إذا أراد الله عز وجل بعبده خيراً جعل له واعظا من قلبه يأمره وينهاه.

When Allah intends good for His servant, He will create for him a heart that admonishes him to do good and prevents him from evil.

In 2012 and 2013, Islamist militants took over the northern Malian cities of Gao and Timbuktu. Imposing their own despotic version of religious Islamic law, the jihadists threatened to decimate the relics of Mali’s ancient past and suppress the lively spirit of its joyous communities. Women bore the brunt of this crackdown: they were forced to cover their brightly lit clothes with dark hijabs and face-covering burkas, and they were banned from work, school, or regular access to medical care. Many found ingenious ways to fight back: through small acts of defiance, and determined ingenuity, the women of Timbuktu stood up to the Islamists’ demands, and kept the unique spirit of their country alive.

See more from Mali’s Resilient Women, by Katie Orlinsky

My gender has moulded the world in its own image. Everything from politics to finance, law to science, art and architecture, sports and enter- tainment are shaped, structured and led by men – and contain the finger- prints of masculinity. History is almost exclusively made by men; and it is always His story. Men hold a virtual monopoly in the corridors of power: whether in political institutions or banks, the judiciary or the media, uni- versities or research laboratories, businesses or corporate organisations – anywhere where policies are made, decisions are announced, and all life on Earth is regulated. Not surprisingly, statistically men also perpetuate more crime than women, conventional as well as white-collar, from murders and killings, to football hooliganism, to nasty and greedy bankers ripping off the rest of society. The favourite pastime of men is, of course, war, perpetuated in the name of religion and ideologies but always focused on power and territory.

Violence and men go together; and a great deal of violence, in this truncated half-human world that men have fashioned, is directed against women.


Ziauddin Sardar (The Shadows of Muslim Men) 

If you didn’t like Tony Abbott already, you certainly shouldn’t like him now.

The Prime Minister of Australia has often made quite sexist, racist, pro-life, cisnormative and homophobic remarks, but only today, he has voiced his opinion on the burqa (I apologise if that was spelled incorrectly), calling it ‘confronting’ and wishing it ‘was not worn’ in Australia.

"I have said before that I find it a fairly confronting form of attire," he said.

"Frankly, I wish it was not worn. But we are a free country, we are a free society and it is not the business of Government to tell people what they should and shouldn’t wear."

Maha Abdo, of the Muslim Women’s Association, has spoken out about the comment, saying it is offensive and ignorant.

"He says that he is clearly offended by the niqab, or by the burqa that he calls it, and yet he comes up and says you know, we live in a free society and everyone can choose what to wear and what not to wear, his comment was clearly adding more fuel to the fire that is existing," she said.

While he has shown support for the ban of the burqa in Parliament House, several of his own party have disagreed with his opinion.

When your Islamic discourse with someone becomes a debate, that’s when you know that you have to stop. The psychology of a debate is like a sports competition, and no one likes to lose. So even if you make a good point, the other person isn’t going to congratulate you. They are thinking about revenge.
—  Nouman Ali Khan
The Supplication to be said on the Day of 'Arafat

From ‘Amr bin Shu’aib who said from his father who said from his grandfather that the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

"The best supplication is the supplication of the day of ‘Arafah; and the best of that which I and the Prophets before me said is:   

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ، وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer.

‘There is nothing worthy of worship except Allaah alone – without any partners for Him. Unto Him is the kingdom and for Him are all praises; and He has ability over all things’”

[Reported by At-Tirmidhee and was declared Hasan (sound) by Al-‘Allaamah Al-Albaanee in his Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhee (no.3585) (see also: As-Saheehah no.1503 & Saheeh Al- Jaami’ As-Sagheer no. 3274]

Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He) even swears an oath by the day of ‘Arafah (Quran 85:3) which is indeed a day of great blessings. Don’t waste this golden, annual opportunity to gain enormous rewards. Remember to fast, make a list of your most special duas (supplications), and spend your time in supplication, repentance and remembering Allāh (Glorified and Exalted be He).

Read our articles on how to spend the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah productively:

1) Four Things to Do on the Blessed 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah [http://proms.ly/1CbtKvW]

2) How to Productively Spend the Best 10 Days of the Year [http://proms.ly/1uoISBf]

O Allāh, guide us to spend the day of ‘Arafah productively! Aameen!

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Reasons for having a troubled heart

مِن أسبَاب ضيِقَة الصَدر؟ الإعراض عن الله تعلّق القلب بغير الله الغفلة عن ذكر الله تأخير الصلاة عن وقتها

Of the reasons for having a troubled heart: 1. Turning your back on Allah. 2. Attachment of the heart to other than Allah. 3. Neglect of the remembrance of Allah. 4. Delaying the salah (formal prayer) from its appointed time.

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After my khutbah today, a 93-year old man walked up to me asking if he had to fast. When I told him that Allah has given him a concession and he can feed a poor person instead, he demanded to know which verse in the Quran gave this concession.

After I showed it to him, he hugged me and began crying - said this was the first time he was unable to fast in his life and was feeling very guilty. He had woken up for suhoor but wasn’t able to continue.

Truth be told, I felt more guilty - knowing that he had fasted more than three times the amount I had fasted in my entire life and yet still was attempting to go strong. His Iman put me to shame.