Thursday, October 08, 2009
Behind the Veil: Don't Oppress Me By Stripping Me of My Right to Wear the Veil
I hear and read of all the commotion going on in Europe, Middle East, and now Canada about people having a problem with a simple piece of harmless cloth I choose to wear on my face. The problem arises from either ignorance about the matter or differences with it.
I had decided to wear the veil at the age of eight-teen. Thank you very much, but it was out of my own choice. Neither was I married nor did my family encourage it. I was the first amongst my family to adorn the niqab. I feel very comfortable wearing the veil as I feel people do not judge me or treat me a certain way due to my looks. I have attended University wearing the niqab. I've traveled in public transportation with the very veil that I feel enhances my identity instead of hiding it. You may ask how so? The niqab has given me the opportunity to express myself without men in particular judging me or treating me for the way I look. I don't have to worry about looking pleasing to the eye to people who see me walking down the street. I choose to be known for my inner voice, my personality, and intellect. In the comfort of my home or private gatherings I confound to a different dress code. I am happy in own shoes and I don't wish to force people to start wearing the veil just like that I don't wish for people to force me out of my shoes.
A women in Canada can go outside in a bikini. I should be given the right to cover my face. Covering the face is not something uncommon in our society. In fact it is done by us in winter with thick scarves. It is also done by us by masking us from viruses, more recently the H1N1.
I am not asking to vote in veil or cross borders, or not to have a license without a veil. All I am saying is that I should have the right to wear a niqab wherever I so desire and if for identification purposes I need to reveal my face temporarily then I am willing to.
The niqab is not a threat. Niqab wearing women do not bite. We are not criminals. There hasn't been a history of us committing crimes. A women should be given the choice to wear the niqab or not in this country for the sake of freedom of choice and religion.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Insha'Allah there will be a revival of this blog.
Watch this space.......
It has been almost 2 years since I have last published a post on this blog.
Monday, October 09, 2006
The wedding gift
"And those who pray, "Our Lord! Grant unto us wives and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous. (Al-Qur'an 25:74)"
Friday, August 25, 2006
And once again another teaching experience....
Through the Grace of Allah(SWT) once again, I got another opportunity to teach (alhamdulillah). This time a bit of a different experience. Unlike before teaching from morning untill afternoon and then returning home from a hectic day, this time we had to live in a different city, leaving the comfort of our homes...Indeed a small sacrifice, but definitely nothing compared to the sacrifices the Sahabah (RA) made or many of our pious brothers and sisters make even in this age. We had children from the ages 5-15 and we taught them various subjects from learning how to recite the Qur'an, to the life of the Prophet(SAW), to Aqi'dah and Fiqh. It seemed like 6 long weeks. We drove back home every weekend(2.5 hr drive) and then drove back every Monday morning, spending the weekends at home and weekdays there. It was a challenging task dealing with kids of all ages and with different backgrounds. Alhamdulillah, today was the last day. A day of happiness. A day to say goodbye. Parents thanked us for our efforts. We recieved gifts from some students. Some students even wrote us handwritten cards thanking us and asking us to come back. Some parents even offered us to stay at their place next time we come by the city. Alhamdulillah, it really felt like we made a change and it felt a bit nice that the kids had learned something due to our efforts. Finally, we're driving back home, a bit excited and relieved, the next thing we see is that a man runs in front of our car and our car hits him! Both of us scream. Shocked. Apparently, the man had gotten out of the bus and was running in the middle of the street to the other side to catch another bus? We weren't able to see the man due to the bus. It felt very horrible that we hurt someone. My husband immediately called 911. Other people came on the scence. Very soon the police and the ambulance came and took the man. They said he may have a broken collarbone. Horrible feeling to have hurt someone so much unintentionally. Thinking deeply why did this happen. Why us? Why our vehicle? Even the cop told us that it wasnt really our fault, but I still feel very guilty. My husband keeps telling me it's because Allah had planned it this way and it was destined to happen. Indeed, he is correct, but under shock I felt horrible. A terrible feeling in my stomach. Not even able to even cry it out. The incident keeps replaying in my head. And I think and think..And it hits me that it was only through Allah's will that we were able to help the children there. It was only through Him(SWT) that anything good happened. We can NEVER give ourselves the credit for anything positive. Perhaps, we might have gotten a bit too excited about it and started giving our own self the credit for the progress in the children. There is no need for us to even feel self-righteous about it, because just like we can help people we can also hurt them unintentionally. Perhaps, it was a lesson from Allah to not even dare to let our head's become big and think we can only help people. It is not us who is doing the helping, but it is really Allah(SWT) helping the people and we're used as a means to reach out to them.
Alhamdulillah and through this experience we came out learning more than what we bargained for.
May Allah forgive us for hurting the individual unintentionally...
Ya Allah please forgive us..
May Allah cure him soon...Ameen
Please make du'a...
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Kids are so innocent
Allah(SWT) has granted children so much innocence! Subhan'Allah, it is truly amazing. Sadly, as a child grows up, he/she is polluted by the fitnah of this dunya.
I love kids (especially Hamza school ones).
-The handwirtten cards
- The big group hugs
-The baked cakes
-The unforgettable laughs in reponse to my corny jokes
-The memorable school trips
Every child is born of the nature of purity and submission to Allah.
Abu Hurayra said, "When the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was brought new dates, he said, 'O Allah! Bless us in our city and in our mudd and sa', blessing upon blessing.' Then he would give one to the youngest of the children with him."
'Amr ibn Shu'ayb reported from his grandfather that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who does not show mercy to our children nor acknowledge the right of our old people is not one of us."
Ya'la ibn Murra said, "We went out with the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and we were invited to eat. Husayn was playing in the road and the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, raced the people and then spread out his arms. The boy began to run this way and that and the Prophet made him laugh until he caught hold of him. He put one of his hands under his chin and the other on his head and then embraced him. Then the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn. Allah loves anyone who loves Husayn. Al-Husayn is one of my distinguished descendants.'"
Yusuf ibn 'Abdullah ibn Sallam said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, named me Yusuf and let me sit in his room and stroked my head."
(Al-Adab al-Mufrad al-Bukhari)
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Why is packing so difficult?
Unsure what to take and what to leave behind?
Feel a sense of attachment with your belongings?
The Prophet (SAW) said:
"What relationship with the world have I? My similitude is like a traveller on a mount, halting in the shade of a tree (for a short while only to leave it again, and proceed along the sojourn)."
The traveller rests a while in the shade and then moves on again.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Note: Sorry, I took down the comments on the last post and I turned the comments off for that particular post. The comments were getting a bit too personal. =) However, I still have them, but not for everyone to view. It's not anyone else's business anyways rt? =P
Initially, I took down the entire post, but upon request I decided to put the post back up with minor edits.
Thanks for all your kind words. I really do appreciate em', but probably don't deserve em'.
Anyhow, listen to Shaykh Husain's new lecture. It's awesome as usual masha'Allah. =)
Intentions and Positive Thinking