The relevance of Islam in the 21st century

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I have recently been watching two medical programmes, one looking at the effects of pork, ham, bacon and other meats on the body and the effect of fasting on the longevity of our lives.

This just made me reflect heavily on the verse “This Day I have perfected for you this religion and completed My Favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [5:3]

This just shows the completeness of Islam being so perfect in every single way! Alhumdulillah.

The programmes, which I will explain to you, show this manifestly.

The first programme showed that all pig products were so bad for the heart and body that it would cut on average about 6 years off your life through just a relatively small portion.

In Islam, we are forbidden from eating pork or any pig products completely and from a young age, to all of the born Muslims, this is made very clear. However, we haven’t really fully understood why it is prohibited and what is so wrong with it. Myself and the world have only just started to understand the effects of these forbidden foods and the beautiful hikmah (wisdom) behind this.

The second programme, which I haven’t yet completed, is looking at studies which have proved that fasting often can increase the length of a person’s life.

In Islam, we are shown the way of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). One of the beautiful habits that Muhammad (SAW) used to have was to fast every single Monday and Thursday and often within the four special months of the Islamic calendar. The amazing benefits of this fasting has only recently come to the attention of scientists who have seen that through it, the condition of your health and your life, in general, greatly improves, thus leading you to have a longer life than others.

Allah SWT gives us signs in the places where we may never think there are signs, for example, with me, in a Horizon documentary! But it is these beautiful gifts that we come across that we must use in the best way.

May Allah SWT help us to be more contemplative! Ameen.

The link to the documentary about the effects of meat on the body is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fhb90

The link to the documentary about the effects of fasting on the longevity of a person’s life is:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01lxyzc/horizon-20122013-3-eat-fast-and-live-longer

JazakAllahu khair.

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Facebook, Twitter and the like…

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu, 

I hope you are well.

I was recently (about 4 hours ago) thinking to go back onto Facebook and Twitter having left them both in 2011 and 2010 respectively. However I wasn’t thinking to join the two sites again for my own personal gain and fun but instead, to move forward with ideas that I had.

I have since decided against it.

The thorough process that I was going through at the time has prompted this post, which, I hope insha’Allah, will help others to make the right decision when it comes to going anywhere near social media websites.

Let me go back a bit to when I first joined Facebook and Twitter.

I first joined Facebook when I was in year 7 (at the age of about 12 years old), and used it for reasons which were not from the Islamic teachings, if you get my gist. I was involved in things which were not beneficial and which I regret to this day, although they have taught me many lessons. I then continued to have Facebook until I was 17 years old, between year 12 and 13. During that time, my Facebook profile went through a lot, from the types and quantity of friends I had to the content I was posting. My profile seemed to grow up with me.

I then left Facebook completely after I became closer to the deen and disliked the many hours I wasted scrolling through sayings and pictures which only really affected me for a second or two before the next one came along and had the same effect.

Now on to Twitter. Twitter was a different move that was not prompted and pushed as an idea by my peers. This came about due to an interest of expressing my mind to so many people all at the same time. I therefore joined Twitter in 2010. ( I still have the first e-mail they sent to me!) I used Twitter really just to annoy, bother and stalk celebrities, following them like a dog so that wherever they went, whatever they did, whatever they said, I was aware of it and I was able to voice my opinions to them directly about it, whilst gaining replies at times! I was an official Twitter groupie.

But my Twitter stint lasted for far less time, stretching out just over a year, I believe this was cut out of my life due to the same reason as Facebook; I realised my time was too valuable to spend it traipsing through the lives of others.

Despite my disinclination towards social media on a personal level, I still believe there is great power and a lot of good that can come about through it. The revolution that was basically created through Twitter, the charity events I used to know about only through Facebook, the links that you would be able to share through them both, etc. all argue against my disinclination to have contact with social media.

As with everything though, “with great power comes great responsibility,”

JazakAllahu khairan for reading.

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu, 

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Sisters before misters!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

I hope you are well.

I know there has been a lot of time that I have been absent and I am very sorry! But insha’Allah this will make up for it! 🙂

Since I have started work in an office, I have noticed many things. In a much stronger way. I have noticed the way in which some males can be very chauvinistic, the senior leadership roles being filled with white males, the “office politics” that seem to be present everywhere and one of the most important things that I have come across, women in the workplace and their role within the workplace.

As a woman myself, I understand the ups and downs that we all face. From the pressure to look completely perfect all of the time to the consistent attempt to try and fit into a largely male-dominated playing field. 

However, I am different to the other women. 

I am a Muslimah, giving me a whole new perspective on the situation at hand. Being a Muslimah allows me to be saved from the usual pressures of feeling as though my make-up needs to be perfect, my skirt needs to be as high as possible without being trashy, my cleavage needs to be shown without showing too much, my legs need to be completely smooth and toned, my flirting skills need to be amazing to get what I need and so on. 

All of these pressures, put together with the role of trying to be the perfect wife and/or mother, make me feel so incredibly sad and pained to see every single woman who hasn’t been freed by Islam. With so much pressure upon them to be perfect at everything they do, and to do lots of it, I just wish that I could help them and give them the biggest hug in the world! 

My sisters in humanity are incredibly precious to me, whether they look at me with a disgusted look for dressing in the way that I do or actually treat me like any other woman. 

Islam teaches both men and women to truly respect the status of women. 

The status of a woman in Islam is incredible, shown through the jurisdiction regarding them. Women are saved from going to work in order to keep them from being treated badly by male colleagues and to ensure that they do not have extra stress upon themselves. Women are told to cover themselves completely in order to protect themselves and to be known as women who you should not mess with (i.e. women who are not interested in participating in flirting or any other form of debauchery). Women who become mothers have Paradise at the bottom of their feet (not literally!) but through respect, love and patience with mothers, Paradise can easily be earned. 

These are but a few examples of the status of women within Islam, despite what others may believe or say about the subject.

Women are incredibly sensitive, special, amazing, beautiful and strong creatures with so much to give to society. However, media and society in general has reduced the beautiful human to a subservient object of attraction, a tool to be used to fulfill males desires and a angry intense ball of hatred and jealousy for fellow women.

Through this re-shaping, society has started to break down as the true core of society, women, has been reduced to a low level.

I hope that we can do something as sisters in humanity to change this harsh reality and save ourselves and others.

Unusually, all of this stemmed from standing in a bathroom, watching two women put on make-up and fix themselves up in the morning…

May Allah (SWT) help us to be able to lead change and gain closeness to our fellow women. Ameen. 

JazakAllahu khairan for reading this.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Never mind lads’ mags, here are some other things I’d stick in a modesty bag | Hadley Freeman

Never mind lads’ mags, here are some other things I’d stick in a modesty bag | Hadley Freeman

http://gu.com/p/3t6h7

A Modern Muslimah ❤

My apprenticeship experience!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

As I will be starting my apprenticeship next week, which will last for about a year, I thought to myself why don’t I blog about my apprenticeship and my experience for both other apprentices and the general public to understand what an apprentice and apprenticeship is, and what an apprenticeship entails.

Would you guys be interested?

I will try and do weekly blog posts with some daily blog posts scattered in there, insha’Allah!

I will try to speak about my experiences, feelings, anxieties and what I have learned through it, with the hope that it might help someone deal with and understand the apprenticeship as a whole, insha’Allah.

I thought of this idea just tonight as I sat thinking about what my first day and the apprenticeship, as a whole, will be like.

Oh and for those who have been very confused for the majority of this post as to what I have meant by “apprenticeship”, firstly, sorry! Secondly, I shall explain.

An apprenticeship is a programme which allows you to learn the knowledge needed for your particular field of interest, whilst allowing you to put the knowledge you have learned into practice, pretty much straight away. You also learn some key skills, such as team-work, confidence, professionalism in the work place, health and safety, plus many more. You get paid at least £2.60 an hour. Most apprentices earn about £170-£250 a week. You also get all of the benefits of a normal employee, such as paid holidays, company benefits, etc. Your studies are not for qualifications seen mostly at school or college but a lot of the time, they are industry-related qualifications specifically tailored to apprenticeships and they are known all around the world, whilst only a degree is known around the world.

In short, they are a great way to get your foot into the door of major and smaller companies as well, with Sky, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways and Rolls Royce, being just some of the many companies that offer a way in.

Please let me know if this will be of interest to you!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Get out, you Muslim!

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Very sorry for not posting the daily suhoor/sehri updates because I’ve been excused for a week so I haven’t eaten anything for suhoor/sehri to report back on.

Today I thought that I would do a post which really is an issue in my age group and that issue/topic is…

BEING AN OUTCAST FOR BEING A MUSLIM.

Being a young person myself, I have been exposed to this, as you do become whilst living in the West.

Different things, from free-mixing to illegitimate relationships, are the norm in the West, a nation in need of dire help. To be a young Muslim, living in the West, to not have a boyfriend/girlfriend, to not drink alcohol, to not do drugs, to not be in a “relationship”, to not be flirting with every Tom, Dick and Harry, to not be lustfully gazing at the opposite gender, to not be engaged in fornication, to not be dressing to entice the opposite gender, to not be so obsessed with celebrities, to not know every single lyric of every single song, to not know every single line of every single movie, to not be obsessed with money and the dunya, to not be worshipping Satan, and to not be many other things, makes you WEIRD!

The West depicts someone as “normal” when they follow the “rulings” that they follow. As soon as you become free from the shackles of this dunya, you are seen as an outcast for not following what is the “norm”, i.e. what the people have been brainwashed to know as the norm.

As a young Muslimah who has been a part of that life outlined above, I know that there is NO benefit whatsoever that comes from it. Just a sense of emptiness and despair. When I found Islam all over again, it felt as though I was able to see properly for the first time. I remember feeling so free and ecstatic.

So what I advise the people who are encompassed by this dunya is:

1. Have a sincere and strong intention to get out of where you are.

2. Find good friends and acquaintances. (This tip is invaluable! It helped me SO much when I was finding Islam all over again.)

3. Keep striving against your nafs and Shaitaan. Even when your nafs and Shaitaan really want you to do something bad.

4. Make lots of dua, especially at the time of Tahajjud. It will help you to get to an extremely beautiful place in your imaan insha’Allah.

5. If you can’t find good friends or you have to leave them, then remember you always have Allah(SWT) really close to you at all times, closer than your jugular vein.

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I hope this helps, insha’Allah!

May we all be blessed with the opportunity of seeing Laylatul Qadr! Insha’Allah ameen.

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 4 (17th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Today, I ate 2 pieces of birthday cake, 3 dates and drank a glass of milk.

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 3 (16th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Today, I only ate 5 dates and drank a glass of milk. This was because I had a large iftar of sea bass, potatoes, salad and 2 pieces of birthday cake. (I know! A lot, right?)

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 2 (15th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

Today, due to a lovely but large iftar of a falafel wrap, accessories included, I only ate 2 burger buns with Nutella within. I then drank a bottle of water and a glass of milk. Same as yesterday on the drink front! 🙂

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today? Day 1 (14th Ramadan 1434/2013)

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I recently thought about doing a blog post every day to see what people ate for suhoor/sehri, even though we are in the middle of Ramadan (a bit late, I know!)

But then I thought about it and everything happens for a reason so maybe starting it in the middle of the month will be motivating, encouraging and will help us to keep focussed on gaining the most out of the time left. (insha’Allah!)

Insha’Allah let’s start this!

Bismillah.

Today I ate golden syrup porridge and 3 dates. I then drank a bottle of water and a glass of milk.

What did you have for suhoor/sehri today?

Please share it with us below!

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Too much….

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

I just found this article which made me cry a lot.
It is about the horrible, evil practices which are being carried out on my brothers in Guantanamo Bay.
The practice of force-feeding was experienced by Yasin Beey (Mos Def) but it was too hard for even him to go through with.

The article was slightly hard to read and the video was much harder to watch, but I believe that if people have to go through with this every single day, twice a day, then we can at least be exposed to it.

May Allah (SWT) grant the brothers sabr, shifa and ultimately Jannah tul Firdaus! Insha’Allah ameen.

[ Obama urged to halt Ramadan force-feeding at Guantánamo

http://gu.com/p/3h5mf ]

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤

Tea and biscuits anyone?

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

I hope you are well.

This is a really amazing video which shows off what Islam is really like and what the majority of Muslims are really like.

Please watch!

The video is below:

JazakAllahu khairan.

Assalaamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

A Modern Muslimah ❤