Archive | December, 2011

Women’s Rights in Islam

30 Dec

TRUE islam shows real rights for women, especially for 1,400 years ago. the Qur’an is the legitimate word of God and its worth a read if you want to understand what islam really is. you cant judge a religion because of its practicers, or sects who have interpretations. you have to only look at the text and judge it for yourself. that’s the only way to understand islam. i am a revert. i reverted after reading the Noble Qur’an.  first of all the Qur’an is the continuation of A) Torah and B) Gospel. We accept all the same prophets from Adam (pbuh) to Jesus (pbuh) + Mohammad (pbuh). now, the Qur’an and the Bible and the Tanakh then share a lot in common, but they change in a sense. Each one is different. They all came at a different time and to a different people. The Qur’an came in a time to the Arabs from the angel Gabriel and in terms of women’s rights, which is what were addressing, women have huge 

rights compared to earlier religions (Judaism and Christianity). i wont go into comparative right now however in Islam women are entitled to:
1) Mahr (protection if divorced, usually a sum of $$)
2) A 3 month waiting time where couple is hoped to reunite where wife is being supported financially
3) OH WAIT, THE RIGHT TO SEEK DIVORCE!!
4) Custody of children
5) The right to remarry
6) The right to INHERITANCE
7) Bridal gift kind of like dowry
8) THE RIGHT TO BEAR WITNESS (2=1 man), but compared to Christianity where women couldn’t witness. Plus taken in Qur’anic context this verse was revealed when discussing finances. In situations where the issues involve women women can testify. Also if it is husband vs wife regarding adultery they can each swear as equals. And they say May Allah swt punish me if I am lying.

9) The right to work

10) Equal sight under God. Equal chance in the Hereafter.

11) Women were made from rib o fman but not ‘under’ man, we were made as companions. In fact the creation of women is beautiful in the Quran:

O mankind! Verily We have created you from a single (pair) of

     a male and a female,m and made you into nations and tribes

     that you may know each other… (Qur’an, 49:13

FROM A PAIR

And their Lord has accepted (their prayers) and answered them
     (saying): 'Never will I cause to be lost the work of any of
     you, be he male or female; you are members, one of another...
     (3:195)

“It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her in love” (7:189).

12) RIGHT TO EDUCATION AND TO SEEK KNOWLEDGE

13) RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Something else you should read is the Sunnah: the way of life of the Prophet pbuh. Women in his time participated in wars, in nursing, in teaching Qur’an and memorizing hadiths (The Prophet’s pbuh’s words), In business, in schools etc etc. Did you know that in most Arab countries the university population is 60% or more female. 

 

Code of Herouxville, Quebec (2007)

29 Dec

CTV.ca News Staff

Date: Mon. Jan. 29 2007 11:11 PM ET

Almost everyone living in Quebec’s tiny town of Herouxville is white, French-speaking and Catholic. But that didn’t stop local officials from adopting a rule of conduct for immigrants.

 

Included in the code: women should be able to show their faces in public (aside from costumes worn on Halloween), and they should also be permitted to drive and write cheques.

 

Women should also not be killed in public beatings or burned alive.

 

Critics call the code ridiculous and xenophobic, but Town Councilor Andre Drouin says he has received about 2,000 e-mails of support — 700 more than Herouxville’s population.

 

“We have just published a small document saying who we are and what’s our standard,” he told CTV News.

 

But some Muslim leaders have called the code a thinly-veiled example of xenophobia.

 

“Racism is coming out of the woodwork now, and it’s not being obscure or subtle,” said Salaam Elmenyawi of the Muslim Council of Montreal.

 

Two hours away in Montreal, commentators like radio host Stephane Gendron have taken a hard-line stance against making too many accommodations for religious groups.

 

Gendron has criticized acts like glazing over windows at one of the city’s gyms to satisfy neighbouring Orthodox Jews, Sikhs being allowed to carry ceremonial daggers, or Muslims having their own prayer rooms in schools.

 

“We should have zero tolerance for that,” said Gendron. “You’re just a regular citizen. Religion at home is fine. Otherwise, it’s too much.”

 

However, Gendron said Herouxville’s code is a step too far.

 

Jack Jedwab, of the Association for Canadian Studies, said while Gendron may want to distance himself from the code, such commentators are somewhat responsible.

 

“I think the people who have generated the debate in this particular way are in part of blame for what’s happened in this particular town, which has now become a focal point for xenophobia and Islamophobia in Quebec,” he said.

 

With a report by CTV’s Jed Kahane in Montreal

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20070129/code_conduct_070129/#ixzz1hxHRn5iZ

Loved Ones in Jannah-Nouman Ali Khan

25 Dec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ6Wva2oICU&feature=related

Do I NEED to Pray? Nouman Ali Khan

25 Dec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=iYB_9U29-4c&feature=endscreen

The 6 Pillars of Faith

23 Dec

As a Muslim, one must believe in:

1) The existence of God/Allah and ONLY him as God.

2) The Books we have been given (Torah, Gospel and Qur’an)

3) The Prophets we have been sent (from Noah, to Moses, to Abraham, to Jesus, to Muhammad pbut)

4) The unseen (angels, devil, spirits, Heaven, Hell…)

5) Destiny

6) Judgement Day

The 5 Pillars of Islam

23 Dec

As a Muslim, one must:

1) Bear witness that none should be worshipped except Allah swt and Muhammad saw is His Messenger.

2) Pray 5 times daily.

3) Give charity.

4) Perform Hajj/pilgrimage.

5) Fast during Ramadan.

 Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles): 1. To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle. 2. To offer the (compulsory congregational) prayers dutifully and perfectly. 3. To pay Zakat (i.e. obligatory charity) . 4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca) 5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan.

Message to Non-Muslims

22 Dec

★ WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT NON-MUSLIMS…? THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:

We draw peoples hearts towards Islam through kindness, love and forgiveness, the way the Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us. We don’t need to force people to convert because then that would mean they don’t really believe it from their heart and it would be meaningless. The MILLIONS of brothers and sisters who are out there helping to promote Islam understand very clearly that we don’t have the power to turn peoples hearts towards Islam, only God has the power to do that and our duty is only to help spread knowledge and try to be the BEST example of a Muslim we can be, with great character and a positive attitude. Nowhere in the Quran does God say to, “kill christians or jews or anyone if they don’t convert.” The only statement close to that line is where God gives people permission to defend themselves if they are attacked unjustly in war. That is only fair and common sense. The 99.99% of Muslims, including those whom we all lived and went to schools with, also understand this very clearly and the .01% that are “extreme,” and causing terror, Muslims are standing against them and will even fight them if they try to cause harm to innocent people, whether muslims or non-muslims, because that is not part of our religion. 

Unfortunately there will always be evil but Gods message of peace will never change, that is the right religion, clear and straight. That is why despite all the negativity surrounding Islam, it is now the FASTEST growing religion in the world, soon to be #1. Do you think all these people are converting to become terrorists…? I understand we need proof so all we need to do is go on Youtube and listen to the THOUSANDS of people who are converting, uploading these videos and trying to help people understand….people from all over the WORLD! White, blacks, russians, chinese, spanish! LISTEN to these people because they are pouring their hearts out…and the truth comes straight from the heart. Again, God is just as GREAT and Merciful as we imagine Him to be and the test of this life is to find your way to Him. Its actually quite simple and its right in front of our face…we just need to trust our heart and use our own intelligence…..May God open the eyes of all the people around the world so that they can see the truth more clearly, ameen.

The Dunya vs Jannah

22 Dec

Salaam alaikum sisters,

I just wanted to post something that inshallah we can all remember: the importance of getting to jannah. The dunya is very hard and there are trials and tribulations all of the way. But one of the most beautiful things about jannah that I personally am excited about is the absence of Shaitan. It is very telling that once in jannah where one can no longer commit haraam is the Shaitan removed from our midst; it further proves to me that this dunya is temporary and fleeting and simply a test for what is to come. May Allah swt guide us in all that we do and point our ways to jannah. Ameen.

Hip Hop and the Dunya-Khalid Yasin

22 Dec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=fYqvly5OGUI&NR=1

Hijab for Men and Women by Yusuf Estes

22 Dec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S19TpdjEwQ&feature=related