What image do we see?

Who are we? What have we gotten ourselves into? What image do we see of ourselves in our reflection? Is the mirror shattered or still whole? Why are we a fallen pack and broken strength? Why are we at battle with ourselves?

What are we doing? For as long as I remember differences just pull us farther apart. Nations worldwide live together in harmony with their differences then why can’t we?

Why is ethnicity creating barriers? Why are innocent lives of many paying for death of one? Why do we insult and embarrass our own people in front of the world? Why don’t we listen to our people and defend them instead?

Pakistan. Make it OUR Pakistan

Mard ban Mard

Mard ban MARD!

You have probably heard men saying that to lift, encourage or push each other forward. I recently read this phrase and a couple things crossed my mind.

Often when I hear men say that the underlying message I hear is use your strength, be the person you were made to be. And that is usually correlated with strength and power. Yes men have more strength than women but that is not how their relation and attitude with women is meant to be.

Men were created to protect, to take care of women, they were created to provide shelter and necessities to women, they are meant to be their support, they are meant to be gentle and patient.; all contrary of what that phrase often implies.

If one would truly interpret that phrase, it would consequentially serve actions contrary to those that usually follow.

A Muslim’s Faith

People question “Which sect should we follow?” “Which Imam is right?” . They say “Everyone is teaching their own Islam” “Everyone has their own dogmas”. Following Islam is summed up in the following Hadith.

One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked “What is faith?”

Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.”

Then he further asked, “What is Islam?”

Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.”

Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?”

Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.”

Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.

1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.

2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.

The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34)

Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.

Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 48

May Allaah help us all in being the best Muslim we can be. Hope this helps those of you seeking for answers. Fee Aman Allaah

Hijab, Oppression and Women…

I had a conversation with a Tweeple in relation to wearing the Hijab. I shall post the dialogue and shall further state my point of view.

Conversation:

Me: People say Muslim women are oppressed because they are covered. You never know how safe and secure they feel… [1]

Him: Thats exactly why they say women are oppressed. Finding the feeling of safety by hiding ones self is called oppression!! [2]

Me: LOL say what? so walking around half naked is freedom? [3]

Him: first thing, let’s stick to the issue at hand! Having to hide to feel “protected” is being oppressed !! [4]

Me: Lets discuss this! i feel secure when im in an abaya and hijab when men dont gawk at me, when a women walks without protection men savor her every curve, they strip her of ANY respect she may have…as far as what oppression goes, u could at least google the definition [5]

Him: u shouldn’t feel the need to dress a certain way to feel protected. If you do, you’re oppressed! [6]

Me: u do realize what u r saying hold men responsible dont u? [7]

Him: Yes! Men are oppressing the women by not being “muslims” & keeping parda on their eyes, & forcing women to cover! [8]

This is my answer to his last tweet:

The former part of this tweet holds true but in a different context, the latter is preposterous! Women who understand the purpose and good of wearing the Hijab are never forced, they consider Hijab as a blessing. I’ll now talk about the former.

Men are not being Muslims you say, first off that is ill stated; they are not following the Islamic rules. HOW? It is not by forcing women to cover but by Staring! In Islam men are asked to LOWER THEIR GAZE. Not gawk at females or stare at them. And to be totally open and honest, men like staring at women’s bodies, I hope u don’t go and deny that. They visually strip women of respect when they stare with lust. If you go and say not all men are like that it is a fact that MOST men are. It is human NATURE to do so, thus we are asked to NOT look so that it doesn’t follow up to other sins.

THAT is the oppression; they stare and rip women of purity and modesty. The parda u talk about is liberalism, you should remove that curtain and realize the spiritual affects Islamic rulings have. In addition to that women ARE asked to cover up in Islam. You can find that in the Quran.

1.      Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. – Light [24:30] [9]

2.      And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.- Light [24:31] [10]

3.      O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.- The Coalition [33:59] [11]

4.      Such elderly women as are past the prospect of marriage,- there is no blame on them if they lay aside their (outer) garments, provided they make not a wanton display of their beauty: but it is best for them to be modest: and Allah is One Who sees and knows all things. – Light [24:60] [12]

I would now like to state other relating thoughts. Why is it that when women cover themselves, their modesty and their respect do people think they are being oppressed? Why don’t they object against half naked women? Is it not offensive to their sights? Is it not immodesty and disrespect in plain view? How is that all acceptable? Is nudity freedom of expression?

If they say so then they should know that “Freedom Of Expression” ALSO includes the Freedom of wearing HIJAB!

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Cannibals, How many are there Among us?

Recently the most shocking, repulsive and  unfathomable act was reported. Cannibalism in Pakistan.

Two brothers had been arrested on cannibalism. they had been digging up corpses and cooking human flesh into stew. Unbelievable isn’t it? WHO in their right minds would eat HUMAN FLESH?! NO ONE who is SANE would ever cut up a dead body and eat that human flesh, No body.

But wait are you sure? What if I say that you are one of them? Those people who would eat the flesh of a dead brother. You would definitely get enraged wouldn’t you? Start yelling at me or calling me names. But yo know what? I would still stnad by what I say. I’m sure you would want to know why I blame you of such a heinous act. So I shall tell you…

The truth is that people commit the crime of eat their dead brothers flesh almost everyday. How you ask? By backbiting and slandering. Backbiting and slandering are among the greatest of sins. They have been forbidden and equal to cannibalism. It has been clearly stated in the Quran.

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear God, verily, God is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful. (49: 12)

Those of you who do not consider it a great sin, or do not realize it as a great sin, ALLAAH has warned you for your inifference towards it

Behold, you received it on your tongues, and said out of your mouths things which you had no knowledge; and you thought it to be a light matter, while it was most serious in the sight of God (24: 15)

Those people who dont backbite or slander BUT are there in the company of those who do. You are asked to speak up against it! for silence is the lowest form of Emaan

And why did you not, when you heard it, say? “It is not right of us to speak of this: Glory to God, this is a most serious slander” (24:16)

Backbiting and Slander are Shaitan’s works. He wants you to use your tongue for the worst and to create misunderstandings and conflicts. Beware of him because he is your avowed enemy.

Say to My servants that they should only say those things that are best, for Satan does sow dissensions among them, for Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (17:53)

Here is the definition of Backbiting and Slander in a Hadith…

Prophet Muhammad  said :”Do you know what backbiting is?” They said, “God and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of God  said, “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.” (Muslim)

So dear brother ans sisters be careful of what you say and how you speak. The act you consider revolting and heinous could also be among the acts you commit unknown. The Quran and Hadith speak the truth in all matters as we all believe being Muslims. We can not take th matter of backbiting and slander lightly. You may not realize the weight of that sin.You may not be able weigh your words or believe that which is spoken is lost. You are a fool to think such for no word ever leaves the room or vanishes and even if no one else heard, know that ALLAAH heard.

If people realize that they shouldnt backbite or slander and decide to hurt others on their faces then know that that too is wrong!

O ye who believe! let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (Indeed) doing wrong. (Surah: Al-Hujurat Ayat: 11)

Defeat

I am a Pakistani and I am thankful to ALLAH for making me one. The recent cricket match between Pakistan and India has left us in despair and lamenting. The crushing loss has left us heart broken. I thought long about it and came to a few conclusions. I also spoke to my father and he had a lot of things to say too.

Before the match a lot of predictions were made. Tarot card readers made predictions, astrologers made predictions, parrots picked out envelops with future predictions and etc. All those predictions said that Pakistan will not only win the match against India it will also win the Cricket World Cup. Our entire nation was rejoicing unconsciously on the win. I for one Alhamdulillah believed that we will win due to the wonderful former performances.

When I was thinking about our loss I thought IF Pakistan would have won, all those predictions would have been poven true! IF thatw ould have happened then those people who chose to listen and unconsiouly believe and hoped would have had their beliefs strengthened. Those who didnt would have begun trusting those predictions. THAT would have been destructive! Being Muslims we all believe that only ALLAH has knowledge of the unseen and unknown. NO ONE can tell what wil happen in the future. Those who claim someone who does or BELIEVE those who say they do commit the unforgivable sin “SHIRK” Shirk means relating someone to ALLAH’s entity or saying someone had such qualities as ALLAH. Knowing the unknown and unseen equals to Shirk. Thus I concluded that Pakistan’s loss saved our faith. ALLAH frbid if we had won, our nation would have become more corrupt than it alreadsy is. So despite wishing that my country would have won, I am happy ALHAMDULILLAH that we lost. Nothign beats faith and the strength of faith.

When I spoke to my dad he had another perspective. As we all know Indians are very hateful towards Pakistanis. And they become very aggressive with their hate. That is why the security of Pakistanis was important. IF Pakistan had won, the Pakistanis who were there to watch the match would have been in danger of losing their lives. The Indians were already becoming rash and rude and yelling profanities at the Pakistani spectators in the stadium ALLAH knows what else could have happened. So in a way ALLAH saved the lives of many.

My father then related a verse of the Quran which I will now post. He told me that it took place in our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ‘s time. The Romans and Persians were at war. The Persians were non believers where as The Romans were Christians thus being closer to Muslims. The Muslims in Madina wished for them to win the battle whereas the non believers in Makkah wanted The Persians to win. The Persians emerged victorious. The Muslims were sad. That is when ALALH sent down the following verses.

“The Roman Empire has been defeated- “ – The Holy Quran [30:2]

“In a land close by; but they, (even) after (this) defeat of theirs, will soon be victorious-“ – The Holy Quran [30:3]

And so The next battle that was fought between The Romans and Persia, The Romans emerged victorious! 🙂

So do not lose hope, everything has a reason best known by ALLAH. Everythign is always for the best. Believe in that, Believe in your faith, Beileve in what you say that ALLAH is The One and Only, The All Knower and All Hearer. HE knows all that is hidden and unknown. ALLAH is the Only One who knows the unknown and unseen. 🙂

Hope this helps you to handle defeat and give you hope. InshALLAH ALLAH will grant us victory next time, inshALLAH!

 

Source: My Islamic Blog

 

Tunisia’s Domino Effect

So the Arab world is finding its voice. The masses are speaking up. They are overthrowing leaders that have ruled for decades without a cent of a good outcome. Leader who have been there for their own advantages rather than their peoples’. It began with Tunisia and went on to Egypt. Now Libya and Bahrain are tipping their Dominoes, and I’ve heard a Non-Arab country is attempting to do so too, Morocco I think.

But will you stop to think a while. The two countries that overthrew their leaders are now sitting WITHOUT a regime, without a leader. When you were planning, you should have at least gone through with deciding who you want to overtake. Now the countries sit vulnerable more than ever without a leader. It is dangerous. If they don’t get their act in place, I’m afraid of a massive takeover.

It is good to speak up and let your sentiments be known

But you should follow through and thoroughly and reap the seed you’ve sown.