Women in Islam
I used to look at veiled women as quiet, oppressed creatures — until I was captured by the Taliban. In September 2001, just 15 days after the terrorist attacks on the United States, I snuck into Afghanistan, clad in a head-to-toe blue burqa, intending to write a newspaper account of life under the repressive regime. Instead, I was discovered, arrested and detained for 10 days.
I spat and swore at my captors; they called me a “bad” woman but let me go after I promised to read the Quran and study Islam. (Frankly, I’m not sure who was happier when I was freed — they or I.) Back home in London, I kept my word about studying Islam — and was amazed by what I discovered.
I’d been expecting Quran chapters on how to beat your wife and oppress your daughters; instead, I found passages promoting the liberation of women. Two-and-a-half years after my capture, I converted to Islam, provoking a mixture of astonishment, disappointment and encouragement among friends and relatives. Continue reading
Indeed, all praises are due to Allah, we praise Him, seek His Aid and beg for His Forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil in our souls and from the bad consequences of our deeds. Whomever Allah guides, no one can lead that person astray and whomever Allah leads astray no one can guide that person. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah Who is alone and without any partners and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is His slave and final Prophet and Messenger sent to mankind. Continue reading
I want to talk to you about my life before and after hijab. I am a Muslim girl 20 years old from Arabian Gulf, “The original place of Islam.” I used to believe that hijab is not an important issue. And it’s lacking my freedom. So I decided that I would never were hijab as long as I live. Although my mother wears hijab but she never convinces my sisters or me to wear it. She thought that you have to believe in it to do it or else you will take it off as soon as we are far away from her. And I think that it might be right in some way. Continue reading
Answer: Two well-known opinions in this regard are reported from Ahmad:
- That he may compel her. This is also the opinion of Malik, ash-Shafi’i, and others; and
- That he may not. This is also the opinion of Abu Hanifah and others, and is the correct one.
People have differed as to the reason permitting the compulsion – whether it is virginity, the daughter Continue reading
Though he had gotten married back in 1947 when he was about thirty years old, he was able to say to me: “I do not recall that I ever once got angry with my wife or that she was even once annoyed with me. And if I had a headache, it was impossible for her to sleep until after I fell asleep.” Continue reading
After returning from work, school, travel, or whatever has separated you,
· Begin with a good greeting.
· Meet him with a cheerful face
· Beautify and perfume yourself
· Start with good news and delay any bad news until he has rested
· Receive him with loving and yearning sentences
· Make hard efforts for excellence of the food & having it ready on time.
2. Beautify and Soften the Voice Continue reading
1- In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, and no additions or subtractions may be accepted. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for personal opinion. They have been prescribed for us by Allaah and His Messenger . Ibn Taymiyyah may Allaah have mercy on him said: “Festivals are part of the laws, clear way and religious ceremonies of which Allaah Says (what means): ‘To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way‘ [Quran 5:48] and ‘For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow.‘” [Quran 22:67] Continue reading
“O humankind! Be conscious of your Lord Who created you from a single soul, and out of it created its mate, and out of the two spread countless men and women. Be conscious of your Lord through Whom you demand your mutual rights and honor the wombs; God always watches over you.” (Qur’an 4:1) Continue reading
These are words that should be addressed to parents and mentors in order to achieve a general benefit: Whoever likes his child to be something, should first be that something.
Be a positive role model:
Dear parent, your child is attached to you. You are his role model and leader and the basic moral benchmark on which he depends in all that he does. So, be a positive role model for him to follow in your faith and worship of Allaah The Almighty; and be a positive role model for him in your morals, manners and good treatment. In other words, be a positive role model in the complete sense of the word, through your practical treatment with your children, following the example of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Continue reading
What comes to your mind when you think of a Muslim woman? A mysterious, veiled victim of male oppression, awaiting Western liberation? A slogan-shouting terrorist? An uneducated foreigner with whom you have little or nothing in common? Unless your social circle includes Muslim friends and acquaintances, the chances are that your impressions of Muslim women have largely been formed by negative media stereotypes – images that usually have little to do with real life, and may have been designed to attract more viewers, sell more products, or gain Continue reading