world hijab day!

Asalamu alaikum, a HUGE event is on its way in shaa Allah (God Wiling) and guess what it is? yep! you got it! World Hijab Day!! Now what in jannah is world hijab day? World Hijab Day is an event started by sister Nazma Khan to raise awareness and understanding among our ever growing communities. This is a day in which Muslims and Non Muslims alike, hijabis and non-hijabis alike are asked to observe the hijab for that day to get an insight into what it’s like to be wearing a hijab in a world that is growing each day. There have been many sentiments towards Muslims in the past decade, much more so than before. Many sisters are getting labeled, and both our Muslim brothers and sisters are being looked at with a suspicious eye. Why? simple- because people don’t understand why as Muslims we choose to do this. I being a sister who observes the hijab very well know what those sentiments are like. I have been asked (and not so kindly) many questions regarding the hijab, or more so why I wear it. I have been asked some of the following things out of ignorance, out of hate in some cases, and out of misunderstanding in others. Here are some of the questions: “Are you bald? is that why you wear this thing?” “did you get forced to wear this?” “do you take a bath/shower with that?” and comments like, “I smell something un-American” “go back to your country” “If I was the government I would put you all on an island and blow you up!” and soooo many others, but I think you get the point. I have brushed aside those comments and questions because I understand that most of those people who had said that to me were miss-educated at home and instilled with hate for “my kind.” Nonetheless we all now have one of the greatest opportunities to educate ourselves, to gain a bit of guidance and direction of what hijab is all about it. With that, I hope you enjoy world hijab day and I definitely hope that you will join and spread the word. FEBRUARY 1ST 2014- World Hijab Day, here we come!! 

ImageQuran, surah 33:59

 

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The Weakest of Homes (Domestic Violence)

Asalamu alaikum. As muslims we should honor the sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam, therefore brothers protect your sisters/wives. Don’t abuse them, don’t be violent with them. Be KIND to them. And wives be kind to your husbands. you are both garments for each other. Don’t tear down your garments.

Dear Muslim/Somali youth

Asalamu alaykum. Before you exit it out of this post, hear me out (perhaps read me out). Lately I have been hearing tons of bad news when it comes to our youth – specifically the Muslim Somali youth. I am sure this problem does not pertain to Muslim somalis only, as there are other ethnicities also involved in messes much similar to the one I am mentioning. I want to have a heart to heart talk with my Muslim youth out there. Take heed my beloveds as I only wish you a life of success and happiness, and not one of misery and imprisonment.  My dear brothers and sisters when you and I involve ourselves in gangs or some form of violence that only promotes and permeates the wide use of violence against other human beings, of what benefit do we reap? Are we truly proud of ourselves for taking the lives of innocent humans who will be mourned by a mother, a father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, relatives, friends, and loved ones? Is that really the goal we want to achieve? and what goal does violence achieve, other than the fact that a stronger label then the one before is put on you and I? It’s difficult to leave gangs? yes- but not impossible. It’s difficult to leave the routine of violence and murder? understood but your akhirah (hereafter) would be much brighter without you bearing the burdens of bloodshed. Your future would be much brighter, much more hopeful, much more successful without the use of a gun to call yourself a man or a woman! your future is much more pleasing without the bloodshed of victims who are mourned by a heartbroken mother whose dua’s are against you and not for you! Real men of jannah (paradise) and real women of jannah don’t involve themselves with violence, murder, gangs or the likes. They walk upon the earth with great respect, and they aim to leave a great and good legacy behind. True men and women of jannah lift burdens off of other people’s shoulders. They do not place burdens on the mother who lost her one and only son, or her one and only daughter. Rather true men and women of jannah aspire to be great people who inspire, educate, and make life easier for those around them. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam said, “Facilitate, don’t complicate.” We are humans and we are bound to make mistakes. We are bound to steal, commit murderers, transgress the rights of others – each person to a different extent or level, but that does not mean that we should let our past mistakes define us or define how our future should be like. Rather, break that ugly cycle, that routine that keeps you bound in misery. Break that routine that fills your heart with anger, that makes you a mindless violent being! BREAK THAT CYCLE! Don’t let your future be defined by how others perceive you! leave the gangs for good. Stop the violence, walk away from bloodshed. Don’t prey upon people’s fears, rather pray to Allah to make your heart among the righteous. If you’re still breathing, you still have a chance to change your future. Take the first step- REPENT to Allah, make amends, don’t repeat the same mistakes. Learn from your past experiences. Don’t lose hope and don’t let your dreams of a good future be in blind sight. Don’t be the cause of someone else losing their life, of a mother’s heartbreak, of a father’s sorrow, of a sister’s misery, of a brother’s loneliness – DON’T BE THE CAUSE WHEREBY OTHERS ARE DEPRIVED. CHANGE NOW FOR THE BETTERMENT OF YOUR FUTURE & OURS.

The Gift of Gratitude

Asalamu alaykum,

today I realized an important lesson. A very valuable lesson about being grateful. There are many instances in our lives, perhaps almost all the time that we forgot to be grateful for all that Allah swt has bestowed us with. We have the gift of our beautiful eyes to be able to see with, our feet to walk with, our hands to use our daily chores- yet we act as if these just came about, as we if we do not owe any shukur (thanks). This is a grave and miserable act on our behalf. What made me realize this? Today as a group of sisters and I went what I like to call, “sadaqah hunting,” we knocked on a door among many others. Children came running towards us with a smile and their older sisters and mother came right behind them. As we explained to them what we needed the donations for a young blind girl came up to us where her grandmother was standing. She shook hands with us and placed a kiss on our hands. The grandmother then asked us to make du’a for her grand-daughter. What’s incredibly shocking is how the girl lost her sight. She is about the age of 8-11 years old. She was able to see before 3 months ago. One night she went to sleep and woke up in the morning with no sight at all. She’s been to many different doctors but they tell her that there’s no hope of her eyesight coming back. My heart felt like it was struck with lightning because the fact that we seem to miss is that this can happen to anyone of us, and perhaps many of us are using our eyesight- a blessing from Allah to watch bad things (movies, pornography, dances, etc. ). Is not Allah capable of taking our eyesight away? Indeed He is. The gifts we have been given are enormous and plenty, but the question is how do we use it and are we grateful to Allah for all the things He has bestowed us with? I pray that Allah forgives us all for our public and private sins and may Allah grant the young girl a bright vision by His will. May Allah make us among the shaakiriin (those who are grateful). Gratitude is an important element and one that we often neglect. Thank Allah for everything He has given you. If Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wasalam) would pray continuously till his feet would swell just to be a grateful servant of Allah, than should we not follow in his beautiful example? should we not emulate these good characteristics? Let’s evaluate ourselves, remove ourselves from sinful acts, and improve on our lives to better our lives in dunya (the world) and in the akhirah (hereafter).

Reported by Anas (RA): I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, “Allah, the Glorious and Exalted said: “When I afflict my slave in his two dear things (i.e. his eyes), and he endures patiently, I shall compensate him for them with Jannah.”
[Al-Bukhari]

. . then when (Sulaiman (Solomon)) saw it placed before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his own self, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his own self). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful” [An-Naml: 40]

“Gratitude helps us focus our minds on Allah, something that has unfortunately become so difficult today on account of life’s distractions and attractions. Gratitude, therefore, corrects our perceptions by reminding us that everything that happens to us doesn’t happen because of its own volition and thus we shouldn’t take matters for “granted”. Allah says in the Quran: “And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah” [al-Nahl 16:53]. He also says, “And He found you poor and made you rich (self?sufficient with self?contentment)” [al-Duha 93:8]. Let’s therefore constantly remind ourselves of Allah’s bounties by expressing our gratitude to Him in prayers and at other times.” -Iqrasense.com

“If Allah took mankind to task by that which they deserve, He would not leave a living creature on the surface of the earth; but He grants them reprieve unto an appointed term, and when their term comes – then verily Allah is Ever All-Seer of His slaves” [Fatir (35):45]

To read more about gratitude or gratefulness click the link below. It’s a very beneficial site.

http://www.iqrasense.com/muslim-character/the-blessings-of-gratitude-and-shukr.html

 

Jazaakumullahu khayran.

 

Dream

Asalamu alaikum,

Many of us dream, and some of us refuse to dream because we have already formed a mentality that we cannot make our dreams come true because they seem “too good to be true.” Well, it’s time to end that mentality. How dare we put an end to our dreams simply because we are not willing to work as hard to make them come true? Allah ‘aza wajal who split the moon in half (see suratul Qamar) is my lord and YOURS. If He has the power to make the moon split in half at the request of some mushrikeen then what do you think of a mu’min (believer) who asks him for something much simpler than that?! Of course He will not deny you and I our dreams. It has been said before, “If you wish Allah to grant you that which you love, then persist in doing that which He loves.” I know some dreams seem IMPOSSIBLE. But they’re not impossible. They’re just hard to reach. However, with effort, hard work, persistence, perseverance, and lots of faith, then Allah SWT will not neglect us in our duas. Sometimes we don’t see our dreams come true because perhaps we don’t see the bad effects it could have in the future and thus Allah swt replaces it with something better for us. So don’t lose hope so easily. If you’d like to start an orphanage, go ahead. Gather all your efforts and skills, put it to use! Start with bismillah, and start out small. If you’d like to feed the poor and start a restraunt, then go ahead!  Dreams are not impossible. With that I end that you all please make dua for me and the rest of the ummah, that Allah make our dreams come true if there is khayr in it. may Allah make us all successful. Now keep on dreaming and work your way towards that special and beautiful dream. Be a firm believer in Allah. Success lies with Him.

 

Love…

Asalamu Alaikum- love is a topic that comes up over and over again. So I wanted to just touch upon the topic a bit. Love means something different to each and every individual. However, love has a totally new meaning for me. A few years ago whenever I thought of love, the ideal standard of love came to mind. Of course that ideal standard of love was the trend of love that was set by celebrities, actors, and novels. My heart was slightly broken when people would say, “that’s just in movies, not in reality.” Why? Because I wanted the love I saw on television to be re-enacted in my own life once I would find my “prince charming.” But you know what I realized? I realized that the love displayed on television is one full of misery, heartbreak, blame, mistrust, and evil. Soon I started reading books on the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam, and being into the topic of love, I would constantly look for examples of love in islamic books- whether it was the love between Prophet Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasalam and his wives, or whether it was the love between the sahabah and their wives. I was not only stunned but thrilled and teary eyed to read about the true love that our Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam and his companions had for their beloved wives. I got my hands on a book titled, “Women Around the Messenger” because I really wanted to see examples of women throughout Islamic history to motivate myself to be a better Muslimah and those around me. When I picked up the book I could not put it down. I just had to finish reading it. The story that made my heart move was that of Zaynab and Abu Al ‘aas. That’s when my perspective on love changed and I realized that love wasn’t what we are shown on television, or what celebrities do, but that love is based upon deen not dunyah, that it’s based upon character not the price tag of a gift, that it’s based on true love and taqwa (God consciousness) not on looks. There are many prince charming’s out there, but the person who will truly love and cherish you forever despite the stages you go through in life, are the ones who truly love Allah, know Allah through His attributes, through the Quran and so forth. True love won’t ever belittle you, degrade you, or take away your value and worth as a human, but rather true love will only increase your status, add worth to your value, earn you respect, and allow you to dwell in this world happily, and continue through the akhirah to jannah bi’idnillah. Don’t be frustrated or impatient, because what you thought was love perhaps wasn’t and perhaps Allah has someone much much more worthy of you in store for you than you could ever imagine. You may just look back one day and say, “Alhamdulillah for the great doors of opportunity that Allah has opened up for me.”