All dressed up….

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [33:59]

This beautiful ayah(verse) talks about how women should cover themselves properly, when going out, in order to be known as Muslim women and also to be safe from molestation, whether that be physical molestation, molestation of the eyes or any other type.

This verse, among others dealing with why we, as women, should dress modestly, is a clear way of understanding the reasons behind the hijab, abaya and other modest clothing. It is a means of protection for us! It is also a way to make us stand out of the crowd and show society that we are never going to bow down to the pressure of fashion trends.
Through this identity, we are also able to find and recognise our sisters very easily, making it easier for us in places we are not familiar with. From my own experience, I know that the face of a hijabi or niqabi has been a welcome sight in many places where I was out of my depth!

The complaints of hijabis and niqabis that I both see and hear seems to be that they feel restricted and find it too much for themselves, especially in Western countries where they are exposed to women dressing immodestly. This immodesty is made to seem appealing, with no advert being complete without a naked sister (in humanity) being spread across it.

But as some more knowledgable sisters look at these sisters in disgust for saying something against the commands of Allah(SWT), I don’t. Instead I understand them.

Firstly, because they were probably never taught about the virtues of hijab (in its literal sense and its broad sense) but they were just told to put a cloth on their heads and to go out. This form of “education” makes sisters think that it is okay to talk and flirt with boys and wear tight clothing, just as long as their hijab is on properly.
Secondly, because a lot of the sisters don’t have the sufficient knowledge AND wisdom to understand why Allah(SWT) has ordained these laws. It is the duty of every Muslim woman and man to gain knowledge themselves but it is also the responsibility of every Muslim man and woman with knowledge, be it an atom’s weight or a watermelon’s weight, to share that knowledge! Therefore both are responsible!

The point that I am trying to make here is that although all our sisters(in humanity and Islam) may be at different stages in dressing up in a way that pleases Allah(SWT), it is not for any of us to look at another in a rude and scornful manner. Each one of us has either been dressed like that, or similar, or we will become like that if we follow and highlight other sisters’ wrongs.

May Allah (SWT) help us all to be modest in a way in which He(SWT) loves! Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Here a test, there a test, everywhere a test….

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

At the moment we are currently in exam season. During this time many people go through stress, hardship, frustration and worry,  not knowing what the outcome of their hard work will be.

Months, weeks, hours, minutes and seconds all used in preparation for the big event…..a maths exam.

Many people become so incredibly dedicated to striving hard to gain a good result in their exams, giving up their social life and their sleep in the pursuit of a grade.

So why can’t these same people use all of that energy that they used to gain a good grade in this dunya(world), to gain eternal happiness in the HereAfter?

I don’t say this from a stance of perfection. I am far from perfect, however, Alhumdulillah, I have been granted perspective to realise what is more important in this life.

A grade of yours, in this dunya(world), may be bad but it may grant you a better “grade” in the HereAfter!

Insha’Allah may we all be among those who gain goodness and success in this dunya(world) and the HereAfter! Ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

AModernMuslimah