Sunday, December 27, 2009
This post has been inspired by Sister Laila Nasheeba from Sunnahfollowers.net..
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TAKE SHAHADA?
Taking shahada doesn't JUST mean just saying "La ilaha illah muhammad abduhu rasululah", but it goes further than just this.
CONDITIONS THAT NEED TO BE MET
1. Belief in what you said "There is no god, but ALLAH and Muhammad is his prophet and messenger".
2. Have Certainty and no doubt about these words
3. Belief in 6 Articles of faith (Belief in Allah alone, his prophets, his books, his angels, Day of Judgment, and Predestination)
4. Accepting the conditions
5. Submission to your LORD
When taking Shahada, the individual must believe in these conditions. They must accept everything that ALLAHSWT has put down in His Book and to accept the Sunnah and to obey Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Righteous is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it those who are the righteous. Al-Baqara verse 177 i.e. [2:177]
Becoming a Muslim means leaving your Kaffir husband and marrying a Muslim man. This is a fundamental part of becoming a muslim. You must go along with the rules and legislation of ALLAHSWT.
This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah – who believe in the unseen, establish prayers and spend out of what We have provided them … Al-Baqarah verses 2 -3 [2:2-3]
Before taking shahada, you must know the conditions and fulfill them.
"Do not worship except Allah; and to parents do good and to relative, orphans and the needy. And speak to people good words and establish prayer and give zakah." Al-Baqarah verse 83 i.e. [2:83]
Taking Shahada changes your life for the better, insha'ALLAH. Accepting the ways of ALLAHSWT will change you...for it has changed me...masha'ALLAH!!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I believe this verse has always accompanied a special place in my heart. I've read it in the Qur'an, and inside of a book.
It is not righteousness That ye turn your faces toward East or West;
But it is righteousness -
To believe in Allah (The One and Only God)
And the Last DayAnd the AngelsAnd the Book
And the Messengers;
To spend of your substance out of love for Him
For your kin
For the needy
For the wayfarer
For those who ask,
And for the ransom of slaves;
To be steadfast in prayer
And practice regular charity;
To fulfil the contracts which ye have made;
And to be firm and patient in pain (or suffering) and adversity
And throughout all periods of panic.
Such are the people of truth the Allah-fearing (God-conscious).
This is beautiful. Whenever you pray salat and look towards the East, just remember that this doesn't make you a believer, but believing in His Book, the Angels, the prophets, the message, the Day of Judgment, and etc. does. When you do anything for AllahSWT then you are most righteous. When you give charity and pray consistently in hope of reaching his rewards and fighting through the tough times, then masha'ALLAH then you are MOST righteous.
I believe this is very true. Many times in our lives we may go through some bad patches, but we must never forget about ALLAHSWT. We must always pray and make du'a.
We must stay firm during the times of darkness and adversity
We all go through tests and ALLAHSWT tells us this in His Book. We must stay firm in our belief because this is the way of the Righteous.
Ponder upon this verse and remember it whenever you forget about the "TRUE" believer.
Friday, December 25, 2009
I was just reading a blog about this sister going through a polygamous marriage, and her husband not be just between his wives.
Subhan'ALLAH, its a right of the muslim men in Islam to take 1,2,3,4 wives if they wanted to, but he would have to treat them justly. He would have to provide and maintain for them. If the brother didn't, he would have to answer to God on the Day of Judgment..subhan'ALLAH.
I've heard many instances in which many sisters have gone through marriages with being a co-wife or having co-wives. Many times the brother doesn't provide, or does it for his nafs-lower self and desires.
I can't say that a brother can't have multiple wives because GOD allowed this for them.
This came about when many men during the time of the Prophet Muhammad(Sallalahu alayhe wassalam) went out to war, and many women were without providers, so men took up multiple wives to care for them, and provide for them.
Is it hard? I'm sure it is.
ANY PERSONAL STORIES OR COMMENTS?
I am listening to the topic of "The Islamic Personality" by Laila Nasheeba.
The Prophet Muhammad(peace and blessings be upon him) came to not only convey the message of Islam, but to teach manners to the people.
As Muslims, it is our duty to be distinct and well-mannered in our ways. Islam tells us to be mannerable people. We should not be distinct only in dress, but by our speech, our actions, and our ways.
Islam doesn't call us to be like the next person, or the person we live next to, but to be "distinct".
We should remember that Islam call us to be "just", "honest", "fair", "gentle", "soft", "humble", and etc.
As Muslims, our job isn't to be like our pop culture, but to be distinct. Our characters, our ways, our actions should be "distinct".
The Prophet Muhammad(peace and blessings be upon him) said, "When you imitate a nation, then you become one of them".
So, its important to not be like the people around us, but to be like "Muslims" that have been sent the mannerisms of Islam.
As Muslims, we know that we all will have tests to overcome. We know that our ancestors have had tests, thus we will have tests. Don't act as if you're not going to have tests because you will.
Remember what the Prophet Muhammad said, "Islam came as something strange, and will return as something strange".
People may dislike you because you wear hijab, niqab, wear abaya, grow out your beard, don't party, don't smoke, don't drink, don't mix with the opposite sex, don't lie, don't steal, pray 5x a day, and etc. People will dislike you until you become like them. People will always hate you in some way. We must always remember that we are just passer-bys in this world and must only take what is neccessary because next stop will be the results of our test-HEAVEN OR HELL. Subhan'ALLAH!
As Muslims, our personalities should be "DISTINCT".
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I am up right now listening to Qur'an, so alhumdulilah I am calm and at ease.
I believe Islam is really beautiful and its a calm and peaceful place in a loud and angry world.
Islam derives from the word "salam" which means peace...Masha'ALLAH.
Islam is this way of life that gives clarity to everything.
I couldn't imagine myself going back to the way of life in which I felt was without structure.
Islam gives you a sense of peace and calmness.
It just reminds me of how I put on the scarf each and every day and know that its one of the hardest things to do....but I do it for the Creator. Its hard. When majority of the women around you don't wear it...its like "OH MY GOSH, WHAT AM I DOING?". Sometimes we must remember that Islam started as something strange and will return as something strange.
I love the fact that whenever you see a sister or brother its like "Assalamu Alaikum". Its nice to hear that. It brings a sense of unity throughout the Ummah.
I don't know what else to say. When your life isn't in the best condition or when you're going through alot....Islam always give you a place to go. We all go through tests, but its up to us to decide how to take it. We can give up and fail our tests or we can be strong and get through it with minor cuts and bruises.
I feel like posting a YOUTUBE lecture, so I will, insha'ALLAH!!!
Friday, December 18, 2009
I have learned alot of things within these few days. I have been going to SunnahFollowers.net for information about Islam.
As a new Muslima to Islam I know its important to learn about Islam from a good teacher and a knowledgable teacher.
This sister is very good at what she does. Sister Laila Nasheeba is really a great individual to go to when discussing the affairs of Islam.
I ask alot of questions and she answers them. She answers them straightforward and with keeness
I love this aspect of the sister.
As a Muslima, its important to know about ourselves. This is a great website to go to.
I have learned about alot of things about Islam.
Please, stop by this website when you have the opportunity to.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I've had a few interesting days. Days are winding down on my calendar. The days are more calmer and relaxing.
As Muslims, we should be careful in who we get our diin from...our knowledge. We shouldn't allow anyone to educate us.
We should be educated by scholars, islamic teachers, and professors.
I've learned this the correct way.
Don't allow your information to come soley from fatwa sites because some scholars aren't very good in what they teach.
Some scholars come from deviant and misguiding sects.
Just a few words of wisdom!!!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
My muslima sister told me listen to a lecture by Abu Uwaise called, "We Need a Ramadhan".
I'm finally listening to it, and its really deep.
It really makes you think about how our behavior should do.
It speaks alot to me because its true.
"We haven't been given the certificate of Jannah", so we need to remember to be servants of Allah....this is a good line he says.
We Need A Ramadhan for the following reasons:
1. To correct ourselves...ihsan
2. To progress in our deen.
3. To read Qur'an
4. To help struggling relationships we may have
5. To pray more
6. To patch up some ill areas in our lives
7. To stop doing the haraam
and so many more
Our hearts should be focused on AllahSwt and on serving him. We should focus ourselves on the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth. We should rely on our Master and show Him our true dedication and love for Him.
WE need to read more hadith and Qur'an. We should listen to our qur'an tapes or cds and show rahma(mercy) to our friends and family members. We should hold close to the rope of Islam.
We should focus our attention from the haraam and to the halal.
We should strengthen our tawqa and study more.
We should implement more Islamic education in our lives. We should read more and study more. We should just do a Sunnah salaat or go to a tawjeed class. Or we should do dhikr and du'a. We should calm ourselves down with the sounds of the Qur'an.
I believe its very true that we should remember our point in living. Our purpose in this life is to Worship the Creator. We should remember RasullahSAW.
I hope this helped...because just thinking about this made me think a little more.
Monday, December 7, 2009
My blog is intended on talking about the Qur'an and the Sunnah!!
Insha'Allah, I will begin talking about the meaning behind my blog.
The Sunnah is something very dear to me, and to many Muslims I could imagine.
When I came into Islam, I didn't know the rights of women, and didn't know quite to expect for a Muslima. I was really ignorant of the rights of women.
Also, as I grew to read alot of hadis...I began understand my freedom as a woman in Islam. I began to love reading about the lives of the sahabiyat(female companions of the ProphetSAW). I loved reading about their lives, and how they were so "independent".
I didn't really have anything to complain about.
As I began reading, I began understanding how Muslim Women are so lucky in having these rights which were granted so many years before Western women could even think about.
The Qur'an is something dear also. I love the Suras Rahman and Sura Mu'min. These may be my favorite beside Sura Ikhlass which I have memorized by heart...alhumdulilah.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I am really trying to keep myself on the diin because its very important. I believe that Muslims should always respect others in their faith, and to expect that from others. In understanding our diin, we should learn how to understand the meaning of being Muslim.
When we put our Lord as number one on our list then we are good...we can conquer the world like that.
Today, I have been on Youtube just looking at lectures, and its so many great ones out there. Alhumdulilah, its fabulous.
When I don't go to the mesjid then I can get up on my diin!!!
Alhumdulilah, this is most important for me and myself.
Yes, I may get off track sometimes, but alhumdulilah I keep in mind who is most important and that is ALLAH.
Subhan'ALLAH, we must put Islam first on our list and let everything else fall into place.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I have a video update, and its pretty deep!!
I haven't posted a video in a while.
This just talks about the sisters in Islam being educated in their deen and not allowing this worldly life to take hold of their lives.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This issue is a HUGE one.
This is a major issue for so many Muslims, especially when they are young.
I know many young ladies who plan on getting married very young. Some choose to get married young, but there are some who parents arrange marriages for them.
What EXACTLY does marriage mean in Islam to a muslimah?
A marriage in Islam is one of love, respect, committment, understanding, and etc.
I'm only 17, and an elder sister at the mesjid asked me if I was married. I told her "no", and she said she was surprised that someone haven't proposed to me. She thought I was atleast 19 though. I told her I was going to college first. I was interested about the weddings that Muslims had, so there was a conversation about this. She said she would find me a husband, jokily.
Problem 1: Why does it seem that marriage for a muslimah is the main priority for her?
Problem 2: What happen to being educated? Its not like the life expectancy rate is so low that we would have to have kids young and get married.
Problem 3: What happened to me finding my own husband?
Now, to continue on...A Muslimah must know that it is not her job to be a servant at home. She is to not be pushed around and told what to do as if she is stupid, and ignorant. If your husband wants a servant, then insha'Allah, thats a better decision.
Also, your parents cannot force you to marry someone. Yes, they can help you find a husband, or even arrange a marriage for you, but they cannot force you to marry that person. My muslima friend told me how her parents were pretty much forcing her to marry this cousin, but she didn't want to. So, I told her it was her right to choose who she wanted to marry. This is the law of ALLAH.
Also, wake up!!! Your only choice in life is not just marriage. If you want to travel the world, then do so. If you want to go to college, then do so. If you want to be with your family, then be so. Your only option isn't marriage.
I find nothing wrong with marriage, but when a muslimah feel that this is the only option, then I believe its a problem for the Ummah. The mother of a child is their first teacher, first and foremost. She must be educated. I know a few sisters who are home-schooled by their moms, and masha'allah, its a beautiful thing to see.
My post is intended to help guide muslimahs into understanding that life is about choices, and your choice to marry shouldn't be the only option out there for you.
If you're looking for marriage as being a way to be sustained, then thats your right, but you also have the right to be educated.
Know your deen. Know yourself. Know your husband. Be honest with yourself. Be honest with God.
Trust your Lord!
Insha'Allah, I will begin wearing niqab. I feel that niqab is a better form of haya, or modesty. I think its an excellent way to live according to the Salaf-the 3 best generations of Muslims. I feel confident when I wear niqab. I talk about niqab alot, and I understand that its a big goal for me right now after college, of course. I love niqab and its beauty. This is my choice, and its a positive one. Its one that will, insha'Allah, strengthen my iman. I am most definite about wearing niqab because I have worn it once outside the house. Its an amazing feeling. Its a feeling that I do not regret having. Its just this feeling that is unbelievable. Yes, wearing hijab can be hard, but insha'Allah, its worth it. I do it for Allah and ALLAH alone. No one or nothing will get in the way of me wearing this beautiful piece of cloth. Insha'Allah, I will tell more details about my first day when I begin wearing it on a regular basis, insha'Allah.
Wear niqab isn't easy, but its worth it if your intention is in the right place.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I was just in the neighborhood and I picked up some quotes from this blog: http://makkah.wordpress.com
I really liked the quotes I saw and its really good to look at if you're wanting some good Islamic guidance.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Dating in Islam? Is this haraam or halal? Are we allowed to go out with that guy we like and kiss and hug and be merry?
The answer to this question is "No".
The answer is "no" because we know that Allah has made this forbidden to us as Muslims.
As Muslims we are supposed to lower our gaze and guard our modesty. We leave our love and beauty for our spouses in marriage.
When we prepare for marriage, insha'allah, then we may look "potential" spouses and have a sit-down once or a few times with a chaperone, or wali. This "wali" makes sure that there is no intimacy, no touching, no haraam things being done, and etc.
During our sitdown(s), we may ask questions about this person before we actually marry them.
This is the halal way of doing things.
Going out on friday nights to party and to go clubbing with our boyfriends isn't of Islam. A Muslim is supposed to be modest in what they do and leave all intimacy and closeness between the opposite sex for marriage.
Why give yourself away when you have all of your marriage to do so?
Islam guards us from lusts, from unwanted pregnancies that may slip when we aren't married, from heartache, and from making decisions when we aren't mature to make them.
Insha'allah, I hope that this is helpful for the muslima who may have fallen out of touch with the rules of Dating in Islam.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Many people may believe that salaat is really dull and repetitive, but it isn't.
I love salaat because it makes me think to stop.
Being a Muslim and having to pray salaat 5x a day is great...alhumdulilah.
Sometimes school student and people who work believe that praying at their school or work site is something they would never imagine doing.
I was like that once, but its our duty to pray when its time
ON the Day of Judgment we are going to be judge 1st on our salats...make your SALAAT~~
Just pray and get it over with..don't doubt yourself..just do it.
Praying salaat is important.
I remember going to an Eid party and these two girls laughed at the fact that I said I pray 5x a day, and they had said...i sometimes do it and laughed. I didn't understand how that was funny. I take salaat very seriously. I make sure I make my salaat up if I miss it, but its never intentionally.
I see born-muslims doing this. I don't understand. You know since forever that praying is central to our faith.
I know that as a Muslim you have to be persistent in your duties, and to never allow someone to tell you that doing your duties is strange, or not wajib, mandatory!!!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Haya, or modesty in Islam is a huge, huge topic for me. I believe its so important that we sometimes over look it. Haya means modesty in arabic. Prophet Muhammad said, "Haya is half of faith"...Without haya, then you're inclined to do whatever you like.
I am a big believer in modesty because it prevents you from committing many sins that you may otherwise do.
When you think of haya, you may think about the hijab, or niqab. Actually, I believe haya goes further than just his. Haya means being conscious of what you do and what you say. When you're out and about...you should be mindful of your speech and where you place your feet-metaphorically. Its the truth. Sometimes we're not mindful of what we do and how we do it.
This is just a huge subject, but insha'allah, I will break it down further.
Haya is the difference between you and the Jahiliya(time of ignorance).
The Jahiliya was a time in which haya, or modesty wasn't observed, but Allah brought us out of that and gave us the Qur'an and the Sunnah to guide us.
The Pagan Arabs committed the most lude acts, but Allah tell us in the Kitab to lower our gaze and to guard our modesty. When we're told that, we're told that for a reason. We're told to restrain ourselves from evil acts and to be persistent in following the haqq-the Truth.
In the Jahiliya, we forget about the Haqq, and we do things we shouldn't do because we forget about haya....
In the Qur'an and Sunnah, we're given Strict codes of ethics to abide by so we don't fall back into the Jahiliya!!
Insha'allah, I hope you remember to be modest, and mindful of what you say and do.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Islam is a beautiful way of life and I wouldn't change it. In my job as a dai'yee, or a Muslima, I believe its wajib to educate others on Islam.
What are the 5 Pillars of this Din?
1. Declare the Shahada "This is no god, but Allah and Muhammad is his slave and messenger"
2. To Pray 5 times a day
3. To fast during Ramadan
4. To Give Charity or Zakat
5. To take Hajj, or the pilgrimage to Mekkah if you can financially!
Through these 5 essential pillars of Islam we will gain Iman, or faith in our Lord. We will begin to learn more and more about our Din. When we become further along in our din, our iman strengthens and we begin having Qur'an on our tongues. We begin to become the ghuraba-the stranger. We began to understand ourselves and our Lord.
Muslimas, it is vital and incumbent upon you to be educated in your din, or your faith and be educated in worldly affairs. Education can allow you to reach your goals and ambitions.
A sister once told me, "Its important for you to know your din, so someone doesn't pull the wool over your eyes!".
This is so important for young Muslimas to know especially. You must read your Qur'an and the Sunnah as if its the last thing you'll ever read. Have the Qur'an on your tongue and let it guide you throughout your life.
I see many sisters wanting to marry young and not know their Din. YOU MUST NOT get into a marriage if you don't know your din. How do you know the Brother will give you your rights if you don't know them?
Knowing our din is important. Insha'allah, I will begin telling you the rights of Muslim women in ISLAM.
Muslim Women are Given These:
- Right to Inherit property
- Right to choose her spouse
- Right to keep her name in marriage
- Right to be financially stable
- Right to Divorce
- Right to contract
- Right to vote and speak her mind
- Right to sexual satisfaction
- Right to drive- Prophet Muhamamd(peace be upon him) told me to teach women to ride camels.
- Right to birth a female child
- Right to travel
- Right to keep her own money
- Right from defamation
- Right to a dowry
- Right to be treated as an equal to a man
- Right to work
- Right to Education
Insha'allah, I wish that any thing I mispoke about will be corrected by Allah. Insha'allah, sisters you need to read more about these rights and to memorize them and to understand them.
Masha'allah, there are many Muslimas that have written on these rights and have giving daa'wah about these rights.
Salam wa alaikum,
The Revolutionary Feminist Muslima