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September 20, 2005
Muslim Sphere: Merging the Private and Public Sectors

by Bint Saeed

The private sphere deals with actions conducted in secrecy or at home of which rarely people are aware. The public sphere, however, is a direct contrast of the aforementioned sphere which allows one to display his or her actions openly to the silent observer. Many times as Muslims we tend to change our actions and intentions when it comes to a specific sphere ultimately forming a dual personality which many call being ‘two faced’ or ‘hypocritical’. Simply put possessing a dual personality results in the individual displaying contradicting views and actions depending on the sphere that he or she is in. We must always remember that as Muslims our actions in private and in public should be consistent to our Fitrah and our Deen. The affairs of the Muslimeen are clearly visible in that a dual personality is not surprisingly evident at local Islamic conventions, lectures, MSA meetings, and halaqas in comparison to one’s actions on campus, with one’s friends, at home with the family, with one’s husband/wife or children and much more.

What ever happened to the Muslim-sphere? What ever happened to demonstrating one’s real true personality both in private with Allah SWT and in public with fellow Muslimeen? This is an issue that will always concern, baffle and upset me. We need to work on ourselves, to develop an Islamic personality which is illustrated at all times. These are my two cents for the day.

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Ayan said

I was wondering about this....
if in Islamic shareah,
the husband kills the wife deliberately but the family of the wife forgives the husband and instead he pays blood money, would he still have to get the death penalty?

I was just wondering about this

on September 20, 2005 11:50 AM
Donald Duck said

Mash Allah, a very relevant and up to point article indeed sister. The fact that many guys come to ISRU so that they could 'communicate' with sisters to fulfill some of their whims like flirting, just sickens me. Everyone of us, including myself, should check our intentions and should decide whether we want to lead hypocritical or straight lives.


on September 20, 2005 12:11 PM
Faisal Akhtar said

There are no scholar here and that is a very scholarly question you are asking. I would recommend Islam-qa or q and a section of the almaghrib discussion board.

on September 20, 2005 12:40 PM
Ayan said

I got my answer from Islamqa, but I wanted you guys to do the searchen and give me the answer :)

on September 20, 2005 5:37 PM
gillette said


on September 21, 2005 12:18 PM
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