Honour Killings have nothing to do with Islam.


“It was eerily silent and dark when he finally reached home after a long tiring journey.He eagerly entered his house, relieved to be home after so long. As he took off his shoes,he heard some strange noises in his room. Could it be a burglar… he thought, as he tiptoed into his room.But when he entered the dimly lit room, he was shocked to see his wife with another man,doing the unthinkable!”

If you read this in a news paper you would know what happened next. He picked up his axe or a bat or a gun or whatever he could find and he killed them both to save his honor. A typical case of honor killing so prevalent in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Not only is it a brutal violent crime, but the name of Pakistan is maligned and my beautiful religion of Islam is dragged down into the mud as well. As if Islam is to blame. As if Islam promotes this kind of revenge or honor killing! As If Islam wants to kill women.

So today lets just see what Allah Subhanawa tala The Most Wise,The Most Merciful has to say to say about it.

It so happened that such a case was brought in front of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). A man came to him and said that I returned home at night and saw my wife with another man. I heard with my own ears and saw with my own eyes (their act of fornication).

At that time only the verses related to fornication had been revealed. In order to punish someone,four witnesses         ( who saw them in the act) were needed. If four witnesses were not produced, then the one accusing would be punished by lashing. (for accusing a chaste person without proof).

So when the man came to him, Prophet Muhammad (s) was going to have him flogged (due to lack of witnesses) but then Allah Subhana Watala revealed the following verses:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَيَدْرَؤُاْ عَنْهَا الْعَذَابَ أَن تَشْهَدَ أَرْبَعَ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الْكَـذِبِينَ – وَالْخَامِسَةَ أَنَّ غَضَبَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَآ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الصَّـدِقِينَ – وَلَوْلاَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ حَكِيمٌ

And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah that he is one of those who speak the truth.) (7. And the fifth (testimony); invoking of the curse of Allah on him if he be of those who tell a lie.) (8. But she shall avert the punishment from her, if she bears witness four times by Allah, that he is telling a lie.) (9. And the fifth; should be that the wrath of Allah be upon her if he speaks the truth.) (10. And had it not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy on you! And that Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, the All-Wise.

Al Quran: Surah Nur: Verse 6 – 10

The following is the event described in detail from Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

Hilal bin Umayyah came back from his lands at night and found a man with his wife. He saw with his own eyes and heard with his own ears, but he did not disturb him until the morning. In the morning he went to the Messenger of Allah and said, `O Messenger of Allah, I came to my wife at night and found a man with her, and I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears.’ The Messenger of Allah did not like what he had said and got very upset. The Ansar gathered around him and said, `We were being tested by what Sa`d bin Ubadah said, and now the Messenger of Allah will punish Hilal bin Umayyah and declare his testimony before people to be unacceptable.’ Hilal said: `By Allah, I hope that Allah will make for me a way out from this problem.’ Hilal said, `O Messenger of Allah, I see how upset you are by what I have said, but Allah knows that I am telling the truth.’ By Allah, the Messenger of Allah wanted to have him flogged, but then Allah sent revelation to His Messenger . When the revelation came upon him, they knew about it from the change in his face, so they would leave him alone until the revelation was finished. Allah revealed the Ayah:

﴿وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَّهُمْ شُهَدَآءُ إِلاَّ أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَـدَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَـدَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ﴾

(And for those who accuse their wives, but have no witnesses except themselves, let the testimony of one of them be four testimonies by Allah…,) Then the revelation was finished and the Messenger of Allah said,

«أَبْشِرْ يَا هِلَالُ فَقَدْ جَعَلَ اللهُ لَكَ فَرَجًا وَمَخْرَجًا»

(Rejoice, O Hilal, for Allah has made a way out for you.) Hilal said, `I had been hoping for this from my Lord, may He be glorified.’ The Messenger of Allah said:

«أَرْسِلُوا إِلَيْهَا»

(Send for her.) So they sent for her and she came’

The Messenger of Allah recited these Ayahs to them both, and reminded them that the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe than the punishment in this world. Hilal said, `By Allah, O Messenger of Allah, I have spoken the truth about her.’ She said, `He is lying.’ The Messenger of Allah said,

«لَاعِنُوا بَيْنَهُمَا»

(Make them both swear the Li`an.) So Hilal was told, `Testify.’ So he testified four times by Allah that he was one of those who speak the truth. When he came to the fifth testimony, he was told, `O Hilal, have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

He said, `By Allah, Allah will not punish me for it, just as He has not caused me to be flogged for it.’ So he testified for the fifth time that the curse of Allah would be upon him if he was telling a lie.

Then it was said to his wife, `Testify four times by Allah that he is telling a lie.’ And when his wife reached the fifth testimony, she was told, `Have Taqwa of Allah, for the punishment of this world is easier than the punishment of the Hereafter, and this will mean that the punishment will be inevitable for you.’

She hesitated for a while, and was about to admit her guilt, then she said: `By Allah, I will not expose my people to shame, and she swore the fifth oath that the wrath of Allah would be upon her if he was telling the truth.’ Then the Messenger of Allah separated them, and decreed that her child should not be attributed to any father, nor should the child be accused, and whoever accused her or her child, they would be subject to punishment.

He also decreed that ﴿Hilal﴾ was not obliged to house her or feed her, because they had not been separated by divorce, nor had he died and left her a widow. He said,

«إِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أُصَيْهِبَ (أُرَيْسِحَ) حَمْشَ السَّاقَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِهِلَالٍ، وَإِنْ جَاءَتْ بِهِ أَوْرَقَ جَعَدًا جُمَالِيًّا خَدَلَّجَ السَّاقَيْنِ سَابِغَ الْأَلْيَتَيْنِ، فَهُوَ لِلَّذِي رُمِيَتْتِبهِ»

(If she gives birth to a red-haired child (with skinny thighs) and thin legs, then he is Hilal’s child, but if she gives birth to a curly-haired child with thick legs and plump buttocks, then this is what she is accused of.) She subsequently gave birth to a child who was curly-haired with thick legs and plump buttocks, and the Messenger of Allah said,

«لَوْلَا الْأَيْمَانُ لَكَانَ لِي وَلَهَا شَأْنٌ»

(Were it not for the oath that she swore, I would deal with her.)’

 

SubhanAllah!  He saw his wife in the dead of the night fornicating with another man. Imagine the utmost patience he displayed. He waited till the morning to come to Prophet Muhammad (s) and see Allah’s mercy … He revealed in His guidebook, guideline for the extreme of the cases. SubhanAllah! So many lessons from this case of this Sahabi (ra).

So in an extreme case, where a man himself sees his wife with another man, even then he is NOT allowed to take the law into his own hands. He can not harm or kill them.He will not fly into a rage and do as he pleases. He will bring his wife to the judge. There he will take an oath in Allahs name four times that he saw what he saw. Then his wife is allowed to declare her innocence (or accept the crime if she fears Allah). She also takes oath four times that her husband is lying. In the fifth oath she will invoke Allah’s curse on her own self incase she is lying. After this , they are divorced and she is also given her due mahr. She is not labelled as a fornicator. She is considered innocent.

Such is the care and justice for women in Islam. She is protected  and given benefit of  doubt whether she is guilty or whether she is innocent. Such is Allah’s mercy.

Who says women have no rights in Islam?? and for all those who scream that a woman’s testimony is not equal to a mans’ in Islam… read the verses again. In this case, her testimony ALONE suffices for her. SubhanAllah Allahu Akbar.!

All that honor killing and the karo kari nonsense that you hear and read about is NOT ISLAM. In many parts of our country, even if a girl is seen speaking to a boy , she is killed in the name of honor. If a man, even as much as suspects his wife of having an affair, he kills her in the name of honor. If daughters have boyfriends.. the parents think they have the  option of honor killing! NAY that is NOT SO. Honour killings have nothing to do with Islam. It is cultural.It is murder, pure and simple and on the day of judgement, the first crime Allah will account will  be murders. Please do not confuse culture with Islam. Everything thing that occurs in a so-called-Muslim-Country is not according to the Quran.

May Allah guide us and our nation towards understanding the Quran and implementing it in our lives. Ameen.

Read  the details of these verses in Tafsir Ibn Kathir here.

Social Research: Evils of Free Mixing


Just wanted to share this social research study on free mixing between men and women by Muslim Researchers. This should make us sit and reflect…

Source: Islam QA:http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/1200/mixing%20of%20sexes

There follow some of the results of a study on mixing undertaken by some Muslim social science researchers.

When we put the following question: What is the Islamic ruling on mixing as far as you know? The results were as follows:

76% of respondents said “It is not permitted.”

12% said, “It is permitted” – but moral, religious, etc. restrictions apply…

12% said, “I don’t know.”

Which would you choose?

If you had the choice between working in a mixed workplace and working in another where there was no mixing, which would you choose?

The responses to this question were as follows:

76% would choose the workplace where there was no mixing.

9% preferred the mixed workplace.

15% would accept any workplace which suited their specialties, regardless of whether it was mixed or not.

Very embarrassing

Have any embarrassing situations ever happened to you because of mixing?

Among the embarrassing moments mentioned by respondents in this study were the following:

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The Flogging Punishment In Islam for Fornication


Allah Almighty says in the Quran: 

“The fornicatress and the fornicator, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allaah, if you believe in Allaah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment” [al-Noor 24:2] 

“And those who accuse chaste women and then do not produce four witnesses – lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient, ” [An-Noor 24:4]

 

  • Hudd punishment – The fixed punishment – is prescribed by Allah  for those acts which Allah has made haram and this punishment is by hitting or by killing.
  • The fixed punishment for fornication (consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other ) is flogging a 100 strikes. As for adultery ( voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband) – the married person would be stoned to death as commanded by Prophet Muhammad (s)
  • The punishment is applicable when the man has coitus with the woman. Any relationship not inclusive of coitus does not mandate the prescribed fixed punishment.
  • The punishment is applicable when the act of coitus is witnessed by four male adults who are muslim, sensible, just and free  and who testify in the court. Seeing two people together or nude or in some inappropriate position does not mandate the hudd punishment unless the act of coitus is eye witnessed.
  • The punishment is also applicable if the fornicator or the fornicatress confesses to his or her crime four times.
  • 100 flogs can be inflicted in one day or over a period of days depending on the health of the one being punished.
  • No judge can increase or decrease the punishment
  • Punishment has to be delivered publicly in front of a small group of Muslims – minimum three and maximum 1000 Muslims should witness this event.
  • Flogging should be inflicted with a leather whip which is neither totally new nor very old. Flogging with a stick is not allowed
  • Flogging should be on the fleshy part of the body only affecting the skin and avoiding the head and the sensitive areas. Flogging has to spread over – and should not be done in one place so as to make the flesh come out.
  • A man is flogged in a standing position while a woman should be flogged in a sitting position.
  • Ibn Mas’ood said:  It is not prescribed in our religion to make the offender lie down or to tie him up or remove his clothing. The companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) flogged offenders but there is no report that any of them made the offender lie down or tied him up or removed his clothing. (Islam QA)
  • No one should carry out the hadd punishments without the permission of the ruler. If there is no ruler who rules according to sharee’ah then it is not permissible for the ordinary people to carry out the hadd punishments. Whoever does that is sinning, because carrying out the hadd punishments requires examining the matter and requires shar’i knowledge in order to know the conditions of proof. (Islam QA)
  • Accepting this punishment is conditional to Emaan – If you feel pity for the fornicator or fornicatress  – that may lead to not approving the flogging punishment then you don’t believe in Allah and the Akhira ( You leave the fold of Islam)

 

PUNISHMENT OF FORNICATION AS IMPLEMENT BY RASOOL ALLAH (S) AND HIS COMPANIONS

Bukhari :: Book 8 :: Volume 82 :: Hadith 818

Narrated Zaid bin Khalid Al-Jihani:

I heard the Prophet ordering that an unmarried person guilty of illegal sexual intercourse be flogged one-hundred stripes and be exiled for one year. Umar bin Al-Khattab also exiled such a person, and this tradition is still valid.

FLOGGING THE ONE WHO CONFESSES AND LETTING GO THE ONE WHO  DENIES THE SIN
Dawud :: Book 38 : Hadith 4423

Narrated Sahl ibn Sa’d:

A man came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and confessed before him that he had committed fornication with a woman whom he named. The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) sent for the woman and asked her about it. But she denied that she had committed fornication. So he inflicted the prescribed punishment of flogging on him, and let her go.

FLOGGING WHEN THE SINNER CONFESSES AND DOES NOT RETRACT IT
Malik :: Book 41 : Hadith 41.2.13

Malik related to me from Nafi that Safiyya bint Abi Ubayd informed him that a man who had had intercourse with a virgin slave-girl and made her pregnant was brought to Abu Bakr as-Siddiq. He confessed to fornication, and he was not muhsan. Abu Bakr gave the order and he was flogged with the hadd punishment. Then he was banished to Fadak, (thirty miles from Madina).

Malik spoke about a person who confessed to fornication and then retracted it and said, “I didn’t do it. I said that for such-and-such a reason,” and he mentioned the reason. Malik said, “That is accepted from him and the hadd is not imposed on him. That is because the hadd is what is for Allah, and it is only applied by one of two means, either by a clear proof which establishes guilt or by a confession which is persisted in so that the hadd is imposed. If someone persists in his confession, the hadd is imposed on him.”

NO FLOGGING PUNISHMENT FOR THE RAPE VICTIM
Malik :: Book 41 : Hadith 41.3.15

Malik related to me from Nafi that a slave was in charge of the slaves in the khumus and he forced a slave-girl among those slaves against her will and had intercourse with her. Umar ibn al-Khattab had him flogged and banished him, and he did not flog the slave-girl because the slave had forced her.

 
NO FLOGGING IF THE SINNER IS TOO WEAK AND COULD DIE WHILE BEING FLOGGED
Muslim :: Book 17 : Hadith 4224

Abd al-Rahman reported that ‘Ali, while delivering the address said: O people, impose the prescribed punishment upon your slaves, those who are married and those not married, for a slave-woman belonging to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) had committed adultery, and he committed me to flog her. But she had recently given birth to a child and I was afraid that if I flogged her I might kill her. So I mentioned that to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) and he said: You have done well.

 


Sources:

Tafsir Ibn Kathir :Explanation of the prescribed punishment of zina : http://www.tafsir.com/default.asp?sid=24&tid=35488

Islam QA: How to flog? http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/13233/flogging

Who should carry out the hudd punishment for zina? http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/8980/zina

 Crime and Punishment in Islam: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/249/

 Explanation of verse 1 and 2 of Surah Noor by Dr.Farhat Hashmi http://farhathashmi.com/dn/Portals/0/audio/explanation/Detailed/taleem-al-quran-05/mp3/Para-18/lesson-05/tqc18-05b.mp3

Afia Siddiqui : Her picture speaks a thousand words…


Afia Siddiqui Now

Afia Siddiqui Now

Look closely at the two pictures above. Is the picture below really of the same woman? This picture is haunting me, it is telling me stories about the pain and suffering and the torture this Muslim Woman – My Sister in Islam has been through in the past five years of her life.

Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani who graduated from MIT. In 2003, while on her way in a taxi with her three young sons, she disappeared never to be heard of again until recently when she was found in US Custody and the US claimed that they arrested her on 17th July in Afghanistan.[7]

Her Crime :

Aafia Siddiqui allegedly yelled “allahu akbar” and grabbed a soldier’s rifle and fired two shots before she was shot herself in the July 18 incident.Despite being shot, Siddiqui struggled with the officers when they tried to subdue her; she struck and kicked them while shouting in English that she wanted to kill Americans[7]

For her crime she was presented before the court in New York on the 5th of August and her trial is underway in USA.

She is thought to be the ghost lady, the only woman prisoner No. 650 imprisoned in Afghanistan.[1][2] Reports tell of the horrendous trials she went through there screaming and crying all night long.[3] Reports suggest that she was severly tortured, one of her kidneys was removed, her teeth were removed, her nose was broken and improperly set and her recent gun shot wound was oozing blood constantly.[4] He picture testifies to this harsh reality which the US is trying to hide, stating that she was in hiding since the past five years.

Knowing the history of Abuse of the prisoners of Abu Gharib by the Americans, i don’t even want to imagine what she must have gone through there being a woman. It was reported that she was constantly raped and abused, forced to use mens toilets and forced to eat non halal food.

Shame on me. Sleeping comfortably in my home eating and having fun. Living a comfortable life while my Muslim sister is being raped and tortured by the American dogs! Shame on all our leaders and all the Muslims. When will we wake up from our slumber. All our time and efforts are for what? Earning wealth, living luxuriously. Eating, drinking and partying.

There is nothing else in the life of our Muslim youth but”chilling out and having fun” and trying to BE AMERICAN! wanting their way of life, dressing up like they dress up, watching movies they make, doing things they do! When will we open our eyes and realize their deception that they are our enemies! WHEN? When it happens to us personally or to our very own mothers and sisters and daughters?

Look at the picture again. Her story is not to be read, to just feel pity and to be eventually forgotten. It has given me a lot to think about. The deception of the west and their full efforts to make us despise our own religion – to make us into “moderate” Muslims – Just Muslims by name and not in deed and actions. Their fake cries of liberation of women when they can not even respect women. Their glossed up lifestyle and cries of freedeom of expression when they can not even let us practice and preach our own faith.

Look at her picture? It gives a lot to think about and a lot to do. What does it give you?

[1]Yvonne Ridle on the Grey Lady of Bagram

[2]Pakistani Woman in Afghan Prison

[3] Jang : Kia Woh Afia Siddiqui Hai? By Irfan Siddiqui

[4]Afia Siddiqui – Wikipedia Article

[5] Afia Siddiqui Appears in Court- BBC News

[6]Say Allah Willing (Inshallah) then you are a terrorist! by Adnan Siddiqui

[7]US claim that they arrested her on 17th July in Afghanistan

For All the recent updates on Dr. Afia’s Case visit Teeth Maestro

SIGN A PETITION FOR HER RELEASE

Is God Biased Towards The Females?


By Javeria

Affected by the false propaganda of the feminists, many Muslim women have started thinking that Islam is good for the men and that the rules and regulations of Islam are unfair to the women and that Islam is nothing but subjugation of women. This mentality has led to many women turning away from Islam and keeping this negative feeling that Allah is biased towards the females.

Regarding this issue I previously wrote an article: Why God created Two Genders.

This is the second article in which I want to clarify that Allah is not biased or unfair towards the women. Yes he created man and woman different therefore both have some specific rules which they have to follow. But the end result, the reward for both of them is equal….

Male and Female were both created for a specific role and purpose in this world. But to Allah, gender does not matter and Heaven is for both men and women.

Allah says:

“The men and women of the believers are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong, and establish prayer and pay alms, and obey Allah and His Messenger. They are the people on whom Allah will have mercy. Allah is Almighty, All Wise.” (Qur’an, 9:71)

Allah emphasizes that believers will be rewarded in the same manner according to their deeds, regardless of their gender.

“Their Lord responds to them: ‘I will not let the deeds of any doer among you go to waste, male or female – you are both the same in that respect…” (Qur’an, 3:195)

“Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did.” (Qur’an, 16:97)

“Men and women who are Muslims, men and women who are believers, men and women who are obedient, men and women who are truthful, men and women who are steadfast, men and women who are humble, men and women who give alms, men and women who fast, men and women who guard their private parts, men and women who remember Allah much: Allah has prepared forgiveness for them and an immense reward.” (Qur’an, 33:35)

Before Islam, women were treated as property having no rights and no say. Islam liberated the women and gave them rights and a respectful status. Allah Tala revealed a whole chapter in the Quran called An-Nisa ( Women) dealing with rights and issues of women. He did not reveal a surah called Rijaal (Men). Islam gave so much respect and rights to women that some non Muslims after reading the Quran thought that it was written by a woman. That is why many women are converting to Islam.

NBC News video reveals that 20,000 Americans reported converted to Islam last year, with women exceeding men at a ratio of 4 to 1.

In Europe as well, more women are being drawn to Islam and converting. (See : Csmonitor)

One famous example is of Yvonne Ridley:

“Yvonne Ridley was the journalist captured by the Taliban while reporting undercover in Afghanistan, soon after 9/11. Held on spying charges, she feared she would be stoned. Instead, she was treated with respect. She promised her captors that, after her release, she would study Islam. She read the Koran looking for an explanation of the Taliban’s treatment of women, only to find there wasn’t any. “It’s a magna carta (charter of rights) for women!” she said. (Source : BBC)

What does Ridley feel about the place of women in Islam?

“There are oppressed women in Muslim countries, but I can take you up the side streets of Tyneside and show you oppressed women there.”

“Oppression is cultural, it is not Islamic. The Koran makes it crystal clear that women are equal.”

And her new Muslim dress is empowering, she says.

“How liberating is it to be judged for your mind and not the size of your bust or length of your legs.”(Source : BBC interview)

In Islam there is no such thing as a “man’s world” or a “woman’s world”; it is for both where both have been sent to help each other and provide companionship to each to other. Both have been sent in this world as a test and they will both be rewarded or punished in the hereafter according to their deeds and actions in this world.

Remember The Order….


Remember The Order…

By Asma Binte Shameem

As the heat gets hotter…. as the sun gets brighter

As they take it all off…. as their ‘burden’ gets lighter

 

When you feel the temptation as they roam half naked

When you think for sure that you just can’t make it

 

Remember O Muslim the perfect instructions

Remember not to give in to those temptations

 

Through the lure, the enticement and through the haze

Remember the order…..to lower your gaze

 

Don’t go to such places….don’t go to the beaches

Remember the lessons ….remember what Islam teaches

 

Don’t sit idle in the street nor visit the mall

When you know they are going to bare it all

 

Now, I know it isn’t easy….. its hard not to stare

Its difficult to look away when its all there

 

But, don’t feed your lust, nor set it ablaze

Remember the order…. to lower your gaze

 

What’s the harm in it, they say. It’s nothing but fun!

If I look at some bodies bathing in the sun!

 

A lustful look towards the opposite gender

Is all that it takes to set off the trigger

 

It leads to sin and abomination

It paves the way for fornication

 

Don’t take it so lightly, don’t think it’s a phase

Remember the order…. to lower your gaze

 

Watch out for that arrow….the arrow from Satan

The one you’re warned about….laden with poison

 

The arrow that is aimed towards your very heart

When it reaches its target, it leaves a black mark

 

It infects your heart and leaves it vulnerable

for Satan to take over and do as he is able 

 

Recall the Prophet’s words for he told no lies

“Looking at something forbidden is the zinaa of the eyes.”

 

Don’t look at anything haraam, that’s what he said

So when temptation passes by…..just turn away your head

 

Just lower your gaze…..don’t give that second look

For you never know when you get caught by the hook

 

A lustful glance….then the talk …..then the meeting

You know what comes next….after all the flirting

 

Fornication is major. “Don’t even come near it.”

It starts with that first look, every Muslim should fear it

 

So lower your gaze…. don’t look at haraam

Strive for good deeds….they work like a charm

 

If you are able then do get married

That’s what the Prophet alaihis-salaam instructed

 

Keep voluntary fasts….they will make you strong

Being a good Muslim, you surely can’t go wrong

 

A part of his character is the Muslim’s gaze

So fear Allaah as you spend these summer days

 

Ask Allaah to help you….you’ll find Him there

And never underestimate the power of prayer

 

Not only in the streets, remember O Muslim

Lower your gaze when watching television

 

The shows….the sitcoms…..the underwear ads

The suggestive scenes….the fashions and the fads

 

Day in and day out, we watch haraam and yet…

when ‘Baywatch’ comes on, we don’t turn off the set

 

Did you forget the Day when Allaah will ask you

of every look you cast….every glance you threw

 

So where will you hide….what will you do

That Day your eyes will witness against you

 

Remember, the beauty of this world is temporary

The question is then….will you be able to carry

 

Your head up high in front of the Almighty

When you stand on a Day, so long so dreary?

 

You are the best Ummah….the Model Community

Custodians of Truth…Upholders of Morality

 

So fight the Shaytaan, stop him in his wickedness

Lower your gaze, ask for Allaah’s forgiveness

 

And thank Allaah O Muslim and realize

The greatest blessing is a pair of eyes

 

Don’t use it to disobey Him, don’t earn His Displeasure

For you will be asked what you did with this treasure

 

It is not too late….to repent….to amend

Start now….by lowering your gaze my friend

 

 

“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty. That is purer for them. Verily, Allaah is All-Aware of what they do.

 

Say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty…O you who believe! Turn you all together towards Allah that you may attain success.” (Surah Nur:30,31).

 

Why God created two genders?


Allah Subhana Watala – The Lord of the worlds says in Quran:

“Glory to Allah, Who created in pairs all things that the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind and (other) things of which they have no knowledge.” (Quran 36:36)

Allah the creator of everything has created everything in pairs, male and female, day and night, sun and moon, darkness and light etc.

The male is different from the female but they both are created from the same source as is mentioned in many places in the Quran. (Quran 4:1, 7:189)

The physiological and biological differences between sexes and their  roles are a fact and can not be denied. Men are more physically strong with more stamina, energy and resistance. Men and women differ greatly in weight shape, size and anatomy. Men and women also have huge psychological differences. They differ in the way they think, solve problems, their memory skills and sensitivity and emotions are also different. Various studies and research has proved these differences.

However, this does not mean that because of these differences there is discrimination among men and women. The fact is that men and women have both been created for a specific purpose. Both have been given abilities and skills which they need to fulfill the roles assigned to them.  Their emotions, skills and abilities in fact compliment each other. They are two parts of a whole and are essential to the human family to continue the human race and they need each other emotionally and physically as Allah says in the Quran:

“(He is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves, and pairs among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees (all things).”(Quran 42:11)

“He created for you mates from amongst yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them and He put love and mercy between your hearts – for each other” (Quran 30:22).

Thus the purpose of creating two genders was to continue the human race and to provide them comfort, peace and harmony in each other’s companionship. The relationship between the husband and wife is compared  to that between the body and the clothes. Allah describes husband and a wife as garments of each other. (Quran 2:187) The spouses are close to each other, protect each, provide comfort and companionship to each other , hide each other’s deficiencies and are always there for each other.

Yet, each gender is independent and accountable for their own actions and deeds. Character, rather than the gender, is the defining criterion in front of Allah as He says in many places in the Quran:

“The better amongst you in the sight of God is the one who is better in character” (Quran 49:13).

Finding Freeedom in Fundamentals


Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellow examines transnational Islamic women’s academy

They gather in local classrooms and in each other’s homes; in rural villages and in urban centers; around kitchen tables and computer screens; in Karachi, Toronto, and Tempe. Many, though lifelong Muslims, are reading tafsir (exegesis) of the Qur’an for the first time to understand what it actually says about everything from hygiene to civil society. And many students of the Al-Huda Academy for Women, according to khanum Shaikh (WS ’07), find the experience freeing.

“There’s an incredible enthusiasm and excitement, a transformation among [Al-Huda’s] members,” says Ms. Shaikh, a doctoral candidate in women’s studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. “Many talk about how unaware Pakistani women have historically been of what religion really means in daily life—raising children, being a citizen, forging a relationship with Allah. Al-Huda opens up a wealth of information for people to reformulate their lives, while …”Read More here

Related Links:

Official Website of Dr.Farhat Hashmi

Official Blog of Farhathashmi.com

A True Love Story



In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

She was one of the noblest women around, coming from a very prominent family. She was also quite beautiful and the holder of a considerable amount of wealth, being a prominent businesswoman. To marry her would have been a great feat for any man, and indeed, quite a few of the most prominent and wealthy men in society had asked for her hand. Yet, she rejected them all; already being a widow, she had lost the desire to marry again.

Until he came into her life. He was young man of 25, and although he was also of a noble family, he was an orphan and was not a man of many means. He had made a meager living tending sheep in the hills surrounding the city. Yet, he had an impeccable moral character, and he was widely known as one of the most honest men around. That is what attracted her to him: she was looking for someone honest who could conduct business for her, as she – a woman in a fiercely patriarchal society – could not do it herself. So, he started working for her.

After he came back from his first business trip, she asked her servant, whom she sent with him, about him and his conduct. The servant amazed her by his report: this young man was the kindest, gentlest man he had ever met. Never did he treat the servant harshly, as many others do. Yet, there was more: as they traveled in the heat of the desert, the servant noticed that a cloud had followed them the entire time, shading them from the blazing sun. The businesswoman was quite impressed with her new employee.

Not only that, this new employee proved to be an astute businessman in his own right. He took his employer’s merchandise, sold it, and with the profits bought other merchandise that he sold again, thus profiting twice. All this was enough for her: the embers of love in her heart that were once extinguished re-kindled again, and she resolved to marry this young man, who was 15 years younger than she.

So, she sent her sister to this young man. She asked him, “Why are you not married, yet?”

“For lack of means,” he answered.

“What if I could offer you a wife of nobility, beauty, and wealth? Would you be interested?” she told him.

He replied in the affirmative, but when she mentioned her sister, the young employee chuckled in amazement.

“How could I marry her? She has turned down the most noble men in the city, much wealthier and prominent than me, a poor shepherd,” he said.

“Don’t you worry,” the sister replied, “I’ll take care of it.”

Not long after, the wealthy businesswoman married her young employee, and it was the beginning of one of the most loving, happiest, and sacred marriages in all of human history: that of Prophet Muhammad and Khadijah, the daughter of Khuwaylid. When they were married, the Prophet was 25 years old, and Khadijah was 40. Yet, that did not bother the Prophet one bit. He loved her so deeply, and she loved him as deeply. They were married for 25 years, and she bore him seven children: 3 sons and 4 daughters. All of the sons died in young age. Khadijah was a source of immense love, strength, and comfort for the Prophet Muhammad, and he leaned heavily on this love and support on the most important night of his life.

While he was meditating in cave of Hira, the Angel Gabriel came to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed to him the first verses of the Qur’an and declared to him that he was to be a Prophet. The experience terrified the Prophet Muhammad, and he ran home, jumping into Khadijah’s arms crying, “Cover me! Cover me!” She was startled by his terror, and after soothing and comforting him for a while, the Prophet was able to calm down and relate to her his experience.

The Prophet feared he was losing his mind or being possessed.

Khadijah put all his fears to rest: “Do not worry,” she said, “for by Him who has dominion over Khadijah’s soul, I hope that you are the Prophet of this nation. Allah would never humiliate you, for you are good to your relatives, you are true to your word, you help those who are in need, you support the weak, you feed the guest and you answer the call of those who are in distress.” She then took him to her cousin, Waraqah ibn Nawfal – a scholar well-versed in the Judeo-Christian scripture – and he confirmed to the Prophet that his experience was Divine and he was to be the Last Prophet.

After his ministry began, and the opposition of his people became harsh and brutal, Khadijah was always there to support the Prophet Muhammad, sacrificing all of her wealth to support the cause of Islam. When the Prophet and his family was banished to the hills outside of Mecca, she went there with him, and the three years of hardship and deprivation eventually led to her death. The Prophet Muhammad mourned her deeply, and even after her death, the Prophet would send food and support to Khadijah’s friends and relatives, out of love for his first wife.

Once, years after Khadijah died, he came across a necklace that she once wore. When he saw it, he remembered her and began to cry and mourn. His love for her never died, so much so, that his later wife A’isha became jealous of her. Once she asked the Prophet if Khadijah had been the only woman worthy of his love. The Prophet replied: “She believed in me when no one else did; she accepted Islam when people rejected me; and she helped and comforted me when there was no one else to lend me a helping hand.”

Much has been made and said about Prophet Muhammad’s multiple marriages. There are many who smear the Prophet as a womanizing philanderer, citing his multiple marriages. This is absolute propaganda. As a response to those who malign the Prophet , IF the Prophet were anything of the sort, he would have taken advantage of his youth to do such a thing. But he did not! At a time when it was a common custom to have multiple wives, the Prophet did not marry anyone else while he was with Khadijah.

It was only after Khadijah died, may God be pleased with her, that he married other women. Most of these wives were widows, whom the Prophet married to care after them, or they were the daughters of prominent Arab chieftains, so that the Prophet could form a cohesive Muslim society out of a fiercely tribalistic (and barbaric) Arab culture. The smears against the Prophet fall flat on their faces once the light of truth shines brightly upon them.

In a song about the Prophet and Khadjiah, Muslim rappers Native Deen sing: “We look for stories of love in places dark and cold – When we have a guiding light for the whole world to behold.” Many of what we call “love stories” today are nothing more than stories of lust and desire, physical attraction disguised as love.

Yet, I can find no love story more powerful, more spiritually uplifting, more awe inspiring as that of the Prophet Muhammad and Khadijah. It is a shining example of what an ideal marriage is, and if I ever claim that I love my wife, I must gauge my actions with that of the Prophet. As the country commemorates Valentine’s Day, and everywhere we turn this month, “love is in the air,” I cannot help but reflect upon, what is to me, the greatest of all love stories: that of Muhammad and Khadijah. Even with all of its amazing and creative talent, Hollywood could not have come up with a story greater than this.

 
Hesham A. Hassaballa is a physician and writer based in Chicago. You can visit his blog at www.drhassaballa.com

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Islamicity

A Muslim Woman’s Surname After Marriage


It is haraam for a wife to take her husband’s name

As-salamu Alaikum,
Many sisters in our community have taken the names of their husbands without realizing that they should have kept their father’s name. Should they change their name back to the father’s name or is it allowed to keep the husband’s name?

It is a common custom in the west and also among muslims that after marriage, women drop their father’s name and take up their husband’s surname. However in Islam this is haraam and is not allowed in sharee’ah, because it is not permissible for anyone to claim to belong to anyone other than his or her father.

Allaah says: “Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is more just with Allaah…” [al-Ahzaab 33:5].

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has cursed the one who claims to belong to someone other than his father.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad and others).

Why a woman should not take her husband’s surname

Source:http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/6241/surname

I have read your responses to the following questions 2537 and 4362 concerning a wife retaining her father’s name upon marriage. The Ayaat mentioned from Surah Al-Ahzaab states that adopted sons (and hence daughters?) should not be called as sons of the step-fathers. However, how exactly does this apply to a wife simply changing her name for marriage; as she is not actually claiming to belong to her husband, but just taking his name. If it is a question of lineage, I would appreciate specific references from the Qur’an and hadith.
Thank you for your help and clarification.
Jazak’Allah Khayr.

Praise be to Allaah.

The effects of imitating the west in naming ourselves are many. One of them is the way in which people have got used to omitting the word ‘ibn’ (son of) or ‘ibnatu’ (daughter of) between their own names and the name of their fathers.

The reason for this is, firstly, because some families have adopted children and given them their surname, so that the adopted child is called Foolaan Foolan [where ‘Foolaan (=So and so)’ stands for a name] and their real children are called Foolaan ibn Foolaan (So and so the son of So and so). Now in the fourteenth century AH, people have dropped the word ‘ibn’ or ‘ibnatu’ – which is unacceptable according to linguistics, custom and sharee’ah. May Allaah help us.

Another effect is the habit of women taking their husband’s surnames.

Originally, the woman is So and so the Daughter of So and so, not So and so the wife of So and so! Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is more just with Allaah…” [al-Ahzaab 33:5].

As it is in this world, so it will also be in the Hereafter, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

On the Day of Resurrection, each betrayer will have a banner raised beside him, and it will be said, this is the betrayer of So and so the son of So and so.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5709, and Muslim, 3265).

Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd (may Allaah preserve him) said: This is one of the beauties of sharee’ah, because calling a person by his father’s name is more appropriate for knowing who is who and telling people apart. The father is the protector and maintainer of the child and his mother both inside and outside the home. This is why the father mixes with people in the marketplaces and takes risks by travelling to earn a halaal living and strive for their sakes.

So the child is given the name of the father, not of the mother who is hidden away and who is one of those whom Allaah commanded (interpretation of the meaning):

“And stay in your houses…” [al-Ahzaab 33:33]

(Tasmiyat al-Mawlood, 30, 31).

On the basis of the above, there is no blood tie between the husband and wife, so how can she take his surname as if she is part of the same lineage? Moreover, she may get divorced, or her husband may die, and she may marry another man.

Will she keep changing her surname every time she marries another man? Furthermore, there are rulings attached to her being named after her father, which have to do with inheritance, spending and who is a mahram, etc.

Taking her husband’s surname overlooks all that. The husband is named after his own father, and what does she have to do with the lineage of her husband’s father? This goes against common sense and true facts. The husband has nothing that makes him better than his wife so that she should take his surname, whilst he takes his father’s name.

Hence everyone who has gone against this and taken her husband’s name should put matters right. We ask Allaah to put all the affairs of the Muslims right.


Woman taking her husband’s surname after marriage

i was just browsing this site and I came across ur answer to the question 2537 which deals with changing surnames of womens.. as u said it is haraam… can u plz gimme a refrence from quran on that or a hadith if possilbe..?

Praise be to Allaah.

It seems that what is meant in the question is a woman changing her family name to that of her husband after she gets married. This is haraam and is not allowed in sharee’ah, because it is not permissible for anyone to claim to belong to anyone other than his or her father. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is more just with Allaah…” [al-Ahzaab 33:5]. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah has cursed the one who claims to belong to someone other than his father.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad and others). And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Updated: 25th Nov,08

Further Reading:

Why a Woman Should not take her husband’s surname?

Valentine’s Day : Should we celebrate it?


Last year I wrote a detailed article called “Valentine’s Day and Us” on the History and Origin of St. Valentine’s day and the reasons why Muslims and even Christians should not celebrate this festival as it is pagan in origin and its pagan rituals highly perverted and an insult to women.

Some people still objected and insisted that there is nothing wrong with celebrating this festival as it is not our intention to follow the Romans and the pagans. Some related this with using cars and mobile phones insisting that if Islam is so rigid about following non muslims then we should also not use stuff developed , discovered or made by the non muslims.

I would just like to clarify that there is a huge difference between following the culture/ religious festivals and using “technology”. Islam is not like what the Amish people are taught that technology is bad and therefore they are forbidden to use telephones and electricity.

Prophet Muhammad saw himself used material and stuff which was made by non Arabs. Just like camels and horses were used for transportation in those days, we are using cars trains etc.. just like leather was used for writing and communicating, we are using cell phones. Islam does not forbid using technology developed by non muslims. Islam only asks Muslims to maintain their identity and not adapt culture and traditions of non muslims.

Here I would briefly like to remind everyone of the origins of St. Valentine’s Day and the consequences of following pagans and Christians.

Valentine’s Day Revealed:

· Not a Christian Festival

· Not associated with Saint. Valentine

· Originally from two most sexually perverted pagan Roman festivals: Lupercalia and Feast of Juno Februata

· Celebration of fertility, lust, desire, sex and erotica.

· Nothing to do with displaying platonic love!

· Treatment of women as objects of lust, desire and fertility.

· In honor of Roman gods and goddesses

Whose Sunnah are you following?

Sunnah means a trodden path. If you are celebrating St. Valentine’s Day, you are actually following the Sunnah of the Roman pagans and the Sunnah of the Christians since it is considered to be a Christian festival.Every time we offer our salat, we recite Surah Al Fatiha and pray to Allah to show us the straight path.

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, The Beneficent, the Merciful

Owner of the Day of Judgment,Thee (alone) we worship; Thee alone we ask for help.Show us the straight path,The path of those whom Thou hast favored. Not (the path) of those who earned Thine anger nor of those who go astray.”

Don’t you think Roman idol worshippers are those who earned the anger of Allah? Don’t you think the Christians are those who went astray?? What path are we trying to avoid?

Sign of the Last Day: Muslims following Persians, Romans, Jews and Christians

Prophet Muhammad saw said, “You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a hole of a mastigure(a kind of lizard), you would follow them.” We said, “O Allah’s Apostle! (Do you mean) the Jews and the Christians ?” He said, “Whom else?”

(Bukhari: Vol 009, Book 092, Hadith 422.)

The Prophet said, “The Hour will not be established till my followers copy the deeds of the previous nations and follow them very closely, span by span, and cubit by cubit ( i.e., inch by inch).” It was said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Do you mean by those (nations) the Persians and the Romans?” The Prophet said, “Who can it be other than they?”

So now its upto you to risk following the path of those people who earned Allah’s anger and who went astray.

Just remember there are 365 days in a year…so why insist on 14th Feb?

Thrice a Week Quran Course by Safiya Khan


Thrice a week Morning Course for ladies

Course Content:

  • Tajweed ( Correct pronunciation and recitation of Quran)
  • Translation , Word Analysis, Tafseer
  • Seeratun Nabi (saw)
  • Hadith

Days: Saturday, Monday, Tuesday

Timings: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Venue: Phase VIII, D.H.A,  Karachi, Pakistan

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For once a week classes by Safiya Khan go here.

Though these classes have started, you are welcome to join anytime.

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Shopping Woes for women in Karachi


Shopping Woes!!!??? are you surprised?? for women shopping and woes don’t go together! or do they?? Don’t women love to shop? don’t they love to follow the “shop till you drop trend”??

Well at least I don’t especially here in Karachi…and here is why!

Shopping takes (read wastes) a lot of time!

Shopping here in Karachi is not straight forward. Go to Gulf, Ashiana, Uzma, Rabi center or Tariq Road, Saddar or any other place…its the same story. There is soo much cheating and so much bargaining that you get a headache. Prices are never fixed and the shopkeeper will tell you the prices based on their own whims and desires…if you don’t look in atleast 6/7 different shops.. you will definitely get rippped off.

Then there is a lot of cheating in cloth and material available…they appear to be same but in fact are of different qualities and prices and the shopkeeper will make you belive its the best quality and charge you accordingly.. where as infact its just a cheap copy!

Then there is a great possibility that the shopkeeper will give you defected cloth or less cloth then what you paid for…if you are not on high alert and if you do not check each and everything properly…then it is most likely you are buying defected stuff or less cloth!

Shop opening timings are horrible!

The best thing i loved about England was that all their shops and malls opened up dot at 9 o clock in the morning. Where as here in Karachi, shopping centers are deserted until noon and then only you start seeing some activity. You may ask .. so what? they stay open till 9:00 at night…

let me tell you why these timings are horrible.

First Casualty of Shopping is prayer (Namaz)

Because of the unwise rulings of the molvies, there are no mosques for women, and no places for women to pray. They have so blindly followed the hadith that it is better for a women to pray in the nook and corner of the house then an open area..they they refused to make places for women to pray!

Do they think it is better not to pray at all then pray in a masjid?.. well it seems like they do.. go anywhere in Karachi ( except a few exception i will mention later) there are Alhamdullih masjids for men, so when the Adhaan is announced men get up and go for prayers. What do women do? either they go pray in public open spaces like parks if they are in the state of wudu.. or they completely miss the prayers.

With no facility for prayer areas for women, shop opening timings make it even worse.

If shops opened at 9 and if you started shopping at 9:00 you would most prob be done by 12 or 1 or max 3 …if not… then your feet must start screaming by then and you would want to head home. With this scenario, you would not miss your Zuhr Prayer.

But since in this country of lazy people shops open after 12:00. So if you start by 12 30 you again miss your zuhr prayer.

If you prefer to start shopping after lunch and Zuhr prayer, you will reach the shops by 2:30 .. 3 ..but then you miss you asr prayer and if you dont rush home before 6, you will miss maghrib too!

Those who say.. oh just simply combine the prayers… well Shopping is a terrible excuse for combining prayers! What will you tell Allah Tala, shopping was more important then the fard prayers?? Think Again!

For those who say just go to park towers or forum or these new malls, their prices are fixed – but their prices of dresses are Sky High! How in the world can i spend 10,000 Rs or more on a single dress!? it is outrageous and on top of that every person will have to answer to Allah tala on the day of Judegement that how they earned their money and where they spent it! Some stuff is nice and affordable in these malls which is fine.. but its much better to get your own cloth and get it stitched!

Places for women to pray

One good thing about Park Towers is that they do have a proper prayer and wudu area for women. Gulf Shopping mall also has a tiny room for women to pray in, though it is not that tidy. I think forum does too.

I don’t know about Rabi Center or Tariq Road, but yes there is a small masjid with place for women next to Daruusslam Book Shop on Tariq Road! If anyone know of any more places for women to pray please do let me know!

Masjids with prayer areas for women open throughout the year

1) Quran Academy on Sea View

2) Ayesha Masjid on Khayaban e Ittehad near Creek Club

3) Masjid e Shafqat – next to the cemetary in Phase IV, D.H.A

Masjids open for women only for tarawihs

1) Masjid e Ibrahim in Phase IV, DHA in commercial area

2) Sultan Masjid in D.H.A

Best Jihad for Women


Sahih Bukhari

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 595:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

(the mother of the faithful believers) I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We consider Jihad as the best deed.” The Prophet said, “The best Jihad (for women) is Hajj Mabrur. ”

The Arabic Word Jihad  DOES NOT MEAN HOLY WAR!

Jihad means “Struggle” “utmost effort”

The real enLightment…


Look at Pakistan before the year 2000. Hardly would you find any lady in a hijab- forget the jilbab! Study and understanding of Quran was unheard of amongst the women.

Islam revolved only around having Quran Khwani at the death of a person and doing Quran khwani for obtaining blessings…fasting in ramadan- with no spirit. Wearing the abaya was uncool and un modern, praying 5 times a day? Impossible… life too busy in shopping and socializing… practicing Islam… uncool… impossible.. not for the present times. Reciting Quran? No just reciting punj soorahs for obtaining blessings… without understanding a word of it. In any trouble ? read some wazifiz.. and Allah will help you out.. even if u dont pray 5 times a day… This is all there was to Islam – amongst the general women population of Pakistan.

Roam around Karachi now, lots and lots of ladies are taking up hijab and jilbab. Roam around Defence and clifton now, the posh localities of Karachi, you will find many women in full niqab and jilbab driving cars and shopping around… so many darse Qurans and Quran study circles are being held for women in houses all over DHA.

It was the revival of study of Quran among women initiated by Dr. Farhat Hashmi that began this revolution among women. So much was said against her by people and even the molvis, so much false stories were spread against her. But it was her efforts and determination to make women read and understand Quran, that it is payig off now with her soo many students spread all over the country teaching Quran and changing people.

I have seen sleeveless wearing girls and women change and take up the full hijab. I have seen filthy rich fashion conscious ladies change and become simple and veiled and beautiful practicing Muslimahs…I have seen the rich donate money and their entire houses for the spread of deen. So much good has spread and a lot needs to spread further!It is a blessing of Allah – Study of Quran has revived and now many ladies are spreading the true deen Alhamdulilah. Some of Dr. Farhat Hashmis’s best students like Huma Najmul Hasan, Safiya Khan,Dr. Imrana and many many more are further spreading the true teachings…a still a lot more needs to be done.

Listen to Dr. Farhat Hashmi’s lectures online in urdu.

Al Huda Web Site

Listen to the latest Taleem ul Quran course held at Toronto

Various Lectures in Urdu

Explanation of Sahih Bukhari in Urdu