Archive | March, 2013

Praying for Deceased Non-Muslim

28 Mar

Hello all,

So I am a revert. Which means my whole family are Christians. Which means a few of them have died Christian. Now I’ve been hearing that one cannot pray for the kaafir’s forgiveness after death. I’ve heard it left right and center. From scholars, friends, sheikhs etc. But I still do not accept it. There are three reasons why:

Allah says, “It is not fitting for the Prophet and the believers to pray for the forgiveness of the polytheists, even though they may be near kin (to them) after it has become clear them that they are the people of Hell.” (At-Tawbah: 113)

1) Who knows who goes to hell

This ayah says you must know they are the people of Hell. Now how do I know who’s going to hell or not?? (I believe that only shirk is unforgivable, and there are many Christians who do not practise shirk, or who do not believe in it.) So….unless you’re a polytheist or a pedophile, we can’t really say.

2) Are Christians and Jews and agnostics kaafir

At the end of the day they only worship Allah.

3) My intuition and my image of Allah

My mind tells me no, my heart tells me no, and the Allah who I’ve gotten to know tells me no. So it’s a no for me. I’m praying for my dead non-muslim relatives and it feels so right.


Saudi Women Finally Given Right to Vote

25 Mar

Saudi Women Finally Given Right to Vote


Rachid Nekkaz

25 Mar

Rachid Nekkaz



Tunisian Women Deserve Education: Niqab or Not

25 Mar

Tunisian Women Deserve Education: Niqab or Not


Free Reconstructive Surgery for Acid Attack Victim Ms. Oni

25 Mar

Free Reconstructive Surgery for Acid Attack Victim Ms. Oni

Sikhs Speaking out Against Niqab Ban

25 Mar

French Niqab Ban in Action

Posted by Brooklynwala in Human RightsPoliticsWomenWorld News on 04 11th, 2011 | 57 responses

The controversial new French law that bans Muslim women from wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, went into effect today and was met with resistance in Paris.� The New York Times reports:

The police detained two fully veiled women at a small protest outside the Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, where demonstrators were easily outnumbered by police officers and journalists. But it was not clear whether the women had been held under laws forbidding unauthorized demonstrations.

French authorities estimate that less than 2,000 women in the entire country even wear the niqab, in a country of nearly 63 million.� The NYT article continues:

The ban also applies to foreigners visiting France… Violators may be punished with a fine of 150 euros, equivalent to $215. But people forcing others to cover their faces are subject to much stiffer punishments, including a maximum 12 months in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros, equivalent to more than $42,000, or twice that amount if the person forced to cover their face is a minor.

I’ve argued before that France’s so-called attempts at “liberating” Muslim women in reality perpetuates racist and assimilationist notions of national identity.� Some Muslims in France are organizing to challenge the law.� One wealthy property developer has set aside some $2.8 million to help women fight the ban and is encouraging women to wear the niqab in the streets as a form of civil disobedience.(Check out this video of a French Muslim woman taking a train to Paris today wearing her niqab)

As Sikhs, our Gurus have taught us to fight for a world that is inclusive of all ways of life, even if they aren’t necessarily in line with our way of life.� Guru Tegh Bahadur gave up his life to defend Kashmiri Hindu Brahmins’ right to exist, even while Brahminical caste ideology is antithetical to Sikhi.

But at the end of the day, I think this is more about good, old-fashioned, state-sanctioned racism, cloaked in a liberal, securalist politics, than anything.� I wonder how Sikhs in France are responding to the niqab ban and if they see it as a part of the same racist rationale that has challenged the Sikh identity in France.� Or if instead colonialism’s divide and conquer methodology continues to be effective in this situation of religious minorities in France.


French Woman Wears Niqab in Defiance of Ban

25 Mar

French Woman Wears Niqab in Defiance of Ban