Monthly Archives: February 2015

Salaf Weekend, Imam Ash-Shafi’ee

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A little about him:

Imam Ash-Shafi’ee is one of the four great Imams of whose legacy on juridicial matters & teaching led to a school of fiqh named after him. He memorised the qur’an at the very young age of 7, and at 15 years, was already issuing fatwas with the permission of his sheikh. He authored   over 100 books and is known for his well-versed poetry. He said:

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“When my heart was hardened, and my courses constrained; I made my hope a stairway to Your forgiveness. My sins burdened me heavily, but when I measured it by Your forgiveness, Lord, Your forgiveness was the greater.”

“Whoever slanders to you about others, will slander about you. And whoever reports to you, will soon report about you.”

“Knowledge is that which benefits, not that which is memorized.”

“Let not your tongue mention the shame of another For you yourself are covered in shame and all men have tongues. If your eye falls upon the sins of your brother Shield them and say: “O my eye! All men have eyes!””

“I wish that people learnt this knowledge from me without ascribing one letter of it to me.”

“Whoever wishes that Allah will illuminate him, let him leave that which doesn’t concern him.”

“When the foolish one speaks, do not reply to him, for better than a response (to him) is silence, and if you speak to him you have aided him, and if you left him (with no reply) in extreme sadness he dies.”

“Support me with your advice in private, and avoid advising me in public. Surely giving advice among the people is a kind of reproach, which I would rather not listen to. If you disobey and ignore my wish, don’t be saddened if you are not obeyed.”

“To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him. But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.”

“Three things will increase your intellect: sitting with the scholars, sitting with righteous people, and leaving off speech that doesn’t concern you.”

“Intercession is only sought by one of a lower status before a superior and no one is superior to Allah.”

“All humans are dead except those who have knowledge. And all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds. And those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere. And those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.”

“Whoever recites Qur’an, his value is amplified. Whoever records hadith, his proof is strengthened. Whoever learns jurisprudence, his status is ennobled. Whoever learns Arabic, his disposition becomes gentle. Whoever learns mathematics, his opinion will be copious. And whoever fails to defend his honor will not benefit from his knowledge. ”

“I have never debated with a knowledgeable person, except that I won the debate, and I have never debated with an ignorant person, except that I lost.” “I never once argued with anyone hoping to win the debate; rather I always wished that the truth would come from his side.”

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Just the Hijab?

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‘She’s a good person,She recites the Qur’an, she fasts on mondays and thursdays and even prays Qiyaamul layl often. She just doesn’t wear the hijab’.Sounds familiar eh? It’s what a lot of people say when they are making excuses for their non-hijabi friends. Whenever I hear that statement, it makes me stops and think for a moment, is it JUST a hijab? Is it just a piece of cloth that a muslimah wears for extra rewards?

Before, every time I saw a hijabi doing something wrong or bad, I would become furious and think ‘even with her hijab?’ To me, anyone who wore the hijab was supposed to be a saint. Then my mother simplified things for me, she told me that hijab was an obligation, not something that just the pious muslimahs wore. Just like every muslim must pray salaah, every muslimah must wear hijab(of course salah is a greater obligation) it’s up to them to choose whether they have khushoo in that salah or represent the hijab well.
SubhanAllah, what she said really hit me and made me think of all my non-hijab wearing years when I thought hijab was for the ustadhas only, Alhamdulillah for Allah’s infinite mercy and guiding us back to His deen.
It also made me scared as I started recalling my non-hijabi friends and other sisters who are fully aware of the obligation of hijab and were still not complying.

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Hijab in our times has become a voluntary act, a not so obligatory deed. It’s like we don’t know the punishment for not wearing hijab;

Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported Allah’s messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam having said this, “Their are two groups of people destined for the fire of hell. First, those officials who would carry with them whips looking like the tails of cows and they would use them for whipping people. Secondly, those women who would be naked despite being apparently clothed. They themselves will be inclined towards men and lure them as well. Their heads will be tall like the humps of Bukhti camels, bent onto one side (their hair will be styled in a bun). They will neither enter Paradise nor would they even smell the fragrance of Paradise which can be detected from great distances.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth # 2128)

I mean can you imagine not being able to even smell the fragrance of jannah? It might seem like just a piece of cloth in this dunya but in the akhira it can make you taste the burning chastisement of hell.I agree that in our times wearing the hijab isn’t the easiest thing, what with all the alluring fashion trends that come out everyday making the struggle more and more difficult. But still, that doesn’t make it any less of an obligation, rather it makes the reward greater.
We shouldn’t make excuses and shy away from correcting our non-hijabi relatives and friends just because we see them doing other good deeds, rather that should make us want to correct them more because we see alot of good in them.

O my sister who observes her five daily prayers and fasts the month of ramadan,who recites Qur’an and is consistent in her nawafil and also to my sister who loves to give charity but finds it difficult to wear the hijab or observe it properly(makes if flashy,tight-fitting,attractive,scented,etc),know that hijab is not for when you are on an iman high, it is a command from Allah(SWT) the most high who created you and gave you that beauty that you find it hard to cover.

Cover yourself up and please your Maker, isn’t it His pleasure that you are seeking through all your other good deeds? Isn’t it His Jannah that you aim to enter? Are you going to obey Him only when it is convenient for you? Will you not Submit completely to Him?

You are a good person and you have a good heart my sister, It breaks my heart to see you doing all these voluntary good deeds and then abandoning what is obligatory, to think that all your good deeds may be scattered to dust because shaytan made you to believe that it was ‘just the hijab’.

Take heed my sisters,  it is not ‘just the hijab’ and it isn’t ‘just another sin.

Your sister in deen,
Umm Saabir.
For more information on the Obligation and conditions of Hijab, Download and listen to ‘To veil or not to veil’ by Sh. Muhammad Elshinawy;
http://www.kalamullah.com/lectures.html

1st february & The World Hijab Day frenzy.

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In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficial.

February 1st of every year is now marked world hijab day. This was created to raise awareness about hijab and clear misconceptions regarding it. The question now is whether that aim is really being met? or is it just doing more harm than good?

Every deed in islam has to be done in accordance with the shari’ah and sunnah in order for it to be accepted, and the hijab is no exception. It also isn’t any coincidence that in both the two places the command of hijab was mentioned in the qur’an, they were coupled with its conditions. And the same goes for the many ahadiths about the hijab. Allah (swt) said:

-And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)  And not to show off their adornments except only that which is apparent (outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful(Q24:31)

-O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful. (33:59)

We wear the hijab because its a command from Allah so therefore it has to be in accordance with how He (swt) said it should be it. In the first verse, it is said not to show off your adornments. We all know adornments are those things that beautify &decorate us. This includes  our beautiful clothes, jewelries, make-up e.t.c   The second condition which appeared in both verses was ‘to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.)’ This refers to the outer covering, which is not adorned, to be drawn all over our bodies.

The hijab we see all over the net in the name of ‘creating awareness” and encouraging women to wear it” by world hijab day event has nothing to do with this.  I wonder where on earth they got their definition of hijab. Apparently what they consider to be  a hijab is a scarf over the head, and for some, a scarf plus some beautifully decorated body fitting long clothing which is considered the ‘covering’. Subhanallah!  How is it that a man-made definition of hijab is created just so we can suit our desires? Who are we wearing the hijab for in the first place?

If it isn’t obvious, just the action of wearing a covering with big bold and beautiful eye-catching patterns in different colours is in of itself ridiculous. The main purpose of the hijab is not to draw attention to ourselves as Allah (swt) said:  ‘That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed’ (annoyed by people staring and flirting with them, the reason why the verse was revealed). And likewise, a covering that is body clinging cannot cover our bosoms, thighs, figures e.tc but can only reveal them the more.

Now, not only does world hijab day advocates this wrong type of hijab to the world, it also promotes the the act of women displaying themselves.

Muslim women take pictures of themselves wearing the supposed hijab and show it to the world in order to prove to others they are not oppressed. As muslim women, displaying ourselves totally goes against the teachings of islam. How is it that we actually call people to look at us (i.e by displaying our pictures) and we say we wear the hijab to divert attention from us? How can we help men to lower their gazes by displaying ourselves to them? Allah (swt) referred to such people as those copying the women of the time of ‘jahiliyyah’!
“and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance”  (Q33:33).

Futhermore, lets be true to ourselves when answering this question: does the hijab really need any more awareness? What more awareness does it need since it has been the subject of controversy all over the media and the world at large for many years? And for goodness sake, the hijab is a command of Allah not something we choose to do or not. The main event on that day is that women, both muslims and non-muslims try the hijab and experience how it feels for a day. Subhanallah! Duhh? its a command of Allah? How is it that we call muslim women to try wearing the hijab for a day? We should only consistently  remind them to fear Allah and judgement day and abide by its command. In another ayah, Allah (swt) says:
It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error ” (Q33:36)

The whole concept of world hijab day as we have now seen is of no signifance but rather doing“more harm than good”  as quoted earlier.  Lets call our sisters that have already fallen into this trap before its ill effects spread beyond our control.  The mere act of insisting to wear the hijab despite all the odds is enough to clear any misconception people have about it such as women been oppressed, no need of going about displaying ourselves.

We don’t need any special day to celebrate our hijab. Its a command of Allah, and that’s enough for it to be special.

Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported Allah’s messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam having said this, “Their are two groups of people destined for the fire of hell. First, those officials who would carry with them whips looking like the tails of cows and they would use them for whipping people. Secondly, those women who would be naked despite being apparently clothed. They themselves will be inclined towards men and lure them as well. Their heads will be tall like the humps of Bukhti camels, bent onto one side (their hair will be styled in a bun). They will neither enter Paradise nor would they even smell the fragrance of Paradise which can be detected from great distances.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth # 2128)

Umm muh’d,
Www.themuslimh.wordpress.com

1st february & The World Hijab Day frenzy.

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In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficial.

February 1st of every year is now marked world hijab day. This was created to raise awareness about hijab and clear misconceptions regarding it. The question now is whether that aim is really being met? or is it just doing more harm than good?

Every deed in islam has to be done in accordance with the shari’ah and sunnah in order for it to be accepted, and the hijab is no exception. It also isn’t any coincidence that in both the two places the command of hijab was mentioned in the qur’an, they were coupled with its conditions. And the same goes for the many ahadiths about the hijab. Allah (swt) said:

-And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.)  And not to show off their adornments except only that which is apparent (outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful(Q24:31)

-O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful. (33:59)

We wear the hijab because its a command from Allah so therefore it has to be in accordance with how He (swt) said it should be it. In the first verse, it is said not to show off your adornments. We all know adornments are those things that beautify &decorate us. This includes  our beautiful clothes, jewelries, make-up e.t.c   The second condition which appeared in both verses was ‘to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, necks and bosoms, etc.)’ This refers to the outer covering, which is not adorned, to be drawn all over our bodies.

The hijab we see all over the net in the name of ‘creating awareness” and encouraging women to wear it” by world hijab day event has nothing to do with this.  I wonder where on earth they got their definition of hijab. Apparently what they consider to be  a hijab is a scarf over the head, and for some, a scarf plus some beautifully decorated body fitting long clothing which is considered the ‘covering’. Subhanallah!  How is it that a man-made definition of hijab is created just so we can suit our desires? Who are we wearing the hijab for in the first place?

If it isn’t obvious, just the action of wearing a covering with big bold and beautiful eye-catching patterns in different colours is in of itself ridiculous. The main purpose of the hijab is not to draw attention to ourselves as Allah (swt) said:  ‘That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed’ (annoyed by people staring and flirting with them, the reason why the verse was revealed). And likewise, a covering that is body clinging cannot cover our bosoms, thighs, figures e.tc but can only reveal them the more.

Now, not only does world hijab day advocates this wrong type of hijab to the world, it also promotes the the act of women displaying themselves.

Muslim women take pictures of themselves wearing the supposed hijab and show it to the world in order to prove to others they are not oppressed. As muslim women, displaying ourselves totally goes against the teachings of islam. How is it that we actually call people to look at us (i.e by displaying our pictures) and we say we wear the hijab to divert attention from us? How can we help men to lower their gazes by displaying ourselves to them? Allah (swt) referred to such people as those copying the women of the time of ‘jahiliyyah’!
“and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance”  (Q33:33).

Futhermore, lets be true to ourselves when answering this question: does the hijab really need any more awareness? What more awareness does it need since it has been the subject of controversy all over the media and the world at large for many years? And for goodness sake, the hijab is a command of Allah not something we choose to do or not. The main event on that day is that women, both muslims and non-muslims try the hijab and experience how it feels for a day. Subhanallah! Duhh? its a command of Allah? How is it that we call muslim women to try wearing the hijab for a day? We should only consistently  remind them to fear Allah and judgement day and abide by its command. In another ayah, Allah (swt) says:
It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error ” (Q33:36)

The whole concept of world hijab day as we have now seen is of no signifance but rather doing“more harm than good”  as quoted earlier.  Lets call our sisters that have already fallen into this trap before its ill effects spread beyond our control.  The mere act of insisting to wear the hijab despite all the odds is enough to clear any misconception people have about it such as women been oppressed, no need of going about displaying ourselves.

We don’t need any special day to celebrate our hijab. Its a command of Allah, and that’s enough for it to be special.

Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported Allah’s messenger sallallahu alaihe wasallam having said this, “Their are two groups of people destined for the fire of hell. First, those officials who would carry with them whips looking like the tails of cows and they would use them for whipping people. Secondly, those women who would be naked despite being apparently clothed. They themselves will be inclined towards men and lure them as well. Their heads will be tall like the humps of Bukhti camels, bent onto one side (their hair will be styled in a bun). They will neither enter Paradise nor would they even smell the fragrance of Paradise which can be detected from great distances.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth # 2128)

Umm muh’d,
Www.themuslimh.wordpress.com