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Ihram

Although clichéd, it truly is the best way to begin with…So here we go:

As we have studied in the article titled “Components of Hajj” we know that Ihram is the first pillar of Hajj, therefore common sense dictates us to realize that our first step for performing Hajj would be to assume Ihram.

In the previous article, we already discussed the sites wherein Ihram has to be assumed from, so In Sha Allah in this article we shall see how is Ihram assumed.

Now, most probably, most of you may already know how to do this, but I still urge you to continue reading, not only because I want you to read this article, written by yours truly, but also, maybe just maybe, you may come across something that you weren’t aware of, and reading an Islamic article is always beneficial. Think about the 101 times you spent reading the lamest jokes ever witnessed on planet Earth! Remember reading this with the correct intention will enable you to get ajar In Sha Allah.

Now, enough with the lecturing and now to the topic of interest:

When we think about Ihram, the first picture that floods our minds are that of white unstitched clothes (something which I used to unfortunately think of as large towels when I was young…) However, ihram does not mean donning on unstitched white clothes, rather this is one of the actions that one does to assume Ihram. Ihram is the ritual consecration either during Hajj or Umrah and is defined as the “intention” to start the rites.

Ihram is derived from the Arabic word “haram,” which means “forbidden” or “prohibited.” Now I am certain we don’t need really need Mr. Sherlock Holmes to conjecture that it is so named because there are certain acts that are prohibited in the state of Ihram, although they are permissible when not in Ihram, we shall mention those actions in a while.

الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ ۚ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلَا رَفَثَ وَلَا فُسُوقَ وَلَا جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ ۗ وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ ۗ وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَىٰ ۚ وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

“Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:197)

Now it is important to realize that there are certain pre-requisites for assuming Ihram. To illustrate this Shaykhul- Islam Ibn Taiymiyyah said:

A man is not considered in a state of Ihram once he intends, with his heart, to perform Hajj, for the intention is already in his heart since he has left his hometown (heading for Makkah). So there must be specific words or deeds through which he becomes in a state of Ihram.”

There are mainly 4 pre-requisites before assuming Ihram:

By fulfilling the aforesaid prerequisites, a pilgrim is thus prepared to be in a state of Ihram, but such acts themselves are not called Ihram as many people mistakenly believe. Thus, a pilgrim is not considered to be in a state of Ihram just by wearing the aforementioned clothing of Ihram without having the intention of starting performing the rites of Hajj or Umrah.

As for a female Muhrim, she may wear whatever cloth she likes black or any other color, so long as she avoids wanton display (tabarruj) or clothes of fame and vanity such as tight, see-through, short, thin or decorated clothes. Women must also be careful to avoid clothes that resemble the clothes of men or the kuffaar.
However, she isn’t permitted to wear a burqa (a veil that covers the face and has 2 eyeholes for vision). In this case, the lady covers her face with other things such as a khimar (shawl like clothing that covers the head and shoulders) and a gown.
Moreover the female Muhrim shouldn’t wear gloves

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: Riders would pass us when we accompanied the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) while we were in the sacred state (wearing ihram). When they came by us, one of us would let down her outer garment from her head over her face, and when they had passed on, we would have uncover our faces.

A pilgrim is free to choose either of the 3 kinds of Ihram

Steps of Assuming Ihram:

  1. The intention:
    The intention for Ihram is made in the heart, and accompanied by the following wordings:

  • The one who is performing Hajj or Umrah on behalf of someone else should say: “Labbayka an Fulaan” (I am here at the service of so and so) and if he has forgotten their name, he can say “for the one who assigned me.”
  1. If one fears that he or she will not complete the Umrah or Hajj due to illness, he should say:

Allaahumma mahillee haithu habastanee.

O Allah, my place is wherever you prevent me.

  • The benefit of making this condition upon entering the state of Ihram is that if the person is unable to complete his Hajj then he can discontinue (leave the state of Ihram) and he does not have to expiate for it, there is no recommendatory sacrifice due upon him and there is no sin on him.
  • It is not lawful for the pilgrim to make a condition unless he fears that something will prevent him from completing the ritual
  • Making a condition is done when entering the state of Ihram and it must be uttered, as merely having the intention does not suffice.
  • It is not permissible to make the condition a long period after entering the state of Ihram.
  1. Then he should stand facing the Qiblah and say

اللَّهُمَّ حِجَّةٌ لاَ رِيَاءَ فِيهَا وَلاَ سُمْعَة ‏‏
“Allaahumma haadhihi hijjah laa riyaa’a fiha wa la sum’ah
(O Allah, this is a pilgrimage in which there is no showing off or seeking reputation).”

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him), was reciting this: “O Allah make this Hajj one that has no show or fame.”

  1. Then he should chant the Talbiyah.
  • The virtue of saying the talbiyah is indeed great as we derive form the following hadith:

Sahl bin Sa’d narrated that: The Messenger of Allah said:
“There is no Muslim who says the Talbiyah except that – on his right and left, until the end of the land, from here to there – the rocks, or trees, or mud say the Talbiyah.”

It will be chanted by everything on his right and his left, especially when he ascends or descends somewhere

  • What the Talbiyah means is responding to Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, because the word “labbayk” means: I am responding to You. He should continue reciting the Talbiyah until he begins the tawaaf of umrah
  • And the one saying the Talbiyah is ORDERED to raise his voice with it, as the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Him) said:

“Jibreel came to me and ordered me to order my companions and those with me to raise their voices with Talbiyah

A woman should recite in such a manner that those who are beside her can hear it, unless there is a man beside her who is not one of her mahrams, in which case she should recite it silently.

  • The muhrim (person who has entered Ihram) should recite the Talbiyah a great deal, especially when circumstances and times change, such as when going up to a high place or going down to a low place, or when night or day begin
  • The one performing Umrah should discontinue the Talbiyah when starting Tawaaf (circumambulating the Ka’bah) and the pilgrim should stop before throwing pebbles at Jamrat Al-‘Aqabah.

The Talbiyah is:

Labbaik allaahumma labbaik labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik innal hamda wan ni’mata laka wal mulka laa shareeka laka

Here I am O Allah, here I am, there is no partner for You, here I am, Verily all praise is for You, and every bounty is from You, and all dominion is Yours – You have no partner.

And now finally to the last topic of this article. I am aware that this article was extremely long, but Ihram is a long topic, so please be patient and may Allah reward you in quest of knowledge.

The last thing that we shall be talking about are the acts that are forbidden in Ihram,

Abstaining from the actions that are unlawful during Ihram is a form of honoring Allah’s sacred ordinances, some of these include:

And with this we come to our long awaited conclusion

I applaud all those who have reached it till here and pray to Allah that he rewards you abundantly for your patience and earnestness.

Watch out for the next article in the Hajj series.

Women in Ramadaan!

For all the sisters out there, who have experienced the struggle of trying to maximise the rewards of whilst balancing out the million of other tasks, that seem to pile up just in Ramadaan, this is for you. But brothers, stick around, there are women in your lives too, so this is important for you to know as well.

Before the month sets in, we have to ensure the house is spick and span. We are all geared up for the month, full of energy and vigour, ready to take it by storm. And so begins the suhur preparations, they have to be filling and tasty, to ensure the rest of the family is able to make it through the long hours. We take time off from sleep, rising earlier than everyone else to prepare it. Once the meal is over, dishes are done, the kitchen and dining area tidied before we head off to pray fajr. We squeeze in some Qur’an too, as we want to make the most of the blessed time. Then we catch quick nap, before waking up for work, school, and other duties. We somehow make it to the end of the day only to be welcomed by the iftaar rush. We have to prepare an elaborate meal with delicacies and lay the table…

We all know the routines of Ramadaan. However, by mid-month we are exhausted. Lack of sleep catches up, and what Allah has decreed for the daughters of Adam only adds to the pain. Then begins the Laylatul-Qadr and Eid rush. While maintaining a high level of Ibadah we also have to prepare for Eid, with shopping, gift-wrapping, major house cleaning, ironing Eid clothes and decorating the house with balloons and lights.

So how should women strike a balance between everything?

  • Prioritise: prioritise your ibadah, extra tasks that can be abandoned, leave them for the month.
  • Make you house work an ibadah: have a sincere intention to please Allah hoping for his rewards when you feed your fasting family.
  • Multi-task: when your hands are busy, use you ears to listen to Quran or motivating lecture, or keep your tongues moist with the remembrance of Allah
  • Get some rest: your body has a right over you, ensure you get some sleep so that you can focus in your salaah and other ibadaat.
  • Prepare for Eid before Ramadaan: Eid preparation takes a lot of time, do what you can before Ramadaan arrives.

But what can a woman do when her monthly cycle comes?

There is much a woman can do. She should not feel distant, or lack momentum during this time. Rather, she should know that it is the decree of Allah and as such should be content with it, and bear it patiently. By not fasting and praying during this time, she is being obedient to Allah for which she will be rewarded. Nonetheless, she should not take this time as an opportunity to put Ramadaan on pause and neglect her other forms of ibadah. She should use this time wisely. During this time she is able to perform all acts of worship excluding, fasting, prayer, tawaf and I’tikaaf.

Here are ten ways you can earn rewards, whilst on your menses:

  • Some women spend this time absorbed in house chores. Hence, she should purify her intention, so as to earn rewards while doing these menial tasks.
  • Duaa: praise Allah, send blessings on the Prophet, and seek forgiveness from Allah. By following the etiquettes of duaa, you maximise the chances of your duaa being accepted. Learn the duaa the Prophet taught A’ishah, and repeat it, sincerely seeking the forgiveness of Allah.
  • Qur’an: there is a difference of opinion whether a woman can recite Quran from memory. However, the stronger opinion is that she is allowed to do so, as there are no clear authentic ahadiths that prevent her. (See https://islamqa.info/en/2564 for more information)

A phone does not take the same ruling as a mushaf and hence, she may use it to recite from. (See https://islamqa.info/en/106961)

If a person holds the opinion that she cannot recite, then should at least listen and not deprive herself of its blessings.

  • Dhikr- remembering Allah, with tasbeeh, tahleel, tahmeed and takbeer, and other expressions:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: Two are the expressions which are light on the tongue, but heavy in scale, dear to the Compassionate One:” Subhanallahi wa bihamdih (Glory be to Allah and praise is due to Him); “Subhanallahil ‘Atheem ( Glory be to Allah, the Great).”

 

  • Istighfaar: seeking the forgiveness of Allah. Ramadaan is the month of forgiveness, what better way to spend your time that Asking Allah for His pardon?!
  • Give up a sin or a bad habit; whether it be music, gossiping or any other sin. Change your habits this Ramadaan for the better.
  • Take up a new good deed: revive a sunnah in your home, whether it be reciting Ayatul-kursi before sleeping or using a siwak
  • Perform a charity: charity is not limited to wealth, rather in can be in efforts and time, and even a smile in charity.
  • Encourage your family in the performance of good deeds: for the Prophet peace be upon him taught, “one who encourages to good gets the same reward as the doer.”
  • Feed the fasting: let’s admit our culinary skills seems to be refined in Ramadaan! Share your skills and blessings with others. Send a tray of food to your neighbours, or to your local mosque. I am sure they will all appreciate it.

These are just a few of the numerous ways a woman can benefit from these blessed days whilst on her menstrual cycle.

May Allah aid us in attaining His forgiveness, pleasure and paradise!

If you need the extra motivation watch this:

Who is the Dajjal?

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: May I not inform you about the Dajjal what no Apostle of Allah narrated to his people? He would be blind and he would bring along with him an Image of Paradise and Hell-Fire and what he would call as Paradise that would be Hell-Fire and I warn you as Noah warned his people.

(Sahih Muslim: Book 41, Hadith 7014)

The appearance of Dajjal is one of the major signs of the doomsday. Dajjal is an adjective of Syriac origin. It is also a common Arabic word  whose root is dajl meaning lie or deception. Prophet Muhammad  (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophesied 1400 years ago that Messiah  ad-Dajjal would be the last of a series of thirty Dajjal or deceivers.

Dajjal is a human. A man from amongst the nation of Adam. Allah created Dajjal as a test for mankind. Perhaps there’s no great tribulation sent on Earth greater than Dajjal.

Imran bin Hussain narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, ” Between the creation of  Adam and the coming of the Last Hour, there will arise no tribulation more serious than the Dajjal.”

(Sahih Muslim)

Dajjal is alive at present. He was alive at the time of Prophet Mohammed and he will be detained until Allah permits him to emerge. And one day, he will break the shackles in which he is chained.

He is blind in the right eye and his left eye looks like a protruding grape. On his head are the letters Kaaf Faa and Ra (Kafir). They are easy to decipher by any believer regardless of his/her literacy. He will be short and his legs will be crooked. The hair on his head will be extremely twisted. He is said to a young man of ruddy complexion, short, with a wide forehead, and broad upper chest.  his hair is thick and curly, and blind/defective in one eye.

It was also narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned the Dajjaal to the people and said: “Allah is not one-eyed, but the false messiah (al-maseeh al-dajjaal) is one-eyed, blind or defective in his right eye, with his eye looking like a floating grape…” (narrated by Bukhari, no. 3184)

Anas Ibn Malik reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: There would be written three (Arabic) letters kaaf. fa. ra. spelling the word Kafir, between the eyes of the Dajjal.

The Messiah Dajjal is powerful and authoritative. And it will be due to his persuasive and commanding personality that people will blindly follow his footsteps. In a hadith, it has been said that a massive number of followers will be women.

Most of the followers of the Dajjal will be from among the Jews, Persians and Turks, and a mixture of other people, mostly Bedouins and women.

Imam Muslim narrated in his Saheeh (5237) from Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The followers of the Dajjal from among the Jews of Isfahaan will number seventy thousand, wearing heavy, striped garments.” According to a report narrated by Imam Ahmad, “Seventy thousand Jews, wearing crowns.”

(Hadith no. 12865).

Women get swayed easily and are sensitive. Perhaps, this sums up why majority of the followers of Dajjal are going to be women. By claiming that he has his own Paradise and Hell, the treacherous Dajjal will nobble away and induce those near him. But in reality, his alluring Paradise will be Hell and his execrable Hell will be Paradise.

The deception caused by Dajjal and his spell would run even on believers of Islam. A person who is firm in Islam would fall in his trap and get swayed by his words.

Hence it is advised by Allah’s Messenger that none of the believers should go near the Messiah Dajjal, even those firm upon religion, one should flee from him.

Indeed, the appearance of Dajjal is an exam for us. We never know if we are to encounter with the Messiah Dajjal. Hence, we all have got to prepare for this exam just how we prepare for our exams in schools/universities.

So my dear readers, let’s prepare ourselves to fight against the biggest trial ever. Let’s spend time in the way of our Lord. Let us know our Lord, know that He is not one-eyed, and that we can only see Him after death. Let us be firm in our religion; Islam. And let not our spirit and enthusiasm in learning Islam ebb away.

Bint Nayeem,

Writer, AAT

Muslims and Fashion


Bedraggled at home, while beauty fashionistas outside! Isn’t that just the common pattern that we women now follow. When I look at the women around, at home the official dress code usually happen to be their oldest maxis whilst their wardrobe narrate tales of exquisite clothes packed up in boxes for ages to lapse.

Yet there is another sect of this interesting community; the orthodox nattering aunties tattling in their rocking chairs, divulging in juicy gossips criticizing earth and its humanity, belittling fashion and makeup, cosmetics galore.

Hélas! Our ummah needs enlightenment, there is nothing wrong in dressing up, nothing appalling in looking attractive, however we need to get our priorities right.
Instead of prioritizing our family we put outsiders up on our list to impress. A Muslim woman’s beauty should be primarily for her husbands and not just for her friends and peers.

Females who stay at home don’t forget that when the man goes out for work he is exposed to many other ‘visual treats’

Therefore, discard those frumpy sweatshirts however comfy they may be! Keep clean wear smart and smell good, leave the kitchen stink for the kitchen and the dust stains in your dusting brushes.

Furthermore, keeping clean shouldn’t be limited only for your husbands, as Muslims it is incumbent that we remain tidy at all times. This applies to inside the four walls of the house as well as beyond it, this entails that we wear clean and ironed abayas that don’t reek of fish and betray oil stains.
Remember, dressing smart boosts up our confidence and makes us feel healthy and happy. Also don’t forget to gloss your lip with a smile; a sunnah to follow and a beauty  tip that your do.

Although looking good is recommended, it doesn’t give us the license to vaunt our beauty to non-mahrams etc, nor does it open the door to obsession. Keep in mind that our Shariah advocates moderation and modesty, so make sure you do what you want to do within the parameters of Islam.

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak
-Rachel Zoe-

If Travelling Was Free

“If travelling was free, You’d never see me again…” How many times have you heard that phrase? It is a motto that has struck the world and taken many into its claws.

We all love to travel; it’s exciting, new places to go, new things to see, new cuisines to taste, a new culture to experience, an opportunity to explore… and when you return, you can rightfully say, ‘been there, seen it, done it!’ Not to mention it’s a break from the mundane routines of school, work and chores, a holiday, in other words.

However, whilst we have been blessed with such chances in the growing age of technology, with modes of transport so common and easy to use, many of us have forgotten the real purpose of travel, and the rules that come with it.

Travelling, is an opportunity to see the wonders of Allah, to appreciate the splendour in His creation, to marvel at all those things that make our planet earth, and most importantly to recognise Him through it and be grateful and subservient to Him.

After all, is it not Allah that gave you the ability to travel, eyes to see the world? Should we not then follow the rules He has determined for us? Thus, it is only natural that we abide by His guidelines as explained to us by the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him.

It is reported from both Bukhari and Muslim that Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet said, “A woman should not travel save and except with a mahram.”

This hadith clearly puts a restriction a on women’s travel. Yes, it is a limit, for isn’t this dunya a prison for the believer?! We as muslims should have no issue accepting this fact. The restriction placed is for our own benefit.

Sadly, many muslims pick and choose what they want to follow from islam. If you choose Islam as a way of life, it’s a comprehensive package, and everything in it, should be taken up to the best of your ability.

Others go fatwa shopping, searching out the fatwa that suits them, that allows them to follow their desires. And so they find the fatwa that says it is permissible for a woman to travel, if her mahram drops her, and another picks her up, or that it is permissible for her to travel with a group women.

I ask you: if the mahram dropped the woman at the airport, and another picked her up on the other side, did this comply with the statement of the Prophet, of travelling with a mahram?! Does a group of women substitute a mahram? The answer is no. And whilst some of our scholars have issued this fatwa, and I am in no position to dispute them, know that they are only human, and have done their best to search for an answer, but they may err. And so, it falls upon our shoulders to find the correct answer and to not blindly follow their opinions, for Allah gave us an intellect to distinguish between right and wrong.

A mahram for a woman, is a male-relative, who is she is permanently prohibited to marry, who is muslim, of sound mind and over the age of puberty.

My dear sisters, Allah has enforced such guidelines to maintain our security and honour. Travelling alone only encourages the corrupt to prey upon your weakness. It opens the door for Shaytaan’s whispers, and aren’t his plans cunning? If he was able to misguide those who were greater than us in morality, what would he do those who are corrupt, who have no ethics to begin with?

There are a multitude of hadith in which the prophet forbade the travel of woman without a mahram, they are general in wording and thus includes travelling for study, holidays, hajj or otherwise.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “No woman should travel except with a mahram and no man should enter upon her unless she has a mahram with her.” A man said: O Messenger of Allah, I want to go out with such-and-such an army, but my wife wants to go for Hajj. He said: “Go with her.” (Bukhari, 1862)

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel the distance of one day, except with a mahram.” (Muslim 1339)

“Travel usually causes exhaustion and hardship, and because women are weak and need someone to look after them and stay with them, and things may happen in the absence of her mahram that she is not able to deal with. These are things that are well known and are frequently seen nowadays because of the large number of accidents involving cars and other means of transportation.

Moreover, if a woman travels alone she may be approached and tempted to do evil, especially when there is a great deal of corruption. Someone may sit next to her who does not fear Allah and he may make haraam actions seem appealing to her. It is perfectly wise that the woman should be accompanied by her mahram when she travels, because the purpose of having her mahram present is to protect her and look after her.” (Taken from islamqa.com)

The ahadith from the Prophet on this matter are crystal clear. Thus anything that is considered travel requires a mahram. Travelling causes difficulties, and there are possibilities of harm, whether by plane, train, or any other mode of transport, including your two feet. There are too many possibilities of harm, and we know we live in world where immorality, is the norm. Save yourself the hassle, Allah protected you, and made things easy for you. He did not make it incumbent upon you to travel, He facilitated security for you, in the care of your male guardians. Many women have fallen prey, the ease of transport has made what the Prophet explicitly forbade fair-seeming to them.

I end with a quote, Imam An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: To sum up, everything that may be called travel is forbidden to women without a husband or mahram.

 

 

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…

Three Daughters

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“Oh dear, did they get another one! I seriously feel sorry for them, for already having two daughters and now having a third one… What terrible luck!!!”

Three daughters or more are often considered to be taboo in some societies and parents have to bear the endless expressions of unwanted sympathy, pity and commiserations, consoling the parents by saying “Don’t worry, don’t grieve, we shall pray that you shall be blessed with a boy next time In Sha Allah.” Even on christening ceremonies, the new born daughter is looked upon by pitiful faces and given wishes for good fortune.

“Good fortune”! Indeed, does such a term even properly apply to us Muslims who believe in the concept of predestined fate. Then why should we offer our condolences to such parents when Allah Ar Raaziq has willed for such a girl to enter into this world as their daughter.

By our incessant condolences, we actually turn the short lived happiness that the parents feel into despair, giving them the feeling of being unfortunate, making them feel derogatory! Yet should having a girl cause such despair?

What about the hadith where the Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever has three daughters or three sisters, cares for them and disciplines them, he and I shall be like this is in Paradise” – as he was putting his index and middle fingers together.” [Abu Ya’la ~ Classed as Sahih by Sh Al-Albaani]

This hadith shows the virtue and importance of caring for ones’ daughters and sisters whereby the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned that whoever has three daughters or three sisters and cares for them and disciplines them, they will be in paradise. Islam emphasizes the importance of caring for our daughters and sisters due to their fragility and sensitivity, so they require protection from their fathers and brothers so that no harm is done to them.

Moreover, this hadeeth applies to both the father and the mother. The same applies if he has sisters or paternal or maternal aunts etc., and he treats them kindly, we hope that he will attain Paradise for that.

And Allah knows best.

Our blessed Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also had 4 daughters, and he treated them with utmost kindness.

He Prophet (peace be upon him) would stand up for his daughter Fatimah (may Allah be pleased with her) when she would come to him, take her hands, kiss her and let her take his seat. Likewise, whenever the prophet (peace be upon him) came to her she would stand up for him, take his hand and kiss him.

So therefore, it is incumbent that we annihilate this ridiculous notion where girls are considered to be a burden on their parents, for indeed they by the will of Allah may be the pavement for their parents to paradise, and a protection from the fire.

Furthermore, it should be understood that just giving birth to three daughters does not fulfil the criteria of the aforementioned hadith, rather it is important that we raise them up and discipline them according to the Islamic Shariah.

May Allah facilitate for us the path to Jannah Ameen

Bint Ayesha, AAT, Writer

 

 

Ummahatul-Mu’mineen

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The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah) said: “Allah has commanded me to marry only with the women of Paradise.”

A golden era whose golden light illuminates and enlightens man even today. A time, where the beautiful religion of Islam started from a small band of people and traversed the span of the earth. A time that nurtured leaders, warriors, scholars who with their knowledge of Islam changed the face of the world by the will of Allah alone. A religion that provided rights and salvation to women, and indeed what about the women of that time, women who along with men have left an indelible mark in the history of mankind. Indeed these women included the Sahabiyyat – the women of the golden era

Noble, virtuous women who fill the pages of history with their magnanimous, beautiful deeds. They were the pure and virtuous crusaders of Islam who were given the glad tidings of Paradise in the Hereafter.

Their inspiration and presence occupies several pages of history, with their influence spanning from religious achievements to political achievements to education, knowledge, fine arts, to industry, trade and commerce.

Khadijah, the Queen of Quraysh, with a reputation of nobility, an epitome of loyalty and a pillar of support. Aishah an example of intelligence personified and an astounding memory having quoted 2,210 ahadith. Sawdah who with her light-heartedness and humour brought smiles and comfort to The Prophet’s (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) heart. Hafsah the Sawwamah and Qawammah. Umm Salamah a figure of patience. Zainab bint Khazeemah the Mother of the needy with a heart of gold. Umm Habeebah who had to endure intense hardship before her marriage to the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah). Zainab bint Jahsh with the longest hands for she would work in order to give charity. Juwayriyyah the beautiful embodiment of piety. The loving Safiyyah and Maymoonah who would preserve their ties with their kith and kin.

May Allah be pleased with them all.

Finally we conclude the journey that we had embarked on, a journey whence we had contrived to learn pearls of wisdom from our righteous predecessors.

I pray to Allah The Exalted to benefit us all from this series and help us to derive benefit from it and enact on the knowledge that we gain, may Allah bless us with the opportunity of being in the company of these great women whose endurance, patience, wisdom, piety, steadfastness have become an inspirations for eons and eons to come.

Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen

Bint Hasan

Writer, AAT

 

Signs of the Hour 11

“Nay! But you love the present life. And neglect the hereafter.” (Surah Qiyamah 75:20-21)

Man loves haste and things of haste. For that reason, he pins his faith on transitory things and neglect the things of lasting moment whose true importance will only be seen in the hereafter. It’s man’s innate character to love the present life.

We live in a world where our intelligence quotient is determined by the knowledge that we apprehend. Rather, it should have been determined by how well we prepare for our future, or hereafter.

It is reported that Sufyân bin Uyainah (Allah have mercy on him) said, “The intelligent person is not one who merely knows what is good and what is bad. The intelligent person is one who, when he sees what is good, follows it, and when he sees evil, shuns it.” (Abû Nuaym, Hilyah Al-Awliyâ`, Vol. 4 p16.)

Today, we are so preoccupied with futile things. We engage ourselves in many activities of no benefit. Those activities seem to be intriguing nevertheless they’re inept. Involving in them may lead us to forget the Day of Judgement. However, Allah has pre planned everything. Allah had sent forth and will be showing signs prior to the Day, for us to realize, repent and reap. Realize that we’ve committed sins. Repent for what we had committed. Reap the rewards for repenting on that Day.

By learning the signs of the Hour, we gain Taqwa (God-fearing) and thus seize on every opportunity to please Allah.

We will look at two more signs of the hour:

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  • Women will outnumber men:

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said: I will narrate to you a Hadith and none other than me will tell you about it after me. I heard Allah’s Apostle saying: From among the portents of the Hour are is that the women will increase in number and men will decrease in number so much so that fifty women will be looked after by one man. (Sahih Bukhari Volume 001, Book 003, Hadith Number 081)

Men will be doomed to extinction towards the end of the world. Many scholars give the reason as existence of turmoil in which many men will be killed because men folk engage in warfare.

In the present world of 2015, countries like Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania have population where there are more women than men. Overall, the number of men to women in the world is pretty evenly split. More accurately, there are 101.8 men for every 100 women, according to data from the UN.

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  • Rulership of the foolish:

Jabir Ibn Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet said to Ka’b Ibn Ajrah: “I seek refuge in Allah for you, Ka’b, from foolish leaders”. He said: “Who are the foolish leaders, Messenger of Allah?” He (peace be upon him) replied: “Leaders who will come after me, who do not follow my guidance or adhere to my Sunnah.” (Recorded by Ahmad)

According to the aforementioned hadith, a foolish ruler is the one who cannot properly conduct his own affairs, let alone the affairs of others. Our Messenger (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) called those leaders as foolish who didn’t follow the path of Sunnah. To further affirm this is the famous Hadith of Hudhayfah ibn Al Yaman May Allah be pleased with him.

On the authority of Hudhayfah bin Al Yaman who said: Messenger of Allah, no doubt, we had an evil time (i.e. the days of Jahiliyya or ignorance) and God brought us a good time (i. e. Islamic period) through which we are now living Will there be a bad time after this good time? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Yes. I said: Will there be a good time after this bad time? He said: Yes. I said: Will there be a bad time after good time? He said: Yes. I said: How? Whereupon he said: There will be leaders who will not be led by my guidance and who will not adopt my ways. There will be among them men who will have the hearts of devils in the bodies of human beings. I said: What should I do. Messenger of Allah, if I (happen) to live in that time? He replied: You will listen to the Amir and carry out his orders; even if your back is flogged and your wealth is snatched, you should listen and obey. (Muslim)

May Allah protect us from such leaders. Aameen

Every one of us, young or old, man or woman, should at least acquire sufficient knowledge about the portents of the hour. By learning these signs, we enable ourselves to perform more good deeds. We also endeavour to shun all that is bad and evil. No great amount of time is required to acquire this simple knowledge. If we truly value Iman (faith), it cannot be too difficult to find ten minutes every day to devote for our Iman.

“Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who has most taqwa.” (Qur’an, Al-Hujurat 49:13)

Bint Nayeem

Writer, AAT