STANCE of a MUSLIMAH

Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatsoever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah. {Quran, 14:38}

6/24/2006

"A Mesage!"

Dear Readers,
I found this post on another blog which I admire because it often depicts reminders to me of the natural ways of Islam. I'm linking to this article I just read. I'll warn you, it's pretty intense because it's made to wake Muslims up by rechecking what and where our priorities are. So it's geared to the Muslim eyes. The Imam quoted is my favorite to listen too. I've mentioned his CD series on the Hereafter and the Prophets before on this blog. May Allah reward him. Anyways, this post isn't about Imam Anwar A-Awlaki, it's about what he said. So check it out by clicking on the title above.
May Allah guide us all, Muslims closer to practicing Truth and Non-Muslims closer to accepting it.

6/19/2006

Curiosity

I wish I could remember being 5 and 6 having deep questions and concerns about the purpose of life. But I don’t. I’ve always known about God and took it as that. He Sees us and is with us. Although my curiosity was not of who, what, how, or why in terms of big thoughts, I would most often think of God growing up with mentally recalling the sight of the huge mountains of New Hampshire on our summer family trips and even just by staring at my hand wide open, trying to figure out how wiggling my fingers was at all possible. All Glory belongs to Allah and not the physicians, nor the scientists. These 2 recurring thoughts kept me grounded. May Allah reward my parents for pointing these things out.

Friday was Sign’s last day of 1st Grade, masha’Allah (what Allah wills happens). That’s another thing I have yet to understand. How did she grow out of her baby and toddler years so quick that now she is almost 7, God-willing?? That is beyond me. To keep her busy, I found some small chapters and verses from the Quran translated in a way for children to understand, using the language they know. With a pencil I wrote out the words (in English, God-willing I will have her write it in Arabic too) of the
Verse of the Throne, Ayat A-Qursi 2:255).
She then traced it, and I had her do this rather than free hand to practice letter formation and neatness. Sign still has a few more pictures to draw on a few pages of “her Quran”. Obviously before all this we talked about it’s meaning, and her summary of it was very cute and appropriate for a child who just finished 1st Grade: “Allah never gets tired and can do everything by Himself.” Masha’Allah, what God wills. I don’t deny my desire for all my children to memorize Quran, I pray that Allah will make it easy on their tongues to recite. But even more, I aspire for them to understand it, so it will be easy on their hearts and be used for every action or decision they partake in life. Here’s what’s in her new book:

"In the Name of ALLAH, the Caring and Kind. Allah! There is no god but HE, the Living, Who doesn't need anyone else but whom all others need. HE never gets tired and HE never needs to rest. To HIM belongs space and the earth; who can say anything without His permission? HE knows everything people have done and will do, and no one can understand what HE knows, unless He wants them too. HIS throne covers over space and the earth and He doesn't get tired in protecting them. HE is the Most High, the Boss of everyone and everything!"

Please click on the title of this post to get a link of Quran translations made easy for elementary and middle school kids. This is where I got the above translation (original is Arabic) is from, but just tweaked it a little bit. Oh, and I should also mention that it would be good to mention to our children that the complete meaning of Quran can not be understood in its entirety in any other language than Arabic (even English). Honestly, I didn’t remind Sign of this today, but insha’Allah (God-willing) I’ll have to do it tomorrow.

It’s been hard to share things like this on my blog before because I do not care to expose my children in any way and especially the quotes they come up with, But I thought by doing so, it might be a reminder to all of us that children will be kids and it’s up to us to explain things to them in a compassionate way fulfilling their curiosity, before society and environment does. Children are vulnerable to losing their natural love for Allah if set up in wrong atmospheres. As for example, my children have many Disney movies, granted I’ve screened them and haven’t allowed them to watch ones like Mulan or The Little Mermaid. But now I’m thinking, well what was so much more Islamic about Aladdin or Cinderella? Anyways, my faults are many when it comes to raising my most precious gifts, and I was reminded when Sign said to me as Mercy was testing me big time “Mama, Allah is watching you.” Praise God, I am happy that she said that and for what it’s worth, it did get me in check. May God reward her for that. (Say Ameen/Amen!)

So about those spontaneous questions, and how I managed my way out of them hoping to have answered simply and to the point! These are just a few of recent ones they’ve come up with!!

Mama, how big is the sky? I mean where does it end?
It keeps going way-way up higher than the clouds, higher than the planets in space. It even goes up higher than Jannah (Paradise), and Allah is higher than all of that put together! He is the Highest, and the Biggest. But He Hears and Sees what you do and think.

Mama, who will bury the last person alive?
Maybe animals, but not everyone who dies is buried. Some drown; some are burnt to ashes, while others die being stuck somewhere somehow. But everyone how deeply buried they are, or how deep in the ocean they may be will be alive again for Allah’s questions. He sees kids when they hide under their beds snacking on something they shouldn’t too.

Mama, how did Allah make Himself?
I have no idea, He didn’t tell us, maybe you can ask Him in Jannah, but we still might not be able to understand even if He tells us.

Mama, what’s the last number?
It’s a secret that only Allah Knows, He didn’t tell us. But there has got to be a last number because there is a first and last, beginning and end to everything except Allah Himself. He’s always been there, and will always be there.

Mama, she told me that some Muslims are going to Hellfire first?
All Muslims who love Allah, believe that He doesn’t have any helpers, and that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the last of many Messengers will go to Paradise. But some of them will walk over Al-Sirat (the Bridge/Straight Path that everyone will walk across towards Paradise; the Polytheists, Disbelievers, Hypocrites will end up falling into Hellfire) slower than others, and there’s going to be more hard tests for Muslims who don’t do as they should on Judgment Day, Those Muslims that didn’t try their best in life will think their forever home is going to be Hellfire. But out of Allah’s Kindness, He will forgive them because they believed in the Shahada (declaration of faith that there is One God, and Muhammad is the Last of all Messengers) out of faith and not just to show-off.

May Allah always guide us in guiding our children to live pious lives filled with blessings that they can reflect and be humbled upon, while pleasing Allah so much that HE counts them as the inhabitants of Paradise. Ameen.

6/13/2006

Converses

{Quran, 19:1-58}
KAF HA YA AEEN SAD
A mention of mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya /Zacharia. When he called out to his Lord a call in secret, saying: "My Lord! Indeed my bones have grown feeble, and grey hair has spread on my head, and I have never been unblessed in my invocation to You, Oh my Lord! Surely I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir, who shall inherit me, and inherit the posterity of Jacob (inheritance of the religious knowledge not the wealth, etc.). And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-pleased!”

(Allah said:)
"Oh Zachariah! Verily, We give you the glad tidings of a son, His name will be Yahya /John. We have given that name to none before."

He said: "My Lord! How can I have a son, when my wife is barren, and I have reached the extreme old age??"

He said:
"So it will be. Your Lord says; It is easy for Me. Certainly I have created you before, when you had been nothing!"

Zachariah said:
"My Lord! Appoint for me a sign."

He/Allah said: "Your sign is that you shall not speak unto mankind for three nights, though having no bodily defect."

Then he came out to his people from Al-Mihrab (a private praying place) he told them by sign language to glorify Allah’s Praises in the morning and in the afternoon.

"Oh Yahya/John! Hold fast the Scripture/Torah."
And We gave him wisdom while yet a child. And made him sympathetic towards people as a mercy from Us, and purity from sins. And dutiful towards his parents, and he was neither an arrogant nor disobedient (to Allah and his parents). And Salamun/ PEACE be on him the day he was born, the day he dies, and the day he will be raised up to life again!

And (oh Muhammad) mentioned in the Book (Quran) the story of Maryam, when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Spirit (Angel Gabriel), who appeared before her in the form of a perfected man.

She said:
"Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent from you, if you do fear Allah."

(Angel Gabriel) said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, to announce to you the gift of a righteous son." She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?" He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: That is easy for Me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter already decreed." So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about - miles from Jerusalem).


And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date palm. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!" Then a voice spoke from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided a water stream under you. And shake the trunk of date palm towards you; it will let fall fresh ripe-dates upon you. So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say: “Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day." Then she brought this infant to her people, carrying him. They said: "Oh Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing Fariya (an unheard mighty thing). "Oh sister of Haroon/Aaron (not the brother of Moses, but he was another pious man at the time) Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor your mother was an unchaste woman." Then she pointed to him. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?" He (Iesa/Jesus) said:

“Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet; And He has made me blessed whosesoever I be, and has required of me prayer, and charity, as long as I live. And dutiful to my mother, and made me not an arrogant, unblessed. And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"

Such is Iesa/Jesus, son of Maryam. A statement of Truth of which they doubt. It befits not the Majesty of Allah that He should beget a son. Allah Deserves all Glory. When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, "Be!" and it is.

Iesa/Jesus said: "And verily Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So worship Him (Alone). That is the Straight Path.”
Then the sects differed. So woe unto the disbelievers (who claim Jesus is the son of God). How clearly will they see and hear, sharply! The Day when they will appear before Us! But the wrong-doers and polytheists are in plain error. And warn them (Oh Muhammad) of the Day of grief and regrets, when the case has been decided, as they are now in a state of carelessness, and they believe not.

Verily! We will inherit the earth and whatsoever is thereon. And to Us they all shall be returned. Mention in the Book (Quran) Ibrahim. Verily! He was a man of truth, a Prophet. When he said to his father:

"Oh my father! Why do you worship that which hears not, sees not and cannot avail you in anything? Oh my father, Surely there has come to me of knowledge that which came not unto you. So follow me. I will guide you to a Straight Path. My father, worship not Shaitan/Satan. Verily! Shaitan/Satan has been a rebel against the Most Beneficent. My father! Verily! I fear that a torment from the Most Beneficent may overtake you, so that you become a companion of Shaitan/Satan.

He (Ibrahim’s father) said: "Do you reject my gods, Oh Ibrahim? If you don’t stop this nonsense, I will indeed stone you. So get away from me safely before I punish you."

Ibrahim said: "Peace be on you! I will beg Forgiveness of my Lord for you. Verily! He is unto me, Ever Most Gracious. And I shall turn away from you and from those whom you invoke besides Allah. And I shall call on my Lord; and I hope that I shall not be unblessed in my invocation to my Lord."

So when he had turned away from them and from those whom they worshipped besides Allah, We gave him Isaac and Jacob, and each one of them We made a Prophet. And We gave them of Our Mercy, and We granted them honour on the tongues (of all the nations, everybody remembers them with a good praise).

And mention in the Book/this Quran was Moses. Verily! He was chosen and he was a Messenger, and a Prophet. And We called him from the right side of the Mount, and made him draw near to Us for a talk with him. And We bestowed on him his brother Haroon/Aaron, a Prophet out of Our Mercy too. And mention in the Book/Quran Ismail/Ishmael. Verily! He was true to what he promised, and he was a Messenger, and a Prophet.

And he used to enjoin on his family and his people the prayers and the charity, and his Lord was pleased with him. And mention in the Book/ Quran Idris/Enoch. Verily! He was a man of truth, and a Prophet. And We raised him to a high station.

Those were they unto whom Allah bestowed His Grace from among the Prophets, of the offspring of Adam, and of those whom We carried in the ship with Nooh/Noah, and of the offspring of Ibrahim and Israel and from among those whom We guided and chose. When the Verses of the Most Beneficent, Allah were recited unto them, they fell down prostrating and weeping.

~and for a sensory approach to learning about the real Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus may Allah bless them both: http://www.sparklywater.com/files/flash/maryam.swf

Here's a thought. this chapter in Quran, granted to us, meaning HUMANITY, not just Muslims, but to everyone, by GOD, is named "MARYAM". A woman, one of the most pious believers, and one of the most loved people by GOD. Just another proof against the hyped up stereotypes against females in the stance of

TRUE Islam.

6/11/2006

Huda




"Therefore, treat not the orphan with

oppression..."
{Quran, 93:9}

Huda is her name. In arabic 'Huda' means guideance. Oppressed in a land of tyrany, and now oppressed all alone. May Allah guide her and give her strength as she lives the rest of her life without any of her siblings and parents, and the visions of her family being killed., just because they decided to have a picnic at the beach. Let's pray that Huda has patience and let's just all reflect for a second here, it could have been us leaving our children..click on the title of this post to see what happened, and let's all think twice before we complain.

Huda is not alone, as Allah Promises:

"And We shall set up balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We as Reckoners. "

{Quran, 21:47}

May Allah grant her patience and steadfast. While we are comfortable, they are not. We are no better than them. Allah is Witness of all things. Let us not forget them when talking to Allah in our supplications. May Allah grant her Huda, and reunite her with her family in Paradise/Jannah...and this goes for all those like Huda (that's happening to them as I type, and as you read) that's happening with every breath we take. I am angry. May Allah strike His Wrath on the oppressors who laugh. AMEEN.




6/08/2006

Techno-Wudu!!

So I'm not the kind of person to laugh out loud when reading something on the net or in a book. But this was absolutely hilarious. Turns out, it's not even a joke, it's totally for real!!

In Islam, Muslims hold cleanliness as a part of faith. It's even more important that we are in a state of wudu, purity. To do this we start off with our hearts by setting an intention to spiritually clear our minds and follow through with passing water over our hands, mouth, nose, forearms, ears, head and feet. Simple enough, right? This simple routine is done before each prayer (5xs/day).

Well, check this out, as an occupational therapist, I can see how this can help people who have limited mobility to get their feet clean for instance...maybe anyways! But c'mon now, if this becomes widespread, they'll be thikr/rememberance 'talking' beads glorifying Allah for you, and someone else suggested there might even be digital prayer rugs!!

I mean, maybe if they can make something like this wheelchair accessible, then I would find it a bit less funny!!

(Click the title of this post above for an article on it, and this link below to check out the pictures )
http://www.osamasaeed.org/AutoWudu1.pdf

may Allah forgive me for finding this so comical..as I guess it can be beneficial to some inshaAllah..right?? (say Ameen/Amen!)
SubhanAllah, we love things that make our lives easier, but let's try to remember that by going through struggle or hardship..with patience, we become closer to gaining Allah's Pleasure, even with wudu!!
It's all about intentions too though.

"Surely God loves those who turn to Him and those who care for cleanliness." (Quran, 2:222).

6/06/2006

Unveiled Fact

The thing that inspires me the most in my life to improve my ways, lifestyle, and reflect on the ongoing scenarios and situations that life has for me is reading through Quran, and learning about the gestures of Prophet Muhammad, his family, and companions (peace and blessings be upon them). I can’t help but imagine what, or who, and how I would be if I were part of that society, amongst the first of those to witness the prophethood of the Last Messenger of Allah. With Allah’s wisdom, I was born more than 1,400 years later and now I have been blessed by the use of my fingertips and mind, typing on a thing we call a technological advancement, laptop. I am certainly no better than they were, and yet Allah gave me this tool to learn, maybe teach, and definantly to communicate. But as much as I am blessed, I am even more assessed. Anyways, this isn’t about how times have changed and all. Actually, something totally different.

Although Angel Gabriel said these words (below) to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), this Verse is directed to all of humanity as an order to be educated, and a lesson for those who reflect that knowledge does not come from me or you, only our Creator, He is the Source of all knowledge.

"Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists), [Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen (the first person to write was Prophet Idrees (Enoch)Has taught man that which he knew not." {Quran, 96:1-5}

Islam places an enormous responsibility on gaining knowledge through education. Here in the West, the phrase that often comes to mind is “knowledge is power.” Only recently, has it been granted a right to everyone in seeking it. Not too long ago the color of one’s skin determined if such a privilege should be given. Then of course the common hearts of the people denied access to this “power” to people like me, women. If these supposed righteous leaders had studied history they would have witnessed that Islam gave this right and responsibility on everyone who claimed to love Allah/God. Isn’t ironic that this “highly advanced” society just recently came to terms with this ancient law? Isn’t also ironic that a western proud civilization that thrives on education feels self-sufficient without paying dues of glorifying the Most Generous? Glory belongs to Allah.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us:

“The seeking of knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.”
All knowledge comes from Allah, if we know something, learn a skill, are able to accomplish a task, even as simple as lacing or tying shoes, it is because Allah has given us the ability to coordinate our finger tips, poke them through the holes of our sneaks with such precision, accuracy, and pressure so not to fumble it all together. We can’t take pride in something like that. A baby who has that tight reflexive grasp is what the health and sciences call an important step of motor development, but it's more than that, it can be looked at as form of security Allah promises that child when held on tight, or perhaps the baby's form of worship to God. If we just stop for a second, and contemplate that everything in this life, every single tiny spec of a “useless” piece of object we have in possession, is actually a thing of value that we are tested by, then maybe we can begin to think out of the box, and really appreciate things for face value, rather than hypothesizing this and overlooking the simple things, pure things, true things, and purposeful things we are allowed to interact with and feel.

Before I lose myself again, let me get to my point. I’ve been studying Niqaab lately. Trying to figure it all out. I do not wear it. For those who don’t know, it’s the face veil that some Muslim women decide to wear, and if done for the right reason, it is to preserve modesty, but a little more than the headscarf and long Islamic woman’s dress. Years ago, even after I began wearing hijab (scarf on my head with loose clothes) people would ask me about ‘Niqaab’. I would ignorantly respond that those in Saudi, or seen on TV from other parts of the world are doing it because of culture, and I would just leave it at that. Maybe it wasn’t only my ignorance, but maybe it was my fear that if I told them many Muslim women choose to cover their faces and wear black that they would view the stance of Islam as something oppressive to women, and even girls. If I had thought of it, I would have to challenge my disrespectful view of it, and maybe I just didn’t want to have to deal with that. Maybe I wasn't brave enough to really comprehend Niqaab's meaning, or even partial meaning of it. May Allah forgive me.

From time to time I see them, and say “Salaam”. You know, those women wearing all black, covering their faces, and I just didn’t understand, nor did I find it necessary too. I knew that in Islam a woman needs to cover everything modestly (meaning no skin tight this or that) except her face & hands, and I was doing it. I Praise Allah for guiding me in doing that.
It was almost 4 years ago that my ill-represented thoughts changed completely. Having visited the best places on Earth directly impacted my relationship with Allah in ways that I can not explain. Makkah & Madinah. Over there distraction from worshipping Allah is completely minimized. There was no room to gossip, no excuses to get in the way of praying Fajr on time, even with my 13 month and 2 ½ year old daughters. None of that happens there, and there was no desire to do anything or think of anything but of the Hereafter. When my eyes laid on the aerial view of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, while landing my excitement was one of contenment and gratitude for being invited to this place. My attachment began then, and it continues to this day. Alhamdulilah. I again have to praise Allah for instilling this love in me for the grounds that our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and my role models, the Mothers of the Believers, lived and died in. May Allah send peace and blessings upon them.

Modesty is a distinguishing characteristic of true Muslims. Both men and women. So a Muslimah here in the US or West who wears hijab and dresses as commanded by Allah/God in Quran, might be seen who isn’t as modestly dressed as women over there in the state that is mostly run by Islamic Law/Shariah (with some exceptions ofcourse). I remember being in the airport in Jeddah, saying to my husband that if Allah invites me to come here again, I would wear Niqaab, and now I say, black too. Wearing a long white scarf with white flower designs (you know those that anchor down to the wrists) and my faded peach very loose dress (jilbaab), lowering my gaze, I still felt somehow exposed as it seemed like every other woman was much more covered than I. Here in the US, I could care less if I stand out, because I know that I am still much more modestly dressed, and this is a commandment of God. In a weird way, dressing im my jilbaab gives me a sense of gratitude that I am a Muslim, and grants me confidence in helping others learn about this great way of life, Islam. Over there though, although my dress still accepted by God, I didn’t want to stand out because I knew that modesty of that culture is emphasized, rightfully so. The culture over there is based on Islam, and the thing that makes Islam different from other faiths in the way it is practiced today is modesty. (Although we know that Modesty is also demanded in both Christianity and Judaism). It’s like if you associate yourself with people who are doing positive things, you tend to be encouraged in doing positive things yourself. People are social beings and social support is something we all seek out. Invited to a wedding we dress up because its “socially important”, or having some sort of business meeting we see men in ties and jackets, because that is “socially important”. To fit into an all-American lifestyle we keep an eye on what ‘Gap’ says is cool or what the latest ‘Old Navy’ feature is. If we wear it just for the comfort, then we wouldn’t fear wearing things that don't fall into the mainstream. But if we wear it just for the sake of fashion, then what does that say of us? Followers of what exactly? We all do it, and maybe even Muslim women who wear Niqaab do it too. But the honorable thing is, they do it within their limits of exposing their physical beauty Allah has given them. These women are free; they need not live their lives based on the opinions of Sarah-Jessica Parker, or supermodels like Tyra. They value themselves enough to demand respect and wish not to be seen as anything less than the honorable position Allah has granted them. They are doctors, teachers, engineers who study, work, hard and yet they know that their roles as mothers, wives, daughters, and caretakers are of the most important. This is the nature of any woman, but some women, maybe most, deny them and adopt other desires that do not fall into the role of true femininity. If we could open up our minds and hearts we could understand that just because a woman chooses to cover her face out of modesty, does not make her oppressed. Allah tells humanity in the Quran that believing women should cover so not only for the sake of modesty, but so they may be known! Muslim women are teachers of Islam to the world. If people could negate their misconceived notions and just look & listen unbiased, they might be able to see the proof of wisdom behind covering all up. If they could see a historical view of great women figures of the past, they would see them too all covered-up and successful as physicans, business-women, etc. Let's not forget the first person to accept the Truth Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) related was a woman, the first 'Muslim' after him was a woman! What God wills. Islam came to rectify the mistreatment of women, and one way was to defend her natural stature of modesty.

To rectify my ignorant explanation of Niqaab. I’d also like to state very clearly , it is a religious 'extra' women may choose to do in Islam, and if done for the sake of Allah then there is reward with it too. Some women choose to cover their faces here in the West. You may have even seen them. But rather than thinking, wow, she’s a ghost, a ninja, oppressed, repressed, she’s this or that.. Just think , it might be that it is that woman who is granted eternal bliss, in Paradise, because she aims at following her natural inclination of preserving her modesty. She may be one who is an architect who designs a bridge connecting the continents! Or one who Allah allows to find the cure for Cancer. Or even the most compassionate liberated mother of 6 who has patience beyond belief!! Her heart is left for Allah to judge, and for you to look at to reflect upon. If what’s in the heart that counts, and many of us believe this, then why do we oppose a woman who chooses to hide her physical beauty?


The most gentle, kindest women I have ever met in my life were those in Madinah. At the entrance of the women’s section of this noble, illuminated place, which actually seemed like a palace, my sisters were stood. Women guards all in black with only a peak of their eyes expressed gestures and words were pleasing to my baby girls as they said ‘awe & ooh’, Islamic style, praising the Creator of my daughters, and supplicating God to protect them. I’ve had a few turning points in my life, and the women of Madinah were tools that Allah Chose to instill in me a deeper love of being a part of the Muslim community, but even more so a feeling of serenity of being a Muslimah. May Allah send my family & me to Madinah again. I got the sense from these women that they were free, they taught me a deeper sense that a woman should be judged according to her deeds and not her fashion sense.

I can’t say that I would never wear Niqaab. I must acknowledge that the best women of all time wore it, and if my goal is to be like them, then Niqaab has to be a consideration. Knowledge is the enemy of ignorance, and ignornance does nothing for Islam but glorifies oppression amongst other things. Rebel against stupidity to discover the Truth from the lies. Know Islam, know Allah, have an open heart and seek knowledge. To make assumptions is to suppress righteous actions and behaviors. We will never be better without His Help.
Please click on the title of this post to read profiles of women wearing niqaab, it might just challenge us to look at them differently next time.

May Allah strengthen the belief of all Muslims and may Allah bring those who are not Muslim into guidance. May Allah keep us steadfast in doing the right thing, for Him and no one else. Ameen.

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