Niqab of the day #2

Ramadan Thoughts – We made it!

The month of Ramadhan is one that most of us look forward to. Sometimes we anticipate its commencement as soon as the month of Rajab is ushered in and at other times, we feel the nervous excitement dawing and only once we’re a few days into Ramadhan do we remember exactly why this wonderful, sacred month is so beloved to us.

For a major part of the year, we are all caught up in the drama of our lives – the highs and lows. There are times when we feel giddy with excitement and others where our days are darkened with minor or major calamities. Our spiritual states aren’t always at a peak and we find ourselves engaged in a host of activities that continue to drain at our connection to Allah, leaving us frazzled and out of sorts. Often we are unaware of this and seek cures in various other avenues, not knowing the true reason for our unrest.

The intrinsic nature of a human being is to be at harmony with Allah. To embrace ones spirituality, not just stipulate it to a certain day or a certain time period but to fully live each day with the awareness of Allah. This is how we thrive, mentally and physically. Alas, it is easier said than done and that’s why when Ramadhan comes around, we are given an excuse to try to achieve that. For an entire month, we are focused on Allah and in strengthening our bond to Him, the bond of Creator and creation, Master and slave, one that is forged through love and loving submission.

For me, going into Ramadhan is like entering a protective cocoon, where my starving, spiritually bereft and ravaged soul is given an opportunity to heal. I feel safe and loved. I feel at peace and calm. Ramadhan affords me the ability to experience the benefits of a pure lifestyle.

I wish you all a joyous Ramadhan and I make duaa that Allah Ta’ala grants you and I the ability not only to make the most out of it but to keep with us all of the goodness that we’ve attained throughout the year.

Back to Basics: Convictions of being Muslim

What’s eating the ummah? Ramadan does not equate starving, it is a means feed your soul and ground yourself back to Islam.
There are so many social, moral and psychological issues plaguing the ummah, yet by the mercy of Allah SWT we find ourselves blessed with another Ramadan, a chance to repent, to ground ourselves in deen and aspirations to be better muslims. On a day to day level, as people, we are afflicted with so many challenges. Everyone is at a different point in their imaan actualization. Some individuals are very strong and steadfast. Some individuals are struggling to establish their salah, some are struggling with hijab, and some are finding Ramadan to be a huge challenge and unable to annihilate ones nafs. Sometimes we need to shed our issues and confusion and go back to basics, by internalizing the fundamentals of Islam.

For Ramadan and beyond we need to with conviction, attempt to fulfill the rights of being Muslim.

Fasting is a pillar of faith, but being Muslim is more than just fasting.
The 5 pillars of islam are the fundamentals. These points of obligation cannot be stressed on enough.

  1. Kalimah
  2. Salah
  3. Zakah
  4. Fasting (in Ramadan)
  5. Hajj

Daily we should recite our shahada and pray our 5 salah.
Most people opt to give out their zakah during the month of ramadan.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is obligatory unless one is exempted from it,

Also a large point of focus, for the sisters mostly, is dressing – Muslimahs should dress in accordance to the shariah, and not only cover themselves in ramadan but for the other 11 months as well, Insha-Allah. Alot of sisters struggle with the hijab. This ramadan, put it on with conviction to gain the full blessings of Allah (SWT) and it will be a step in the right direction insha-Allah. Alot of sisters make a cocerted effort to wear the scarf from Ramadan onwards to reap the full blessings of living in obedience to Allah SWT.

In addition to fasting, try to maximize ones ibaadah, control ones anger as well as partake in as many good deeds as possible. There are many guidelines available on Ramadan.co.za

For more ideas and inspiration see also:

 

Originally posted on Ramadan.co.za

Lift your hands in prayer. Your Lord is Ever-Attentive

There are moments in life, when despairing of hope and frustrated by the circumstances we are in or the hardships we face, we sit on our prayer mat overcome with tears. It is that moment that we are closest to our Allah. For Allah is pleased when His slave begs of Him (Ta’aala). This begging, laying bare of our worries is a clear manifestation of dependance on Allah. At this time we are testifying that no human has the ability and power to assist us. We are testifying the Greatness of our Powerful Lord.

Allah Ta’aala says in the Holy Quraan: And your Lord says: Call upon Me, I will answer you.” (40:60)

In another verse:

“And when my slaves ask you (O Muhamed) concerning me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright” (2:186).

“I have headed towards the door of hope, while people were sleeping and I started to put my complaints before my Lord.
I said: You, my hope in  calamaties, on whom I depend to keep harm from me. I complain to You about things You know and which I can no longer tolerate. I have extended my hands in a state of humiliation and poverty to You, The best to whom  hands have ever extended. Do not return my hands with nothing. Your sea of generosity can accomodate all those who are thirsty.”

5 Things to do today

Niqaab Files: You should be wearing black!

Ibn ‘Abbaas (R.A) says that Rasulullah (S.A.W) used to say: ” Choose white clothing, as it is the best clothing. White clothing should be worn whilst living, and the dead should be buried in white.”

Shumael Tirmizi Jild: 1 Hadith Number 63

Should we be wearing black?  i’m a non-conformist in my perceptions – i don’t like the black abaya. I wear it out of convenience most times. i’m stil in the process of finding a balance with the hijaab dressing and niqaab.

Initially i wanted to wear black abayas that were as plain as plain can get, then i wanted the pretty ones with stones. I moved away from this and wore colorful flimsy scarves, now i’ve found my signature drape style to suit my personality and my dressing, done in under 5 minutes, no choking hazard. I’ve explored with teal, white, purple abayas, white long dress style abayas… still doesn’t feel quite right. It doesn’t suit/fit my personality. i can put together a well co-ordinated outfit and i dont end up dressed like a collage :P

Recently attending an islamic event/course left me (literally) cornered by a lady requesting my nationality as i did not fit the stereotype of black abayas.
In hindsight i should have just told her i’m South African and excused myself.  FAIL!

The conversational opportunity took a turn of her trying to brainwash me – attempting to convince me that i should be wearing BLACK with my niqaab. My earthy toned flowing skirt, according to her, can be found in black. *dramatic eye-roll*
After much going in circles, i looked her square in the eyes and said: ‘was nice meeting you’ accompanied by a BIG smile and i walked off. She was startled to say the least. VERY uncomfortable!
For one, it was an older woman and I didn’t want to be disrespectful.
Secondly, where on earth do people come up with these viewpoints?

Needless to say, and i’m certain, this will not be the first or the last time this happens.

Mosque opening: Masjid-ul-Furqaan

The Muslim community of the leafy suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg, recently held their official opening weekend of Masjid-ul-Furqaan. The Houghton Muslim Association provided separate opening days for men and women so that all members of the community could tour the facilities freely.

After beautiful renditions of Urdu Nazm’s and recitation of Quraan, Moulana Sulaiman Ravat, the keynote speaker, addressed the importance of Muslim women in the community and as the facilitators of Deen in their homes. He stressed the importance of seeking success in all aspects of our lives, yet always trying to persevere for success in the Hereafter. This was a very apt topic as the
evening to come was the night of Laylatul-Baraat, the Night of Emancipation.

After a brief prayer, the ladies took a tour of the beautifully constructed facilities. The architecture is simple, yet elegant. The use of natural light illuminates the décor and areas of the Masjid in a subtle fashion. A water feature was supposed to be built in the centre of the Masjid, but many thought it might prove to be hazardous for children, so the idea was cancelled. The ladies prayer area is
situated behind the main salaah hall, is easy to find and is of an adequate size. There are quite a few classrooms that have been built for the use of Islamic education for the growing Muslim community. After the tour, refreshments were provided and enjoyed by all.

Windows above the Wudhu Facilities

The Masjid is 90% complete, and there are a few issues that do need to be addressed, for example, a lot of ladies were not pleased that the salaah facilities did not cater for women to follow with the fardh salaah of the Jamaah. However, the Imam of the mosque did mention that this is one issue that is still under consideration. As a Muslimah that enjoys the sukoon (tranquility) and happiness that
performing salaah with the congregation brings, I do hope that this issue is given serious thought and that all members of the Muslim community can benefit from using the Mosque, InshAllah.

May Allah allow Masjid-ul-Furqaan to serve as a means of enlightenment in the
Muslim community and beyond, Ameen.

Contact the Houghton Muslim Association, or visit Masjid-ul-Furqaan via

Physical Address:
52 Second Avenue,  Houghton, Johannesburg, 2198

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1274, Houghton, 2041

Tel: 0826700048

Fax: 086 659 9194

E mail: houghtonma1@gmail.com

Muslimahs Bucketlist: 100 things to do before you die

The only extensive Muslim Bucket list one the internet. All halaal.
Be sure to offer suggestions to out list and in our comments section share the things that you have done.

  1. Go for Hajj / Umrah – It helps you identify that qibla is more than just a direction for salah, and it makes all your islamic history come to life
  2. Fulfill the 5 pillars of Islam – Fundamentals of an able muslim
  3. Read the whole quraan at least once in your life in Arabic
  4. Visit Jabal Rahma – Mount of Mercy
  5. Experience the Plains of Arafah
  6. Read a translation of the quraan
  7. Identify a place that gives you peace when you’re turmoiled
  8. Know the Seerah of the Prophet SAWS
  9. Visit Madina
  10. Find 10 things that make you happy about islam
  11. Wear Hijab
  12. Witness a solar eclipse
  13. Write a letter to your parents telling them how much they mean to you
  14. Be able to pull off 3-5 good hijab styles
  15. Pick your own fruit: Strawberry / cherry picking
  16. Learn at Least 10 Hadith / Imam An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths
  17. Inspire someone to be better
  18. See snow/the ocean  (if you have never seen it)
  19. Sit in Nafl itikaaf at a mosque, in good company
  20. Attend taraweeh with congregation
  21. Visit the 3 Haramain
  22. Participate in a protest or march for an Islamic cause
  23. Be able to name all the surahs in the quraan
  24. Learn the 99 names of Allah
  25. Save money for a worthy cause
  26. Pass on nuggets of knowledge – Teach somebody something, you’ll feel better for it.
  27. Grow something – Plant a tree, its sunnah. Grow a houseplant, tomatoes or fruit. maybe even a garden or sunflowers
  28. Get your drivers license – it is empowering. (Don’t drive if its banned in your country)
  29. Buy Eid gifts
  30. Sleep under the stars :) (Muzdalifah?)
  31. Surprise your family with thoughtful gestures
  32. Know your neighbors
  33. Learn something new daily – Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave doesn’t get more current than that.
  34. Go whale watching
  35. Know how to pull off a hijab appropriate look in under 5 minutes
  36. Visit the islamic museum in turkey
  37. Have a weekend with your girl buds
  38. Join a Halaqa group
  39. Treat yourself to a spa
  40. Give tasbeehs / Miswaaks as gifts
  41. Milk a cow
  42. Endeavour to start everything with bismillah
  43. Take time out to be by yourself to meditate and make zikr
  44. Make wudhu in the ocean, and Salah on the shore (beach)
  45. Master the art of applying surma
  46. Smile and greet other muslimahs that you don’t know
  47. Purchase afew Surah Yaseens/quraans / tasbeehs  for your local mosque
  48. Sit on a Camel / Donkey – Sunnah?
  49. Climb to the cave of Hira
  50. Make a will / testament
  51. Take a train journey
  52. Choose your favourite sahaba and emulate her
  53. Learn arabic
  54. Experience the Islamic Legacy of Spain
  55. Run a marathon / fun run/ fun walk
  56. Sip Zam Zam in the Haram of makkah
  57. Visit Masjid ul Quba – Islam’s first mosque
  58. Get married -  fulfils half your deen
  59. Draw up a pre-nup before getting married
  60. Have a henna party – even if there’s no bride / wedding
  61. Sight the Eid moon
  62. Attend a ladies only hijab fashion show
  63. Own Hijab appropriate swimwear
  64. Attend at least ONE islamic convention a year, it will help revive your spirit
  65. Sponsor an Orphan
  66. Befriend a revert
  67. Travel to at least 3 different continents
  68. Visit all 7 Continents
  69. Develop the habit of using miswaak in whudu
  70. Own and wear a Aqiq (carnelian) ring
  71. Be a role model as a muslimah
  72. Watch a lunar eclipse
  73. Own a pet
  74. Join a females only gym
  75. Own / customise hijab appropriate sportswear
  76. Learn to walk in high heals with an abhaya (without tripping)
  77. Attempt wearing the niqaab even if its just for an hour so you can identify with muslimah’s that have taken that step
  78. Know how to make a short dua /durood aloud (for ladies only functions)
  79. Ride in a hot air balloon
  80. Learn the meaning of your favourite surah
  81. Gift dates (kajoor) to people at the start of ramadaan
  82. Sleep on the beach
  83. Complete a 365 photography project
  84. Learn how to take criticism
  85. Have a MOCKTAIL party
  86. Stand on the equator
  87. Know what’s in the prophets last sermon that was given on Jabal Rahmah
  88. Invite someone to Islam
  89. Revive an abating sunnah
  90. Know how to ride a bike
  91. Assign a non musical ring tone to your mobile phone
  92. Give ghusl to someone who has passed on.
  93. Go hiking
  94. Learn CPR/first aid
  95. Shower in a waterfall
  96. Donate blood
  97. Lay in a Hammock
  98. Have a small library in your home
  99. Dive in an aquarium
  100. Visit a chocolate factory

Epic Journey: Pearls of Wisdom from Surah Yusuf

Truly An Epic Journey, topics covered ranged from Importance & Duties to parents and other blessings from Allah to How to deal with Jealousy and controlling ones nafs. Some great Pearls of Wisdom from various students for your benefit InshaAllah!

  • Allah will never let the efforts of a doer of good go unrewarded, Do not ever feel like your good deeds have gone unnoticed. Allah is All Knowing, All Seeing
  • If shaytaan cannot attack you fully he will attack you partially.
  • It is not sufficient to be inspired….INSPIRE YOURSELF INTO ACTION.
  • Light illuminates but focused light cuts through steel.
  • You can only be truly knowledgeable if you learn from those who are below you, above you and those equal to you in knowledge.
  • One should be constant in praising and thanking Allah for the grace of Islam.
  • Don’t only listen to the Ahadith of Rasulullah (saw), rather live by it.
  • Thank Allah for making you muslim and then thank him for making you a practicing muslim.
  • If you sleep in a bed, eat one meal a day, put clothes in your closet, then you are richer than 75% of the worlds population.
  • As you can taste a pot full of food with a spoon, so too can you tell a persons heart through his tongue. (Ibn Al Qayyim)
  • You are HERE to earn your aakhirah and not BURN your aakhirah.
  • Medicine never tastes nice, our parents want the best for us so take their advice even if it’s a bitter pill to swallow.
  • If you cannot wake up for Tahajjud to ask Allah for something you really want, then you do not really want it.
  • Having an excuse for committing a sin does not make that sin permissible, except in specific circumstance that have been prescribed by Shariah.
  • When Allah forgives you, the angel that wrote that mistake is made to forget, the ink with which it was written totally disappears and on the day of resurrection there is no trace of such a sin. SubhanAllah.
  • Heat of the sin is greater than the heat of being unpopular.
  • Do not be judgemental of others because:
    There may be something better in them which one cannot see.
    They may die in a state of Imaan That might be better than our own.
  • Patience is like knocking on a door for many years and the door opens very slowly but surely and as soon as one bad thing is uttered the door slams shut and your hard work is gone down the drain
  • Conceal the faults of others!!!
  • Losing a child is, in reality, the most painful experience.
  • Always remain people of Truth.
  • Marry the mother of your children not the woman of your dreams
  • Be faith driven and not worldly inclined.
  • Whatever is meant for you will definitely come but the manner in which it will come or how is definitely with Allah (SWT).
  • Saying ‘I don’t know’ is half of all knowledge.
  • We should not only focus on physicality but rather understand the meaning and importance of spirituality
  • Prevention of harm takes precedence over attainment of benefit.

Epic Journey – Surah Yusuf (video)

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