Sunday, September 19, 2010

How are things?

Assalamu Alaikum,


I have created another blog. This blog will be islamic, of course, but it will talk about my life as a niqaabi, or munaqaba. I will try posting frequently so ladies can see the everyday life of a sister in niqab. Its interesting.

Check it out at:
www.laurentheniqaabi.blogspot.com

Or just put in Lauretheniqaabi in the google search engine, inshaALLAH

Well, I hope everyone is well, and hope that everyone had a stupendous Eid. My Eid went great, but of course the sisters had to talk during the salat. Oh my goodness, sisters had to move their chairs in front of me while I was praying. Well, thats women for ya.

Wa alaikum salaam for now

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Choose Your Friends Wisely

Assalamu Alaikum,


ALLAHSWT tells us in the qur'an that we should not take Christians and Jews as our friends.

O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust.] (Al-Ma’dah 5: 51

So, why come is this? If we think for a moment about what being muslim entails we can easily see why this is. As Muslims our religion is a lifestyle. Our lifestyle is VERY different from others. Yes, they could be a nice person, but still they are not muslim and they do not believe in ALLAH.

If you know salaat is about to come up you don't have that friend that will remind you to pray, or if you have a problem with lowering your gaze your friend can't tell you to stop looking and talking to men. Its small things.


As Muslims, we should surround ourselves around good people who are strong,practicing Muslims.

Oh, it can be hard to find some good Muslims, but nonetheless its important to do so.

Just recently, I have befriended a Muslimah who lives close to me and we eat suhoor together, break for iftar, and are good friends. We both talk about the same thing. As Muslims, its very difficult to have non-Muslim friends and to expect your iman or faith in ALLAHSWT to increase if you're hanging out with someone who do not believe in ALLAH.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ramadan: SECRET MUSLIMS-GOOD READ FOR EVERYONE!!

Assalamu Alaikum,

I just read a post about a young muslima who have not told her parents about her being muslim. She covers her head sometimes, and not all the time. This is not a story that is new to me, or that I haven't heard, but one that I cry at.

We are Muslims. We are not kaffrs. We are the chosen people. We were giving the qur'an-THE TRUTH. When we testify to the shahada we are muslims. Our lives change. Our lifestyle change. Our clothing change(muslimahs). Our friends change. Who we are change. Its not good enough to recite the shahada and call it quits. No, its deeper.

ALLAHSWT tells us in the qur'an that we will be tested with everything dear to us(family, wealth, job, and children,etc). He continues to say, "Do you think you will not be tested like the people before you?". Subhan'ALLAH. As Muslims, we are tested everyday of our lives. Do you think this life is about happiness and bliss? No. We are tested to prove our love to ALLAH. WE are tested to gain the pleasure of ALLAH.

Sisters, you put your hijab on and cover yo naked body. Brothers, wear your beard and do not cut it for it is fard and not sunnah. The ProphetSAW tells the brothers to, "trim the mustache and keep the beard (bukhari)". This is a command from ALLAHSWT! Brothers, keep those beards.

We have to stand firm upon this deen of ALLAHSWT. The qur'an tells us that this dunya(this world) is nothing but amusement and play. ALLAHSWT warns us of this. He tells us this in clear english for the english speaking people. Why do you not take heed?

I am a convert myself and know the struggle. Wallahi, I do, but you must not give up because you are a Muslim. Stand strong and practice the deen as ALLAHSWT commanded of you.

Hold firm to the rope of ALLAH? DO you take your parents dearer than ALLAH? Do you take your wealth dearer than ALLAH? Do you take that job dearer to ALLAH? Fear him, but hold close to him!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tarawih Prayers are best for MEN at the Mosque

Assalamu Alaikum,

Many sisters are quick to run to the mesjid for Tarawih prayers, but indeed tarawih prayers, and just like any other prayer should be prayed at her home. The woman gets more blessings for staying at her home.

AllahSWT tells us in the interpretation of the meaning:


"Stay in your houses and do not display your finery like the displaying of the ignorance of yore."
[The Quran 33:33


Sunnah:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "A man's Salat in congregation is twenty-five times more rewarding than his Salat at home or in his shop, and that is because when he performs his Wudu' properly and proceeds towards the mosque with the purpose of performing Salat in congregation, he does not take a step without being raised a degree (in rank) for it and having a sin remitted for it, till he enters the mosque. When he is performing Salat, the angels continue to invoke Blessings of Allah on him as long as he is in his place of worship in a state of Wudu'. They say: `O Allah! Have mercy on him! O Allah! Forgive him.' He is deemed to be engaged in Salat as long as he waits for it.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Men are given more blessings for praying together. Not the women. I had a friend ask me if I would like to attend her mesjid and pray tarawih with her, and I told her that I pray tarawih at home. She began to tell me its better for a muslimah to pray in congregation with other muslimahs.

SO, is it better for women to pray in the mesjid or at her home?

Sunnah from Rasullulah:

Prophet SAWS (Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon Him) said:
"Do not prevent your women from going to the mosque, even though their houses are better for them." (Abu Dawud)

Umm Humayd came to the Prophet SAWS (Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon Him) and said: "O Messenger of Allaah, I love to pray with you." He said: "I know that you love to pray with me, but praying in your house is better for you than praying in your courtyard, and praying in your courtyard is better for you than praying in the mosque of your people, and praying in the mosque of your people is better for you than praying in my mosque." So she ordered that a prayer-place be built for her in the furthest and darkest part of her house, and she always prayed there until she met Allaah (i.e., until she died). (Ahmad)

Insha'ALLAH, I hope you understand that as women our homes should be places in which we make our prayers. We should clean our rooms and make it special for when that time of the day comes for our salaats.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pregnant Women Must FAST

Salam and Ramadan Mubarak to all,

Many pregnant women believe they do not fast. This is incorrect according to Qur'an and Sunnah. The only time a pregnant woman cannot fast is when a doctor says she can't because of a life and death situation, but otherwise you fast. You do not stop worshiping ALLAH because you're pregnant. Fear ALLAH women, fear ALLAH.

Abu Dawood (2318) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said, concerning the verse “And
as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man), they have (a
choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskeen (poor person) (for every day)”
[al-Baqarah 2:184]: This is a concession granted to old men and old women who
are able to fast, allowing them to break the fast and to feed one poor person
each day instead of fasting. (And this concession is also granted to) pregnant
and breastfeeding women, if they fear (harm). Al-Nawawi said: Its isnaad is
hasan.

Al-Shaafa’i narrated in al-Umm: Maalik told us, narrating from Naafi’, that
Ibn ‘Umar was asked about a pregnant woman, if she fears for her child. He
said: She should not fast, and she should feed one poor person for each day,
giving a mudd of wheat.

Alhumdulilah, this is the evidence provided for women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant,insha'ALLAH.

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