Monday, March 19, 2012

Women's Honorable Position in Islam

Without a doubt women in Islam have a very honorable and respected position, contrary to what many none-Muslims say which is that Islam looks down upon women. If one read the Quran and Islamic hadiths with an open heart holding no biasness or ill-will then one would see this for themselves, that Islam holds women in a very high honorable status, sadly many none-Muslims choose to either ignore these hadiths, or they sadly don't even bother to read them at all leaving themselves in ignorance and claiming that Islam is anti-women.


Let us read some of these Islamic hadiths for ourselves to see a ladies honorable position within Islam, no anti-Islamic can read these hadiths and then claim that Islam is anti-women because that would be illogical.


Abu Hurairah reported that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and asked: 


"O Messenger of Allah, who is the person who has the greatest right on me with regards to kindness and attention?" He replied, "Your mother." "Then who?" He replied, "Your mother." "Then who?" He replied, "Your mother." "Then who?" He replied, "Your father."


So notice a man comes and asks the blessed prophet Muhammad about who has the greatest right to received kindness and respect, and as you can see the prophet said that it is the mother not one time, but 3 times in a row! So this hadith shows how important your mother is in Islam, that you should show more kindness and attention to her than you do your father, unlike in Christian where our mother Eve is blamed for everything including our downfall! This hadith alone is enough to refute every assertion that anti-Islamics make that Islam is an anti-women faith, how can Islam be an anti-women faith with such a saying of the prophet Muhammad?


Here is another hadith of the Prophet Muhammad:


"Fear Allah in respect of women." And: "The best of you are they who behave best to their wives." And: "A Muslim must not hate his wife, and if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, let him be pleased with one that is good." And:"The more civil and kind a Muslim is to his wife, the more perfect in faith he is."


As you can see, the blessed prophet Muhammad said that the best among us are those who are good to their wives, logically this means the worst ones among us are the ones who are bad to our wives, so therefore since a believer strives to be as good as he can he will be very good to his wife. Notice the hadith also says that a man must not hate his wife, put this with the part where the prophet says the best among us are the good ones to their wives leaves us with the only conclusion that we MUST treat our wives in an honorable and very respectful way, causing her no harm, nor distress. Obviously this doesn't sound as anti-women faith!


Here is another lovely saying of the blessed and final prophet:


"Among my followers the best of men are those who are best to their wives, and the best of women are those who are best to their husbands. To each of such women is set down a reward equivalent to the reward of a thousand martyrs. Among my followers, again, the best of women are those who assist their husbands in their work, and love them dearly for everything, save what is a transgression of Allah's laws."


To begin with, it must be said that being a martyr in Islam is one of the best and most honorable status you can get in the sight of Allah, the Quran and countless hadiths establish this fact. Now having said that, notice this hadith states that a good wife will have the reward of 1000 martyrs! So a lady who is simply a good wife, who pleases her husband, takes care of him, and does all the things a wife should do will have such an honorable high reward! Does this sound like an anti-women faith?


Here is another hadith of the blessed and final prophet:


Mu'awiyah, the son of Jahimah, reported that Jahimah came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, 


" Messenger of Allah! I want to join the fighting (in the path of Allah) and I have come to seek your advice." He said, "Then remain in your mother's service, because Paradise is under her feet."


The hadith basically means that treating your mother with love, kindness, and respect, and showing no rudeness is essential for a Muslim's entrance into paradise itself! If this isn't a sign of how much respect we should have towards our mothers then what is?! Again, does this sound like an anti-women faith?


So as you can all see, women have a great status within Islam, they are not looked down upon, quite the opposite as you can see! How can anyone but a liar claim Islam is an anti-women faith with such sayings of the prophet of Islam?


And Allah Knows Best!


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‘Hijabi girls’ and girls wearing make-up taking pictures then uploading them on social networking websites


Questions:

Nowadays women think it is not haram to wear make and then show their faces with make up on to ghair mehram. Sadly there are so many women who deliberately wear lots of make up when they go out, and they put pictures of themselves on facebook with a load of make up on. They are tempting men to go astray. Please explain how haram it is for Muslim women to do this.


Please explain if it is right for muslim girls wearing scarves and whatnot to upload pictures of themselves on facebook and talk to guys? Or is it only sinful for girls that don’t wear scarves?


Answer:


Assalamu Alaikum


الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه


All praises belong to Allah Ta’ala. Peace and blessings be upon His Final Prophet Muhammad, His family and companions.


One of the misconceptions that are widespread within the Muslim community is that ‘Hijaab’ means to wear a headscarf.


Hijaab is not a piece of clothing, rather a concept and a lifestyle. It stipulates modest clothing, behaviour as well as sincerity. Many Muslim girls wear a headscarf yet wear tight clothing and use offensive language, not realising that it completely violates the sanctity of Hijaab.


Another misconception is that Hijaab is specific for women and men are absolved from the compulsions of Hijaab.


Hijaab is a compulsion on both men and women.


In fact, Allah Ta’ala commanded men first to observe Hijaab;


قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ


“Say to the believing men that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts; that is purer for them; surely Allah is Aware of what they do.” (Surah an-Nur 24:30)


The verse is clear in describing the Hijaab of men, which is to lower their gazes, and not glance upon non-Mahram women, as well as to dress modestly. Immodest dressing includes tight and transparent clothing.


Allah Ta’ala then describes the Hijaab of women


وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَلْيَضْرِبْنَ بِخُمُرِهِنَّ عَلَىٰ جُيُوبِهِنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا لِبُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَائِهِنَّ أَوْ آبَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَائِهِنَّ أَوْ أَبْنَاءِ بُعُولَتِهِنَّ أَوْ إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي إِخْوَانِهِنَّ أَوْ بَنِي أَخَوَاتِهِنَّ أَوْ نِسَائِهِنَّ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُنَّ أَوِ التَّابِعِينَ غَيْرِ أُولِي الْإِرْبَةِ مِنَ الرِّجَالِ أَوِ الطِّفْلِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يَظْهَرُوا عَلَىٰ عَوْرَاتِ النِّسَاءِ وَلَا يَضْرِبْنَ بِأَرْجُلِهِنَّ لِيُعْلَمَ مَا يُخْفِينَ مِن زِينَتِهِنَّ وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ


“And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their beautification except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their beautification except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.” (Surah an-Nur 24:31)


This verse also commands women to lower their gazes, cover their bodies except the face and hands (which are not obligatory to cover but recommended) and to hide their beautification, except to their Mahram relatives.


Keeping things simple, without going into details, it is Haram for Muslim girls to beautify themselves for the viewing of ghair Mahram men.


Many women argue that they wear make-up for self-satisfaction, and it’s not their fault that men gaze at them. This ‘excuse’ is invalid, as Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’an;


وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَىٰ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ


“Help one another in goodness and piety, and do not help one another in sin and aggression; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah; surely Allah is severe in requiting (evil).” (Surah al-Ma’idah 5:2)


By applying make-up in the presence of ghair Mahram men, women are aiding them in sin by stimulating their desires.


Imam Muslim رحمه الله narrates on the authority of Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said;


من دعا إلى هدى ، كان له من الأجر مثل أجور من تبعه ، لا ينقص ذلك من أجورهم شيئا . ومن دعا إلى ضلالة ، كان عليه من الإثم مثل آثام من تبعه ، لا ينقص ذلك من آثامهم شيئا


“Whoever invites to guidance, they will have receive the same reward of those who follow them (as a result of their invitation), and there will be no deduction from their rewards. And whoever invites to misguidance, they will receive the same sin of those who follow their misguidance (as a result of their invitation), and there will be no deduction from their sin.”


Every woman is aware that when she beautifies herself and leaves her home, she will be inviting strange men to gaze at her beauty.


Likewise, when she uploads such pictures on social-networking websites she knows very well non-mahram males will view her pictures (even if it is only her profile picture). Her insistence of not wanting their attention is unacceptable, as she knows that she will be the cause of other men committing sin, which is Haram as suggested by the aforementioned ayah and Hadith.


It has been proven that a vast number of rape incidents are a result of the immodest dressing and excessive beatification of women as well as their provocative behaviour. And recent years have witnessed tragic incidents such as kidnap, rape and even murder as a result ‘meeting online’.


None of those women beautified themselves to suffer from such an immoral act, but they cannot deny that there was a ‘hint of invitation’ in their appearance, even if it was unintentional.


May Allah Ta’ala protect our women.


It is not befitting for any Muslim, male or female, to upload pictures of themselves on social networking websites as this completely contradicts the very purpose of Hijaab.


And Allah Ta’ala knows best


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Risks of preaching (The conversion of Abu Dharr):

Ibn 'Abbas reported that when Abu Dharr heard of the advent of the Apostle (may peace be upon him) in Mecca he said: Brother, ride in this valley and bring information for me about the person who claims that there comes to him information from the Heavens. Listen to his words and then come to me. So he rode on until he came to Mecca and he heard his words (the sacred words of the Holy Prophet) and then came back to Abu Dharr and said: I have seen him exhorting (people) to develop good morals and his expressions can in no way be termed as poetry.

He (Abu Dharr) said: I have not been satisfied with it regarding that which I had in my mind (as I sent you). So he took up provisions for the journey and a small water-skin con- taining water (and set forth) until he came to Mecca. He came to the mosque (Ka'ba) and began to find out Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) and he did not re- cognise him (the Holy Prophet) and he did not even like that he should ask about him from anyone until it was night, and he slept.

'Ali saw him and found him to be a stranger. So he went with him. He followed him but one did not make any inquiry from the other about anything until it was morning. He then brought the water and his provisions to the mosque and spent a day there, but he did not see Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) until it was night. He then returned to his bed that there happened to pass 'Ali and he said: This man has not been able to find his destination until this time. He made him stand and he went with him and no one made an inquiry from his companion about anything. And when it was the third day he did the same. 'Ali made him stand up and brought him along with him. He said: By Him, besides Whom there is no god, why don't you tell me (the reason) which brought you here to this town?

He said: (I shall do this) provided you hold me promise and a covenant that you would guide me aright. He then did that. He ('Ali) said: Verily, he Is truthful and he is a Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) and when it is morning, follow me and if I would say anything from which I would sense fear about you I would stand (in a manner) as if I was throwing water and if I move on, you then follow me until I get in (some house).

He did that and I followed him until he came to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him). He entered (the house) of Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) along with him and listened to his words and embraced Islam at his very place. Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said to him: Go to your people and inform them until my command reaches you. Thereupon he said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, I shall say to the people of Mecca this thing at the top of my voice So he set forth until he came to the mosque and then spoke at the top of his voice (saying): I bear testimony to the fact that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

The people attacked him and made him fall down when 'Abbas came and he leaned over him and said: Woe be upon you, don't you know that he is from amongst the tribe of Ghifar and your trading route to Syria passes through (the settlements of this tribe), and he rescued him.

He (Abu Dharr) did the same on the next day and they (the Meccans) again attacked him and Abbas leaned upon him and he rescued him. (Muslim 31, Hadith #6049)

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