body parts all anger the Merciful and please the Shaytan. Isn’t it time to liberate yourself?

In our Race to Jannah  let’s get on the train of repentance, before it passes by our station. Deeply considering, what is happening today before tomorrow comes. Thinking about it, now, before it is too late!

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Indian Muslim Girl was forced to remove HIJAB

Indian Girl was asked to remove HiJAB , or meeting with kalam ?

Date I received in my email : 30th July 2012

Today A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, the former president of India, visited the St.Ann’s College for Women in Hyderabad . Girls were ecstatic, elated and budding with excitement, even just to have a glimpse of this remarkable personality. But today my respect for my country and it’s leaders have lowered a bit, “A BIT” I say.

I woke up with much difficulty this morning cos I had woken up for Suhoor(pre-fast meal) just two hours back. But the excitement made me jump out of my bed and rush to the college for the former President’s visit arrangements at the college. I was one of the volunteers in the programme and was going to coordinate the “Interaction session”. Tension, joy and extreme frenzy were the mixed emotions going on through me.

I reach the college and practice the session a few times. Just as me and my friend were exchanging gags and chatter, one of my teacher comes to me and whispers “Uzma, you might like the idea of removing your scarf”. I was confused. I asked her, “Why, ma’am?”. She replied, “Security reasons.”

An unknown feeling pulled me in. Maybe she recognised that look on my face and she just went. And then some other teachers came up to convince me into removing my scarf. I apologetically refused each time someone came and asked me to do it. I was slowly sinking in. When persuaded intensly, I became rigid. Refused, debated my way out of their requests to “cooperate” with the security conditions. Some of the teachers said, “We had already informed the students about the security conditions.

The conditions were, they said, NO BURQAS AND SCARVES ALLOWED. 

As the teachers discarded me and my friend from volunteering (and replaced us with other girls), and asked us to sit back amidst the audience, a feeling of extreme pain hit me like a bolt. The image of a secular India blurred in the cloud of my tears. A thousand questions arose, a hundred protests, but I pressed them into silent tears.

You must be thinking now, why would a mere request to remove a scarf hurt someone so much? And why would I show so much of rigidity in keeping it on my head. Here’s how.

I, before this day, considered myself as a proud and free citizen of a democratic, socialist, secular and a liberal India. Today my pride has weakened a bit, a little disturbed and shaky. I question. Why would the former President of a secular country, include in his security conditions, the need to remove a harmless piece of cloth, an identity, from a woman? Burqa and scarf were briefly being mentioned as if they were AK47s and Grenades. Why? Why would an innocent scarf on a girl’s head, be considered as AGAINST somebody’s security? I would take this day, as an insult.

At the end of the day, all I know is. Many of the girls of my college were deprived of meeting their country’s former President because they chose Burqa over his security. I and my friend were deprived of being a volunteer because we were wearing a scarf. Isn’t this enough to hurt the sentiments of a religion?

All I wanted was, to be allowed to PRACTICE MY RELIGION FREELY AND PROUDLY. Why isn’t my commitment to my religion being RESPECTED in my own country? Today they asked me to compromise with my Hijab for a mere function, tomorrow these people will ask me to compromise with it for someone else’s “SECURITY”. My scarf isn’t a switch that I turn it on and off according to people’s convenience. My identity, my Hijab isn’t for the people. It is for myself, for my Lord.

Well, if India boasts to be a secular state, then it’s time, people of India start acting secular. Cos this isnt secular enough for me.

I never mean to hurt anybody’s feelings through this article. It is just plain me, asking plain questions for plain answers. Thank You.

 —Uzma Tahreem

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Well,this information  not a surprize 2 me  that in India peoples are doing this… Wel,the fact is Indian community became advance these days. they lost to respect Good womens.

When a Community will accept PORN STARS AND PROSTITUTES AND WILL PROMOTE THEN YOU SUCH ACTS. What will happen when a community will accept PORN STAR TO BE IDOL PERSON.

Im unable to understand What a Porn Star / Prostitute will Inspire others ?

Once India was known as “Land of Gods” ,now its turning in to “Land of PORN Stars and Prostitutes”

I tried to stand against this issues,but sadly i was having very small supporters.

May Allah save our youth and future generation from such fitna,

ameen

and Sister Uzma ,

I want to say :

please don”t sad,Believe me , 1.68 billion muslims are proud of you. 

atlst Im very proud of you!

Love you for the sake of Allah,

May he shower his mercy and forgiveness on you all time,

ameen

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The Iron Woman reply on HIJAB

She is known among Yemenis as “the iron woman” and the “mother of the revolution.” A conservative woman fighting for change in a conservative Muslim and tribal society, Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman has been the face of the mass uprising against the authoritarian regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

She is also  First Arab Woman and Youngest Nobel Peace Laureate – in Hijab!

The 32-year-old Karman has been an activist for human rights in Yemen for years, but when she was arrested in January, it helped detonate protests by hundreds of thousands demanding the ouster of Saleh and the creation of a democratic government.

When the Nobel announcement was made Friday, Karman was where she has been nearly every day for the past eight months: in a protest tent in Change Square, the roundabout in central Sanaa that has been the symbolic epicenter of the revolt.

“This prize is not for Tawakkul, it is for the whole Yemeni people, for the martyrs, for the cause of standing up to (Saleh) and his gangs. Every tyrant and dictator is upset by this prize because it confronts injustice,”

she told The Associated Press from her tent as she received congratulations from other activists.

“Don’t worry about Yemen. Yemen started in peace and it will end its revolution in peace, and it will start its new civil state with peace,” she said.

Her husband, Mohammed al-Nahmi, sitting with her in the tent as he received congratulations, told AP,

“This is a prize she deserves. Before she is my wife, she is a colleague, and a companion in the struggle.”

Karman, a mother of three, originally hails from the southern city of Taiz, a city known for its prominent middle class and university intellectuals that has long been a hotbed of opposition to Saleh. Her father, Abdul-Salam Karman, was once the legal affairs minister under Saleh, but resigned to protest government corruption.

Karman headed the Women Journalists without Chains, a human rights group for journalist. A senior member of Yemen’s opposition Islamic fundamentalist Islah Party who wears the Muslim headscarf, she has campaigned for years for greater rights for women in the conservative nation and has been organising smaller-scale protests demanding an end to harassment of journalists and greater freedom of expression.

After anti-regime protests erupted in Tunisia in late 2010, and protests against Saleh began to grow in Sanaa and Taiz in January.

But they escalated dramatically after Karman was briefly arrested from her home in Sanaa on January 23. It is rare for women to be taken into custody in Yemen, and the arrest outraged many. She was held for a few hours, released in the early hours the next day — but the momentum had built for the protests to expand.

i think this much is enough as for her introduction.let me come to main point.

When she asked about her Hijab by Journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, she replied:


“Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is regressive back to the ancient times”

“Wow”

She really makes me fill with Pride by looking at her  undying passion for justice and her strong conviction in hijab.

May Allah swt continue to increase her passion and strengthen her resolve in all she does.

Ameen

King

slave of Allah

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Ice Princess in the Hijab – Zahra Lari

CANAZEI, Italy — From the sand dunes of the Rub al Khali desert to the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites in northern Italy, Emirati teen Zahra Lari made figure skating history this week.

The 17-year-old not only became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in an international competition but the first to do so wearing the hijab, an Islamic headscarf.

“In my country women don’t do much sport and even less figure skating,” the quietly-spoken teenager told AFP after competing alongside skaters from 50 countries in the European Cup.

A practising Muslim, her black headscarf and sober costume, stood out among the flashy orange tutus and fluorescent pink tights.

“I skate with the hijab, my costume is in line with Islamic tradition,” she explained.

“The other girls are very nice to me. I think they accept me very well. I haven’t had any problems, people are open. It’s not a question of an exhibition, but of sport and my father is in agreement.”

Lari’s American-born mother Roquiya Cochran admitted that it had taken some time to convince her husband to let their daughter compete.

“I had to convince him. In the beginning he saw it as his daughter dancing in front of a male audience

“But he came along to watch, he saw how beautiful she was on the ice, and he loves her, he wants her to be happy. She’s covered, she hasn’t done anything anti-Islamic.”

Lari explains that her love of the ice began when she watched a Disney movie at the age of 11.

“I watched The Ice Princess over a 100 times, I loved it! I said to myself ‘That’s what I want to do’.”

Three years later she realised her dream when she pulled on her first pair of skates at the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi where she met her coach Noemi Bedo.

“Promising skaters usually start aged 3 or 4 years,” explains Romanian Bedo.

“But she’s very talented, she’s very powerful and jumps higher than the others. I also believe in the Olympic Games,” added Bedo, of Lari’s dream of competing at the Winter Olympics.

The European Cup in Canazei does not have the stature of the ISU Grand Prix events and Lari did not compete at the world junior championships last February, but she nevertheless finished in the top 15.

“This has been an incredible learning experience and I am happy to have been able to show what I have learnt in the last few years,” she said.

“I may not have the competition experience that the other skaters have but I feel that I held my own and look forward to participating in future competitions.”

“For Sochi (2014 Winter Games) I’m giving 100 percent, I can do it. Otherwise I’ll try for the 2018 Games,” she said.

She certainly has the determination, getting up six days a week at 4:30 to practice before her day begins at the American International School.

“I’m on the ice until 7:30 and at 16:00 I’m back skating for an hour and a half. It’s not difficult, I love that, and I want to succeed.”

Apart from wanting her own success, Lari added: “I want to encourage girls from the Emirates and the Gulf to achieve their dream too and not to let anyone tell them not to do sport, not only figure skating but all sports.”

Zahra Lari exemplifies to the world that you can be a practicing Muslim woman who is competitive, ambitious, and bold. That is a good example for all women of faith, particularly in a world that increasingly views religion as incompatible with female strength and empowerment.

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Hijab is Not to Protect Men, But to Honor Women

As we know, Islam provides a few guidelines on dress code for both men and women. They are designed to promote modesty while still allowing a functioning and healthy society. I’ve heard and read a number of stories and have observed the attitudes of many brothers:

that Islamic guidelines for women’s clothing and modesty exist largely for the purpose of protecting men from fitnah (trial, spiritual test, calamity).

If a Muslim woman does not dress in a way they deem appropriate in their vicinity, some people will denigrate them for dressing or acting un-Islamically and being a fitnah for them. Some of these comments highlight an understanding that is divorced from healthy Islamic principles:

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“Oh man, these girls are a fitnah!”

“If a guy looks at you more than once, you aren’t covering properly.”

“If a guy likes you, then you are a fitnah in the community.”

“If you’re causing fitnah at school, it is better for you to leave the school.”

“Cover properly, so that you aren’t a trial for the guys!”

Such comments strike at the insecurities, religious aspirations, and self-esteem of our sisters in a way Islam never ever meant. This environment can only result in a few endings. One, a person will decide that she wants nothing to do with a practicing version of Islam and will leave practicing circles, deciding to strike her own path. Why would anyone want to be in a judgmental environment? Second, she may buy into this version of “Islam” and develop insecurities and issues that a natural, Prophetically-guided, scholarly approach to Islam would never allow.

In Islam, hijab is not demanded of women by men. Hijab and modesty is ordered upon women by the Merciful Ever-Living, Ever-Watchful God, as a protection and a barrier. A means of interacting in society while holding the line against anyone who would seek to harass, hit on, annoy, or irritate them. It is an outward symbol of an inward spiritual reality and aspiration. It is not a political flag for the Islamic state, it is not a sign of women’s subjugation to men, it is not a litmus test for religiosity, and it is not a measure of a woman’s piety, family background, or sign of her upbringing.

It is one act, a result of one of God’s commands. Everyone tries to obey Him, all of us fall short. As one of the `ulama (scholars) in Chicago once taught: “A person’s public sin is no worse than your private sin.”

The attitude that hijab and Islamic dress codes exist to protect men are an utter and total fallacy.  How do we know that? Let us approach the Book of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He):

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 33:59)

This verse comes with the cause or ‘illa behind the commandment: “so that they may be known and not abused.” Notice that the verse does not come with any mention of men. This is about the protection of women’s physical safety and presence from men, not the protection of men’s spiritual state from women. The fact that this protection may occur is a benefit of the Hijab for the community, not its purpose. From this, we can take four points that are critical to a healthy Islamic understanding of hijab.

  1. Hijab is not there to protect men. If you think it is there to protect you as a man, we have turned an act to be done for Allah (swt), into an act to be done for us. It is there to protect women, so do not pervert the purpose of this command of God (swt).  There is no doubt that we come across immodesty on TV, at school, work, and all over. We should not use the fact that a sister is dressed in a way that does not fit God’s commandments (or our personal interpretation of God’s commandments) into a reason for having bad manners, a lack of respect, and a lack of humility.

For brothers, we should lower our gazes and move on. We don’t need to comment about how this is such a fitnah or loudly say, “Astaghfirullah (I seek refuge in God),” so our boys can hear us and see how “pious” we are.

For sisters, if you want to advise someone about hijab, ask yourself, am I advising because it makes me feel pious? Or am I advising because I care about this person and want to be a good friend and sister in calling her towards the pleasure of Allah (swt)? Most of the sisters who decide to wear the hijab in adulthood don’t do it because someone yelled at them or taunted them. They do it because they were able to recognize its beauty after spending time with people who wore it with dignity and showed modesty not just in their clothing, but also in their character.

  1. Men should frame the issue of the fitnah of women in their environment as a factor of their own closeness to God. We know the society we live in and the schools we go to. That was never a surprise. Taqwa (God consciousness) is the key protecting us, so focus on that.

There are so many gender-relations talks and seminars in Muslim communities that it almost baffles the outsider. How can a group of people who claim to have the guidance and the path to Paradise laid out for them by the Best of Mankind ﷺ (peace be upon him), have trouble understanding the basics of how to interact with one another professionally and with respect?

The issue of struggling with the base desires, as mentioned in Imam al-Ghazali’s book, “Breaking the Two Desires,” is one that is closely tied to one’s relationship with God. The soul is something that was created by God, and in order to get it to grow and defeat the base desires of the body, it must be fed. As Shah Walilullah wrote, something that is created out of the spiritual world, cannot be fed with the material of the physical world. If we want to curtail the desires of our body (for sex, comfort, food), and increase the spiritual discipline and awareness of God in our own souls, the key is developing a relationship and connection to the Book of God, the houses of God, the people of God, and the remembrance of God. Complaining about how some women in our environment do not dress appropriately and so we are having spiritual struggles is a cop out.

As many of our spiritual masters have said over the centuries, the first step in gaining nearness to God, is to understand that one must blame his or her own soul, and acknowledge his or her own deficiencies, before seeking the One who is Free From Deficiencies. This is put into action through tawbah – turning towards God in repentance.

  1. Hijab is about the Fiqh (Law) for Women, not the Tazkiyyah (Spiritual Purification) of Men

We should make no mistake. The legal opinion of normative Islam, from the time of the Prophet ﷺ till today, is undivided in the view that women should cover their hair and dress modestly in the presence of non-familial men. The scholars are also undivided in the fact that you and I should not yell at our parents, swear at the weather, treat people harshly, drink alcohol, miss prayers, speak meanly to others, backbite, or judge other human beings without knowing their situations.

Muslim men should focus on their spirituality through good company, prayer, and all the other practices we are ordered to do, while allowing this to remain an issue’s of women’s fiqh (law), and not of men’s spirituality.

Because of the judgmental comments and harshness, and sometimes, sly, torpedo-in-the-water comments directed towards our sisters, many imams, da`ees (people who call others to Islam), teachers, and well-meaning advisors have trouble approaching the topic of hijab. Anyone even discussing it is often painted with the paintbrush that he is “judgmental.” This occurs even when the da`ee or teacher is doing so in the best of manners and with sound knowledge. This fault is on all involved of course – those of us responsible for spreading an environment of harshness, and those responsible for judging all religiously-oriented figures as being harsh and difficult to deal with.

The bad manners of some of us in “enjoining good” have made it impossible for our teachers and people of knowledge to enjoin it correctly, as people paint all of those who open their mouth on this and other issues with the same brush. This allows those who actually try to claim that the hijab is not a part of Islam to have their ignorance heard, while keeping the knowledgeable scholars from having their knowledge spread. 

  1. Men should advise the women of their family and encourage them on this topic in a way that befits the Prophetic character.

No one should take this to mean that hijab is not an important part of a Muslim’s woman’s obligations towards God. But that is the key. Towards God. Hijab should not become inflated as a symbol that boosts the religious standing of a woman’s family, nor a flag of political Islam, nor a tool to show off her piety, nor a cloth of guilt that makes her hate it.

It is instead, a command from God that comes in the most beautiful manner, for her own protection, her own elevation, and her own dignity.

Conclusion

As a closing note, we should remember that if we are doing something that is good, and are enabled to do it – we should not cast off that good deed just because we may have suddenly realized that our original intention was not solely for the sake of Allah (swt). Even if we are wearing the hijab, praying regularly, speaking well, giving charity, or doing any other good deed and originally began it with an intention that wasn’t healthy or focused on Allah (swt), we should not let Shaytaan (the Devil) trick us into ceasing the good deed. Instead, we can turn towards our Lord, ask him to purify our intention, and dedicate our deed towards Him.

This is a religion that is about community. As our Lord states in Surat al Hujurat (The Chapter of the Rooms, Qur’an 49), we are nothing but brothers and sisters to each other. We should advise each other towards good, but do it with a sound understanding of the legal basis of what we are calling to, as well as a sound understanding of the manners that befit our message.

 Abdul Sattar Ahmed

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