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The following is a Japanese woman’s account of her journey to Islam. She explains, in detail, the various phases that she went through as a new Muslimah and the various misunderstandings that she initially had regarding the position of hijaab and niqaab in Islam. From a simple headscarf, she progressed until she was covered from head to toe, embracing hijaab and niqaab in its entirety.
In the beginning of the 1990’s, when I embraced Islam in France, the controversy surrounding the wearing of hijaab in school was an extremely heated issue. The French were faced with economic problems which had resulted in high unemployment and social insecurity. This was predominantly felt in the big cities. The immigrant population, especially from Muslim countries, was seen as one of the causes of unemployment. The sight of hijaab in their towns and schools aggravated already negative attitudes towards Muslims. The majority of people thought that allowing students to wear hijaab was against the public education system’s principle of neutrality on religion. I had not yet become a Muslim, and I did not understand why the schools were so concerned over a mere piece of cloth worn on a student’s head. Observing the hijaab from the outside, I also did not understand its significance to Muslims. But I considered that in maintaining neutrality in matters of religion, the schools should still respect a student’s beliefs and his performance of religious duties. As long as this expression did not disturb the school’s discipline, it should not be prohibited.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:09 Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:03
For everything in life, there is both a procedure and price. If a person wishes to build a house, he understands that the structure will cost him a substantial sum of money and that it will not spring up overnight. Similarly, if a person wishes to become a highly qualified specialist in the medical field, he will understand that he will first have to work his way through school, matriculate with good marks, gain admission into a university, pass through the various years, etc., before his aspiration can eventually be realized. This is the simple yet inescapable system that dominates in all facets of life.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 March 2017 09:27 Monday, 27 March 2017 09:14
(The Life of Ummu Sulaim [radhiyallahu ‘anha] #2)
Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was initially married to Maalik bin Nadhr, and it was from this union that Anas bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was born. They were from the Ansaar and thus resided in Madeenah Munawwarah.
When Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and his message of Islam, her husband was away from home. Nevertheless, she immediately accepted Islam. When Maalik, her husband, returned home and realized that she had become a Muslim, he asked her, “Have you become a renegade?” Ummu Sulaim (radhiyallahu ‘anha) replied, “I am not a renegade. Rather, I have brought imaan in Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:40 Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:31
Most homes have a family doctor, a man qualified in the medical field whose medical advice they value and trust implicitly. From a boil on the chest to cardiac arrest, he is the man they consult in their hour of need.
If our physical health is a priority, then our spiritual health holds paramount importance. Hence, it is vital for us to attach ourselves to a family ‘doctor’ who will see to our spiritual health. These spiritual doctors are none other than the rightly guided ‘Ulama and Mashaayikh.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:45 Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:43
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “Whoever guarantees me (that he will safeguard and protect) that which is between his jaws and that which is between his legs, I will guarantee him Jannah.” (Saheeh Bukhaari #6474)
Safeguarding that which is between one’s jaws refers to two things. It refers to one being cautious in his speech i.e. abstaining from backbiting, lying, vulgar speech, speaking of things that are futile, etc., and it also refers to one ensuring that he only consumes halaal. Safeguarding that which is between one’s legs refers to one safeguarding his private parts i.e. abstaining from zina and all other sins of lust. (Mirqaat vol. 8 pg. 559)
If we have to ponder and reflect, we will realize that many, if not most of our sins and problems are related to either our speech or lust. Hence, if a person can exercise control over these two aspects, he will be able to eliminate most of the sins in his life and will thus be guaranteed Jannah by none other than Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).
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