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August 11, 2005
Then & Now, Episode II

by Gillette aka Hassan[uddin] Khaja

A special edition of Hidaya
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Faisal Akhtar said

Hassan is at it again.


on August 11, 2005 3:43 PM
Somebody said

i like this one, good satire, very nice.
You should write more and comment more. You have great insight into a lot things.

on August 11, 2005 9:22 PM
asef said


is that a Hijaab?

If so, why would a "progressive" muslimah wear hijaab in the first place and then be thankful when its gets ripped off?

sorry akhi i didn't get this one???


on August 11, 2005 10:09 PM
gillette said

"If so, why would a "progressive" muslimah wear hijaab in the first place and then be thankful when its gets ripped off?"

just the same way that there are strong, believer sisters who don't wear hijaab because of external constraints, there are progressive women who wear hijaab because of external constraints.

the second frame represents what happens when the external constraint is removed for the progressive muslimah.

on August 11, 2005 10:38 PM
Bint Saeed said

How do you come up with these? It rattles the mind...truly it does.

on August 12, 2005 12:56 AM
Justoju said

I like the message, but the analogy seems to be a bit uneven. Lemme know if I am wrong. The first piece is about a kaafir literally ripping clothes off of a Muslim woman, while the second piece is about a kaafir ideology being a Muslim woman's cause for removal of her clothes.

Though the progressive woman is thankful to westernization (wrongly dubbed modernization) for giving her the option of revealing as much as she wants, I doubt she would be so thankful if some guy walked up to her and started tearing off her clothing.

on August 12, 2005 3:24 AM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

I need more clarification.

-Is that a hijab or a dress? The text would ensue that it was a dress or a main body of clothing.

on August 12, 2005 3:28 AM
gillette said

as much as the west assures women "choice," it's pretty clear what their preferred "choice" is.

on August 12, 2005 10:20 AM
humayun said

great peice hasan.... .are you guys trying to be funny or do you guys truly dont get it because all the comments are makign this cartoon so complicated. you dont need to be a rocket scientist to figure out the message.. Comonnn guys! you scare me

on August 12, 2005 4:24 PM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

I 'accidentaly' erased some comments while deleting spam. I guess I'm just going to have to forget about all that has happened.

btw, br. Hassan is a good man; with a lot of belief and taqwa, and I prefer his precence to that of many other people.

But, as a note, one always has the option of remaining silent rather than saying something (o the opposite gender) if they know it will be taken as offensive. There is never an obligation for one to speak.

Insha Allah, the, someone else will be able to straught 'cut and paste' an answer they found in a book or perhaps another person of the same gender who knows the answer and will be able to give a correct reply.

As a remnder to mself first and foremeost:

"Sahih Muslim"
Book 001, Number 0078:

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Shuraih al-Khuzai' that the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) observed: He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should do good to his neighbour and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should show hospitality to the guest and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should either speak good or better remain silent."

on August 15, 2005 9:38 PM
asef said


Hmmm...Who has this mysterious fingers that keep pressing the delete key for comments on this topic? hehehehe...

By the way, I wanted to add that it is ultimately the "writer/contributor" job to make sure the idea, thought, and or advice that s/he is trying to convey is framed/packaged in the best of style for the intended readers.

And there is no shame in explaining one's work to their respective audience with examples & similes and/or with empirical & logical analysis such that the readers can fuly appreciate the girth of a writers approach on any given topic that he or she may choose to scribe.

These are just general comments for everyone who wants to be an effective writer...."Let your writing do the talking!"

on August 15, 2005 9:47 PM
asef said


I wanted to ask this...which of you nice folks join the Almaghrib forums? I do...and drop a comments here and there...Are there any Durbites here?..is that what the NJ folks call themeselves on Almaghrib?

on August 15, 2005 9:53 PM
Bint Saeed said

Assalaamu alaykum,

Oh InshaAllah you'll find many durbahites here..myself being one of them. The al maghrib forums is an awesome outlet mashaAllah.

Wasalaam Walaykum

on August 15, 2005 11:19 PM
gillette said

who deleted all the comments?

on August 16, 2005 11:01 AM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

It was I.

Please read above comments for details.

on August 16, 2005 12:41 PM
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