It has already been 17 years since I first became a mother, Subhan’Allah time flies. I can still remember the day I saw the positive result on the pregnancy test. I was so happy and excited to become a mother but all for the wrong reasons.
*Please keep in mind that this was all during my age of ignorance and before I knew anything about Islam.
*I share my experiences for the purpose of teaching/motivating/inspiring sisters who might be able to relate or who might be in the same situation. This is NOT a confession
When I fist became pregnant I was 17 years old. I didn’t finish high school and I began a relationship with the first boy that said he loved me. To give some more clarity as to how messed up my situation was, I need to mention also that I grew up an orphan. An orphan whose parents were very much alive but unable to raise their children. My mother was in and out of my life, while I was in foster care from 6-15yrs old. My father was in jail serving a 15 year sentence.
Hijab has nothing to do with being submissive to men but everything to do with being loyal to our Creator. In this message we will go over what “hijab” really means, the fact that Islam also gives men hijab and the benefits it brings. Women are NOT sex objects, eye-candy or forbidden fruit to be put out on display to tease and please men or to be measured, envied and judged by other women. Women are valuable and powerful in our own right without having to reveal the most precious thing we possess (our bodies).
We hear of the growing numbers of Hispanics that are converting to Islam, and we might think that this religion has nothing to do with this culture but it’s quite the opposite. Islam has deep roots in Spanish history, prior to Catholicism taking over and spread by force.
Whenever we hear the story of how the “New World” or “Americas” were discovered we hear about the Catholic Monarch (King Ferdinand II/Queen Isabella I) and Christopher Columbus but what was going on, in Spain as a result of this take-over?
Advice of how to deal w/being a revert and spending time with loved ones during the Christian holiday season. Islam does not separate us from our families, it actually brings us closer (insha’Allah- God-willing). Here is advice on how to respond when asked “Why don’t you celebrate Xmas?”.
This message is to also encourage our brothers and sisters in Christianity to follow the teachings and examples of Jesus (peace be upon him) and not pagan origins, Paul, or other anonymous authors of the NT which contridict what he and the previous Prophets (pbut) taught and practiced.
Maybe you’re a Christian and your wondering if Christmas has anything to do with the Bible. Was this a tradition Jesus (peace be upon him) taught or practiced? Where did it come from? The answers are in the book. *Scriptures this message will go over:
Jesus (pbuh) was the long awaited Messiah. The one prophesied in the Old Testament by previous Prophets (pbut) to come to the Children of Israel. But, what is a Messiah? Who and what were they anticipating from the Messiah? Were they waiting for God in flesh form or a human sacrifice?Or were they waiting for a leader, a Prophet sent by God to guide them? Lets see what the Bible says regarding Jesus (pbuh), one of the BEST of men in humanity. One of the most misunderstood.
“O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam”– Holy Quran al-Imran (3:102)
Obligation is defined as- “something that you must do because of a law, rule, promise, etc: something that you must do because it is morally right.” (Merriam-webster.com).
In dunya, obligations lead to self. Self-gratification, and ultimately, self-demise. One needs only to look and we can see what is encouraged and given honor in this world, looking out for self. In Islam, our obligations are prescriptions that lead to things that are good for the soul and for humanity. Recognizing that there is a difference between the obligations of a Muslim and a nonbeliever will help keep us from adopting the stresses and anxieties we sometimes put upon ourselves. Continue reading →
I remind myself first, and then others, that the strive towards excellence is an internal one. It is an “in-house” competition. We aren’t racing against our neighbors. We can’t depend on others to keep score. We can’t measure our own progress while looking and trying to compare ourselves to others. In competing against ourselves, there are four categories that I think many of us stumble upon. These are four areas that if we only take a closer look at, they can insha’Allah, become avenues that can help in our building of self, for the sake of Allah SWT. We don’t have to see these things as excuses to why we can’t grow. These four things are: