The 'Hijab' Of Today's Women


“O children of Adam let not Satan tempt you as he removed your parents from Paradise, stripping them of their clothing to show them their private parts. Indeed, he sees you, he and his tribe, from where you do not see them. Indeed, We have made the devils allies to those who do not believe.” [Quran, 7:27]

WE are familiar with the devil's trickery of Adam and Hawwa, the way he whispered to them, and his assurance to them that he was a 'trustworthy advisor', from every hidden angle. And what was the first consequence?

Exposure of that which was concealed. Thus, Shaytan lowered their high ranks and made them closer to sin.

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Woman of Courage: Lessons from the story of Hajar


Muslims from all around the world flock to Makkah to perform Umrah and Hajj every year although many centuries back, you would not find a single person in the lonely valley of Makkah. Surrounded by rock mountains and with a bed of sand for ground, it offered no vegetation and no water. Yet, this was about to change.

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Who decides what gender equality is?

who decides what gender equality is?

LET me begin with a disclaimer in the best modern tradition of writing that I accept that there's gender discrimination and that women invariably get the short end of the stick. There is oppression of women, in Muslim societies as much as in others, all the rights that Islam gives women notwithstanding.

This is despicable, reprehensible and deplorable and must be fought tooth and nail until it's abolished. But Western society which to this day harps about the single point criterion of women's liberation as being their willingness to work outside the home but continues to pay men more than women for the same work is hardly in a position to lecture and pontificate except to the ignorant.

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Why the Hijab Scares N̶o̶n̶-̶Muslim Men

IT is not pleasant shedding light on the unattractive mindset of others, but if this mindset is widespread and shamelessly overt, then it leaves us with no choice but to expose and tackle the root of the problem. Maybe some of you have noticed this, but there is a growing trend amongst many educated and successful Muslim men who openly refuse to consider a hijabi or a ‘remotely’ practicing woman for marriage.

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Why She is Not Good Enough


SHE made her way around the party, making the necessary greetings, smiling and waving at her classmates, directing a more formal approach at their mothers. She was the face of calm and collected. She’d decided to go all out for this event, and wore her best dress. She’d styled her hair, and had even applied the touch of make-up that accentuated her eyes perfectly.

She was beautiful. And most people made sure to mention it to her. 

But all she heard was the pity in their voices.

The only thing she could see was how her mother sat sadly amongst other mothers as yet another of her classmate celebrated their wedding. This was it. She was officially the last remaining girl from her batch of classmates who was yet to be married.

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Pregnancy, Nursing & Ramadan


IT’S that time of year again, Ramadan, alhamdulelah.

Fasting during Ramadan is obligatory upon all able-bodied adults. There are, however, a few exceptions.  Allah, The Most High says :

((And whosoever is sick or is upon a journey; then the period is made up from other days…)) [Soorah Al-Baqarah: 185]

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are included here and may opt not to fast.  Every year I get phone calls, emails, or in person requests for information about fasting while pregnant or breastfeeding a baby.  Pregnant mothers are always wondering if fasting will be harmful for them or their baby.  “Will I have enough energy?”  “Will my labor start early?”  “Will I or my baby lose weight? Or will we get sick?”  Breastfeeding mothers wonder, “Will I have enough milk for my baby?”  “Will my health be affected?”  They wonder how they can be sure to take care of their babies and themselves.  They ask all sorts of questions because, let’s face it: Moms tend to worry!

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