Preach sista!on September 12, 2004 4:53 PM
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarkatu,
Masha Allah this is a very good article. I wonder if you wouldn't mind submitting it to Adbusters magazine as an editorial. They usually include pieces about this very issue in their magazine but it is always as artwork or photgraphy.
Here is the link:
Any other sisters, this would also be an opportunity for you to speak out and speak your mind.
Waslaam Warahmatullah Wabarakatuon September 12, 2004 4:58 PM
Asalamlaikom, wonderful article. I wish we had more sisters with the same mindset
Walikomaslaamon September 12, 2004 5:39 PM
I am proposing some cool nicknames for sister Bint Abdul Khaliq after this article.
Bint Abdul Khaliq
aka Undercover Sister
aka Ninja Lady.
That second one I actually learned from a non-muslim who was trying to insult sisters who cover (obviously he was hiding behind the internet otherwise he would have heard it from me). I say, "that is exactly what they are". The sisters who cover are warriors of this ummah (ninjas are warriors) and I doubt there is any more open declaration of Islam than the niqab. Excellent article sister.on September 12, 2004 5:45 PM
hmmm, I just checked out the Adbusters link. I never knew this thing existed! Its an awesome initiative.on September 12, 2004 6:37 PM
And I give my vote to Undercover Sister.on September 12, 2004 6:39 PM
The biggest problem in this society (and a growing one in 'muslim' societies) is that women and society have left the objective standards and principles of theology and embraces a more subjective stance.
For example, in Islam we believe that we are all beautiful because Allah (SWT) has made us so and He doesnt lie. That is the objective standard by which we judge what we are. However, from the subjective point of view "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and a woman is only beautiful (and only allowed to 'feel' beautiful) if she gets positive external feedback from those that view her. The more people view her and give her positive feedback the more she can be confident that her understanding of herself as being beautiful is accurate. What a pity that a being that has been so elevated by Allah has thus reduced herself to a sniveling insecure mess.
MashaAllah Sister, this one's a Hidaya CLASSIC.
Everyone feel free to send this out to everyone they know... truly effective stuff.
From the comments... the following was indredibly insightful, mashaAllah:
"However, from the subjective point of view "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and a woman is only beautiful (and only allowed to 'feel' beautiful) if she gets positive external feedback from those that view her. The more people view her and give her positive feedback the more she can be confident that her understanding of herself as being beautiful is accurate. What a pity that a being that has been so elevated by Allah has thus reduced herself to a sniveling insecure mess. "
on September 13, 2004 8:25 PM
MashaAllah ukthi. This is by far one of the best pieces you've written for Hidaya.
As a fellow undercover ninja, your thoughts and feelings on this topic are very close to my heart.
As with all great heros/heroines of Islaam, with great blessings, come even greater responsiblities. With such elevation by the Almighty, it becomes critical that our niyyah remains crystal clear.
May Allah 'azza wa jal purify our intentions, Ameen.
Love you for the sake of Allah ya ukthi...keep it up inshaAllah!on September 13, 2004 9:43 PM
Just as this article increases the value of truth (haq) and iman in the definite rewards that await the faithful, I am thinking of how sisters are much more stronger in will to wear Niqab and Hijab, whereas brothers are overwhelmingly ignorant of their attire according to Quran and Sunnat. I have seldom seen brothers wearing even a prayer cap (sunnat) during prayers whereas they are bold/ignorant in displaying their T-Shirt logo's to Allah during prayers.on September 14, 2004 11:14 PM
Great article, and written with well felt fervor.
Br. Hamad, sorry about my ignorance on the issue but -
what's wrong with guys wearing T-Shirt logos when praying?
Also, isn't it true that the prayer cap isn't compulsory for men whereas the hijab is for women?
As Salaamu Alaikum
Whoever is reading this PLEASE make dua that I do not fall into that group of people misled by shaitaan and who are hypocritical and do not practise what they preach.Ameen!
Brother Rami JaZAKALLAH for your suggestion,InshALLAH if I get the time I will edit it and send it in.
Excellent point sister Justojou
passerby I think Brother Hamad was commenting on the Aadab that muslim males need to uphold in the Musjid-the prayer cap (Topee) is Sunnah and therefore highly encouraged,and to dicard it is to deprive onself of blessings and reward.Some Logos on T-shirts are obviously of the western culture-not disallowed but by dressing the Sunnah there will be so much more Thawab and meaning to our Salaah.Why should we settle for less?
I have a question, slightly related to this article. I know in NJ you have a lot of very religious muslims living there. why are you guys living in this country? The women asked about women's rights in Islaam. but they dont practice women rights in America by americans everywhere, here and in Iraq. Look what they have done in Iraq, how many of our women have been dishonored. They know that by killing us, they cannot hurt us so they dihonor our women?
What keeps you Muslims living here, is it right? to live in a place where its people are torturing and raping Muslims abroad?
I cannot stop to think. I have obviously not read the news until today and I cannot think why I am staying here or what is the glamour to stay here, anymore.
"why are you guys living in this country?"
because of the possibility that we can make change happen, or die trying.on September 17, 2004 8:36 PM
Why not make changes in back home Muslim countries. Does it not make you feel guilty at all because of all the things happening, subhanallaah.
As Salaamu Alaikum
"I know in NJ you have a lot of very religious muslims living there. why are you guys living in this country?"
Im not sure if this question was directed at me as well because I am not from America.Just a thought on the matter though that by moving to a muslim country will it help the situation much? I respect your opinion totally sister but by living in the country that doesnt mean that you are proud of the wrong done by the government of your country.And if you are an American citizen your opinion and critisms aimed at your government will hold much more weight and affect much more change than if you are going to make in another country.Most Muslim countries today are puppet governments of the American government anyway.And lastly if all the muslims are going to leave for muslim countries-who will teach the new muslims or set examples for them? Who will establish Islam and fight for the rights of Muslims? ALLAH knows best.
By the way Sister Ibtisam congratulations on your marriage.May ALLAH keep you happy.Ameen!
WAs Salaamon September 18, 2004 1:14 PM
"total spiritual perfection cannot be complete by just the inner or the outer purification alone.It goes hand in hand."
subhanallaah, couldnt have put it beter myselfon September 21, 2004 11:43 AM
Mashallah, this was another beautiful piece Sr.Bint Abdul Khaliq. Your regular and amazing writings always inspire me to write more Mashallah. Jazakallah khair million times.on September 21, 2004 7:00 PM