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11
Sep
2012

Women, the silent heroines

posted by ummi taalib on 11th September 2012 - 0 comments
I found this very inspirational post on the vital role of women in the Ummah. Women have a great responsibililty and a vital role to play...if only we realised and appreciated the great status Islam has bestowed upon us! A Woman’s Role In The Ummah Sisters, your role in society is like the role of the archers in the battle of Uhud. They were not at the forefront or in the thick of the action, BUT they held the most important position. They guarded the army. If they moved, the whole army would be uncovered and defeated. In the same way, if you leave your most important position, you leave the army-the Ummah uncovered. - You are the silent heroes, - You are the foundational structure of great generations, - You are the mothers who look after the family, - You are the first of the teachers of this Ummah, - You are the ones who teach the Muslim men courage, truthfulness, kindness, perseverance, and patience,
8
Mar
2011

O Sisters!

posted by ummi taalib on 8th March 2011 - 0 comments


Let the Hereafter be your objective, your goal. Who says women cannot attain knowledge or excel in worship? There are examples of great women from the time of the Sahaabiyaat and through the ages where women have excelled in knowledge, worship and spirituality. So make the Aakhirah your objective in whatever you pursue, be it knowledge, worship, rectification etc and even in fulfilling your duties to your husband, children, in laws and in serving humanity at large.

Today women pursue equal rights however it is in worldly matters whereas the Sahaabiyaat and their followers pursued in competing with the men in Deeni matters and matters related to the Hereafter. So don’t grieve and concern yourselves with the luxuries of this world. Compete for the Hereafter.

This was the message from Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat (hafizahullah) at the Annual Sister’s Gathering at the weekend.

28
Feb
2011

O Mothers!

posted by ummi taalib on 28th February 2011 - 1 comment
A story about the mother of Imam Ghazali and his brother.... Being an Imam of the masjid, the great Imam once complained to his mother that his brother, Ahmed, did not perform salaat behind him. She in turn reprimanded the younger son and he therefore began attending jamaa’at at the masjid. During this time Imam Ghazali was occupied with writing a book on Fiqh and had reached Kitaabul Haydh (menstruation). One day in the course of leading salaat he became preoccupied with thought of a ruling regarding this subject and he dwelled upon it for some time. His brother left midway and completed salaat alone. Once again the Imam complained to his mother. Upon her query, Ahmed said, “Beloved Mother! Ask him, if someone’s clothes are soiled or stained by blood, will his salaat be in order?”
20
Jun
2010

FOR MUSLIM SISTERS...(4)

posted by ummi taalib on 20th June 2010 - 0 comments
“ STOP COMPLAINING WOMAN ! ” Sisters, we all know that women are said to be always complaining, never satisfied with anything and never being appreciative. Perhaps we should ask ourselves why we are labelled as “complaining ungrateful women”? They say that there is no smoke without fire, so perhaps there is a grain of truth in this statement. Everyone knows the story of the very pious saint who was seen flying by everyone including his wife, who thought it was some pious Shaykh (not realising that it was her own husband). When told it was none other than her husband she refused to accept it. When everyone insisted, she finally accepted that it could have been him since the man flying was not a good flyer and his legs had been crooked! One may wonder how true this story is. However, whether true or false, one may well ask if women deserve this label. I can imagine you sisters getting up in arms at my audacity and impudence, but let's be honest and search deep within ourselves. Let’s admit that perhaps we do complain about our men folk just a teensy weensy bit? If so Sisters, we can rise above it for the Pleasure of Allah. Let’s show them that we can overlook their coming home in the evenings with a frown, when what we could have done with was a loving, sympathetic smile after having put up all day with tantrum throwing teenagers, screaming six year olds and burpy babies. Let’s show them that we can be patient when they answer in monosyllables when all we want to do is to pour our hearts out to them. And let’s avoid sulking, when after having slogged over a hot stove for hours to prepare his meal, he says, “It’s not like my mother’s”. Let’s not forget Sisters, that they too have had a hard day trying to earn a living to make life easier for us. It’s not easy out there you know.
16
Jun
2010

FOR MUSLIM SISTERS...(3)

posted by ummi taalib on 16th June 2010 - 0 comments
A LETTER TO MY SISTER-IN-ISLÃM The letter has been written by a sister who preferred to remain anonymous. Sharing her experiences of wearing hijãb and the delight it brought, she has sought to encourage other sisters to do the same. We hope that this letter will become instrumental in bringing about the desired change in the lives of our mothers and sisters. My dear sister-in-Islãm, Assalãmu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakãtuh.
13
Jun
2010

FOR MUSLIM SISTERS...(2)

posted by ummi taalib on 13th June 2010 - 1 comment
Save Yourself Letter by a Muslim Sister I have a story to tell. So sit back with ease and take heed of what I am about to say. I was once young, full of the vigour of youth, blessed with good looks and a personality to match. Everyday was a new adventure for me. I took no heed from my parents’ advice. I was neglectful of my duties to my Lord. The world was my oyster. I had no worries. Life was for living! I was carefree. Males desired me, females envied me; life was wonderful. That was a few years ago. Little did I know that my life would change. Today my life is a very different story. Everyday is a torment for me; life feels like a burden and though I am trying to be dutiful towards my Lord, I feel I am not getting very far. “Why”, I kept asking myself, “is my life like this?” The answer was staring me in the face. I’d been neglectful towards my Lord. I’d been too intoxicated with lust and desire, committed sins that my Lord had warned against. I was so involved in them that I thought I was doing no wrong. In hindsight I was living in sin from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to sleep.
12
Jun
2010

FOR MUSLIM SISTERS(1)

posted by ummi taalib on 12th June 2010 - 1 comment
Exactly whom do we dress for? Ask any woman who dresses up before leaving home who she has dressed up for. Her answer will be, “for myself of course”. The question is, are we being honest with ourselves? Have we searched deep within our hearts to ascertain the truth? If not, then let us not waste any more time because tomorrow may be too late. Sisters, let's not be deceived by the enemy, Shaytãn. In order to divert us from the path of Truth he will lead us into believing we are at the height of piety by merely covering our hair with a flimsy scarf. Not only are the scarves pretty and colourful, nowadays they even carry designer names! And the scarf is worn in such fashionable ways that in actual fact it enhances the face and leaves the throat and chest uncovered. Even if it was worn in such a way that the throat and chest were not exposed, use of make-¬up does nothing but make the face attractive, and use of scents emanate sweet fragrances that catch the attention of even those who, out of the Fear of Allah, keep their gazes lowered. We need to question ourselves, whom are we making ourselves attractive for? Shaytãn has led us into believing it is 'for my self-confidence', but it is in fact a green light for any man on the street, young and old, to look. The ever changing fashions has brought in tight, short dresses which leaves little to the imagination and which makes the fathers and brothers look away in shame. As if this wasn't enough, we arrogantly try to change what Allah ta‘ãlã has granted us. Plucking eyebrows and the recent fashion of wearing coloured contact lenses that change the colour of the eyes is surely a cause of His Wrath coming down on us.
26
May
2010

KHAWLAHS STORY

posted by ummi taalib on 26th May 2010 - 0 comments
She was the daughter of Tha’labah ibn Asram ibn Fahr and was married to Aws ibn Saamit. This lucky lady is mentioned in the Qur’an in Suratul Mujaadilah...I have mentioned her in the poem “Read! O Muminah” so I thought I would elaborate on her story. It has been reported regarding Umar RA that once while he was out with some people they passed by an old woman with whom he started a conversation. A man said to him, “O Ameerul Mu’mimneen! You have brought to a halt the people due to this old woman?” He replied, “Woe be to you! Do you even know who she is? She is the woman whose complaint Allah the Almighty heard above the seven skies. This is Khawlah bint Tha’labah regarding whom Allah revealed, ‘Indeed Allah has heard the statement of her (Khawlah bint Tha’labah) that disputes with you (O Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), and complains to Allah...(Al Mujaadilah)’. By Allah! Even if she stood till night I would not leave but for salaah then I would return” In the days of ignorance a wife would become unlawful for her husband by means of “zihaar” (In disagreement a man saying that she was unlawful upon him as his mother’s back and this in effect was adivorce). The first amongst the Muslims to carry out such an act was Aws ibn Saamit RA who was known to suffer from a slight mental derangement. He was married to his cousin Khawlah bint Tha’labah to whom he once said, “You are unlawful upon me as my mother’s back.” He then regretted his utterance. Khawlah approached the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam saying, “O Prophet of Allah! You know Aws, the father of my children, my cousin and the most beloved to me. You are also aware of his mental state and he has uttered a statement. I swear by He Who has revealed unto you Al-Kitaab, he did not mention divorce but said ‘You are unlawful upon me as my mother’s back’”. The Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam replied, “I do not see but that you remain unlawful upon him.” However Khawlah disputed this with him over and over again. She then said, “O Allah! I complain to You of my intense love and how difficult upon me is his separation. O Allah! Reveal unto Your Prophet’s tongue in what there is relief for me” ‘Aisha, the wife of the Prophet sallallaahu‘alayhi wasallam, said that Khawlah cried and whoever was around her also cried in pity. While in this state a revelation came down upon the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam (they waited as his face became pale and ashen with sweat trickling down like pearls). ‘Aisha said that it seemed that Khawlah’s soul would depart before the revelation was completed in the fear that the order of separation was about to be revealed when finally the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam said with a smile, “O Khawlah!” She replied, “Labbayk!” and stood up in happiness at seeing his smile. He said, “Allah has revealed regarding you and him” and thereafter recited the verses. He then explained how her husband would have to pay ca penalty before she became lawful to him.
26
May
2010

Read! Oh Muminah

posted by ummi taalib on 26th May 2010 - 0 comments
Read Oh Mu’minah, read the Qur’an Read and ponder over the message from Ar-Rahmaan. Educated is she who recognises her Lord and His infinite mercy, Intelligent is she who submits to His wishes in total humility. In the Qur’an He did not forget to mention you, Apparent His love in His elevating you. Created you from the rib of man, close to his heart,
22
May
2010

A WOMAN OF STRENGTH

posted by ummi taalib on 22nd May 2010 - 0 comments
A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape... But a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape. A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything... But a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear. A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her...
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