Are Women Equal in Islam? #InternationalWomensDay

 

Are Women Equal in Islam #InternationalWomensDay

According to mainstream media WOMEN ARE NOT EQUAL IN ISLAM! However, scholars, Quranic verses and Prophetic sayings prove otherwise. The Quran has a whole chapter based upon an important female in history. Surah Maryam, chapter 19.

Islam transformed the way females were looked at spiritually, legally, religiously, economically and otherwise. 

Almost 14 centuries ago Islam recognised the rights of females, which were not controlled, by men, politics or pressures of society.

What many media outlets get wrong is confusing Arab culture with Islamic traditions and rulings, which in turns has a harmful effect on how the depiction of Islam is made.

Allah says, “Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.”

Quran (33:35).

It granted females specific rights to inherit property, to consent to marriage, to specify terms and conditions in their marriage, to seek divorce, also recognised her as an independent human being.

Islam stated that children mainly young girls should be cared for and protected, as the practice of infanticide was being practiced pre-Islam.

Abu Sa’id al-Khurdi said that the Messenger of Allah   said, “No one has three daughters or three sisters and is good to them but that he will enter the Garden.”

Al-Albani.

The Prophet ﷺ  elevates the status of women and daughters in general, by referring to them as a means of entering Paradise.

A female is able to inherit wealth and property, but also earn, to keep and use it as she pleases, described in Islam.

A common statement that is used, BUT SHE ONLY GETS HALF THE WEALTH OF A MAN! 

Under Islamic Law which so heavily criticised, there are 11 cases in which a woman earns the same of as a man, 14 cases where a she earns more than a man, five cases where she earns and a man does not and only four cases a she inherits less than a man. However, these cases all depend on the circumstances and situations.

 

Sheikh Mohamed Abdalla says, “One of the most important aspects of Islam, is that it came to protect a women’s individuality and protect her single identity as a human being who is equal before God.”

 

The introduction of Islamic Law changed the marriage from a status to a contract in which she can can accept or disagree conditions in the marriage.  

If a she is forced into marriage the it is not binding.

 

The Prophet  said, “The virgin should not be given in marriage until her permission has been sought.”

Al-Bukhari.

 

The western culture has impacted a females role, and in turn has affected her positive impact in society.

While Christian priests gathered at the Council of Macon to discuss whether women had souls that could be saved, which they deemed could not be apart from Mary.

The French held a conference in 586 CE to determine whether the soul of women was human or animal, they came to the conclusion that it was in fact human, but her purpose was to serve men.

Meanwhile many Islamic scholars stated that a she is not required to cook, and if she refuses to do so, her husband cannot force her, from a legal perspective.

Doctor Nadwi based at Oxford University published a 40 volume dictionary containing the biography of about 8000 women scholars in the field of hadith and Prophetic tradition (sunnah’s).

 

“People assume women did not play a main role in the religious science of Islamic civilisation.”, said Sheikh Mohamed Abdalla.

 

In one of the biographies a scholar by the name of Karima al-Marwaziyya who died in 1070 and was the best authority on the sahih Al-Bukhari. Many male scholars would learn from her in order to become teachers themselves.  

As we can see Islam was brought down not only to perfect humanity but to provide females with the rights that were not previously given to them.

International Women’s Day should not be the only time we fight for the rights of females, but we should continue to empower our wives, daughter, mother, sisters and aunties on a daily basis.

 

“And they (women) have rights similar (to those of their husbands) over them to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.”

Quran (2:228).

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America Needs to Know Islam

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America Needs to Know Islam

When the words Islam and America are said in the same sentence it is usually followed by the words terrorist attack, ISIS or Sharia Law.

America and other countries need to start reporting on is the true Islam that 1.6 billion Muslims follow on a daily basis.

el- Hajj Malik el-Shabazz is the Muslim name of the ever controversial and great leader of Islam in America, Malcolm X.

Before converting to Islam, el-Shabazz followed a religious and political movement known as the Nation of Islam, a racist and ignorant movement that focused mainly on empowering the black people through demonising non black people.

Some of the teachings included, describing God as black, Jesus as black and that Wali Fard Muhammad the leader of the movement was a Prophet and was the presence of Allah.

However, due to many scandals, that surrounded Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, el-Shabazz began to reconsider is ideals and the movement that he helped empower in America.

Following his travels to Africa and Hajj, he realised that the “Islam” that was promoted by the Nation of Islam was in fact a lie.

After completing Hajj he denounced the Nation of Islam and converted to Islam that we all follow today. He began to teach the proper tenets of Islam and influence people, such as Muhammad Ali.

However, in 1965 a year after becoming a Muslim, el-Shabazz was shot three times and killed, in front of his wife and kids, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem; three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted of the murder.

He died a martyr of Islam trying to bring about justice for the African American community in a time when there was high racial tension.

“I am not a racist… In the past I permitted myself to be used… to make sweeping indictments of all white people, the entire white race, and these generalizations have caused injuries to some whites who perhaps did not deserve to be hurt. Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as the result of my recent pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the life of a true Sunni Muslim. I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenets of racism. I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people,” an excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

May Allah forgive him and all the Muslimeen and grant them all Al Firdaus.

Gifted With Cancer

Ali Banat was diagnosed with Cancer and doctors have given him only 7 months to live. Despite his circumstances, he considers this a gift from Allah. Watch his story here.

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Being diagnosed with cancer is like death sentence for many. But this is not the way Australian Muslim Ali Ali Banat sees it. For him, the sickness is unquestionably a gift from Allah.

“At this point in my life, Alhamdulillah I have been gifted by Allah with cancer throughout my body and I have changed my whole life to helping people,” he said.

When asked why he called the illness a gift from the Allah, the sobbing Ali Banat said the disease was opportunity for transformation.

“Alhamdulillah it is a gift because Allah has given me a chance to change,” he tells Mohamed Hoblos from Living Muslim, wiping tears streaming from his eyes.”

The Sydney born and bred lad’s life took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed of cancer four months ago.

The most throbbing news was when the medical experts told him he had seven months to live.

Giving away the wealth

Despite having the dreaded disease all over his body, Ali Banat psyched himself for the day he will breathe his last.

In video that has gone viral after being posted on Facebook the once successful businessman chose to reconsider his bountiful lifestyle when he came to know about his shrinking health condition.

He got rid of his cars, a fleet that comprises of Ferrari Spider, and had to do away with his expensive watches as he was determined to shun the worldly life in preparation for the day he shall depart the earth.

“I got rid of my cars, I got rid of my watches, even my clothes I took them overseas and gave them to a lot of people out there.

“I wanted to try to leave this world without anything,” said Ali Banat.

A trip to his room shows the luxurious lifestyle which Ali Banat was living, from designer bracelets that cost around $60 000, expensive watches, designers sunglasses and top of the range sneakers – some of which has made way to under-priviledged communities in Africa.

No love for this world

Gazing at his Ferrari parked on the driveway, Ali Banat says his interest in the materialistic possessions has vanished.

“Driving something like this doesn’t really cross my mind anymore. It’s not something I want to do anymore.

“After someone tells you, or you find out that you are sick or haven’t got much time in this life, wallahi this is the last thing you want to chase and this is how we should be living our life every day,” said Ali Banat as he advised people chasing worldly objects.

“These people are going for the wrong goals; you will realize that when you get sick when someone tells you, you haven’t got long to live.

“You will realize all this stuff doesn’t benefit you in anyway.”

Messages of support from Muslims across the world have been sent to Ali Banat, who has established a charity organization that has constructed a masjid and school in Africa, which will serve as continuing charity when he passes on.

‘Ya Allah take me’

He said the idea of establishing the charity organization, Muslims Around the World Project, was borne out of realization that when he dies all his wealth will remain except for his deeds.

“It all started when I went to the cemetery where a brother that had cancer had passed away. And I was at the cemetery and I was thinking to myself after you go there’s nothing, there’s no one there for you, no mother, no father, no brother, no sister except for your deeds,” explaining that even the wealth also disappears.

“Even your money, is not going to be there for you so the only thing that’s going to be there for you is sadaqa (charity) and that’s the only thing that’s going to help you gradually through your time in the grave until you get to your ultimate destination.”

Ali Banat who has been spending most of his time visiting the cemetery in preparation for his death told Living Muslim he’s ready for the angel of death to take his soul.

“I have been advised by one of the brothers to take a special drug, to help me with pain and stuff and subhanallah it’s very strong. I took a bit too much and came into a whole different world as in not knowing where I was.

“It was very hard for me, and subhanallah I actually seen things I have never seen before and my family were all there standing around me and I was pointing up and I was saying ‘Ya Allah take me’.

“It was that beautiful what I was seeing, I just wanted to go, and the next day subhanallah I wake up and I was upset that Allah didn’t take me,” said Ali Banat with eyes filled with tears.

Source:

http://www.ciibroadcasting.com/2015/11/19/meet-the-aussie-muslim-cancer-patient-whos-giving-everything-away-in-readiness-to-meet-allah/

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“Why We Fast” – Episode 1

In episode 1, we discuss the real reason of “Why we fast” this Ramadan. Enjoyed this episode more short films coming soon.

Most often when Muslims are asked the question “So, why do you guys fast in Ramadan?” the most common answer is “to empathize with the poor” or “to know what it’s like to go hungry”.

Now although, these answers may be partly true. There’s a lot more to fasting than this.

If we were to look into the Quran, when Allah speaks about the act of fasting, it in fact reveals something a lot deeper.

Allah says “Oh you who have believed, fasting has been decreed upon you as it was decreed upon those before you, so that you may obtain Taqwa”.

Meaning, that the purpose of fasting is to gain Taqwa.

But what exactly is Taqwa?

Well to answer this, let’s take a look at an amazing story, whereby Umar Bin Khattab asks Ubay Ibn Ka’ab this very same question; “What is Taqwa?”

To which Ubay replies with an incredible example. He says to Umar:

“Have you ever taken a thorny path?”

Umar says, Yes.

He then goes on to ask him “So, how did you travel along this thorny path?”

To which Umar replies “I rolled up my garment and was cautious as to where I would tread to avoid being pricked by the thorns”.

Ubay, says  “… This is Taqwa”.

It’s an amazing example that illustrates the meaning of Taqwa. A concept of being cautious and careful as to where you would tread, not out of fear of stepping into thorns, but rather fear of stepping into that which Allah has prohibited.

And by fasting, we can gain this virtue of Taqwa. By abstaining from food and drink, and constantly being cautious to not eat or drink during the day, we develop a heightened sense of awareness and god consciousness.

And surely if we can learn to be cautious in avoiding the consumption of food and drink, which are generally permissible in other months, we would similarly be able to train ourselves to be much stronger and cautious from falling into that which is otherwise impermissible, such as backbiting, gossip, the unlawful gaze or disobeying our parents.

And the best thing of all, is that Allah has guaranteed those who attain this status of Taqwa with many blessings as mentioned in the Quran.

For instance Allah promises to be near to and love those with Taqwa:

“Truly, Allah is with the people who have taqwa(2:194);

“Allah is the close friend of the muttaqin(45:19);

“Truly Allah loves the muttaqin(3:76″);

Allah also promises to ease the affairs of those who have Taqwa and provide for them from where they least expect.

“Whoever has Taqwa of Allah He will provide for him a way out and provide for him from where he least expects” ( 65:2-3)

So if anyone asks you why do Muslims fast, tell them this. It’s to gain Taqwa, a heightened sense of awareness and consciousness of Allah.

May Allah, the Almighty grant us all Taqwa this Ramadan.

Hollywood has a new competitor known as Halalywood

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Can Hollywood really be Halal?

You have heard about Hollywood , but have you heard about Halalywood, a new industry created to entertain Muslims and provide dawah to non Muslims.

Halalywood is the first of its kind with a mission to fund, create and produce films for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

The creator of Halalywood is Omar Regan, who starred in Rush Hour 2 and other films in Hollywood, but now has a new film by the name of American Sharia.

Halalywood aimes at providing, the right representation of Muslims, and a halal movie option for you and your family to watch.

Mr Regan said, “In every film Muslims are associated with terrorism and we are not, we nothing about terrorism.”

American Sharia, is an action/comedy and is based on a police officer in America trying to take down rogue government officials using Islamophobia to maintain power and control the mass.  

Mr Regan tries to portray a balanced view of what a Muslim is in today’s society and the many challenges we face.

After the wrongful killing of his father, by the government Mr Regan used his platform to change the perception of Muslims and Islam.

“… I have to do something within myself to change that (portrayal of Muslims)…”

However, a film like this has been met with criticism, stating that the movie promotes haram, e.g. flirting with the opposite gender and music.

Even though these are scenes shown from the trailer, and have further scenes in the movie which are not shown in the trailer, explaining that these sorts of things are against the religion of Islam., and are some challenges we as Muslims face, as we are humans who commit sin.

“I have been called kafir,” Omar Regan says in his interview with Malaz Majanni on Spotlight.  

Through this film Omar Regan hopes to challenge the idea of what a Muslim is in today’s society and how we can encourage and assist the youth.

“If we live in a bubble there is a poor representation of a Muslim, and there is no room for the youth to look up and say we need to grow up, we need to be better.”

The Virtue of Patience

The Virtue of Patience

According to the Oxford dictionary the English definition of patience refers to accepting and tolerating problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. However, the term patience translated to Arabic is ‘Sabr’ meaning to control or constrain oneself.

During the month of Ramadan, we control our desires whether it be food, drinking, sexual relations, etc. We also constrain ourselves from committing things that have already been made haram to us and that at time can be more of a struggle.

He cried, “No! Your souls must have tempted you to do something ˹evil˺. So ˹I am left with nothing but˺ beautiful patience! I trust Allah will return them all to me. Surely He ˹alone˺ is the All-Knowing, All-Wise.”

Quran 12:83

The Virtue of Patience
The Virtue of Patience

Furthermore, Ramadan allows us to work on our patience especially when Allah tests us with calamities. It is important to always be patient as Allah is with those who are patient, there are time when it may be hard and we think why is Allah doing this to me. But that is the wrong mentality to have, Allah loves those He tests, Allah is testing your faith in Him and wants you make du’a and rely on him.

“Surely, Allah is with those who are As‑Saabiroon (the patient)”

Quran 8:46

There is so much virtue in patience, that it is both rewarded in this life and the Hereafter, The Messenger of Allah ﷺ says,

“Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience”.

Muslim.

Allah also says,

Verily! I have rewarded them this Day for their patience, they are indeed the ones that are successful.

Quran 23:111

Patience is the foundation of the believer’s faith which has no other foundation. The one who has no patience has no faith, and if he has any, then it is only a little faith and it is very weak, and such a person worships Allah not to the full capacity.

May Allah make us from the patient ones and those that rely on Him.

Australian Foreign Fighters

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In the first episode, host Malaz Majanni speaks to Australian Federal Police Commander of counter terrorism Brian McDonald, and Dr Yassir Morsi Research Fellow at the University of South Australia about Matthew Gardiner and his involvement with Kurdish fighters against ISIS.

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