Hijab: A Global Perspective

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Hijab from a global perspective

We all know how Hijab has been considered as a source of hindrance and criticism from a large number of people through out the world. We wanted all these people to know how Hijabis truly feel about the Hijab. So we asked some of our friends to share their views from 12 different countries!

If you agree then please help us spread the word by sharing their voices!

Zaira from Pakistan says:
I thing hijab is a beautiful concept and I feel really protected when I am observing it.  For example take two sweets, open one and keep it on the road and let the second one be wrapped and keep it on the same road. You will find flies and dirt around the one which was unwrapped on the other hand the one which is wrapped will be still neat and germ free.
When I am in Hijab, I feel like a beautiful pearl in its shell. My beauty is for myself not for the world to be  displayed or exhibited.

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God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!

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Freedom, ignorance, Islam… are three highly interrelated elements in the present Muslim society. I would like to bring this relation in the lime light before I get to the main topic.

Islam means submission, submitting your will to the Creator and living by His commandments in this life to lead a prosperous life in the hereafter. This leads to the fact that a Muslim lives like a slave in this world, a slave of Allah سبحانه وتعالى . His life is confined by the rules set down by Islam. Following the rules set down by Islam restores happiness, justice, moral and ethical values of our society. With time gaining the knowledge of world has taken the shape of a primary obligation upon Muslims which is rather good but what was supposed to be learned has been kept aside and forgotten. 95% Muslims in the world don’t even understand the Fiqh of prayer, their greatest identification! This has led to an ignorant society of Muslims who believe in the freedom of speech and freedom of choice.

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A Selfie with the Ka’bah?

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The holy month of Ramadan is here and as we all know the two holy cities (Makkah and Madinah) are packed with God’s visitors and worshippers. Everyone wants to go and spend their Ramadan there in hopes of becoming the dwellers of heaven. However I have been there recently and I noticed something that irked me to my very core… people taking pictures. Now you must be wondering why was it so bothersome?  Continue reading

The guest is at the doorstep!

If we know that a guest is coming home for dinner, we would start preparing for it from the morning, probably we will begin shopping a day before. And if the guest is someone important, do I have to mention what we would do?
We’ll clean every corner of our house, prepare the best of dishes and try to look our very best.

It’s just a few hours and the guest will officially enter into our hearts and homes ( اللَهم بلغنا رمضان) . But are we prepared?

It’s not too late, never is it late for something good. Start now. Begin with your heart, because it is the king of all the organs in our body, the vessel of every thought, the engine of all our actions.
The Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وسلم )  said: Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart. ( AlBukhari)

The heart is the place of intentions which decides our actions. This is why we have to renew them every now and then by asking ourselves:why are we fasting? What do we want from it? Who are we fasting for?

Narrated `Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “The (reward of) deeds, depend upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for the sake of Allah and His Apostle, then his emigration will be considered to be for Allah and His Apostle, and whoever emigrated for the sake of worldly gain or for a woman to marry, then his emigration will be considered to be for what he emigrated for.” (AlBukhari) 

Niyyah or intention, is the basis of our every action, a deed to be accepted by Allah, should be for Allah.

Just like I mentioned, Ramadan is the most honorable guest one could get in his life. Companions of the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم would start praying and waiting for Ramadan from six months before!

My fellow readers, Ramadan along being a guest is a month full of blessings. The reward of fasting is in Allah’s سبحانه و تعالى  hands as is mentioned in Hadith al qudsi: (fasting is for me…). So before this holy month starts let’s renew our intentions! The intention to do everything in the month of Ramadan and after it only for the sake of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, the intention to purify ourselves in this month and seek for Allah’s forgiveness, the intention to become better Muslims, the intention to practice the commandments of Allah سبحانه وتعالى.

May Allah سبحانه وتعالى bless us with many more Ramadans and may this Ramadan be the best that we have ever lived….ameen.

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A message from the Philippines

It was almost a week since exams ended and summer vacations began, since day one of the holidays, I have been keepingA call from Philippines myself busy, learning something new every other day. Alhamdulillah. But even in between all that, I felt I was missing something. Yes, I could spend more time with family, I had no tension of classes the next day or an exam coming up or a deadline for a submission. Yet, I found something not the same. Until, I got a message from the Philippines. Continue reading

A Princess or a Knight?

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She wished she was a man!

I just laughed when I read her message, but later on it had me thinking why did she say that? Continue reading

Would you rather be a Doctor or Engineer or…?

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I picked up my mobile to see what time it was. I couldn’t be more shocked to see that it was half past two already…

I had spent the whole evening understanding Tafseer and my mind was too concentrated to absorb anymore explanations.

I reminded myself of the Nahu period that I will have to attend tomorrow along with the Tafseer assessment and decided to give myself some rest. I went to bed with the following ayah in my mind:

(‘يؤتي الحكمة من يشاء و من يؤت الحكمة فقد أوتي خيرا كثيرا و ما يذكر إلا أولو الألبب’ ( سورة البقرة ٢٦٩

“He giveth wisdom unto whom He will, and he unto whom wisdom is given, he truly hath received abundant good. But none remember except men of understanding.” (Surah Al Baqarah 269) Continue reading