Women as objects

Assalam o alaykum. Innalhamdulillah nahmaduhu wa nastaeenauhu wa nastaghfiru wa naudhubillahi min shurrori anfusina wa min sayyiaat i amalina.

Without a doubt, what Allah has revealed is the undisputed Truth and HIs Prophet Muhammad(SAW) has come with the truth and all the Prophets before him have come with the truth.

We believe in the Ghayb. These are things we believe in without seeing them but believing that they exist. We believe in Allah, HIs Angles, the Jinn, His Messengers without having seen them. Walhamdulillah!

On a sunny Thursday morning I strolled to my cube casually to start a busy day at work. I logged into my computer and started checking my emails and then wandered off to check the latest news on CNN.

This is what it had to offer. Click here.(Warning: There is an evil picture on the left hand side. When you open do not look at the picture. Jazakumullah u khairan).

The article itself is self-explanatory and is more then enough evidence to prove that a society who objectifies women is morally decadent and reprehensible beyond words. SubhanAllah! Allah revealed the verses for the believing women to cover themselves and protect their modesty. Yet, women take this Command very lightly. Allah is our Creator and He Knows whats Best for us.

Those who seek to objectify women, do so to make them objects of their desires. Who is giving the womenfolk their due right? Allah(SWT) has made it clear in His Book, the rights of men and women.

May Allah Guide us and open our eyes to the evil that lurks amongst us!

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a new day in history!

salam 3alaikum my dear brothers and sisters in islam.

today is a spectacular day.  al7amdulillah, by the grace of Allah (swt), i am writing this post to you today to share a very beautiful piece of news.

no, i did not get married.  no, i did not win a nobel peace prize.  no, i haven’t changed the world in a major way… not yet, anyway.

but today, insha’Allah, a new day in history begins.  a new footstep – with which the world will change to become a better place insha’Allah ta3ala.  as you know, this blog is the blog of “musafir fidunya” – and as a musafir, you are always looking for the best route to come out successful and in the best shape from your journey insha’Allah.

today, brothers and sisters, by the will and grace of Allah (swt), i purchased a whiteboard.  yes, brothers and sisters, what you read is true, i purchased a whiteboard! can you begin to understand and fathom what this means?  sub7anAllah, you probably don’t understand the reason for my excitement, but i will try to shed some light on it, be’izn Allah (3az wa jal).

this whiteboard will be, by the grace of Allah, my “idea pad” – the place where new ideas are born, sketched out, and implemented.  this white board will be the tool by which we will enter the new era.  here, i will write up ideas which will ultimately benefit islam and muslims insha’Allah.  our goal and target is to bring 3izza to islam and muslims – how do we do this?  by being the best at everything we can be.  we have to be the best scientists, the best mathmeticians, the best lawyers, the best engineers – all while being excellent examples of muslims.  a large reason for the spread of islam was the great character of the sa7aba and how they practiced islam.

the ideas are many, and the time is limited.  i have not yet decided whether i will be writing ideas for my blog posts on the whiteboard or not, but even if i don’t, al7amdulillah, i can begin to examine more interesting phenomena – for example, i’ve long been intrigued by fractals.  this is my chance to begin my fractal research.  moreover, sub7anAllah, there are all types of prime numbers out there – mersenne primes, twin primes, etc.  why is there not a prime number with a muslim name on it?  why is there not a “ibrahim’s prime,” or a “musa’s prime,” or an “isma3eel’s prime?”  – today will begin this new era insha’Allah.

i hope to post pictures of my whiteboard writings on this blog soon insha’Allah.  please make du3a for this new era to shine in peace insha’Allah.

may Allah bless all of you.

walsalam 3alaikum.
— guest writer, on behalf of the author of this blog.

Masjid

Have you made a difference?

Assalam o alaykum to all, Alhamdulillah. I am very excited to write this post. Let me take a deep breath. Tayyab, bismillah!

I used to teach Islamic studies at our local Islamic School. I left because I was absent once due to an emergency and I couldn’t find a replacement for myself. (What that emergency was, will inshAllah be posted in a future post. One thing is for sure, it was not worth the trouble but QaddarAllah o wa masha a fa3al!). So, the new school principal, (who happens to be a very strict disciplinarian) asked me to leave i.e. they fired me. 🙂 Not something I am proud of but I am afraid that’s just the truth!

To be honest, I was not enjoying teaching because of one of the two classes. Class A had really good students mashAllah and Class B had really naughty children. I did not want to teach class B because in order to change them I wanted their parents to show some change which I was not seeing. The children were suffering from very short attention spans and foul language/behaviour. Anyhow I tried my best to cope with it but in the end really did not want to teach it and kind of lost interest altogether.

Class A was always a joy teach. Infact, I had them last year and loved teaching them. I always looked froward to that one hour with my curious little seekers of knowledge. They would ask challenging questions. Like, “Br. Uthman,is the Qareen with us right now?” etc. My focus in these two classes has always been Aqeedah(Tawheed specifically) and Akhlaq because this is the foundation our young minds lack. Also I would teach them the meanings of some of the Names and Attributes of Allah. I realized that it was very easy for me to articulate what the Names and Attributes mean.

Once, in order to explain that Allah is our Creator and thus He is the Only One Worthy of Worship, I asked them a very simple question that would appeal to their fitrah; I asked, ” Let’s say I ask all of you to worship this chair, would you guys do it?” All of them started laughing at my face and said “teacher it cannot help us and harm us and plus we would consider you as an insane person”. That’s when I narrated the story of the people of Nuh(AS) and made it fun for them by asking them the names of the 5 righteous people the people of Nuh had started worshipping. Alhamdulillah. I enjoyed it alot. Sometimes I would give them activities to do. I used to give them very easy home works. Like, you must get up for Fajr and wake up your family as well, I would tell them how they can show love to their parents and how to be polite.

When the administration asked me to leave, I was sad because I would miss Class A and Class B had some good students that I would also miss. Class B had two or three trouble makers and I would make them my little helpers to maintain discipline in the class. As Shyakh Muhammad Al-Shareef said,” you need to be in control of the mala’ of the class and then you can control the whole class!”. I did exactly that but for some reason still was not enjoying teaching them.

Anyway, just yesterday I was standing in the main hall of the masjid and one of the mothers came up to me and said “Why did you leave?” She said ,”My son is very upset you left and we cannot get him to concentrate”. Then at the same moment another father came up and started saying ” My daughter is heart broken because you left teaching them”. At that point I had no answer but to apologize and say “inshAllah I will take the class next year when its under new management.”

Sometimes I feel I have let them down but it always puts a smile on my face when I hear they are pushing their parents to pray Fajr and do good deeds mashAllah walhamdulillah. This is the tawfeeq from Allah! Allah(SWT) gave me this opportunity and Alhamdulillah. No doubt I did not do a great job but did some thing.

To summarize I will always miss being with my students. Its like when Sh. Yasir Birjas is in town and he is leaving after two full weekends of gems, I am always heartbroken and especially look forward to saying goodbye to him.

I pray that Allah(SWT) makes our children better then us and raises from amongst them people who practice the Quran and Sunnah!

Gaza: Our role?

Assalam o alaykum wa rahmatullah i wabarakatuhu, If you have been following the news lately, you will realize the Israel is a poor defenseless state that is defending itself against bloodthirsty, viscious aggressors in Gaza all in the name of peace. Wait a minute, they ended up killing ~400 human beings.  Let’s not get into the media coverage on this issue because it is just hopeless to make them understand.

So why is it hard for us to admit that we have to do something about it? Every body with an ounce of good left in their heart will realize that it is a massacre of people which even the human rights platform has condemned.

SO what is the solution? Blogs and posts are filled with people who say that we must go protest, we must make dua, we must stand up and raise awareness. We are living in a time when we have become mere foam as the Prophet(SAW) told us. So what is the solution my dear brothers and sisters? We turn to the Sunnah of the Messenger(SAW).

Yes we must make Jihad and Qitaal. Even if it means forsaking all our belongings. We will be asked on the Day of Judgment if we fulfilled this obligation or not. And under the present circumstances it is more then ever needed. We must make Jihad and dismantle the Zionist state.

Another sad thing is that we are very apologetic when it comes to Israel. It is Israel who has violated all known human rights to mankind so why should we be quiet? Our scholarship needs to make this clear to us and the masses. Allah will not send down angels o fight on our behalf. Thats what the Jews did. They said to Moussa you and your Lord go fight and we are sitting here. Allah sends His mercy to those who are true believers and are striving in His path as happened during the time of Badr when Allah sent down angels to help the Muslims. It doesn’t take much to admit the truth and live by it.

Terrorism and reality

Bismillah wassalatu wassalamo ala rasulillah wa amma bad3ad

Assalam o alaykum to all,  A few days ago 10 people went from Pakistan and went in Mumbai and started shooting indiscriminantly. The reaction from the global media was swift in reporting they were Muslims. The attack was dubbed a terrorist act.

Ok let’s just step back a bit. Let’s go back to the American Revolutionary war.

The people living in America wanted to be free and did not want to live under the crown. The British Crown was not welcome in this land. Why? Because Americans wanted to be free. Since they had migrated to America, they said we are not responsible for the crown. Thus they said, why should we pay taxes, why should we fight for the crown? It is this that caused a great deal of friction between the “new Americans” and the British.

At the onset of the war, the Americans lacked heavy cavalry and also weapons. The British  had a huge advantage via their navy and superior army. The Americans had to thus rely on local militia men. These militias were lightly armed and worked their way by hiding and attacking their target. Since the British were “gentlemen” in all aspect of their life wether it was war or love, they did not expect this. And the Americans used these tactics and others to fight the British and drive them out until the war began ofcourse. Even during the war these pockets of insurgents (known today as American heroes) attacked the British.

So how does one define terrorism? Let me break the bubble, there is no real definition for terrorism. Click here. We hear this term day and night. The truth is based on, the garbage media gives coverage to is defined terrorism and what it does not give coverage to is not terrorism. For example,

Average American watching CNN/Fox says, Muslim=terrorists. However, Israel bombing Gaza = self-defense even though civilians are being killed.

I have to say in all honesty that suicide bombers are not right but we have to realize that reality is much different from what we think it is. It is very easy for us to say from the comfort of our homes that what they did was wrong. On the contrary, imagine a two year old child watching his entire family being massacred by a group of soldiers. This child is living in a war zone. He grows up having this hate for the soldiers who did this to him. He grows up and is traumatized by this event. And one day the news comes “10 dead as suicide bomber rips through crowded hotel”.

Now all my readers will say but it is terrorism. I agree, what he did was not right but sadly reality is different. There will always be terrorism if tyranny and oppression exist in the land. The only way to get rid of this whole mess is to be fair to everyone and give them their rights.

Another sad reality the West has engaged in is changing enemies after the Cold War. They must instill fear into people hearts to make them dependent on the goevernment. That is exactly what America has been successful in doing. The Russians were the enemies first now it is Islam and the Muslims. During the Afghan War the Muslims who were fighting against Russia were dubbed freedom fighters(even though the Muslims had a different intent behind fighting) by the Western Media. And when they turned against them then they were called terrorists. So why all this politics? It is all about power and the masses are being confused and taken away from the reality of the situation by constantly being bombarded an array of images and commentary day and night by media outlets.

We ask Allah to Guide us to that which is true and help us overcome our enemies!

Rogues,progressives and the strangers-part 1

Lately I have been exploring a multitude of Muslim blogs. During this time I stumbled on different personalities who are “callers” to Islam. Some of them have very dangerous ideas. Some are very progressive in their thought. So I compiled a list of people we need to be careful of.

1. Ahmed Subhy Mansour : A brief history and his current activities. He has very extreme ideas one of them being he is a rejector of hadith. I have a question for him which I asked myself and had to submit to the authenticity of hadith. Where did the Quran come from? Who narrated it? The Sahaba , correct. It has the isnad system attached to it. Thousands of people have the sanad to the Prophet(SAW). So it came as a narration to us. Now if that is the case then these narrators are trustworthy.  They lived with the Prophet(SAW) and saw him and they narrated his actions and sayings.  We trust the companions and love each of them for what they have done. ridhwanullah i ta’ala. So this is one character we need to becareful of because he is leading the masses astray by his false teachings. May Allah Protect us from this person!

2. Mark A Gabriel: This person is also another graduate from Egypt’s Al-Azhar. He has been maligning Islam for quite sometime. He became a Christian and openly criticizes Islam and is a favourite of Evangelical Christian talk shows. As usual he takes all political activites and turns them against muslims and Islam more specifically.

3. Khaled Abo el Fadel: Click here. Among his favourite ideas is criticism and call to scrutinize ahadith narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be Pleased with him). This is a classic attack that the enemies of Abu Hurayrah(RA) use. In Usool ul hadith by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (may Allah preserve him) he discusses this issue. He says since he narrated a lot of ahadith he became an early target of many of the early sects of Islam, most notably, the Shia who consider him a fabricator of ahadith. Khaled is considered a great scholar in progressive Muslim circles.

4. Irshad Manji: This is a classic example of progressiveness that leads to destruction. She is again a so-called scholar of Islam. She encourages Ijtihad which only a handful of scholars in today’s day and age are able to perform. Muslim scholars generally are expected to memorize the Quran and hadith before or during their formal education of Islam. Again we have the isnaad system here. Irshad Manji has no command over the Arabic language let alone Quran and Hadith. She advocates gay rights. Which ofcourse is in direct contradiction to the Quran and Sunnah and indeed a great sin. Perhaps she can explain why Allah(SWT) destoryed the people of Lut(AS)? The answer is the sin of homosexuality.

5. Magdi Allam: You may know this person because he was given special coverage on CNN for becoming a Christian. This person does not like masajid to be populated in Italy. Strange how the Shyatan can decieve some people! This is the same person who made headlines by converting to Catholicism last year. He claims he has not prayed the five daily prayers ever. In the words of Sh Yusuf Estes, being Christian means you don’t really need to do much, just believe in three=one and that is your salvation. In Islam belief must be correct and actions must be correct! (intention also goes with your actions). If anyone of them is messed up there is a serious problem. Wallahu alam!

Keith Ellison: This may surprise many of my readers. This guy is a Muslim and he is standing up for muslims. Right? Think again. I was in Minnesota last year at my cousin’s place and it happened that the local masjid was pushing for all muslims in the community to vote. They looked up to this Muslim as their representative. I was in Holy Land restaurant that same evening and I saw him there with his family. A few days later I read that he is running as a Democrat. Then after some research into his character I realized that he supports the LBGT.(click here if you dont believe me) I was shocked. How can you be a Muslim and extend your support for such causes. Infact you should be working against these elements. Just goes to show how politicians deceive the people for their own agendas. My conclusion boycott the voting process because it brings no good. Plus it is a man-made system that has flaws in it. And please don’t come back with the argument that we have to make a change. Change only comes from yourself as an individual and then at the collective level.

Ahmed Amiruddin: This person hates Almaghrib for the fact that they promote (according to him) a Jihadist version of Islam. According to him this is not Islam. I think he belongs to one of the extreme naqshbandi Sufi groups. You can search him on youtube and find a vast array of videos in which he bashes Madinah University and other literature produced by them.

Mubin Shaikh: Well I don’t have to say much about him. Muslimmatters.org has a whole article on him and his compadres describing how they setup a bunch of misguided youths and got a hefty cut of moola out of it. This person even had the audacity of coming on the forums and calling Sh Yasir Qadhi, Yasir Kaddhab! I mean is this the respect scholarship deserves? ( I am actually writing an article on the respect and manners that must be displayed around our scholarship inshAllah will publish it soon). Not to mention the fact that he spied on his own brothers. It is very clear from his comments that he was motivated by a hatred for “salafi” Islam and thus wanted to teach them what Islam really is by humiliating them and breaking these youths and pushing them to the point. Sometimes people forget that one day we will die and we have to answer to our Creator. As Allah has warned us already that the Day of Judgment is coming very soon inshAllah. How can you turn on your on own brothers Mubin? What is your justification? Did you do the due diligence of giving them dawah. The person I mentioned above(Ahmed Amiruddin) says he knew what the kids were doing and yet he did not do anything to stop it. He just sat back watched and then he comes out on Canadian National TV blowing this event out of proportions and making it fit to his own agenda pf promoting his ideology. This is so pathetic. May Allah Protect us from the likes of these people.

Sufis:

You know initially I was just focusing on people who have caused a great deal of ordeal to the Ummah wether theologically, ideologically etc. but then I thought to myself it would be unfair of me to leave a whole group out. Just one thing I want to say, if you look at the Christians today what do they do in thier Churches? They Praise the Lord in their own way i.e. dancing around and singing a prayer. Compare that to what happens when certain sufi groups do the same. They sing and dance and venerate their shuyookh. Was this the practice of the Prophet(SAW) and his companions? By all means NO. There is no proof for this. A person who is ignorant of the fact that what he is doing is not right and a bida3ah is truly misguided and has infact laid a steppingstone to misguidance and eventually the Hell-Fire. I want to be guided. If this is the truth I will do it but I dont see truth in it because I have researched this very thoroughly and I have seen with my own eyes how this group has caused countries if not societies to become corrupt with their philosophy.

So the above list covers people that are dangerous because of their ideas and because they are having a great influence on many people. But inshAllah our organizations are doing a good job at Dawah. Also if a non-muslim is reading this, and you are really seeking the truth, then do not go to people of this kind. Rather go to the Imam of the Masjid. As a last comment on these people, some of them (especially in the sub-continent) have deviated so far as to practice sodomy considering it as an act of ibadah.

We just don’t get it!

Assalam o alaykum wa rahmatullah i barakatuhu, Alhamdulillah. So here we are again in 2008 and as Muslims we have not really changed much collectively. A silent majority has changed but they are a handful. All of you must be wondering what am I talking about?

If you go to a very popular muslim blog (that I will not mention here) you will find, instead of being a source of knowledge, it has become a political platform. The blog started off pretty good mashAllah and sometimes /often  posts great articles on a broad range of issues and how they shape a muslims world and also about the Deen.Until recently a moderator who is into politics started posting on it.

Today Muslims are cheering the win of a man named Obama which according to them is the lesser of the two evils that will actually help the Ummah. SubhanAllah! is this what we have come down to? A people who pin their hopes to the leader of the so-called “free world”. La Wallah! We cannot stoop to such a low. Why dont Muslims get it. This man openly supports the Zionist state and supports bombing innocent muslim civilians(and he will do it as he has said before). Why don’t we get it? Why is it so hard to understand that our purpose of living in a non-muslim land should be no more then to give Dawah and spread the deen of Allah. Why don’t we get it that we are to put our trust in Allah? Why is it so hard to tell the truth?

Why is it that we are so clouded in our actions. Infact it is the heart that is clouded. Devoid of any humility and taqwa. What good have they brought forth? Kieth Ellison openly supports LGBT. Astaghfirullah! When will we wake up? When will we be worried about Islam. This is so pathetic. When will we wake up to understand Al Wala wal bara? This is so fundamental to our belief. This matter must be understood by us.

May Allah Guide us. May Allah open our hearts and our eyes. May Allah keep us steadfast on Islam.

La hawla wala quwwata illa billah il a3liyul adheem!

A cat drinking water……..

Assalam o alaykum to all my readers, jazakAllah khair for your comments. I hope this post finds you in the highest spirits of eman, health and wealth (inshAllah working on a post for the “financial crisis”, stay tuned). Here is something I wrote a while back.

أو لم يروا إلى الطير فوقهم صافات ويقبضن ما يمسكهن إلا الرحمن إنه بكل شيء بصير

Have they not seen the birds above them spreading out their wings and closing them? Naught upholdeth them save the Beneficent. Lo! He is Seer of all things. Quran 69:17

A man runs past me and is in a hurry to reach his destination after the salah. I walk calmly to the gigantic structure that stands in front of me. On my right there is a huge building and on my left there is a huge building. I have just come out of Masjid Al Haram. It is very hot even though it is night time. So dry and hot that I want to get home and enjoy the air conditioner. (Yes it is hot and dry even during night!). Suddenly my attention is caught by a yellow tub of water. A cat that is taking each step carefully, approaches the water in a calm and  innocent manner. It sits down in a position to drink from the tub. I stop and observe this beautiful Creation and its behavior. It dips its dry tongue into the water and starts sipping like any creature would. It is facing the Kabah and not worried about whats going on. I think it is very thirsty and just wants to quench its thirst. It does not care who is passing by and who is standing observing it. It has one purpose to drink the water and feel contented in order to sustain itself. 5 mintes go by and I cannot take my eyes of of such an amazing sight. Many thoughts come racing to my mind such as how could this creature know what to do? where is this information to drink the water coming from? What is this Creation? Why is it there? It was so peaceful to watch it drink water. So amazing…… How has Allah provided for it. It has put its tawakkul in Allah and Allah has given it water!

At the end, my intellectual incapacity had no choice but to say SUBHANALLAH! O Allah forgive us for we are very ignorant of your bounties and O Allah I thank you for what you have given me and I am contented with what you have not given me! la illaha illAllah!

Waasalam o alaykum!

Cut piece

Assalam o alaykum wa rahmatullah i wabaraktuhu

Innalhamdulillah nahmaduhu wa nastaeenuhu wa nastaghfiruhu wa naudhubillah i min shurror i anfusina wa min sayyiat e a3malina wa amma ba3ad:

Alhamdulillah life is great couldn’t be better. With all the crises in the world going on, such as the financial crisis, election crisis etc. at an individual level Allah has Blessed me with so much Alhamdulillah. It is a time to remember Allah and be thankful to Him as is required by a slave to be thankful to his master.

Well what I have I been upto you ask? Well nothing much. Just doing the usual. Masjid, work and the daily activities. Lately I have been intrigued by a question that I would like to ask someone of knowledge but have not been able to come across it. So here’s the thing. If you go to look at a girl for the purpose of marriage, how can you look at her bodily features. I know that you cannot look at her but how do you make a judgment? Because the hijab and the niqab that Allah has Ordered has to be loose. And to be honest it makes the woman/girl look unhealthy and chubby thus unattractive. That is a big turn off after assessing her deen and stuff ofcourse. And you ask yourself is she really not that attractive beauty wise? What should be done? Can I ask around but that is not prudent because it would expose me and her to problems. So what is the wisest way of doing this? Someone told me that the Sahaba would try to look at the woman by hiding in the bushes and peeping to like the girl(is this true?) If it is then am I allowed to do this?

After all this endeavour I want to say this. Marriage is not easy. The Western woman always try’s to take care of herself. What about the Muslim woman? Is it my ignorance or are they unattractive? I forget that woman are half or more of the human race! Yet I know so little about this species!

On a side note here is something that turned on the water works for me

Click here.

I pray Allah makes all things easy for us and make us thankful to Him!