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West Ham Fans Praying

I was asked my thoughts on this video;

“Muslims praying you see they getting ready, then a lady comes along and messages
that some men are getting ready to pray or something like that.
Then the WHU fans start shooting irons to disturb the prayers.
Now Muslims and the express are in uproar.
My point is when u go to a place, whenever i have i always ask is there a prayer room
and if not then went to a quiet place with permission and prayed.
now if these bros had done that, the lady could have said we have given permission”

My answer

1) This was a special multifaith event which purpose was to involve local community in West Ham matches, we know majority of local community are Muslim. We Know Muslims Pray. The majority of local community support West Ham.
2)It was a quiet place, not in anyones way or obstructing anyone and management did not have any issues with them praying there.
3) Do you hear what they r shouting, “Are you f****** serious?”
Well are they serious? This is West Ham, They are in Green Street!
The West Ham fans are territorial they think this is their territory.
Well sorry, they have all moved out to Dagenham! This our ends now, and we are all for diversity, and multiculturalism in Newham! Do they walk from the station to stadium with their eyes shut?

4)Management got a whole hotel, loads of conference rooms. When they invited Muslims to the place they should have thought of this. They have got the space.

The point is, why do we need to pray hidden away?
This earth is made for us to worship Allah on.
When Olympics was on I went to watch openning ceremony on the big screens in Central Park, because for me the Openeing ceremony is something I always watched as a kid and it was an exciting event.
I took the kids, it was Ramadan so i took my prayer mat, and prayed there and broke my fast there.
No big deal.

It is amazing people can see something wrong with people quietly calmly praying, and say that aggravated aggressive actions in others!

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It does not negate our tragedies

Our brothers and sisters around the world are suffering,

they face situations we cannot imagine or comprehend the reality of,

no graphic pictures can make us understand what it is to be there,

we get on with our every day lives and sometimes we worry,

then we stop,

what are we worrying about?

Think of Gaza,

there homes are bombed,

so what if my home is bad,

Think of Syria,

so what if it is hard being Muslim here,

no one is forcing me to worship a man,

and burying me alive if I don’t,

My child’s school is bad,

Think of Libya,

where they took the children from school,

at least mine are safe.

The sickness and death of a Gazan, or Burmese, or SYrian, may be in different circumstances,

but to person whose relative is sick, the grief is the same,

they may say

At least we have fully operative hospitals,

but we don’t need to say that.

We don’t need to try and feel less grief and worry and sadness as others have it harder.

We can only judge things based on our own experiences,

things effect us based on our own life, not the lives of others.

The tragedies of others does not negate our personal tragedies.

Make dua for my dad.

Emotional dua by sheikh Ahmad El- Ajmy

O Allah wake our Ummah up from their unawareness,
alive them from their death,
O Allah fix their rulers and their gaurdians,
O Allah take their hands to the right path

Ameen

This is a beautiful and emotional dua, the Sheikh is audibly overcome with emotion at times, you can hear is voice breaking as he makes dua to improve the situation of our ummah.

Aafia Siddiqui talks of Eid al adha

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This is based on a conversation involving Aafia where she discussed Eid Al Adha and what it meant beyond performing the ritual acts.

It was a casual social conversation sometime in the 1990s. The Hajj was about to conclude, and Eid Al Adha was approaching.  A point was made that perhaps this Eid is really only a celebration for those attending the Hajj as it marked the successful conclusion of their pilgrimage.  For the rest of the Muslim world it was only about the sacrificing of animals. As symbolic, solemn and beneficial to the poor as the ritual was, what was the cause for celebration?

As was the case with many of Aafia’s perspectives, the response was neither traditional nor focused solely on the logic of obedience to God, blessings for the Hereafter and remembering the enormous tribulations of the prophets of God. These reasons provide satisfaction and comfort to those…

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As women

Salaam alaykum,

This is a post I found by a feminist blogger, demonstrating the fact that Islam and feminism are not incompatible, I agree with the thoughts in the post.

However although the author mentions that a woman’s worth is not determined by her looks, or her virginity, or her intelligence even, she lacks mentioning what our worth is defined as.

The prophet sallalahu allayhi wa salaam stated

“All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”

Showing that what constitutes a persons worth in the eyes of Allah, is piety and good deeds.

We should only be worried about our worth in the sight of Allah. We don’t need to please people. We need to be secure and confident in our self, and this comes from the knowledge that you are pleasing your creator and doing what is right, despite what anyone might think of you. It is irrelevant what people may think of you.

The thing is, if you are striving to please Allah, then those with good hearts will attribute worth to you, they will want to know you, marry you to their children and so on. Because you will be constantly helping others, doing charity, standing up for those with no voices, being active in the community, striving to seek knowledge, to be the best parent you can be, to be the best spouse you can be

What is the worth of women in Islam?

In Islam the worth of a woman is not defined as comparative to the worth of a man. The behaviour of man is not the yardstick against a woman is judged. Women are women, a sex in their own right.

The prophet sallalahu allayhi wa sallam said;

“Whoever takes care of two girls until they reach adulthood, he and I will come like this on the Day of Resurrection,” and he held his fingers together”. Narrated by Muslim, 2631.

One of the first commandmana in the Quran was to stop viewing female children as inferior;;

““And when the female (infant) buried alive – is questioned, for what crime she was killed.” (Quran 81:8-9).

When news is brought to one of them, of (the Birth of) a female (child), his face darkens and he is filled with inward grief! With shame does he hide himself from his people because of the bad news he has had! Shall he retain her on (sufferance) and contempt, or bury her in the dust? Ah! What an evil (choice) they decide on? “(Quran 16: 58-59).

as well as in the Prophet sallalahu allayhi wa salaam’s last sermon;

” Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers”

There are many more hadith exalting women;

“This world is enjoyment, and the best of its enjoyment is a righteous woman.””

“The women of this world will have superiority over the hoors just as the outer lining of a garment has superiority over the inner lining.”

“O Women! remember the pious amongst you will enter Jannah before pious men.”

Rasulullah mentioned that;

“the good committed by pious women is equivalent to the Ibadah of  seventy awliya

The status of a mother is held high in Islam, modern feminists are fighting for the recognition of the work women do in the un paid economy, the recognition that being a stay at home mum is a valid choice, and is not less in anyway. Islam already has this.

“Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother” (Ahmad, Nasai
“O Women! Are you satisfied (meaning you should be satisfied) that whenever one of you is impregnated by your husband who is pleased with you, you receive such reward, alone fasting in the path of Allah
or remains awake during the nigh tand when she begins her labour then the inhabitants of the sky and earth pray for the coolness of her eyes, i.e. meaning comfort.When she gives birth, then not even one drop of her milk is discharged nor is the child suckled once from her breast but for every drop or suckle she is rewarded, and because of the child she has to stay up at night she gets rewarded for freeing seventy slaves in the path of Allah”

Also there is eveidence that women’s opinions are to be valued,

“…And they (women) have rights similar to those (of men) over them, and men are a degree above them.” [Noble Quran 2:228]

“...If they (husband wife) desire to wean the child by mutual consent and (after) consultation, there is no blame on them…” [Noble Quran 2:233]

The Quran demonstrates that men should be thankful that women are with them, and the existence of the relationship between man and women, is a sign of Allah

“And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily,in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect”Rasulullah

has said:

The following verse shows that in the most important things, that are central to being a Muslim Allah views the duty of a man and a woman equally,

“Surely the men who submit and the women who submit, and the believing men and the believing women, and the obeying men and the obeying women, and the truthful men and the truthful women, and the patient men and the patient women and the humble men and the humble women, and the almsgiving men and the almsgiving women, and the fasting men and the fasting women, and the men who guard their private parts and the women who guard, and the men who remember Allah much and the women who remember-Allah has prepared, for them forgiveness and a mighty reward.” (33:35)

Another thing is the author of the blog says we should do what makes us happy.

But what makes us truly happy and fills the feeling inside. That feeling of guilt, of emptiness, that something is missing, or could be better, or is not quite right, that heaviness you cannot place?

“Truly, it is by the Remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest.” [Qur’an, 13.28].

“True enrichment does not come through possessing a lot of wealth, but true enrichment is the enrichment of the soul.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

Vestio Matris

We are people, just like men.

We have bad tendencies sometimes, just like men.

We don’t always want you to do stuff for us; don’t always want to be rescued. Sometimes we want to get our hands dirty with our own accomplishments. But we do want to be protected when it’s necessary — just like anyone else.

Our worth is not determined by how we look, but it’s not wrong to pay attention to our looks if we want to.

Our worth is not determined by our virginity, or lack thereof.

Our worth is not determined by our intelligence, or lack thereof.

We should not be competitive with other women for the attention of men to see who gets exploited best/first.

We should not be intimidated by misogyny, accusations of being a bad wife/mother (within reason), insults, or sexism. Treat bullies as bullies and let them be.

We should make…

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taqwa

Islam Shall Return

An ascetic said;
There are five obstacles to attaining God­consciousness (taqwa),
and only the one who overcomes these will attain it – choosing hardship
over ease, exertion over rest, lowliness over pride, silence over idle talk, and
death over life.

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Just say Subhan’Allah!

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Found this picture. To amazing to not share, Inshallah. If there is any faults in here, please forgive me!

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Trust in God

31 Days of Living by Faith, Day 23 – In Sickness and In Health.

This Christian blogger describes her expereinces, leading to the realisation that she does not have enough trust in God.

Her expereinces are also relevant to Muslims.

When something bad happens to us, what do we do?

Do we ask why me?

As Muslims we should expect to be tested, and know the tests will be hard. We need to trust in Allah’s plan, and know the correct way to supplicate through dua. As well as knowing the possible outcomes for any duas we make.

We should say “allhamdulillahi alla kulli hal – All praise to Allah in every situation”, and feel the trust and certainty of Allah’s hikmah (wisdom) witin our hearts.

“Qul, Hasbia Allahu, la illaha illa Huwa, allayhi tawakkul tu, wa Huwal rabbil arshil adheem

– Say, Allah sufficieth me, there is no God but Him, in Him I have trust, and He is the Lord of the Great arsh”

 

 I knew God could heal me, but for some reason, He wasn’t.

I was mad, upset, desperate, and nearly hopeless.  I did not want to die.

Although I had settled my eternal destiny, my baby just turned three years old and my son was only five.  My husband was about to enter ministry.  He need not do it a widow with two small kids.

I told God that. Over and over again.

I knew He cared, but I could not understand the purpose in all of it.  I wanted Him to heal me.

I pleaded and begged, bartered and bargained.  I promised everything from going to Africa to never getting mad again.  At anyone. For the rest of my life.

It all seemed silly, empty even.  God was not going to be moved by my temper tantrums.

One night I came to the end of myself.  I was doing battle with God when I realized I did not want to die, because I did not trust God with my kids.

I felt like I needed to be there to raise them, to love them, to nurture them.  I did not, for one minute, think they would grow up to be healthy, happy, stable adults if they lost me.

That is a lot of ego folks.

It was an “aha” moment.  All the light bulbs came on in my head and realization dawned.

I did not trust God.

That night I surrendered.  I gave my children to God and told Him that I trusted Him enough to take care of my kids.  I told Him if it was His will that I die, then I knew my husband and my children would be just fine without me.”

For more detailed explanations about trust in Allah at times of adversity, read my circle about being content with Allah,https://muslimahdirections.wordpress.com/muslimah-matter-circles/21012-i-am-content/

 and also the story of Komal Rashid https://muslimahdirections.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/the-inspiring-story-of-komal-rashid/

The Best Part of Eid

The Best Part of Eid

So the second night of Eid has started, what has been your favourite moment of Eid al Adha so far?

Mine has definitely been Eid Salaah this morning at Darus Salaam Masjid | House of Peace, I managed to arrange to meet a few friends and we prayed Eid salaah side by side, alhamdulillah. It was the first time praying the Eid Salaah for two of them, so I had a blessed opportunity to re experience the amazing feelings and joy of praying in congregation on Eid day for the first time, and I was priviledged enough to share in this moment in 2 other sisters lives!

Eid Salaah really makes Eid day for me, you feel like an ummah, a community, sisters you don’t know come up to you and shake your hand and hug you and wish you Eid Mubarak, the recitation during salaah and the khutbah brings tears to my eyes. This is what I feel Eid should be about.

The rest of the day sitting in houses is a bit meh! compared to that experience in one of the houses of Allah.

so jazakallahkhayr to Rabiya, Ranga and Yasmin for joining me in Eid salaah, I hope we can repeat this experience in years to come, and convince other sisters to take a break from the kitchen and join us! you really made my Eid day special ♥

Allahu akbar Allahu akbar, wa la ilaha ilAllahu, wa Allahu akbar Allahu akbar wa ila il hamd.

(The cake was made by Asma @ https://www.facebook.com/SugaredSaffron she is available for wedding and party orders, and is a fantastic cake maker and decorator!)

“Like a grown up kids?” – The burden of husbands.

In every marriages there is ups and downs, periods of adjustment, getting used to each others habits, new situations, changing surroundings.

Some Muslimahs get themselves in the situation in which they think that having a husband is a burden; “It is like having a grown up kid”. They feel the needs and demands of their husband along with the inability of their husbands to help them out, and do simple tasks like clean up after themselves or pick their clothes off the floor, increases their work load. Instead of being a support and comfort and companion, they are a burden. Instead of helping, they make things more difficult and add to a woman’s never ending “to do” list.

Then sometimes the Shaytaan takes hold, the woman thinks that life may be easier if she didn’t have an extra person to feed and clean up after, and organise. That things would be simpler, get done more quickly and to her standards, life would be easier.

But what is the reality? Would it really be easier?

We all know that being a single parent is hard work, and every woman who makes the decision to become one doesn’t take it lightly. Every woman has to make the decision that is right for her, and they know how much they can take.

But for those who are pondering their life, their desires, what they want from their future take a moment to think and be grateful.

It all comes down to would it be pleasing to Allah for you to be single? Would being single benefit your Islam, your deen, your imaan?

Whatever the faults that you may perceive your husband to have, does he increase your ilm, prevent fitnah from harming you, preserve your chastity?

Would you have the same amount of time to study Islam, go to classes or do whatever you do? Or would you have to focus on working, and doing the stuff you need to just get by.

These are all reasons to be grateful. Preserving ones chastity is a reason to marry, so of course it is a reason to stay married.

Don’t entertain the whispers. Don’t dwell on the thoughts that come in to your head.

Alhamdulillah alla kulli hal

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