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Reciting Qur’an on Menses

8 Feb

*Women CAN recite Qur’an during their menses.*

1) I know that women on their menses cannot recite any of the ayats of the Quran. When I am not on my period I recite the 4 Quls and Ayatul Kursi before I go to sleep for protection

1) I know that women on their menses cannot recite any of the ayats of the Quran. When I am not on my period I recite the 4 Quls and Ayatul Kursi before I go to sleep for protection. I was wondering is there something else I can recite like a dua as a substitute when I am on my period for protection from jinn, shaytan and evil of mankind? Can you please let me know of this dua and answer my question by writing it down for me? Also I am not sure but can I still verbally recite the 99 beautiful names of Allah when I?m menstruating? 2) The other thing I wanted to ask was regarding a dream. I don?t know if there is any significance but on numerous occasions I have seen and looked in a mirror in my dreams, is there a meaning?

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November 26, 2004

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1. The recitation of the four Quls and Aayaatul Kursi is sufficient. You may also recite the 99 names of Allah during menses.

2. Ponder upon the gifts and bounties of Allah you experience, your eyes, mouth, etc. and thank Allah abundantly.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai 

Do Men Excel Over Women-Islam QA, Ibn Katheer, Dr. Al-Alwani

19 Jan

Salaam alaikum sisters,

Yesterday I went on Islam QA to ask a simple question: to please explain the ayah where Allah says that men excel over women. Here is the complete ayah: 

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means”

[al-Nisa’ 4:34] 

Now when reading the answer Islam QA provided I was extremely disappointed and astonished at the level of intelligence the website was providing me with. This is the part that upset me: 

‘because Allaah has made one of them to excel the other’ i.e., because men are superior to women and are  better than women. Hence Prophethood was given only to men, as was the position of khaleefah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘No people shall ever prosper who appoint a woman as their ruler.’ This was narrated by al-Bukhaari from the hadeeth of ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Bakrah from his father. The same applies to the position of qaadi (judge), etc. 

‘and because they spend (to support them) from their means’ refers to the mahr and the spending on women’s maintenance that Allaah has enjoined upon men in His Book and in the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). So a man is inherently better than a woman, and he is superior to her because he spends on her. So it is appropriate that he should be in charge of her, as Allaah says, ‘but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them’ [al-Baqarah 2:228]. 

The two phrases: men are superior to women and are better than women AND a man is inherently better than a woman. Now, PLEASE tell me where there is proof for this…it just doesnt make sense that Allah would expressly state that the value of a woman is equal to that of a man and later state that a man is better than a woman. NOWHERE in hadith OR Quran can this be found. Allah makes it very clear that we are of one soul and we are here as counterparts to one another. Neither is better than the other because without one the other does not exist. 

Now if you look closely Islam QA says that they got this answer from Ibn Katheer. So I decided to look up Ibn Katheers tafseer on this matter myself. These are his words: (and Allah has made one of them to excel the other,) meaning, because men excel over women and are better than them for certain tasks. FOR CERTAIN TASKS. Now, noone will understand what excel means by itself except Allah alone, however to say a man is BETTER than a woman…inherently better is just ignorance like kufr. They actually sound like ufr to me saying that: it is something I would expect from a kufr saying that Islam says men are better than women and subhanallah here is Islam QA saying that! A site that is supposed to be trustworthy! Now it really is not trustworthy since they clearly changed Ibn Kathees words. Ibn Katheer explicitly stated “at certain tasks“. Furthermore the scholars always insist to look at the context of the ayah to clearly understand it. Now in this ayah we are speaking about providing and maintaining, so yes, perhaps men excel over women when it comes to providing (in terms of finances, protection, discipline etc) but I am 100% sure Allah did not mean men are better than women. Ibn Katheer said at certain tasks which I believe is what Allah meant as well.

Dr. Taha Jabi Al-Alwani also agrees with me:

It must be admitted that Christian, Jewish, and Muslim scholars have neglected the wisdom of their respective revelations concerning the equality of the sexes. Qur’anic commentators and jurists in particular seem to have ignored the broader intellectual aspects of a woman’s testimony. In addition, some seem to have allowed themselves to completely overlook the basic Qur’anic principle of gender equality, even though this teaching is mentioned in literally hundreds of Qur’anic verses. Instead, they have engrossed themselves in studies emphasizing biological and psychological differences, thereby attempting to derive evidence from divine revelation to support the attitudes and customs of their pre-Islamic heritage.
    Such a decidedly un-Islamic bias has prevented Muslim scholars from considering the issue of a woman’s testimony in light of the broader Qur’anic teachings of equality. Instead of looking at the issues as a mere division of labor, they considered it as one based on natural incompetence. Taking their cue from Jewish, Christian, and pagan Arab traditions and attitudes, they dwelt on a “woman’s natural tendency to be forgetful and fall into error” and her physical “disabilities.” Did God not say, they argued: “if one of them should make a mistake, the other could remind her” (2:282), thereby reading nor more than the letter of revelation and without taking into consideration the verse’s context or attempting a balanced reading of woman or of nature?
    In essence, Muslim jurists and Qur’anic commentators allowed their cultural prejudices to color their discussions on the subject of women. In their ignorance, they used those verses declaring the competence and equality or women to “prove” the contrary. Using the same perverted logic, they dealt with the subject of the shares due to women through the laws of inheritance.

The sentence that really rings a bell is: instead of looing at the issues as a mere division of labor, they considered it as one based on natural incompetence.

Who could have said it better…Thank you Dr. Al-Alwani for boosting my iman.

Ayyub Asif Qur’an Recitation as Child

31 Dec

MA.SHA.ALLAH. the most touching Qur’an recitation I’ve heard as of yet. Mashallah!

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
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


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...

“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).



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. 


Qur’an Ayahs (Surah Ghafir/Al-Mu’min: 40)

20 Dec

(40:8) “Our Lord! And make them enter the ‘Adn (Eden) Paradise (everlasting Gardens) which you have promised them-and to the righteous among their fathers, their wives, and their offspring! Verily, You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. –>Angels interceding for us.

(40:14) So, call you O Muhammad (saw) and the believers upon Allah making your worship pure for Him Alone (by worshipping none but Him and by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake only and not to show off and not to set up rivals with Him in worship), however much the disbelievers may hate it.

(40:16-17) The Day when they will all come out, nothing of them will be hidden from Allah. Whose is the kingdom this Day? (Allah Himself will reply to His Question): It is Allah’s, the One, the Irresistible! This Day shall every person be recompensed for what he earned. This Day no injustice (shall be done to anybody). Truly, Allah is Swift in reckoning.

(40:19) Allah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all that the breasts conceal.

(40:20) And Allah judges with truth, while those to whom they invoke besides Him, cannot judge anything. Certainly, Allah! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.

(40:27-28) Musa (Moses) said: “Verily, I seek refuge in my Lord and your Lord from every arrogant who believes not in the Day of Reckoning!” And a believing man of Pharaoh’s family, who hid his faith said: “Would you kill a man because he says: My Lord is Allah, and he has come to you with clear signs from your Lord? And if he is a liar, upon him will be the sin of his lie; but if he is telling the truth, then some of that calamity wherewith he threatens you will befall on you.” Verily, Allah guides not the one who is a Musrif (a polytheist, or a murderer who shed blood without a right, or those who commit great sins, oppressor, transgressor), a liar!

(40:32) “And, O my people! Verily, I fear for you the Day when there will be mutual calling (between the people of Hell and of Paradise). 

(40:35) Those who dispute about the Ayat (proofs, verses, revelations etc.) of Allah, without any authority that has come to them, it is greatly hateful and disgusting to Allah and to those who believe. Thus does Allah seal up the heart of every arrogant, tyrant.

(40:39-40) “O my people! Truly, this life of the world is nothing but a quick passing enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever. Whosoever does an evil deed, will not be requited except the like thereof; and whosoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female and is a true believer, such will enter Paradise, where they will be provided therein without limit.”

(40:43-44) “No doubt you call me to worship one who cannot grant me my request in this world or in the Hereafter. And our return will be to Allah, and al-musrifun (polytheists and arrogants): they shall be the dwellers of the Fire! And you will remember what I am telling you, and my affair I leave it to Allah. Verily, Allah is the All-Seer of His slaves.” 

(40:47-48) And, when they will dispute in the Fire, the weak will say to those who were arrogant: “Verily, we followed you: can you then take from us some portion of the Fire?” Those who were arrogant will say: “We are all together in this Fire! Verily, Allah has judged between His slaves!”

(40:51) Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe in this world’s life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth…

(40:57-58) The creation of the heavens and the earth is indeed greater than the creation of mankind; yet, most of mankind know not. And not equal are the blind and those who see; nor are equal those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and those who do evil. Little do you remember!

(40:61) Allah, it is He Who has made the night for you that you may rest therein and the day for you to see. Truly, Allah is full of Bounty to mankind; yet, most of mankind give no thanks.

(40:64) Allah, it is He Who has made for you the earth as a dwelling place and the sky as a canopy, and has given you shape and made your shape good looking and has provided you with good things. That is Allah, your Lord: so Blessed is Allah, the Lord of the ‘alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists).

(40:68) It is He Who gives life and causes death. And when He decides upon a thing He says to it only: “Be!”-and it is.

(40:75) That was because you had been exulting in the earth without any right, and that you used to rejoice extremely in your error.

(40:79) Allah, it is He Who has made cattle for you, that you may ride on some of them, and of some you eat.

(40:81-82) And He shows you His Ayat. Which, then of the Ayat of Allah do you deny? Have they not travelled through the earth and seen what was the end of those before them? They were more in number than them and mightier in strength, and in the traces in the land; yet all that they used to earn availed them not.

(40:83) Then when their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, they were glad (and proud) with that which they had of the knowledge (of worldly things). And that at which they used to mock, surrounded them.