The Great Women of Islam

The Great Women of Islam

The contributions of women in Islam is indisputable. Some women have had a great role and status in Islam and are, therefore, revered and appreciated in Islamic history.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Sufficient for you among the women of mankind are Mariam bint ‘Imran, Khadijah bint Khuwailid, Fatimah bint Muhammad and Asiyah the wife of Fir’awn.”

Al Tirmidhi (Sahih)

The Prophet has also mentioned a fifth woman and that is Aisha, whereby he ﷺ said:

“The superiority of ‘Aishah to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (the most popular signature dish at the time) to other kinds of food.”

Al-Nisai (Hasan)

Here are some of the greatest Muslim women in Islamic history in more detail.So who are these women and why are they so special?

1. Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“The best of its women is Khadijah bint Khuwailid, and the best of its women is Mariam bint ‘Imran (Virgin Mary)”

Al-Tirmidhi (Sahih)

Khadijah was the first wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. She was a wealthy merchant and was able to successfully run the business her late father left her. Despite her wealth, she always helped the poor and made sure to support all her family. Khadijah was the biggest advocate of the Prophet ﷺ. She was there for the Prophetﷺ when the revelation came to Him for the first time. She always stood by Himﷺ, despite people going against his message of Islam in the beginning.

Following the Prophethood of Muhammad ﷺ, she went through a great amount of suffering and undertook many sacrifices to support his mission. The Prophet never forgot her great service to himself and the Islamic faith. He would in fact always remind others of her great favor years after her passing.
Aisha says in a narration:

“….The Prophet (ﷺ) used to mention her (Khadija) very often, and whenever he slaughtered a sheep, he would cut its parts and send them to the women friends of Khadija. When I sometimes said to him, “(You treat Khadija in such a way) as if there is no woman on earth except Khadija,” he would say, “Khadija was such-and-such, and from her I had children.”
Bukhari

2. Aisha Bint Abu Bakr

Aisha was the wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the daughter of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq. She is one of the most renowned Mothers of the believers and is considered one of the greatest scholars of Islam.

Many narrations of the Prophet ﷺ are narrated by Aisha due to her proximity to the Messenger and her great understanding of the Quran and Islam.

The Prophet ﷺ was once asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! Who amongst all the people is the dearest to you?”He replied, “Aisha”.
The Companion then asked, “Out of the men?”
He replied: “Her father.”
Sahih Muslim

Many companions would always go to Aisha for consultation in religious matters, her intellect and scholastic abilities are a role model for women. Aisha’s status in Islam breaks the stereotype that only men can be scholars of Islam.

3. Maryam Bint Imran (Virgin Mary)

Maryam, the mother of Jesus, Eesa, is one of the most revered women in Islam. Her story features in detail in the Quran, and she, in fact, has an entire chapter named after her.

The Quran actually sheds light on the story of Maryam prior to her birth, whereby we learn of her mother’s supplication for a righteous child.
“But when she delivered her, she said, “My Lord, I have delivered a female.” And Allah was most knowing of what she delivered, “And the male is not like the female. And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah ].”
(Quran 3:36)

And surely Maryam lived on to dedicate her life to worshipping Allah. Her immense piety is in fact reiterated in the Quran on multiple occasions.
“So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zechariah. Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, “O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah. Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.”
(Quran 3:37)

“And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient.
(Quran 66:12)

Despite all the hardships she faced from people accusing her chastity she remained steadfast and obeyed Allah with unceasing faith.

4. Aasiyah the Pharaoh’s wife

Another woman who is given great stature in Islam is the wife of Pharaoh, Aasiyah. Despite being the wife of one of the greatest tyrants, she still believed in Allah. She chose leave all the wealth and accepted to be tortured by the Pharaoh for believing in Allah.

In the Quran, Allah refers to her as an “example for the believers”. Allah also makes mention of her supplication for a Palace in Paradise near Allah.

“And Allah presents an example of those who believed: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people.”

(Quran 66:11)

5. Fatimah Bint Muhammad

Fatimah is the daughter of Prophet Muhammadﷺ from his first wife Khadijah. She was known to be the biggest supporter of her father and she accompanied him from the beginning of his journey as a Prophet. She is a role model of faith, humility, purity, sacrifice and patience. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to stand up when she’d come into the room and kiss her forehead.

He ﷺ said:
“Fatimah is a part of me, and he who makes her angry, makes me angry.”
(Bukhari)

She was nicknamed “Al-Zahra” by the Prophet, which means “The Splendid One”. She also married the cousin of the Prophet, Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and gave birth to four children, Hassan, Hussain, Zainab and Um Kulthum. She lived a life of simplicity and often experienced great hardship and poverty.
The Prophet also informed her on his deathbed that she would be a leader of the women in Paradise.
These were women distinguished by sabr who found the true friendship of Allah through their unfailing steadfastness in the face of grinding sacrifices.

May Allah elevate the ranks of these great women and guide us to follow in their noble footsteps.

Louisville Airport renamed after Muhammad Ali

Louisville Airport, Kentucky, USA has been renamed after the late champion boxer Muhammad Ali. The move was made in honour of the legacy he left behind in the city of Louisville, his hometown.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news conference that Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is a reminder that while Ali belonged to the world, Louisville was his home.

“Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people,” Fischer said. “It is important that we, as a city, further champion the champ’s legacy. And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step.”

The Mayor also cited the fact that Ali’s name had become more recognisable than that of the city, hence making the name choice far more befitting.

The Louisville airport board said the decision came after a working group studied renaming the airport for more than a year. The board released this statement in regards to their choice of naming the Airport after him.

“On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Board of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority voted to meaningfully recognise the legacy of the humanitarian, boxing legend and Louisville native, Muhammad Ali by renaming the airport in his honour.”

Muhammad Ali was a proud Muslim and would often cite Islam when asked about his source of inspiration. He once said:

“I conquered the world, and it didn’t bring me happiness. The only true satisfaction comes from honoring and worshipping God. … Being a true Muslim is the most important thing in the world to me. It means more to me than being black or being American.”

May Allah have mercy on our brother Muhammad Ali who lived a life in service of Allah and left behind a legacy of goodness. The late boxer passed away in 2016, he would have been 77 on Thursday.

There are Two Types of People: The Salih and the Muslih

There are Two Types of People: The Salih and the Muslih

There are two kinds of righteous people in this world.

One is a صالح and the other is a مصلح.

One is a righteous person while the other is a reformer who aspires to bring about righteousness in others.

They might sound the same, but the truth is they are worlds apart. For starters, righteous people are loved, while those who try to reform society are quite often despised.

Just look at the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Before Prophethood, he was loved by all and praised for his righteousness, but the second he became a Prophet and attempted to bring about righteousness amongst others and called them away from evil; his people started to turn against him.

Nevertheless, the truth is, reformers who establish righteousness will always be far greater in the eyes of Allah than those who restrict their righteousness to themselves.

In fact, Allah in the Quran states:

وَمَا كَانَ رَبُّكَ لِيُهْلِكَ الْقُرَىٰ بِظُلْمٍ وَأَهْلُهَا مُصْلِحُونَ

“And it is not for your Lord to destroy the cities in oppression while their people were reformers.”

Quran 11:117

Allah specifically makes mention that so as long as reformers are present amongst a disbelieving people; they will not be destroyed.

He didn’t say so as long as there are righteous people صالحون, but rather reformers of righteousness مصلحون.

For this reason we should always aspire to be of those who are not only righteous, but also those who bring about righteousness amongst those around us.

Tips on how to make your iPhone kid-friendly

How to set up your iPhone to be kid-friendly

Kids today have access to more phones, tablets, computers and other tablets that have access to the Internet than any other generation. Babies can navigate their way through a tablet device better than some adults. Although children use these devices on a daily basis, they still do not know how to handle them responsibly. Here are some tips on how you can set up your personal iPhone device so that your children may use it safely without any worries giving you peace of mind.

Setup YouTube for safe browsing

No doubt our children spent a large portion of their time on YouTube browsing through their favourite content. So it is important for parents to make sure that their kids are not exposed to any harmful content. Here are the instructions on how to properly configure YouTube for your children’s iPhones or other mobile phone devices:

  • Open the YouTube App.
  • Tap the ‘Account’ icon on the top right-hand corner.
  • Tap ‘Settings’.
  • Turn ‘Restricted Mode’ on.

Setup Safari for safe browsing on iPhone

Safari is the iPhone’s main Internet browser. Parents need to pay close attention to what their child browses on the Internet as many of us already know the potential dangers on there. These are the steps to configure your iPhone device for safe Internet browsing:

  • Go ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Screen Time’.
  • If you don’t have ‘Screen Time’ then turn it on and set up the iPhone either as your’s or your child’s.
  • Go into ‘Content & privacy restrictions’ and turn it on.
  • Move onto ‘Content Restrictions’.
  • Tap ‘Web Content’.
  • From the three options, ‘Unrestricted Access’ is the default mode. Switch this to ‘Limit Adult Websites’.  ‘Limit Adult Websites’ option is the fastest option from the three as it allows automatic restrictions on adult-oriented websites.
    • If you want to allow only certain websites and block everything else switch to ‘Allowed websites only’. However, if you want to allow everything else and block specific websites then type it in the ’Never Allow’ section.

Disable In-App purchases on iPhone

This is very common for every parent with an iPhone. Sometimes kids purchase things in the apps that use without even noticing. This can lead to enormous credit card bills that you plain and simply cannot afford. Here are some simple instructions on how to set up your iPhone to avoid this:

  • Go ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Screen Time’.
  • Go into ‘Content & privacy restrictions’ and turn it on.
  • Now to go the ‘Itunes and App Store Purchases’.
  • Tap on ‘In-app Purchases’ and switch it to ‘Don’t Allow’.

Restricting App downloads and deletion

Kids may sometimes delete or downloads apps on your personal iPhone device which is very frustrating for parents. This can either lead to full storage memory consumption or just losing that favorite Islamic prayer app. In order to prevent this from happening, here some simple instructions on how to do that:

  • Go ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Screen Time’.
  • Go into ‘Content & privacy restrictions’.
  • Tap ‘Itunes and App Store Purchases’.
  • You can choose to not allow ‘Installing Apps’ and ‘Deleting Apps’.

Now you have your personal iPhone device setup to be kid-friendly.

Enjoy!

Water, The Most Vital Resource

Water is an essential aspect of our life in this world

“Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research is a research institute which aims to instill conviction and inspire contribution based on mainstream Islamic texts.”

As one of the most common and ubiquitous elements of human society, it is very easy to take water for granted. We very rarely take the time to think about how much we rely on water, and how catastrophic it would be if it were taken away from us.

This is one of the reasons why water is a very common example used in the Qur’an, which emphasizes water as an essential part of our existence. It also establishes an awareness of our use and relationship with water which can contribute to better management and preservation of our water resources.

Here are a few ways in which the Qur’an emphasizes the importance of water.

It was the starting point for every living thing

“Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?”

Qur’an 21:30

It is a resource we get directly from Allah

“Have you seen the water which you drink? Was it you who sent it down from the rain cloud, or did We send it? Were it Our Will, We could have made it bitter; why then do you not give thanks?”

Quran 56: 68-70

“Have you considered: if your water was to become sunken [into the Earth], then who could bring you flowing water?”

Quran 67:30

Its use carries many spiritual and legal responsibilities

Ali ibn Abi Talib said,

“Partake of it gladly, so long as you are a benefactor, not a despoiler, a cultivator, not a destroyer.”

Moreover, statements from the Prophet ﷺ such as,

“There shall be no harm, nor reciprocating of harm,”[49] are used by Bāqādir to support the belief that precautionary measures should be taken in protecting water.

It should not be hoarded or used to hurt others

“And tell them the water should be shared between them.”

Quran 54:28

It should never be wasted

“Even if you take ablutions in a flowing river, do not waste water.”

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Read more in 

When the Earth Speaks Against Us: Environmental Ethics in Islam by Afsan Redwan

Five Inspirational Muslim Stories of 2018

The year 2018 was full of memorable moments for Muslims. While some moments were sad, Other moments inspired change in the Muslim community. We have compiled a list of stories that inspired the Muslim Ummah in 2018.

Ali Banat passed away from cancer, after years helping the needy.

Ali Banat, a 32 year Muslim from Sydney, was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer three years ago and passed away in Ramadan 2018. Upon diagnosis, he was given seven months to live but instead, he was blessed to live for another three years. He spent those three years getting rid of his lavish possessions in order to give it all back to the needy of Africa. He setup his own charity organisation to build orphanages, mosques and schools in Africa. The lesson we can draw from his inspirational story is that he used his “gift” to devote the remaining time he has left to serve his religion. May Allah grant him Jannah.

 

More than £150,000 raised for Syrian schoolboy.

A Syrian schoolboy was the victim of a brutal assault at his school in Huddersfield. Shortly after the video went viral, a crowdfunding page was launched by a Muslim who wanted to “put a smile on their faces”. So with the help of the Muslim community around the world, they raised an astounding £150,000.

Mohamed Salah never forgetting his Muslim roots.

2018 was a big year for this sports star. Mohamed Salah did the unthinkable by breaking the premier league record for goals in a thirty-eight-game season, and he also won the Golden Boot for the most goals in the Premier League. But that’s not what was so inspiring about his story. What is so inspiring about Mohamed Salah is that he has reached such international success and fame and still continues to practice his religion openly and proudly. We have seen Muslim celebrities in the past reach momentous success but unfortunately, they have seemed to drop their Muslim identity. But not with Mohamed Salah, he continues to be himself which is a devout Muslim.

Palestinian medic died trying to save Palestinian lives.

Although this story is tragic, all Muslims can draw inspiration from Razan al-Najjar. This Muslim Palestinian medical worker was the front lines of the protests on the border at the end of March aiding those who have been wounded by the IDF. She understood that she needed to put her life on the line in order to help her Palestinian brothers and sister protesting for something much greater than themselves. May Allah grant her Jannah.

Khabib stands in the face of Islamophobia in the UFC.

The fight between Khabib and Mcgregor was no doubt the biggest event this year. There was so much hype for this fight to be the biggest of all time in UFC history. However, during the hype and marketing, some boundaries were crossed by Connor’s side.  Mcgregor had made some racist and Islamophobic slurs but despite all that, Khabib remained calm and respectable. Even when Mcgregor offered Khabib alcohol at one of the press conferences, he refused to partake in any drinking. But It was Khabib’s fight outside the octagon that mattered. He knew how to represent Islam in an environment as volatile as the UFC and that is why this story is inspirational for Muslim in 2018.

The birth of Jesus

This is the Islamic account of the Birth of Jesus, also known as the Nativity story

The miracle of childbirth is in and of itself a miracle that leaves humanity in awe every single day a child is born to a new mother and father. So it is no wonder that the birth of Jesus, who was born without a father, is a miracle that has encapsulated the hearts and minds of billions of people around the world, whether they be Muslim or Christian.

Jesus is considered one of the five greatest Prophets of Islam and is mentioned precisely 25 times in the Quran. The Islamic depiction of Jesus’ birth occurs primarily in Chapter 3 ‘Al-Imran’ and Chapter 19 ‘Maryam’ of the Quran.

When we look at the Islamic doctrine depicting the birth of Jesus or ‘Isa, we realise that it is very similar to the Christian scriptures.

The story begins when Mary is approached by the Angel Gabriel within her sacred quarters in Bayt Al-Maqdis, Jerusalem. Naturally being a woman who had lived a life of solitude and worship, she was left quite frightened and startled by this encounter.

“And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man. She said, “Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of God .”

Quran 19:17-18

In a bid to comfort her, the Angel went on to reveal to her that he was in fact an Angel sent from God and that she had a high status with her Lord.

“And [mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed God has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.”

Quran 3:42

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!”

Luke 1:30

Angel Gabriel then goes on to give Maryam the glad tidings of a newborn child.

He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.”

Quran 19:19

[And mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed God gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to God ].

Quran 3:45

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

Luke 1:31

This news, of course, came as a complete shock to Maryam who was a pure virgin and had never been approached by a man. She immediately exclaims in shock, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?”.

She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?”

Quran 19:20

She said, “My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?”

Quran 3:47

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

Luke 1:34

Angel Gabriel then responds to Maryam’s question with a very succinct yet powerful statement; God merely says “Be” and the matter will be.

[The angel] said, “Such is God ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.

Quran 3:47

He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.’ “

Quran 19:21

Gabriel then proceeds to blow a breath into the sleeve of Maryam which causes her to become pregnant instantaneously. According to Ibn Kathir, one of the great Quranic commentators, this pregnancy was to last 9 months long as per ordinary.

And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient.

Quran 66:12

As symptoms of her pregnancy soon came to fruition, suspicions by those around her soon began to develop. A famous incident also found in the commentary of Ibn Kathir describes her encounter with Yusuf Al-Najjar or Joseph the Carpenter.

He asks Maryam, “I am going to ask you a question, do not be quick in replying. Could there be a plant or tree without a seed or a son without a father?” She replied, “Yes! The first plant and tree which God created was without a seed. The answer to the second question is that God created Adam, not only without father, but without father and mother.” Yusuf the carpenter understood that this birth would be similar to Adam’s birth and a divine miracle.”

It is at this point, that Maryam realises the potential emotional and physical toll such suspicions will weigh upon her pregnancy so she decides to move to Bethlehem some four to six miles from Jerusalem.

“So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.”

Quran 19:22

Following her retreat to Bethlehem, Maryam continues on to bear Jesus in hardship and difficulty. This is until her labor pains drive her to the trunk of a palm tree, whereby she falls to its base and cries out in agony.

It is in this moment of immense pain that a voice calls out from beneath her informing her that she should not be sad for her Lord has brought forth a stream from underneath her. The voice also calls upon her to gently shake the palm tree to which ripened dates will fall. Whether or not this voice is that of Gabriel or Jesus is a point of contention amongst the scholars. Nevertheless this is perhaps one of the first miracles to take place at the moment of Jesus’ birth.

It is also reported that when Jesus is born he did not cry or scream as babies usually do. This is recorded in Sahih Muslim whereby the Prophet ﷺ states:

“No child is given birth to, but the devil pricks it so that it weeps due to the pricking of the devil, except Maryam and her son.”

After having delivered the baby and rested a short while, Maryam is then commanded to an oath of silence in the face of anyone who asks her concerning this matter. As she makes her way home carrying her child, the townspeople are immediately taken by surprise. They quickly subject her to suspicion and questioning, shocked at the uncanny scene they see before them.

Having vowed an oath of silence, she remains quiet and rather signals towards the child. Astounded and baffled by her response, the people exclaim “How can we speak to a child in the cradle?”.

It is at this moment that Jesus leaves the townspeople lost for words, as he miraculously speaks from the cradle in defence of his mother.

He informs the people that he is a servant of God who has received the Gospel and was made a Prophet. He enlightens them of his noble rank and the blessings that God had bestowed upon him. And of course he spoke of his obligation towards worshipping God alone without any partners.

[Jesus] said, “Indeed, I am the servant of God . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.

And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive

And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.

And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.”

Quran 19:30-33

[Jesus said], “And indeed, God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path.”

Quran 19:36

It is at this point, where we raise one of the greatest points of contention we hold with Christian doctrine and that is the miraculous birth of Jesus without a father did not in any way amount to Jesus being the literal son of God. For most definitely God is not in need of a son nor is it befitting for Him to take a son.

It is not [befitting] for God to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.

Quran 19:35

They say, ” God has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him,

Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.

Quran 2:116-117

And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son.” You have done an atrocious thing. The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation that they attribute to the Most Merciful a son. And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son.

Quran 19:88-92

What’s interesting to note, is that God couples the birth of Jesus in the Quran alongside the birth of Yahya (John), the son of Zachariah, who was born to elderly parents. This coupling is found in both Surah Al’ Imran and Surah Maryam. Many Quranic commentators state that the pairing of such accounts is used to highlight the powerful ability of God to create life in all situations, regardless of the circumstances.

This contrast is also hinted in the Bible, whereby Maryam asks Gabriel as to how she may have a son and Gabriel responds by saying:

“And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

Luke 1:36-37

More importantly, if God could give life to Adam who was void of a father and a mother, surely it would have been far more simpler to create Jesus who solely lacked a father. As God mentions in the Quran.

Indeed, the example of Jesus to God is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was.

Quran 3:59

And thus the story of the birth of the noble Prophet of God concludes, while his legacy of monotheism, justice and peace remains. He stands as one of the greatest figures in human history and billions of Muslims around the world patiently await his momentous return to restore justice to this Earth. Peace be upon him the day he was born, peace be upon him the day he will die and peace be upon him the day he will be resurrected.

Australia Muslim High Achievers

Muslim Students are amongst the highest achievers in Sydney

The HSC ATAR results are out and friends and families are celebrating all over Australia. Local Muslim communities are also sharing some of that joy. Sydney Muslim schools and their respective students have broken barriers, scoring some of the highest achievements in the state.

This year saw the remarkable Noor Ibrahim scoring 99.95 which is the highest achievable mark possible in NSW and also she ranked first in the entire state for PDHPE, scoring a result of  98. Along with her classmate Fahaad Ahmed who graduated with an ATAR of 99.85, have both scored undergraduate entry offers to study Medicine at University of Sydney – a university that preserves such exclusive spaces for the most elite around Australia. They aren’t the only Muslim students to have achieved exceptional results this year.

Another Muslim high achiever, Azmain Talukder from Western Australia, has also achieved 99.95 a perfect score on his Year 12 exams. Al Faisal College, who ranked 26th in NSW with a state-ranker, Irna Khan, in General Maths. With only 55 students on their honour roll and only six years of HSC admissions, Al Noori is now ranked 42nd in the state. Malek Fahd Islamic School managed to maintain a top 100 ranking.

Do Muslims Celebrate Christmas?

Do Muslims Celebrate Christmas?

It’s the holiday season and you may be wondering do muslims celebrate Christmas? A time of year to take a break from all of our hard work and spend some much needed time with family and friends. It’s no coincidence that this holiday period happens around Christmas, as traditionally it was a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

More recently Christmas has been adopted by most of us to be a cultural holiday of gift giving and close gatherings whilst spending time with loved ones. We accept the social etiquettes such as wishing Merry Christmas, attending Christmas gatherings and even to some extent, decorating our homes and workplaces with a Christmas tree.

Though we do not believe in the religious undertones of Christmas, should we, as Muslims, participate in Christmas although it is a national holiday and celebrate this holiday? And what are the implications of our actions?

Here are five reasons why we Muslims do not celebrate Christmas.

Christmas goes against the Islamic belief in God.

Christmas is a holiday celebrating the birth of the son of God. This goes against our fundamental belief of monotheism, in the Oneness of Allah, in lordship and worship. Allah says in the Qur’an:

Say (O Prophet), “He is Allah, One (and Indivisible); Allah, the Sustainer (needed by all). He has never had offspring, nor was He born. And there is none comparable to Him.”

[Al-Qur’an 112:1-4]

Jesus is a great prophet of God but not divine.

As Muslims, we believe Jesus is a great prophet of God, but not God or the son of God with a miraculous birth. Allah mentions in the Qur’an that Jesus said:

Those who say, “Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary,” have certainly fallen into disbelief. The Messiah (himself) said, “O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever associates others with Allah (in worship) will surely be forbidden Paradise by Allah. Their home will be the Fire. And the wrongdoers will have no helpers.

[Al-Qur’an 5:72]

Christmas season traditions has its roots in pagan festivities.

Saturnalia was a festival celebrated by the Romans to commemorate Saturn, the god of harvest. This festival took place during the winter solstice and was celebrated with lots of immorality and indulgence. The church adopted Christmas within the same period of the year to ease the pagans into becoming Christians.

Association by imitation.

Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him, said:

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
[Abu Dawood, graded Hasan Saheeh by Al-Albaani]

Reward for remaining steadfast.

And finally, by overcoming social pressures to partake in such celebrations, you will be rewarded. Here are some words of motivation:

Surely those who say, “Our Lord is Allah,” and then remain steadfast, the angels descend upon them (saying), “Do not fear, nor grieve. Rather, rejoice in the good news of Paradise, which you have been promised.
[Al-Qur’an 41:30]

So what are the alternatives?

What festivals do muslims celebrate instead of Christmas Day?

Islam has given us two festivals a year in which muslim families are to celebrate, Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) and Eid al-Fitr (Festival of Breaking Fast). These festivals are uniquely Islamic and have great significance and meaning behind them; Eid al-Adha being the commemoration of prophet Ibrahim willing to sacrifice his son Ismail, peace be upon them both, and Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to Medina, the people had two days on which they engaged in games. He asked:

What are these two days (what is the significance)?

They said: We used to engage ourselves on them in the pre-Islamic period. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

Allah has substituted for them something better than them, the day of sacrifice and the day of the breaking of the fast.

(Sunan Abi Dawud 1134 – Sahih Al-Albaani)

Six Sunnahs you can do in the rain

Six Sunnahs to do when it rains

Ever wondered what are the Sunnah actions to do when it rains? Here’s a quick list to get you started of what to do during all the different stages of rainfall.

 

Ask Allah to make it beneficial

 

The first thing to do when it starts raining is to say

“اللّهُمَّ صَيِّـباً نَافِعاً”,

which means

“May Allah grant us beneficial rain”.

Sunan An-Nisai

 

Perhaps your sincere supplication will ward off any potential harm of the coming rain and instead bring about a great benefit.

 

 

Stand under the rain

 

Try to catch a few raindrops onto your clothing in hopes of receiving some of the blessings of the rain.

Anas Bin Malik reported

“Whilst we were with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ rain fell upon us. The Messenger then exposed part of his garment so that rain fell on his body. When we asked him why he did so, he replied “Because it has just come from the Exalted Lord”.

Sahih Muslim

 

Call upon Allah

 

One of the most likely times of having your supplications accepted, is when it rains, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

The Prophet ﷺ said

“Two will not be rejected. The Duaa after the Adhan and the Duaa under the rain”.

Al-Hakim (Sahih)

 

Ask Allah for protection

 

During intense rain, it is recommended to make the supplication

“اللّهُمَّ حَوالَيْنا وَلا عَلَيْنا”,

which means,

“Oh Allah around us and not upon us.”

Sahih Al Bukhari

 

Recite this Quran verse

 

When the Prophet ﷺ heard thunder he would leave talk and recite the verse:

يُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةُ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ

“And the thunder exalts [ Allah ] with praise of Him – and the angels [as well] from fear of Him.”

Quran 13:13

 

Thank Allah for the rain

 

Once the rain has come to a stop, say

“مُطِرْنا بِفَضْلِ اللهِ وَرَحْمَتِه”,

which means

“We have received rain from Allah’s bounty and mercy”.

 

The Prophet ﷺ said,

“Whoever states this is a believer in me and and a disbeliever in the stars”.

Bukhari and Muslim