Uqbah led Ruqayyah into the apartment. They talked as they sat down on the couch in the living room.
"I forgot to tell you. Fatima found someone to study with."
"Maybe she'll get some of those stupid ideas out of her head."
"Insha Allah. She's studying with a shaykh at ICS."
"In Springfield? That's pretty far. Who's she studying with?"
"Shaykh Ahmed Ali. Never heard of him."
"Neither have I. I guess it's better than nothing, though."
"Since there aren't any female teachers around, I'll be teaching her tajwid."
"That's good. I taught you everything I know."
"Yeah. So how's she doing at work?"
"She's doing okay, I guess." He got up to walk to the kitchen. "Do you want a drink?"
"We got into an argument about whether or not Christians are kaafirs," he said from the kitchen as he slightly elevated his voice. "I told you to work on her. This is very disappointing."
"Hey, I can't teach her aqida in ten minutes. It takes time."
"At least she hooked up with a scholar. Allahu 'Alam if he's good."
He walked into the living room and handed her a glass of water. He then sat down.
"I told you," he said. "If you don't teach her, she'll teach you."
"Everything'll be okay, insha Allah."
Fatima was the new head chef in the now all-female kitchen. She walked away from the stove, while she occasionally looked over a cook's shoulder. She left the kitchen and went upstairs. She stopped at Joseph's desk.
"Is he busy?"
"I don't think so."
Joseph got up and knocked on the door.
"Who is it?" Uqbah asks.
"Fatima wants to see you."
"Come on in."
He entered first, followed by Fatima. Uqbah was putting a book back up onto the bookshelf as they entered. Fatima closed the door behind them. Joseph sat down on the opposite end of the room.
"Brother..." Fatima tried to ask, but was cut short by Uqbah.
"On the job, no 'brother.' Just Uqbah."
"Okay, Uqbah. Me and the girls were talking, and I knew you were free now, so I wanted to ask..."
"Yeah, sure. Go ahead."
"How'd you get away with hiring an all-female staff without getting into trouble for discrimination? I mean, I know you had to fire a few guys to give me this job..."
"Are you questioning my judgement? I try to do something nice for one of Ruqayyah's friends, and this is how you thank me?"
"No, no, no, nothing like that. Trust me."
She got nervous, and her niqaab became wet with sweat.
"Go over to the window."
"See the couple at Table 1?"
"One of the best lawyers in the country. I flew her from California and helped her to set up an office here. See the two people at Table 6?"
"The district's assemblyman and congressman. In other words, the most powerful people in town are in that restaurant, and are very good friends of mine. That's how I get away with hiring an all-female staff. Are we satisfied now?"
"Good. Go home, you've had a rough day."
"Okay, I'll see you tomorrow."
She made her way to the door. She turned around when Uqbah stopped her.
"Before you go.," he opens his desk drawer. "I heard you're studying in ICS."
"Oh, yeah, yeah. ICS."
"That's kind of far, isn't it?"
"It's not that bad. An hour drive."
"For your car, it's very far."
"Not really. It's not that old."
He pulled out a key and threw it onto the desk. "That Jaguar in the corner of the lot. It's yours."
"It's one of the perks of working here. All the other girls got a car."
"Well, if everyone got one..." She walked up to the desk and took the key, "Maybe I'll take it."
"I wouldn't take it away from you now that you picked up the key."
"Umm, jazakallah. For the key. For the job. For everything."
She leaves a very happy woman.
Brother Gillette...You have some imagination...hahahahaha...I like it!
OK, he is a generous man, Masha'Allah...as his giving the car to Fatima was not something specifically for her but he has done same to all other female employees as well...But then the question is, has he done the same to the male employees...thats the litmus test for his generosity...he has given all employees the same reward or jesture.
I still hope he doesnt marry to Fatim..and remains happy and content with Ruqaayah, Insha'Allah.
About the comment of Christiams are not Kaafir...this is really something I want to expand me view upon, hopefully with some mutual discussion on here, Insha'Allah!on January 5, 2005 11:29 AM
I hope he does marry Fatima. I dont like Ruqayyah already. I would wish he marries Fatima, will make life a lot more interesting, soap opera type, etc. A REAL S T O R Yon January 5, 2005 11:43 AM
hahahaha...Ibtisam...U are funny! Masha'Allah.on January 5, 2005 11:46 AM
- The problem with Ruqayyah is that she has a wierd false sense of security and that she keeps bringing up all that she has done for Uqbah. If he recieved any hidaya it was from Allah to him, and she really needs to mentally start cutting herself out of the equation.
- So this guy went from surrounding himself with the 'safe' to surrounding himself with the 'dangerous'...the road to hell is paved with good intentions...thats the devil's deception...
- I dont understand, how can this guy be so loaded and hooked up. I am really starting to believe that he has mob connections.
...Ahh the deep underworld of the italian restaurant business...never trust the pizza guy...never...
I couldnt help myself...
Are Christians Kafirs? Mushriks? If not, can a Muslim woman marry a non-Muslim?
Answered by Sheikh Faraz Rabbani
Q: "John believes Jesus as son of God / God (na'udubillah), is he considered Ahl-e-kitaab (Christian) or a kafir/mushrik ? is it permissible to call him a kafir/mushrik ?"
A: Walaikum assalam,
Both. He is a kafir (unbeliever) because he disbelieves in Islam. He is a mushrik because he associates partners with Allah. The shirk of the People of the Book is less than that of open polytheists, such as Hindus, because the clear basis of tawhid from which the former start off from..
Q: "I have heard the Ahl-e-kitaab are not considered disbelievers (or not considered in the same class) and that at the time of the prophet (sallahu alaihi wasalam) the Christians had the belief as John and were still considered Ahl-e-kitaab - is this true?"
A: The People of the Book are kafirs, and it is obligatory to believe that they are so, as Imam Nawawi explains. There is scholarly consensus on this, because of the clear nature of the texts about this.
The Christians at the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) already believed in the Trinity, the divinity of Jesus (peace be upon him), and such things.
Q: "to extend this Question then would it be permissible for a Muslim woman to marry John with such a belief (I know this depends on whether he is considered Ahl-e-kitaab or not)"
A: Absolutely not. This is haram by explicit texts of the Qur'an, as well as from the Prophet's teachings, and there is unequivocal scholarly consensus (ijma`) about the impermissibility of a Muslim woman marrying a non-Muslim man.
on January 5, 2005 1:24 PM
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,
Does anyone know where I can donate good quality toys & stuffed animals...in the NJ area?
I need this info asap.
Jazzakum Allah Kull Khair
Wasalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarkatuon January 5, 2005 1:56 PM
Salaam Justoju San:
Thanks for the Information about Christians being Mushrik or Kafirs...
As I dont have much time now, i will put my few comments later on this...
jazak Allah Khair
MCMC has made arrangements to send a container to tsunami-stricken areas. give them stuff:
This goes for anyone living in Central Jerseyon January 5, 2005 4:37 PM
to give you fair warning, i might offend you in the future.on January 5, 2005 4:39 PM
Lo and Behold, I failed my midterm by three points.
So, this is salaamu alaikum to all the sisters on hidayah.
perhaps all the better, I think some people were too bold in their comments to myself and the regular ettiqutes of observing hijaab and shyness were not met. So.... I am gonna be working on school. May Allaah give all of us hidayah and open our hearts to maturity and true understanding of al-islaam
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarkatu,
Wouldn't offending someone be unfair whether they were warned about it or not?
Sura 49 (Al-Hujurat):
"11. O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong."
Wasalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarkatuon January 5, 2005 11:36 PM
WaAlaikumuSalaam sr. Ibtisam.
InshaAllah and Ameen to your dua.
May Allah replace your temporary setback with something that is lasting and pleasing...Ameen
If I dont hear from you again sis, I would like to apologize for any inconveninece that I may have caused you with my crude comments and erratic expressions.
Take care of yourself and be safe...Insha'Allah
Ma'Assalaamaon January 6, 2005 12:55 AM
yeah i'm hooked on this now. very interesting story :)on January 6, 2005 7:31 AM
"to asif, to give you fair warning, i might offend you in the future."
Lucky man. The rest of us were caught unawares and had to deal with the shock of the unexpected arrival of the offensiveness.
Warnings save lives. Remember the tsunami.
Br. Asif, think of it this way, this might give you an opportunity to learn something new AND get some decent nafs-training in the process. Hidaya is a pretty good bargain.
on January 6, 2005 8:25 AM
Brother Gillette, if its already written in your book that Uqbah will marry Fatima, then so be it. I cant change whats already written!...and No Sir, I wont be offended, regardless of how the story turns out to be.
And Justoju San, I agree Hidaya is a pretty good bargain, but it may be that my days are numbered in here...so being offended or not wont matter much.on January 6, 2005 5:31 PM
it seems that everyone's days are numbered.on January 7, 2005 5:27 AM
is there a hint of arrogance within both Uqbah and Ruqayyah ?on January 7, 2005 2:35 PM
why does everyone dislike Ruqayah? No one's perfect ...on January 7, 2005 7:41 PM