Monday, 28 July 2014

My Eid

I used to think Eid was all about fancy new clothes, cool places to go and people to see, but maybe over time our perception of quality of an Eid experience changes, maybe I got wiser or maybe I just finally come to understand how Islam can change persons outlook on life. 

I've been having a hard time with understanding life but alhamdulilah I've come to trust and put my faith in Allah and I plan to record how I did it.

Not that I know a lot but excuse me of my peasant-amateur experiences, today was Eid and alhamdulilah I didn't do a lot, I didn't buy extravagant clothes, or go new places, I didn't even see many people, all I had was my family with me and that was enough, because alhamdulilah you don't need that, Eid isn't about big celebrations it's about celebrating what you already have, and with the right attitude I was able to see that, when I was young I thought Eid was meant to be exciting and dramatic but it's not, it's only as far as what you lead your mind to believe. 

As a Muslim I know I should be happy with everything I have, and understanding I need to be sefless fighting against my nafs, my nafs tried to make me believe this Eid wasn't enough but I fought against it and I saw that Eid was fine the way it is, I just needed to understand what I wanted from life. Did I want excitement? Did I want more than what I had been given? 

The answer was no, I just wanted to be grateful to Allah, and simply being alive I could do that therefore Eid was fulfilled by itself with no other motives or minions and certainly not going to be fulfilled by my Nafs. 

Wasalaam

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Ask Me A Question

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
Sisters can I ask you something?
Or maybe something more?
Do you love Allah as much as this Dunya?
If you do, then how do you show it?
Are you underlining the words if you do? 
...
Is your or my love greater than Allah's?
Are you wondering why I am asking these questions everybody knows the answers to?
Do you know the real answer? Or are you confused?
Am I making sense?
...
Is my voice loud enough?
To be heard.
Or should I be a mouse with no voice?
Where do I go, to find these answers?
Answers and answers
Piling up..
Maybe you can tell me, sis, whats the answer?
Wasalaam

Blinded

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
A poem on the situation we face today. Note the sarcasm/satire.
Sleeping tonight
In my warm bed
Its easy to forget outside
My window
The shots fired
Im just so tired
Tomorrow I'm raising money
There's no other way
Except to say
Tough luck guys
I wish it wasn't this way
Hey it's not so bad
I heard they get Jannah
Win-win hey?
Plus the UN
And US have tried their best
So we should all take a rest!
At first I was angry too,
But I know they have told Israel to stop
And we all know bosses will stop workers pay
So fair play
US and UK
You did good, and oh yeah
All the arab countries we are so proud to
Have countries
Like you
Running like dogs
After bones
Good on.you!
So..
It turned out great for us all
Maybe not those behind walls
And those dying
And tortured
And crying
And shouting for help
But...that's not seen or heard
So its okay?
I might go to a protest soon
To show support and stuff
Been getting hassle from fans
So might be a chance to.wear my.new ray bans!
How do you like my i-care-about-palestinians ootd?
P.s I am not trying to offend anyone with this its just what I thought.
Wasalaam

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Caliphate of Al-Baghdadi (In Iraq)

The following is an approximate translation of a statement released by Hay’at al-Shām al-Islāmiyyah, the Islamic Sham Association. It is an independent body that carries out various relief and educational work which also includes a fatwa and research department to issue fatwas concerning Syrian affairs. Its members include a number of Syrian scholars and activists.
The official announcement from the Hay’at al-Shām al-Islāmiyyah of Syrian scholars on the ‘Caliphate’ of al-Baghdadi
All praises are due to Allāh the Lord of the worlds and there exists no enmity except towards the oppressors. May peace and blessings be upon Mohammad salla Allāhu ‘alayh wasalam who came with clear truth and may peace and blessings be upon his family, his companions and all of those who follow him until the last day.
Trials and tribulations continue to arrive in succession, afflicting the Muslims until the MuslimUmmah is purified just as the fire removes impurities from Iron. The most recent of these trials is the declaration of a ‘Khilāfah’ or an Islamic Caliphate, announced by al-Baghdadi’s group. This follows the countless wounds afflicted on the people of Syria; killing, Takfīr (accusations of disbelief), intended hindrance of their revolution and Jihād and breaking apart their unity.
We never thought that such a hollow and void claim would require a public statement in response, but al-Baghdadi’s group have mastered the art of public deception through magnifying their organisation in both status and number and by hijacking the victories of others. This has been exacerbated by the media, portraying the entire revolution as one led by ‘ISIS’ in a general attempt to discredit the sincere Mujāhidīn... Read more 
- Taken from Islam21c, MashaAllah before reading this I was confused, I was not sure what to 
believe. I obviously did not blindly believe what the news reported as I am aware the West does not know the meaning of impartiality or justice, so I got my friends opinions and then alhamdulilah, I found this article which made sense and I knew that this is true. Please read if you are unsure about whether the caliphate is real or not. Very useful MashaAllah :) 

Wasalaam

Monday, 14 July 2014

Feed me, Clothe me

There has been an undeniable surge and establishment of fashion in the female muslim community/hijabi fashion. I agree that it is important to take pride in your appearance and being fashionable in itself is not wrong. But wu ju bi fan- too much of anything is not good. We must govern our wants and not let them enslave us. It is okay to wear different colour hijabs, accessorize, put together different outfits or ‘OOTD’s’ etc. However, what I observe today, is hijabi’s becoming prey to consumerism and unfortunately some of us are getting eaten alive.  As muslim women, we are absolutely empowered by the clothing Allah swt has told us to wear, the abaya is a beautiful, loose fitted piece of clothing which is not only timeless, but resists any sort of ‘look’ other than the look of a muslim. It is comfortable and can wash with any occasion. There is such a beauty and a grace in the abaya and hijab that no other piece of clothing can match for a muslimah.

We must resist the consumerist society that we live in that preys off of young girls, their insecurities and their hopes and desires to be pretty and successful. Think carefully, do you desire to be viewed as beautiful? Do you feel that being beautiful is a part of success and helps to make you the ideal woman? Whom are you seeking to please? Are you feeding your naffs? Notice that often our desires are our naffs, and our naffs need constant monitoring and controlling. We must remember what Allah swt has instructed for us with regards to clothing and life in general. Taking the prophet, peace be upon him, as an example, he lived so simply, his clothes were always simple yet he was well presented. We have to remember that we are accountable for the rizq, Allah, the Most Generous, has blessed us with. We should identify ourselves as muslim women, who are God fearing and God conscious, first and foremost, and being fashionable must come secondary to this... Read more

-Taken from: http://e-slamicboggle.blogspot.co.uk, regarding fashion.  subhanAllah all of what this sister mentions is very true and sometimes as humans we forget so inshaAllah this shall bear a reminder to us all.

Wasalaam

New Blog

Assalaamualikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

I on reflection have decided I will inform you of a new blog I have created the reason why I was not going to mention it, is because this blog is not so much so focused on Islam,but myself as an individual. It has my philosophical musings and may not be conventional, it won't have Islamic poems or advice or even news related to Islam. It's simply my thoughts and honestly my life, I'm not perfect so what I may say may not always be correct or normal but the reason I created it is to release my thoughts and I felt a blog would be appropriate. You can check it out if you wish, the blogs name is Infinite Vestige. JazakaAllahu Khairan. Here's the link: http://infinitevestige.blogspot.co.uk

Wasalaam

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Times of Trouble

Assalaamualikum WaRahmtullahi Wa  Baraktuh, 

Not a usual post but I've been having those movie moments where I've been thinking about who I am and who I've become over this past year and... honestly I've changed. It's not a usual change it's just I've been experiencing new sides to my personality-sounds odd doesn't it? I suppose I always expected myself to be a certain way for a long time but to my surprise I haven't stayed the same, willingly I allowed myself to evolve through experiences I wish I hadn't let get the better of me. 

That's with all of us though isn't it? We fear change , we fear losing ourselves and becoming someone we hate. I've been seeing a lot on the Palestinian crisis on all the social networking sites and alhamdulilah I am glad we are coming together as an ummah. I do believe charty can help to a certain extent but ultimately I don't think that's the problem like the problems I find in myself and the fear I have of losing myself I fear the bigger picture is being lost in the hopes of raising money, the bigger awareness of a situation like Palestine requires an implentation of a an Islamic State one where we have no fear and we, have no injustice uncalled for by our caliph one where wrong is righted and the people who are poor receives their dues collected by a Caliph. (DISCLAIMER: I do not accept or promote the Palestinian flag or any flag, it is simply for the quote)


Wasalaam 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Just A Little Cuban Independence

Assalaamualikum Wa Rahmtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

So I've been researching US foreign policy and I came across the struggle for Cuban independence. Cuba was originally under Spain's control but Cuba wanted independence and with American assistance they won against Spain in 1898.However Americas kindness and altruistic nature really only comes to surface when they ban the Cuba government from signing treaties with other countries as well as making Cuba their personal little coal and naval station, really America you are too much! 

There was debate among the people despite there being imperialists there was also anti imperialists like Tillman who really did not want to interfere in the Cuban peoples right to govern ( the Teller Amendment) however the one who actually had a bigger say unfortunately felt they weren't capable of self government, I would say I'm surprised at McKinley but then again I'm not even though he, originally did not even want to go to war with Spain, because of his God-fearing, is-this-the-right-thing-to-do mentality undoubtedly became corrupted by his chums. And if that's not worse McKinley also decides America should also govern Philippines. 

What I don't get is, how America actually justifies their imposing actions, like honestly put it under the pretence of "helping" but who are you actually helping when all you do is greedily use the land for yourself? 

This is why it's essential our goals and reasons in life always have a fear of God, because look at McKinley he obviously fell short somewhere if he thinks God would be happy about him trying to take land unjustly. (this being said he may have repented or realised his mistakes, let's hope)

Aswell as that it just makes you think you know, how power can get to your head if we don't think about God, without Taqwa we become selfish and conceited and forget our purpose!

Well that's all I have to say for now, I'll be back soon, oh yeah I've been thinking about doing more posts like articles, I'm not sure if you know but I've always been interested in Journalism so I may start doing my own amateur article stories maybe local stories I don't know, I'll have to see!

Wasalaam



source: Reynolds David ;America, Empire of Liberty,

Image source: Google




Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Fasting in Ramadan


Assalaamualaikum! I was planning on making a lovely poster with tips for fasting but unfortunately being as lazy as I am, I still don't have Microsoft on my laptop so I couldn't make a post, however I did find this!
Taken from: http://brainbytes.org/top-5-healthy-ramadan-fasting-tips/

Happy Fasting!