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Myths Regarding the Ka’bah

The ka’bah: the holiest muslim site on earth. Muslims revere it, and face it as a direction for prayer. It is a symbol of unity, unity of muslims, and unity of all previous prophets. Muslims would travel great distances to reach it, to see its magnificent sight, to touch its beautiful kiswa, kiss it and more.

However, there are many myths that surround the Ka’bah that has gained root amongst non-muslims, and ignorant muslims, and those who perhaps have never seen it.

Let’s begin with the first myth: Muslims worship the Ka’bah. This is far from the truth. Muslims worship one God, Allah. The Ka’bah is merely a direction faced in prayer, to unite muslims. Muslims do not bow or prostrate to the Ka’bah at all, they only bow and prostrate to Allah. Hence muslims can pray in any place in the world.

Muslims touch the ka’bah to imitate the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Some touch it out of awe and fascination at this great building that witnessed many great events in Islamic History. It witnessed, the Prophet Abraham, and Ishma’el and Muhammad peace be upon them. It is not mandated to kiss it, or cling on it, or wipe one’s face or clothes against it, rather these extreme practices have been done by some who are ignorant, or overly passionate.

Another huge misconception, is that the Ka’bah houses the idol Shiva Lingham which muslims worship. The inside of the Ka’bah is bare, there is nothing inside it. Every year the doors are opened to clean it and to welcome prestigious guests. This is often broadcasted on live television, and it is clear for all to see, that there is nothing inside the Ka’bah. Furthermore, muslims do not build or carve statues of any shape or form, as this is against the basic principle of worshiping Allah who is beyond human imagination.

Next up, no bird flies over the Ka’bah. Some believe that the ka’bah is so holy that no bird is able to fly over it, as though there is a radar system in place, preventing the birds. This is not true. Birds fly over the Ka’bah constantly, they perch on its edge, and do what birds do.

Others believe the Ka’bah hovers over the ground. It is not resting, nor rooted in the earth, but floating. It’s very easy to dispel this myth, simply look at the many images of the ka’bah that are available, look at video footage, and if you get a chance to go, have a peep. The Ka’bah is like any other building with a foundation on the ground.

Others hold the belief that the rain water that falls off the ka’bah is holy and has benefit. It is blessed, and so they collect it in a container, and bathe and drink it. I would strongly advise against this, firstly because there is nothing reported from the Prophet nor the salaf on the matter. And secondly, as mentioned previously, birds do what birds do, including leaving droppings. Hence the water that falls off the top of the Ka’bah is contaminated with bird droppings, as well as sand, and dust.

What myths have you heard?

Women in the Mosque

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In some parts of the world it is a common misconception that women are to be kept at home restrained from going out. In other parts, the misconception takes a different form; the mosques are for men, and women should not be seen there. Both these ideas are alien to Islam, which permitted women to go out for her necessities, and made the mosques a place of worship, not just for men, but for women also. Though it is more rewarding for a woman to pray in her house, it is perfectly acceptable for her to offer her prayers in the mosque and benefit from the activities that go on there.

Sadly, the misconception stated above results in many mosques being erected without any consideration for the female slaves of Allah. Such mosque committees wonder at the affairs of the muslim women when the see them astray and trolling the streets, yet they neither seek to educate them, nor accommodate for them.

To top it off, some women agree with this notion, and resort to ignorance of the Sunnah of permitting women to attend the mosques, and ignorance of the etiquettes of the mosque under the pretext that they do not attend the mosques. My sisters, this is not an excuse for ignorance. Rise above and learn, for seeking knowledge is an obligation in our religion.

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Do not prevent your women from going to the mosques, although their houses are better for them.” (Abu Dawud, Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 515)

In fact, women are permitted to go to the mosques, and their menfolk cannot prohibit them.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “When your womenfolk ask you for permission to go to the mosque, give them permission.”

According to another version, “Do not forbid women their share of the mosques if they ask you for permission.” Bilaal – a son of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar – said, “By Allah, we will stop them.” ‘Abdullah ibn Umar said to him, “I say ‘The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said…’ and you say, ‘We will stop them’?!” (Muslim)

Thus the command of the Prophet to give the women permission, has a higher status than anyone else’s opinion. For he was the Messenger of Allah, and spoke not of his own whims.

A’ishah, the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), said: “If the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had seen the way the women are behaving, he would have forbidden them to go to the mosque as the women of the Children of Israel were forbidden.”

Yet, the women were not forbidden. Nonetheless, the muslim woman should be cautious about her behaviour and dress when attending the mosque. There are guidelines to follow:

In his book Hiraasat al-Fadeelah (p. 86), Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd listed the conditions for women to go out to the mosque. He said:

“Women are allowed to go out to the mosque according to the following rulings:

1-     That there is no risk of them tempting others or being tempted

2-     That their attendance will not lead to anything that is forbidden according to sharee’ah

3-     That they do not jostle with men in the street or in the mosque

4-     That they should go out not wearing perfume

5-     That they should go out wearing full hijab, not making a wanton display of their adornment

6-     A door should be set aside in the mosque just for women to enter and exit, as mentioned in the hadeeth narrated in Sunan Abi Dawood and elsewhere.

7-     The women’s rows should be behind the men

8-     The best rows for women are those at the back behind the men, unlike the case for men

9-     If the imam makes any mistake in his prayer, men should say “Subhan Allaah!” and women should clap

10-The women should leave the mosque before the men, and the men should wait until the women have dispersed to their homes, as mentioned in the hadeeth of Umm Salamah in Saheeh Al-Bukhari and elsewhere.”

When a woman attends the mosque, she should do so seeking the pleasure of Allah, to earn His rewards and to boost her iman. To go to the mosque for the sake of socialising, and causing other such commotions only incurs the wrath of Allah, of which we should be wary.

Thus, I encourage our sisters to attend the mosques to benefit from the halaqas and classes, but I also advise that they should follow the Sunnah in doing so and should not become a fitna for others.

May Allah aid us in attaining His pleasure.

The Obligation of Hijab

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Hijab Fashion has sadly given rise to the so-called feministic and modern opinion where many have begun to believe that ‘hijab’ is no longer obligatory; that covering the hair and body of the muslim woman is not necessary. This phenomenon has affected many women in the West, in the Asian subcontinent and even in the Arab world. The work of shaytaan spreads like wildfire!

Allah says, “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine nudity. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [al-Noor 24:31]

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful” [al-Ahzaab 33:59]

These verses are clear evidence that the muslim woman is to cover herself. There is no room for anything contrary. The entirety of a woman’s body is awrah, to be covered in the presence of non-mahrams. Her body is precious and valued, not to flaunt and expose to the prying eyes of every random person.

However, just reading these verses is insufficient. We must learn how to implement what is revealed in the verses. And who better to teach us than our instructor, Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him? And who better to implement what he taught than his wives, the mother of the believers and the sahabiyyaat, the best of women? These women were the cream of the crop, they were chosen by Allah to live during the time of the Prophet. They were women of Jannah, chosen to be amongst the Prophet’s companions.

It was narrated from Safiyyah bint Shaybah that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) used to say: When these words were revealed – “and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)” – they took their izaars (a kind of garment) and tore them from the edges and covered themselves with them.  Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4481.

‘Aa’ishah said: “The women of Quraysh are good, but by Allah I have never seen any better than the women of the Ansaar, or any who believed the Book of Allah more strongly or had more faith in the Revelation. When Soorat al-Noor was revealed – “and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)” – their menfolk came to them and recited to them what had been revealed, and there was not one woman among them who did not go to her apron, and the following morning they prayed wrapped up as if there were crows on their heads.” (Abu Dawud)

These Ahadith are just a few of the many that explain the covering of woman in Islam. It is apparent that hijab is not a figment of imagination of the righteous scholars nor an invention of the pious predecessors, rather it is the law of Allah.

Imagine, the best of women, rushing to cover themselves to apply Allah’s command, in full submission to the Lord of the Worlds. Wouldn’t you want to be like them? To be with them in Jannah?

Then let us do the same…

Reflection: Hijab

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As of late, there has been a hijab explosion, especially with the emergence of ‘hijab fashion’. Some would say, “that is good, right?” Well, yes and no. Wearing hijab is always good, but the execution of the principle isn’t always correct.

First, we need to understand the meaning of the term hijab. Hijab literally means a “Veil”, a “Curtain”, a “Partition” or a “Separation”. In shariah, the term hijab is not limited to head covering only. It is the complete covering of a woman, from a non-mahram. That means, it includes the way she dresses, walks, talks, and basically carries herself, as a whole. So, hijab should not be confused with a khimar (head covering).

So, is hijab an obligation? Allah says, “And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers; that you might succeed.” (24:31)

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59)

“O you who have believed, do not enter the houses of the Prophet except when you are permitted for a meal, without awaiting its readiness. But when you are invited, then enter; and when you have eaten, disperse without seeking to remain for conversation. Indeed, that [behavior] was troubling the Prophet, and he is shy of [dismissing] you. But Allah is not shy of the truth. And when you ask [his wives] for something, ask them from behind a partition. That is purer for your hearts and their hearts. And it is not [conceivable or lawful] for you to harm the Messenger of Allah or to marry his wives after him, ever. Indeed, that would be in the sight of Allah an enormity.” (33:53)

These aforementioned ayahs show that hijab is an obligation, and also tell us that it is not simply covering one’s hair! But what has our Ummah come to? The fashion hijab is nothing like what has been stated in the Qur’an! We have muslimahs caking their faces with tonnes of makeup, and showing it to everyone. Even worse, they have Youtube tutorials for this! They post and upload such videos which the whole world has access to, where non-mahram men can see them! Would the sahabiyyah do that? No they would not, and they did not! It was narrated that Asma’ bint Abi Bakr said: “We used to cover our faces in front of men.” Muslimahs throw themselves shamelessly in front of the camera for the rest of the world to see. Would the Sahabiyah do that? No they would not, and they did not!

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It was narrated from ‘Urwah that ‘Aa’ishah said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to pray Fajr, and the believing women would attend (the prayer) with him, wrapped in their aprons, then they would go back to their houses and no one would recognize them. Narrated by al-Bukhari, and Muslim. We have muslimahs shamelessly accepting and thanking all the non-mahram for their praises, joking with non-mahram on social network. Why? Where is our hayaa? Would the Sahabiyah do that? No they would not, and they did not! ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The riders used to pass by us when we were with the Messenger of Allah in ihraam, and when they drew near to us we would lower our jilbabs from our heads over our faces, then when they had passed we would uncover them again. [Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah] Have we forgotten the reminders that Rasulullah told us? The grave sins of tabarruj (wanton display)! The Messenger of Allah said: “Of the people of Hell there are two types whom I have never seen, the one possessing whips like the tail of an ox and they flog people with them. The second one, women who would be naked in spite of their being dressed, who are seduced (to wrong paths) and seduce others with their hair high like humps. These women would not get into Al-Jannah and they would not perceive its odor, although its fragrance can be perceived from such and such distance. ” [Sahih Muslim] Allah’s Messenger said: “The best of your women are the affectionate, the fertile, the comforting, and the agreeable – if they fear Allāh. The most evil of your women are those who expose and display themselves, and those who strut (to show off), and they are the hypocrites. Those who enter Paradise are like the red beaked crow.” [Al-Baihaqi]

After seeing the verses from the Qur’an and the Hadith of Rasulullah, why are we still prioritising our desires? Why do we insist on becoming arrogant towards what Allah has instructed us? Do not be like the disbelievers who say “We hear and disobey.” (2:93)

This is the talbis iblis for our ummah. Our muslimahs think covering one’s aurah and hijab is simply covering one’s hair. This is when the shayateen whisper to our ear, telling us to beautify ourselves. Worse, we have muslimahs who get really defensive. Those whose senses are driven by their ‘aqal (intellect) and their desires; they give the excuse; “we are dressing according to the time. This is modern time,” or “we are living in a kuffar countries, we need to blend in,” or even “why can’t a Muslimah follow fashion?” What is this? Ask yourselves this: Dare you question Allah , by saying we are dressing according to modern time? Are we saying the rules stated in the Qur’an are dated? Are we saying Allah did not know the future, when He revealed His laws? Fear Allah! We are no better than the Jew who questioned Musa (AS) about the calf, then! Who are we trying to please? The Creator or the creation? Mu’awiyah once wrote to Aisha asking her to write him a letter giving him advice but not to make it lengthy. She wrote: ‘Peace be upon you! To proceed: I heard Allah’s Messenger (saws) say, “If anyone seeks Allah’s good pleasure at the cost of men’s displeasure Allah will keep from him the trouble caused by men; but if anyone seeks men’s good pleasure at the cost of Allah’s displeasure, Allah will leave him in men’s hands. (Tirmithi)

Why do you want to blend in with the kuffar? Why wouldn’t you stand up for Islam? It was narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you, handspan by hand span, cubit by cubit, until even if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will do so too.” We asked, “O Messenger of Allah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said, “Who else?” ( al-Bukhari, and Muslim. Who are our examples? Who does Islam say to follow? Is it the hijabi bloggers and youtubers? Is it the so-called hijabi celebrities who sing on stage? Is it the hijabi actresses who engage in free mixing with non-mahram? Or, is it the sahabiyyah and the women of the salaf-us-saalih? The Prophet said, ”the best of my Ummah is my generation (Qarni), then those who follow them, then those who follow them.“ [Bukhari and Muslim] Now the question lies on us, “who will we follow?” The answers are in our hands. How long are we willing to succumb to the shayateen, whenever we are dressing to go out? Think first. Is my clothing sufficient for me to do my salah? If the answer is no, change, until you can do salah in your clothes. Life as a muslimah is super simple. We do not need to spend huge amounts of money on makeup, shoes, and clothes. We just need to dress according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, to please our Creator. Remember this every time we step out the door from our home. “O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.” (7:26) The Prophet said: “The woman is an object of concealment, when she leaves the house, Shaytaan (the Devil) beautifies her.” [Tirmidhi, and it is Saheeh]

The fitna of women is indeed great, as the Prophet said, “I am not leaving behind me in my ummah any fitna that is more harmful for men than women.” [Bukhari & Muslim] This isn’t an attack on those fashion hijabis out there. This is simply a reminder for myself first and foremost, and for my sisters in Islam, who I love for the sake of Allah. The love I have, so that we can all revive the Ummah, together spreading the words of Islam, dawah and tawheed. This is my love for my dear sisters in Islam. The Messenger of Allah said, “The relationship of the believer with another believer is like (the bricks of) a building, each strengthens the other.” He illustrated this by interlacing the fingers of both his hands. [Bukhari and Muslim] May Allah make everything easy for all of us, and never stop the guidance. “And if they had believed and feared Allah, then the reward from Allah would have been [far] better, if they only knew.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 02:103)