Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Poem of the Week: His Command

His Command

What is it you think you see when you look at me?
No rights, no freedoms, oppressed and scared?
Why? Because I cover my hair?
What will it take to make you understand?
This path I walk is God's plan!
Just as in the Bible, He commands
For you to cover yourself, except your face and hands!

So please, do not pity me
I cover myself because HE commands
as I humble myself to HIS holy plan!
With my scarf and modest dress
I command of men my full respect!
They do not look at me as an object or prize to obtain
But value me for my intellect and self-respecting ways!

So the tear you see roll down my cheek
is a tear for you and not for me!
For the one who is truly oppressed
are the slaves to fashion, beauty and dress!
As the men of the "modern world" undress you
to sell their shoes and cars
You starve, your purge, you implant and you tuck
to still never feel pretty enough!

So with my head held high, and my veil pulled tight
I walk with pride tonight
With hope that someday you'll see
Just how LIBERATING it is
to be covered like me!

-Heather Noor Brooks

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

5 Muslimah Bag/Purse Must Haves

Here are 5 things that every Muslimah should have in her bag/purse/backpack at all times

1. Istinja Bottle(small water bottle)
starting at .99 cents at Target.
Making wudu on the go will be much easier with this in your bag.

2. Compass(to help you know what direction to face for salah), you can use an actual compass or there are plenty of free apps available for iPhones and from Android.

. Travel Prayer Rug
similar versions available at many online stores such as Al Hanah for $10.99.

4. Safety Pins and/or Straight Pins
they don't have to be this fancy, just simple straight pins or safety pins available from WalMart or Jo-Ann Fabrics will help you if you or a friend find yourself in need of one.

5. Pocket Quran
paperback versions are available for $8 at Islamic Place

Comment and let us know what you think!!!

What are some of your Muslimahs must haves? What do you never leave home without?

Asalaamu alaikum
Nadira & Najwa

Monday, October 4, 2010

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all", I'm sure this is something that we have all heard before. The important question is do we realize how important it is and what it means to guard our tongues?

“Not a word is said except that there is a watcher by him ready to record it” (Quran 50:18). Every single thing that we say is recorded whether it's good or bad. On the day of judgment when we go before Allah(swt) the angels will read EVERYTHING that we said from the book of deeds. It can be so easy to get caught up in the day to day conversations we have, so much so that we don't realize how important what we say is or how it can effect us. When you say something negative about someone, or something that is not true we will be held accountable for it. We will end up wishing that we had never said it.

The Prophet(saw) said, “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak good or keep silent”(Bukhari and Muslim).

Another hadith states "The best of all Muslims is one whose tongue and hand others are protected from(Muslim). Are we doing our best every chance we get to make sure that we are among the best? When we are around people talking about someone else do we join in or laugh along with them? Even if we don't say anything it's just the same as condoning it! If you hear someone talking about someone else don't be noisy and participate. Would you want someone to backbite and slander you? How would you feel if you knew that people were talking about you behind your back or spreading your business with others?

We also have to mindful of what type of language we use when we speak.
The Prophet(saw) was not one who would abuse (others) or say obscene words, or curse (others)..."(Bukhari).

Things to keep in mind:

Make sure that we are concerning ourselves with the enjoining the good and forbidding the evil

Don't backbite, don't slander, don't use foul language and stop being nosey!!!

Asalaamu alaikum
Nadira & Najwa