A heartfelt advice to the sisters regarding the Islamic Dress Code.

💐 Gentle reminder to myself and my sisters 💐

After our Eid celebrations on Sunday, I felt the need to remind my sisters of a matter that affects us. A matter that we have to constantly be reminding ourselves of because it’s our nature to love pretty things and to dress up. This is the Islamic dress code.

Mankind is very forgetful and makes a lot of mistakes. His own self (nafs) tells him to do evil and the Shaytaan tempts him to commit sin. When bodies get sick and are afflicted with disease, one has to find a doctor who can prescribe the appropriate medicine so that the body may be restored to full health.

Similarly, souls and hearts may be afflicted with the diseases of desire and doubt, so people do things which Allaah has forbidden.

Because the diseases of the heart are so many and cause the spread of evil and corruption, Allaah has enjoined the believers to treat these diseases, by enjoining that which is good and forbidding that which is evil.

If the ummah fails to do its duty of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, wrongdoing and corruption will spread throughout the ummah, and it will deserve the curse of Allaah. For Allaah cursed those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved because they failed in this important duty. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dawood (David) and ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they disobeyed (Allaah and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds.
They used not to forbid one another from Al-Munkar (wrong, evildoing, sins, polytheism, disbelief) which they committed. Vile indeed was what they used to do [al-Maa’idah 5:78]

It is with this, that I remind myself first and you, that we as Muslim women have a dress code that has been prescribed for us. This is our protection from Allaah and an ibaadah to Him.

As women when we leave our homes we look in the mirror, it shouldn’t be to make sure I am looking nice enough but rather, am I covered fully.

This is our responsibility as Muslim women and as well for the mothers and fathers to make sure our daughters are covered properly especially the girls who have reached the age of puberty. We are guardians over them, we purchase their clothes, we wrap their khimars we check them to see that they are fully covered like us.

Now that Ramadhaan is over, we must remember how hard we tried to obey Allaah in that month, and that Allaah is to be obeyed in all His months. We have other months that are sacred where sinning in it is severe. So if we make ourselves accustomed to acting according to what we were commanded with, it won’t harm us which month we are in.

Therefor my reminder is basically for us to be reminded of our dress and the conditions for it’s correctness.

These conditions may be summarized as follows:

🌷The hijaab must cover her entire body

🌷It should be thick enough to conceal what is underneath it

🌷It should be loose-fitting, not tight

🌷It should not be so attractive as to call men’s attention to it

🌷It should not be perfumed

🌷It should not be a dress of fame and vanity (i.e., it should not be extravagant or excessively luxurious )

🌷It should not resemble the dress of men

🌷It should not resemble the dress of kaafir women.

Each of these conditions have either an ayah or hadith as evidence for it. Anyone requesting it , I will surely forward it Inshaaa Allaah.

May Allaah accept all our fasting, standing in extra prayer, charity, Duas , and other acts of righteousness seeking His Face.

May Allaah give us success in attaining the goal of fasting Ramadhaan, which was to Fear Allaah More, and this is by placing a barrier between ourselves and the punishment of Allaah by doing what he has commanded and staying away from what he has prohibited.

And may Allaah have mercy on us all. Aameen

🌷🌷🌷
Umm Talha

From politics is to leave off politics

This is a famous statement made by Shaikh Naasir Ud Deen Al Albani wherein he demonstrated that delving into international politics is not for everyone. Rather, it is for those who specialize and are experienced in these matters. This past weekend, Donald Trump’s Riyaadh visit definitely displayed the vast difference between seasoned diplomats and armchair politicians.

If one looked at the whole anti-terrorism conference one would have noted the following:

  1. The hospitality that himself and his band of merry men were treated with in Saudi Arabia.
  2. The fact that before Trump’s speech King Salmaan criticized those who discriminate against others based upon nationality (and this was a hallmark in Trump’s campaign)
  3. That Trump was invited to speak in front of over 50 Muslim heads of state. And Trump HAD to be diplomatic and said the following:

i. That terrorism has no religion

ii. That most of the victims of terrorism are Muslims

ii. That Islam is one of the world’s great religions and a religion of peace

iii. That there is land in Saudi Arabia which is sacred

4. Trump himself had to hear about the anti-terrorism efforts made by Muslim             nations and meet several heads of state.

In other words, through extremely sharp and astute diplomacy King Salmaan was able to bring Trump to nullify months of anti-Muslim rhetoric within 30 minutes. And I am sure that this sent shock waves throughout the Right Wing establishment who will definitely see Trump as a traitor who has annulled  their cause for white power.

It is a possibility that as Western Muslims we may not understand the wisdom of such diplomacy because as a minority our diplomacy may have been based upon political confrontation. But at times we have to keep an open mind and understand that there may be different ways to get the same result.

Notwithstanding the fact that there are issues where constructive criticism is warranted (and this is done in front of the ruler not on the internet and the streets) we have to have a proper understanding regarding the possible relationships that Muslims and Non-Muslims can have according to the legislation. And once we build our understanding of this issue upon knowledge rather than street talk and rhetoric a proper judgment can be made.

Hence, although I dislike Trump and his racist, narcissistic, bullying mentality we should not make our dislike of individual propel us to opposing the injunctions of Islam.

And Allah knows best.

Refutation of Yasir Hanafi regarding the permissibility of wiping over cotton/woollen socks

Assalamu Alaikum,

I did this refutation in order to clarify that wiping over the cotton/wollen socks is a legitimate Fiqh position contrary to what Yasir Al Hanafi and his likes say. Likewise, in Trinidad there is a Fatwa by the daruloloom (Trinidad) wherein they deem one’s prayer invalid if one were to pray behind someone who wipes over the nylon or cotton socks

Part 1:

https://app.box.com/s/nylyinpky8uyy4x76l7izc3bfw64jml9

Part 2:

https://app.box.com/s/w17x12y0nu4m0xr9cc8kgjhm4y3e2ev9

Poem against Anti-Black racism

Assalamu Alaikum,

This poem is called “Raising the status of the Africans” which is based upon a book by Imam As Suyuuti. I composed it because there is a lot of anti-black racism in the Muslim community. Hence, in these lines I made mention of the contributions of Africans to Islam the world over.

https://app.box.com/s/aaqhby594tj3jec876e47rwxul4ncrv2