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Masterpost: Islamic Concepts, Words & Phrases!

So, as promised, here’s the masterpost of the different, most common, types of concepts, words and phrases that we, as Muslims, use in our day to day speak, and perform on the daily. The reason for this masterpost is so that, if and when Season 4 airs, and if it is about Sana, then most likely, these words and phrases, or concepts, may be commonly used/addressed, so it’s always nice to just, have a reference, I guess, of their meaning, so that you can understand the context and definition a little better! 

CONCEPTS.

Islam: The word “Islam” in itself means to submit, to surrender - to give yourself over to Allah, to feel the peace that giving yourself over to Allah brings to you.

Allah: The Arabic word for God.

Muhammad (sal’lalaahu alayhi wasalam): The final prophet sent down by Allah to mankind, with the religion of Islam. (sal’lalaahu alayhi wasalam), or sometimes seen as Muhammad (SAW) means ‘peace be upon him’, which you’ll sometimes see as Muhammad (PBUH). It is an extension we add on to the name Muhammad, whenever the prophet Muhammad (SAW) is being referred to, out of respect.

“The 5 Pillars of Islam”: These are, in essence, the 5 core aspects of Islam, that every Muslim must believe in, and do to their full potential, unless it is detrimental to their health, or they are unable to do so due to a lack of wealth:

  • Shahaadah - This is the very core belief of a Muslim. They “must testify and bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, and that Muhammad (SAW) is his worshipper and messenger.”
  • Salah - The 5 daily prayers, which must be read. These are Fajr (the prayer we read before sunrise), Zauhar (the midday prayer), Asr (the late afternoon prayer), Maghrib (the prayer we read before sunset) and Isha (the night prayer). Each of these prayers are signalled when the Adhaan (the call to prayer) is heard, and before performing these prayers, Wudhu (ablution) must be made.
  • Zakah - Alms, charity. Every year, we must take a portion of money out from our combined wealth that we own to give to charity to the poor and needy. Of course, to do that, Islam sets certain rules on how much wealth you must have in order to classify if whether you are in a position where you can give charity or not.
  • Sawm -  Fasting in the month of Ramadhan. Ramadhan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, whereby the start and the end of it is marked by the sighting of the crescent moon. During Ramadhan, Muslims all over the world must fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, water, sex and sin. They must instead increase their worshipping of Allah, by performing Salah and increasing their Tilaawat (reading of the Qur’aan), Tasbeeh (praising of Allah) and indulge themselves as much as they can within Islam. Suhoor (morning meal) is the meal we eat before sunrise happens, kind of like a breakfast, before we begin our fast for the day, and Iftaar (evening meal) is the meal we eat to break our fast, just as sunset is about to occur. Taraweeh is an additional compulsory Salah that Muslims must pray in Ramadhan (since this Salah is only read during Ramadhan, and in no other month beside it) after the Isha Salah. The end of Ramadhan is marked with Eid ul Fitr, the first of our 2 Eids that we have within the year, a celebration! The fasts in Ramadhan are only compulsory on people that are physically and mentally healthy enough to do them. 
  • Hajj - The 5 day sacred pilgrimage that takes place in the final month of the Islamic calendar, once a year. Muslims all over the world travel to Saudi Arabia, more specifically, Makkah and the surrounding cities near it, to perform their Hajj. Only those that are physically and mentally healthy, and that can afford the Hajj, will find it compulsory on them to do so. Our 2nd Eid, Eid ul Adha is celebrated on the 3rd day of Hajj, by remembering the sacrifice that the Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son, Ismail (Ishmael) were to make. 

Qur’aan: The Holy Book of Islam. It is considered to be Allah’s final word, and the final, unchanged Holy Book that was sent down via Angel Jibra’eel (Angel Gabriel) to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). 

Hadeeth: The teachings and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that were reported by his close family and friends.

Sunnah: The beloved actions of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) that were reported by his close family and friends.

Shari’ah Law: The Islamic ruling. Any Muslim country will most likely be governed by the Shari’ah Law. However, its not just people living in a Muslim state that must abide by the Shari’ah Law. Muslims all over the world must try their best to abide by it too. The Shari’ah Law is based upon the teachings of the Qur’aan, which hold the most weight in Islam, with a little understanding from the Hadeeth and Sunnah, in terms of how to apply these Laws.

Jihad: The word itself means to struggle, to battle. There are 2 types:

  • Jihad Kabeera: The Greater Struggle/Battle - this is the one we as Muslims face on a daily basis, within ourselves, to better ourselves as believers of Allah, to always do the right thing by Islam, which is something that affects us on a daily basis, especially if we live in the West, since we face the battle of living in the Western society, as well as being Muslims, and choosing to do the right thing. 
  • Jihad Sagheera: The Lesser Struggle/Battle - this is the one where we proactively, as Muslims, must fight against anyone who wrongfully says ill about Islam. In it, we must take care that we are not hurting those, who have not hurt us, but rather, that we fight against the common prejudices, stigmas and stereotypes that are placed on Islam and Muslims. 

Hijaab: The headpiece the women of Islam are recognised by. However, hijaab is not just that. Hijaab is also in the way we dress modestly, the way we must act modestly, the way we must speak modestly, because the woman’s modesty in Islam is very, very highly valued and respected. Men are told lower their gazes in front of women. 

Niqaab: The face veil that some, not all, but some Muslim women choose to wear, if they want to.

Burqa: The long material that covers the head and reaches thigh length, that some women, again, choose to wear, if they don’t want to wear the Hijaab, but something a bit more looser and covering.

Abayah: The long “dress” the women wear, on top of their usual clothes. Most of the times, these are black, with several printed or embroidered designs on them for more fancier wear, or sometimes they are simple, for more everyday wear. Not all women wear an abayah, and not every abayah is black in colour.

Thobe/Jubbah: Kind of like an abayah, but for men? I guess? It’s a long stitched garment, that comes in many different colours, mostly neautrals, like white, gray, beige, black, blues, greens etc, that men wear. Muslim men in the East wear this more frequently than Muslim men in the West, but Muslim men in the West would most likely wear this on Friday, Ramadhan, and Eid - on sacred occasions.

Dua: Prayers. So, when you raise your hands and pray to Allah, and ask anything of him and remember the people who you want to remember in your prayers to Allah.

Jummah: It means Friday, which is the holy day for Muslims. Kind of like Sabbath, I guess. On Fridays, instead of the Zauhar prayer, men normally go to the Masjid (the mosque) to offer Jummah Salah (The Friday Prayer), where the Imam (the person leading the prayer) will give a Kutbah (a short sermon) regarding a specific topic to do with Islam.

Masjid: The Mosque. This is where Muslims gather to pray Salah 5 times a day.

Madressah: Islamic schooling - so, Islamic classes that, most often, take place inside the Masjid, i.e, the mosque, when it is not being used by the general Muslim public to offer Salah.

WORDS & PHRASES.

As-salaamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatuhu: This is a greeting, both used as a hello and a goodbye between Muslims. As-salaamu’alaikum - May peace be upon you, Warahmatullahi - And Allah’s mercy, Wabarakaatuhu - And his blessings. Usually though, most people will only say/use As-salaamu’alaikum.

Allah Hafiz: May Allah protect you. This is another greeting we have that Muslims use as a goodbye.

Bismillah hirahmaa niraheem: In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the Most Kind. It’s a phrase we use/say when we’re about to start something, we start whatever we do in the name of Allah, by remembering him so that whatever we’re doing will have a successful outcome. Somtimes, we just say Bismillah, in short, which just means, In the Name of Allah.

Subhanallah: Glory be to Allah. This is a Tasbeeh (a praise of Allah) that is said when something overwhelms you, so much so, that you literally have to take a moment and glorify Allah for having that thing overwhelm you, whether it be someone’s beauty, something’s beauty, or something that’s happened that’s overwhelmed you in a really positive way.

Alhamdulillah: All praises be to Allah. This is a Tasbeeh that’s said when you’re thankful for something. Thankful for anything or anyone, for food, for good health, after we sneeze we say Alhamdulillah, or if someone is asking you how you are, you can simply reply back by saying Alhamdulillah, and they’ll understand that you are in good health, or if someone is offering you something extra, like food, for example, then you can simply say Alhamdulillah, and they’ll understand that you’re content with the amount you have.

Allahu Akbar: Allah is the Greatest. This is another Tasbeeh, but it’s used in quite versatile ways. It’s the first and last phrases of the Adhaan, it’s said in Salah, but it’s also used in daily speak too, most often when we want to reaffirm our belief in Allah, to remind ourselves that, Allah is our sole keeper of destiny, and that, sometimes, things we don’t anticipate can happen too. It’s a resounding statement of faith, that can invoke feelings of strength when it is needed, telling you to reevaluate where your faith is at. Or if something that you can’t believe is happening, you’ll say Allahu Akbar, to express your disbelief in it.

Insha’allah: If Allah wills. This is something we say when we’re thinking about the future, and we hope that the way we think about the future is something Allah is willing to offer us. Kind of like a “I don’t wanna jinx it”.

Mash’allah: Allah has willed. This is something we say out of respect for a situation, if it’s gone in favour of someone else we’re speaking to, or if we’re appreciating someone, whether it be their beauty or their character. It’s a way of showing someone that you’re extremely happy that Allah has willed for something to go their way. 

Wallah: I swear by Allah. It’s something you say when you’re absolutely serious about something, because you are swearing to Allah about it, you are keeping Allah as your witness about it.

Astagfirullah: I seek forgiveness from Allah. This is said when you’re repenting to Allah, or someone else may say this to you if they’re reminding you of something wrong that you did/are doing, not as a way to patronise, but to remind you that you have a choice in not doing that wrong thing either.

Jazakallah Khair: May Allah reward you with the best (of rewards). This is said in place of thank you, when you’re thanking someone for something, Most people sometimes just say Jazakallah, or either Baarakallah (May Allah’s blessings be upon you.)

Ameen: Amen. Something you say when you’re agreeing with something, or accepting something from someone.

Mubarak: Glad tidings/Congratulations. Usually you’ll hear people say this in Ramadhan or Eid, to each other, or if someone tells someone else they’re going for Hajj/have come back from Hajj, you’ll hear the phrases:  Ramadhan Mubarak, Eid Mubarak, Hajj Mubarak etc, but generally, it’s just used as way of saying congrats.

Nikah: Wedding.The actual wedding ceremony.

Ammi: Mum.

Abba: Dad.

Habibi/Habibti: The Most Beloved. Where Habibi is the masculine term, and Habibti is the feminine term. It’s not just said to the person you love romantically, it can be said platonically too, and quite often, is.

Sins also prevent us from performing the 5 daily Prayers, reduces provisions and the ability to do good deeds. Being able to worship Allah is a gift from Him so abandoning sins, correcting ourselves, repenting to Him, purifying ourselves and returning to Him in all our affairs is the way forward.

قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the Mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” -39-53

How this Ayah hits the believer each time as if it is the first time he reads this.

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‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (رضي الله عنه‎) would write to his governors during his caliphate and say:

“The most important of your affairs in my view is prayer; whoever prays regularly has protected his faith, but whoever neglects it, is bound to be more negligent in other issues of faith.”

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[At-Taareeqah Al-Hakamiyah]

anonymous asked:

Assalamu aleykum sister, Id be so grateful if you could give me some advice. I cant stop sinning and i'm so so scared i will lose my virginity because i can't control my nafs. I don't know what to do. i'm praying my 5 daily prayers and the sunnah-part together and i try to read Quran as often as possible but i keep falling back. May Allah swt reward you. 🌹

Wa Alaikumussalaam

Think of all the things your mother or father didn’t allow you as a small child like running onto the streets, jumping into a puddle of rain water, not accepting candies from strange people… They didn’t tell you all these things because they want to see you crying about it. In contrary, they want to see you smiling by not coming close to anything that might cause possible harm to you. All because they love you dearly.

Now, Allah is much more Loving than that. His Mercy and knowledge extends that over your parents one, He sees what might cause you trouble when commiting certain sins. Even though He did made this work to test you with different kind of temptations, He didn’t let you walk alone aimlessly around it without a guide that tells you what’s a positive and what’s a negative influence to your body, mind and soul.

So do not allow yourself to act ‘smarter’ than you are. The truth is, we people are dumb when desires take over our minds. We only see the temporary gain of it, but not the lasting effects. No matter how small the sin, Allah knows while we do not know. Therefore rely on this thought.

In the end, Allah doesn’t need you to worship Him and follows His orders, even if the whole world did nothing but sin, it wouldn’t decrease His might in the slightest. But out of generosity He gives us light that leads us onto the true path.

If you keep falling into the same sin, it’s not something to be proud of I know, but it’s totally okay and encouraged to get up and try to make up for it, repent, change. Allah is the Forgiving, The Merciful, so do not despair into this Mercy, regardless whether it’s a big sin in Islam.

Regarding your fear of losing your virginity, let me tell you something. Purity of the mind and of the body, specifically private parts, is one of the most important aspects of this religion.

Allah says many times in the Quran, as an example in Surah Al-Mumeenoon or in Al-Maarij that those will enter Jannah and succeed in both lives who amongst other things guards their private parts. So it’s something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Now, one does not come immediately into the taste of this sin from one day to the other, no, it’s the small things at the beginning. It starts with freemixing, revealing clothing, forbidden contact with the opposite gender etc… Thus it’s important to prevent the first steps Shaitan audhibillah whispers to you. He might tell you it’s not a big deal, but let’s be honest. We all at some point learn to what kind of evil this leads.

Keep up your good deeds in order to 'make up’ for your defiences as everybody else of us and slowly unchain yourself from everything you know is not good for you. Seek forgiveness, and occupy yourself with beneficial things. It will be easier for you once you dedicate your time for Allah because it awakes some sort of shame once youre constantly god conscious.

I hope this has given you a small insight into the matter. Forgive me if I’ve unintentionally hurt you or made mistakes. Feel free to correct me.

May Allah protect you sis and guide us all onto the straight path through His Mercy and Forgiveness. Ameen

anonymous asked:

After the recent terrorist attacks Im finding it increasingly harder to be okay with Islam

The media feeds you with such lies I don’t blame you. I would have blamed you if you believed the media without doing your own research, but you sending me this ask is a way for you to gain knowledge, is it not? I’m proud of you for reaching out to me before you start hating us. 

The media is this most biased source of information ever. Please do not be conditioned into what the media wants you to be brainwashed into. 

What such terrorist groups represents, first of all, are not Islamic. Far from Islam are these twats. I was actually reading the Quran this morning and came across the verse:

if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.” [Quran 5:32]

Oh look! There is a verse for terrorist groups like ISIS as well! : 

“And make not Allah’s (Name) an excuse in your oaths against your doing good and acting piously, and making peace among mankind. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower (i.e. do not swear much and if you have sworn against doing something good then give an expiation for the oath and do good).” [Quran 2:224]
I.E.,: DO NOT USE ALLAH’S NAME TO DO SHAMEFUL ACTS [SUCH AS KILLING].

There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” [Quran 2:256]
AKA: DO NOT FORCE PEOPLE INTO ISLAM

The conditions of Muslims setting war is set by a verse in sūrat l-baqarah. This verse explains that war is only acceptable if it is for oppressed people. Allah also says to resort to peace if the other side does as well - 

And fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits. And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah) until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the reward of the unbelievers. But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.“ [Quran 2:190-192]

Permission to fight is given to those (i.e. believers against disbelievers), who are fighting them, (and) because they (believers) have been wronged, and surely, Allah is Able to give them (believers) victory” [Quran 22:39]

The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loves not those who do wrong. But indeed if any do help and defend themselves after a wrong (done) to them, against such there is no cause of blame. The blame is only against those who oppress men and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a grievous penalty. And whoever is patient and forgiving, these most surely are actions due to courage.“ [Quran 42:40-43]

SO IN CONCLUSION, ISIS AND OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS DO NOT REPRESENT ISLAM. THE QURAN AND TIME AND TIME SAYS FIGHT IF THEY START IT (YOU ARE BEING OPPRESSED) BUT GO TO PEACE IF THEY DO AS WELL. 

Also, let me drop one last verse from the Quran:

And do not obey the disbelievers and the hypocrites but do not harm them, and rely upon Allah. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” [33:48]

What ISIS and others are doing, well have fun in hell you fools. Using Allah’s glorified name to carry out your horrific acts, spoiling the name Islam and Allah, woe and curses be to them! 

Other facts -

Did you know after 9/11 there was a spike in conversions to Islam because people picked up the Quran in interest to see how terrible Islam is but found love, peace, and mercy instead?

Did you know that those who were held captive by ISIS and escaped said that they did not even have a Quran, they did not pray the 5 daily prayers, they would get drunk, and they raped and abused. Obviously, they are far from Islam as these are far from the teachings of Islam.

Please do not believe the media, they only want for you to hate us. Divide and conquer, you’ve probably learned that in history class. 

Again, thank you for reaching out before being absorbed in judgments.

anonymous asked:

Assalam alaikum, I hope you are well inshallah. I have to ask you, how does one rebuild a connection with Allah. I remember years ago I was close to Him and I really miss that feeling. I want to go back, I just don't know how. Also, during that time I was a lot better, personality wise and in general. (The effect of iman) and I'm not sure if I want to have iman again to be close to Allah or just to be better. I'm worried my intentions are off

Wa Alaykum Selam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh,

I will advise you with five things, implement these in your life and you will attain what you are looking for.

  1. Pray the 5 daily prayers on time and with tranquility, make sure to never miss a prayer.
  2. Each day after Fajr spend 1 hour memorizing / revising the Qur’an, and after Maghrib 1 hour reciting the Qur’an.
  3. Whenever you want to speak, look, write or do a thing first ask yourself, ‘Will Allah be pleased with me?’
  4. Look at your sources of income and inspect every penny with the highest scrutiny regarding where it comes from. Eliminate every form of Haram income until you are sure that everything you buy with whatever it is that you earn is Halal.
  5. Speak little and remember Allah much.
No matter how low you feel your īmān has dipped, never ever give up on your 5 daily obligatory prayers. No matter how much you feel like giving up on being “religious,” tell yourself that your prayer is one thing that you will never let go of. No matter how empty your prayers are feeling, hold on to them. They are your path back to Allāh. No matter how detached you are feeling, they are indeed keeping you attached
—  Saad Tasleem
MAXIMISE your rewards this RAMADAN – The SUNNAH the BETTER!
1. Wake up for Suhoor
2. Read 20 pages of Quran per day and you will complete it
3. Break your fast on an odd number of dates and if no dates available then break it on water
4. Learn and say the Dua prior to breaking your fast
5. Pray Taraaweeh /night prayers
6. Fast from all types of evil speech – lying, gossip, slander, backbiting, etc.
7. Be generous. Feed the poor and needy
8. Contribute towards breaking other people’s fast and receive their reward without any of their reward being reduced
9. Pray ‘Ishaa’ with the Imam until he has completed the entire prayer including Taraweeh and witr and it will be recorded for you as if you spent the entire night in prayer
10. Make lots of Dua and ask Allah to bless you with His bounties in this life and the next
11. Perform ‘Umrah if you have the ability to do so and you will receive the reward of having performed Hajj with the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
12. Get into the habit of praying the 12 Sunnah prayers associated with the 5 daily prayers and a mansion will await you in Jannah (2 before Fajr, 4 before Dhuhr, 2 after Dhuhr, 2 after Maghrib and 2 after ‘Ishaa’)
13. ‘Itikaaf - Devout yourself to the mosque during the last 10 days of Ramadan
14. Stay up engaging in various acts of worship during the evenings of the odd days of the last 10 days of Ramadan seeking out Laylatul Qadr which offers the reward of 1000 years of worship (83.3 years)
15. Pay Zakat/Sadaqatul Fitr towards the end of Ramadan and before the Eid prayer
I ask Allah to grant me and you the ability to do all this and more during Ramadan 1435/2014
—  Bilal Dannoun

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm currently studying Islam and considering converting, and I have a few questions I'm hoping aren't stupid(: For one, what is dua? And I'm nervous about wearing a hijab and being covered all the time, because I've never done it and it's such a sudden change, you know? What advice would you have for that? Lastly, my family is super Christian, and will say I'm only converting to be dramatic and will probably disown me (I wish I were kidding). How can I come to peace with that? Thank you!

Hello :) No question is stupid, always feel free to ask me (or any of us) any question you have.

What is a Dua?

Dua means supplication, and is a prayer. When we ask for something (good health, good faith, protection from hell) we are making a dua. It is calling out to God and having a conversation with our Lord. Dua is an uplifiting & empowering way to facilitate a healthy and strong relationship with God. It places full trust in God through reliance & faith. It is a submission to God, and therefore an act of worship. When we call upon one God, Allah, we are showing Him that we understand only He can truly solve our worries and problems, and only He controls the outcomes of the world.

Muslims can make dua any time. It includes praises of God, thanking God, hope, and general talking to God. It can be out loud or in your heart. It can be made for you, your family, strangers, the earth, even all of humanity. It can be done in any language.

Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, encouraged the believers to make dua.  He said, “The dua of a Muslim for his brother (or sister) in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says, Ameen. And may you also be blessed with the same’” (Authentic Muslim)

The benefits of dua are immense,

  • a sense of closeness to God
  • the outcome of your supplication
  • increase in faith
  • feeling hope, relief to distress
  • reward from God
  • a moment of peace and clarity

Hijab

Converting to Islam comes with a lot of difficulties, hijab being a huge one. However, it is a task that is so worth it. Rushing into hijab isn’t my advice though, I believe a slow and steady approach to lifestyle changes is better for your faith and your commitment to it.

First I suggest you study the meaning behind hijab. Read the ayat & hadith about hijab and read about other’s experiences with it. Muslim women wear hijab because it was a commandment of God. Every single day when we put it on we are reminded that we must be model Muslim citizens; give to charity, respect our elders, be kind to animals, smile & be friendly, help out those in need, learn and educate ourselves so we can benefit the society we live in, etc. Just as fasting during the month of Ramadan is a commandment from God, so is hijab. So it’s primary purpose is the spiritual connection. Next comes the benefits & other aspects. I firmly believe that’s important to understand. Just like Ramadan has many secondly benefits (humility, health, etc.); but they are not the main purpose.

I’ve written a lot about hijab here. This is my hijab in brief post.

I am not a revert, so when I began to wear hijab the only difficulty I had was with my Catholic family & my society. There are so many sisters on here who have reverted to Islam and could do you much more justice. I encourage them to add onto this post for your benefit. My tips are based on my experience, and will not reflect the experiences of a revert, but are still semi helpful lol

My Tips for Wearing Hijab

  • Set your intention - doing this for Allah. For God. Remember this throughout your journey
  • Start by modifying your clothes. If you wear capris and t-shirts now, switch to long pants and long sleeve tops. Slowly start covering your chest more (less low cut tops) and begin to wear looser jeans and tops. Start to purchase longer tops that go to your hips, then past your bottom, etc. Hijab is different for every girl, and you have to decide how you want to achieve your goals of modesty. Once you’ve built that image, slowly work for it. It may take a year, and to me, that’s ok.
  • Remember that hijab is a character trait truly first. Start working on your ego, your pride, your humility, etc. These are the real meanings behind hijab & you don’t have to cover your hair to reach them
  • Watch Youtube hijab tutorials to find styles you like so that you have fun with it. Hijab is so much fun to style, match with your clothing, etc.
  • Start wearing hijab when you drive to the post office or go to the grocery store. Maybe even drive to the town next to yours and put it on and walk around where no one will know you. Get used to the change slowly. A lot of girls find that once they begin to wear it more often here and there, they find it so hard to NOT wear it.
  • Throw a hijab party. Once you meet more Muslim sisters celebrate your hijab and have a party.
  • If you’re attached to styling your hair, begin to let that go. Wear a pony tail often and tuck away your straightener/curler.
  • Be aware that people will make you feel uncomfortable (or worse). Accept it, but what you’ll find is a lot of people will accept you.
  • Notice your self-esteem. It may fluctuate through this, but most of us find (if we have chosen it ourselves) it skyrockets your self-esteem
  • Gather support. Revert sisters can provide you with excellent tips on how to battle your issues, and other sisters will just be there for you if you need to vent. We are a family, and we are here for you
  • Prepare your conversation with your family. That’s the toughest thing, but just showing up one day with a hijab won’t go over well (trust me, been there done that, grandpa wasn’t happy). Talk to your loved ones about your decision, and be open to questions.
  • Follow hijab blogs so you can get your inspiration on
  • Buy light hijabs for the summer. After a while your body will adjust to extra material, you’ll get through the heat
  • Know this: things get better in time. People will stop treating you odd (maybe not your family though, and that’s rough - see bullet point number 1). The insecure feeling will go away. It will become normal to your classmates

Reverts & Family

As I said, I am no expertise in this category. There are so many reverts on this site who are much better at these topics.

Coming to peace with these types of issues can be seemingly impossible, but at the end of the day, you’re doing this for your religion.

When I started wearing hijab, my grandpa stopped talking to me. Now, this is nothing like the anxiety you’re feeling, but I hope this can be helpful. I watched a lecture by Nouman Ali Khan about showing people what Islam is and changing their perspectives with your character. So I did that. It was all I could do. I worked hard to show him that I am a better person because of Islam, not despite it. SubhanAllah, after 4 years, it paid off. I’m not saying this is what will happen for you, but it’s my experience, so hopefully you can benefit from it.

These tips are one’s from my revert friends, and mostly from my mom when she converted, I hope they help.

Tips

  • Understand where your parents are coming from and try to approach them from their standpoint
  • Remain patient & calm, your anger will solve nothing. I know that might be hard if they are saying degrading things, but Islam tells us “Don’t get angry”
  • Accept that things might be really bad for a long time, but if they get better, forgive. Breaking ties of kinship should only be done in extreme situation - you’ll know. Try to forgive if you can
  • Remain hopeful and optimistic.
  • Keep in mind its better to be happy (have a faith you love) than to sacrifice that for your family. Your happiness matters and you should choose what makes you the most content
  • Make dua about it :D
  • Decide if you want to tell them immediately or not. Depending on your situation, this is really variable. By not telling them immediately, they may have a chance to see your character change before they flip out about Islam being the cause
  • Place your value in your deen. Allah is the only one who really can determine your worth - which is based off your character. You know who you are. Don’t let their comments and their attitudes toward you affect your value. You’re loved by many others.
  • Pray the 5 daily prayers, it’s comforting
  • Stay away from Christianity vs. Islam. Focus on, we are all people of the book, we all believe in one God, we believe in Jesus, we have similar stories, we are closer than you think in faith.
  • Start going to the masjid so that if you do get disowned, there will be people who can provide you with a place to stay and some food. You’re our family, and there will be people to help

These are probably not the best, but I know some blogs who would be better at this (I hope they don’t mind me tagging them):

@hannah–icarus

@s-a-b-r

@patoispapi

@reverthelp

@revertrants

@houseoftombombadil

@kirstinregina

@themooselambaconvert

@zhukran

@deslove937

@mt-lostsoul

@shake-for-a-sheikh

@xaproudmuslimah

@kalilahmarie

My revert tag has lots of information, but you’re always welcome to ask me anything

Assalamualaikum my dear sisters,

I hope all of you are at the best of health, Insya Allah. I haven’t been feeling too well, please make duaa for me.

Sisters, the reason why I’m writing this to you today is to share my thoughts and my feelings. I’ve been receiving many many heartbreaking messages from sisters who are distressed, suffering from family problems, relationship problems, career problems and many others – which I can totally relate too, as I am only human and also go through many challenges and trials. SubhanAllah. Sisters, know that Allah Taala says “Verily, with hardship there is ease. With hardship there is ease” (Surah Insyirah: Ayat 5-6). These are the words of Allah. This is Allah’s promise. This is the Ayat I hold on too, whenever I am faced with hardship.

Sisters, I’m just like you in many ways. We cling on to the creation of Allah, instead of holding on to the rope of Allah, which will never break. Many of you plea to me saying “please help me, sister”, but I’m sorry, I’m not the one who can take away your pain..because only Allah can do that. I can only give you some advise based on my experience but I cannot take all that pain away. I cannot take away your problems. Only Allah can bring us out of our miseries, only Allah can remove our problems, only Allah can turn our hearts, only Allah can be turned to for help. While others leave us at times we need them, Allah is constantly there waiting for us to seek Him. In Surah Ghafir, Ayat 60, He says “Call upon Me, I will respond to You”. Turn to Him for help.

O’ my sisters, don’t you know that we are inflicted with pain because Allah wants us to go to Him for help. Hardships are meant to cure us. Hardships are meant to bring us closer to Allah. Instead, all we do is rely on people to help us. Sisters – our aim is to attain Jannah and it is worth every fall, every tear drop and every hardship.

Doesn’t it comfort you that Allah Taala is always watching, that if you need help or if you need someone to listen, all you have to do make duaa and ask?

My sisters, please do not mistake me for a scholar or a hafidzah Quran. I haven’t memorized the entire Quran, the knowledge that I have is zero – compared to all my other brothers and sisters here on Tumblr who are also striving with Dawah. I am nowhere near perfect – I am just an ordinary person who slips and falls daily. I try my best, regardless, to seek knowledge and continue to do so to help myself – most of all. I advise all my sisters to do the same.

Sisters, all our problems are considered very small compared to our dying brothers and sisters in Syria, Palestine and many many other places in the world, who have no family, no shelter, no food and are being tortured everyday. Remember, that Allah places no burden greater than we have strength to bear. Last week, I received a distressed message from a sister who threatened to kill herself because her friends abandoned her. Astaghfirullahaladheem. I was very effected by it. My sister, I don’t want to be ignorant and say that I don’t understand how can it be so miserable because I went through that myself but Alhamdulillah – Allah Taala took me out of it and that is what I want to stress to you right now. Allah Taala brought you to it, and He will bring you through it. People will abandone us, but Allah never will.

Make dua. Loads and loads of dua. Never lose hope. Never give up. If Allah is all you have, you have all you NEED.

Sisters, “Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near” (Surah Al-Baqarah: 214)

Constantly make dua. Don’t forget your 5 daily prayers. Do nafl. Wake up for Qiyam. Read Quran. Quran will give us light. Allah will bring us out of the darkness into the light if we hold on to the Quran, recite and reflect upon it and implement it in your daily lives. The Quran is brought down as a guidance to all of mankind. One simply cannot survive without a connection with the Quran. I struggle everyday with my Deen but sisters, it is worth every hardship.

Sisters, I have my own share of problems too. I have my own personal struggles in life. Last year, I suffered a miscarriage and I lost my Mum. It was my biggest downfall. I used to cry every single day. But at the end of the day, I look at how Allah has blessed me with such a warm family and a very supporting husband – Alhamdulillah. And everytime I open the Quran, I find verses I could relate to and it was as if those words were written for me. I found one which made so much sense – “Mankind was created weak” (4:28) and He says”As for he who gives and fears Allah, and believes in the best reward, We will ease him towards ease” (Surah Al-Layl:5-7) and  “If you are grateful, surely I will bestow more favours on you” (Surah Ibrahim:7). These are all the promises of Allah. Isn’t He Most Merciful? The words of Allah can heal your heart.

Sisters, when you are inflicted with pain and hardship – remember that this Dunya is only temporary and so are your problems. There is goodness in everything that happens to you. The main attribute of a believer is to be hopeful. Never despair of the mercy of Allah. Pray with sincerity. When you fall, pick yourself up with Istighfar and Tasbeeh.

Sisters, when we are inflicted with hardship, we often question our existence. Allah (swt) tells us in the Qur'an that we were created to worship him:

“And I have not created the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).” {Surah adh-dhaariyat: 56}.

And then we often set goals for ourselves and we strive towards those goals and theres nothing wrong with that. - but one thing is that all these things don’t mean anything if it’s not building your Akhirah. They are worthless, meaningless, they are not any kind of accomplishment at all if it’s not taking us towards Allah, closer to Allah, and not making us a slave of Allah.

My sisters, the month of Ramadhan is coming. Ramadhan is the month of mercy. Ramadhan is the month to develop your Sabr, Ramadhan is the month for Istighfar, the month of Istiqamah. Use this as a platform to be obedient to Allah. Apart from fasting, use this month to develop yourself, to gain knowledge, to get rid of all your bad habits – leaving solat, sleeping too much, be apart of empty-talk, gossiping, lying etc. This Ramadhan, ask Allah for Light.

When you feel all alone, remember that Allah loves you and cares about you more than anyone can ever love you and He knows what is in every heart.

This ramadhan, use the opportunity to get closer to Allah and to gain His pleasure.

My sisters, this advise is all from my heart. I love all of you, for the sake of Allah – no matter how far or near you are, you all are always in my duas. May Allah forgive us, protect us, ease our burdens and bring us all closer to Him.

 

Your sister in Islam,

Nadia

No matter how low you feel your īmān has dipped, never ever give up on your 5 daily obligatory prayers. No matter how much you feel like giving up on being “religious,” tell yourself that your prayer is one thing that you will never let go of. No matter how empty your prayers are feeling, hold on to them. They are your path back to Allāh. No matter how detached you are feeling, they are indeed keeping you attached.
The Prophet (ṣalAllāhu ʿalaihi wa sallam) said, “The first matter that a person will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is their prayer. If it is in order, then they will have prospered and succeeded. If it is ruined, then they will have failed and lost.”
[at-Tirmidhī, an-Nasā'ī, and others]
—  Saad Tasleem
No matter how...

No matter how low you feel your iman has dipped, NEVER EVER give up on your 5 daily obligatory prayers. No matter how much you feel like giving up being “religious” tell yourself that your prayer is one thing that you will never let go of. No matter how empty your prayers are feeling, hold on to them. They are your path back to Allah (swt). No matter how detached you are feeling, they are indeed keeping you attached!

anonymous asked:

Can you pls explain to me in simple terms what the Muslim religion is about. I tried googling it but of course I got a bunch of Christians being trash. I am curious and would appreciate it if you could help me. I mainly want to know basic principles

Hi, ok the fundamentals of Islam are simple. I’ll quote legitimate references from two sources, which we muslims use in our daily lives:

- Qur’an (Which we believer is the final message revealed to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) and 

- Sunnah (The teachings, sayings and livelihood of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which has been compiled into collections, known as hadith)

These two make the primary sources of Islamic Theology, and where Shariah Law is derived from.

Note: If you see ﷺ anywhere, it is just an honorific we give to the Prophet Muhammad, which means [Peace Be Upon Him], we give the same (AlayhiSalam) honour to all the Prophets in Islam; Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus [Peace Be Upon Them All] (those are only a few of the Prophets in Islam, who are also mentioned in Christianity and Judaism).

Now, to the fundamentals of Islam

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنه‎:
Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: Islam is based on (the following) five (principles):
1. Shahadah: To testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger ﷺ.
2. Salah: To offer the prayers dutifully and perfectly.
3. To pay Zakah (i.e. obligatory charity) .
4. To perform Hajj. (i.e. Pilgrimage to Mecca)
5. To observe Fast during the month of Ramadan.

[Sahih Bukhari: Book 2, Hadith 1]

1. Shahadah; this is the most important principle, it is the declaration of faith. Declaring the Oneness of God. Without believing in Allah and Muhammad ﷺ being his Final Messenger, one cannot be a muslim. Even if one is forced to declare this, it is still not true belief. A person also cannot force another into believing this, because again it does not mean true belief.

2. Salah; This is just as important as the Shahadah. It is the offering of 5 daily prayers: Fajr (During Dawn), Zuhr (Slighty after Midday), Asr (Afternoon), Maghrib (During Sunset), Isha (Evening/Night). These are the 5 compulsory prayers which every muslim must offer. There are also congregations prayers on Friday (Jumm’uah) where the Imam (Leader of the Mosque/Community) will deliver a sermon.

3. Zakah; This is an obligatory charity that muslims must give every year. The Zakah given differs upon every muslim as it is based on income and value of specific possessions/assets. There are other types of charity that a muslim can give. This is not compulsory on every muslim, as those who are poor are exempt.

4. Hajj: This is the pilgrimage millions of muslims perform every year, by visiting the Holy Mosque. Hajj is compulsory on those who are physically and financially able to do so.

5. Fasting during Ramadan; Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, and it is the month where the Prophet ﷺ first received his revelation, through the Angel Jibril. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset throughout this month, we do not eat anything… and no ‘not even water’.

These are the five basic principles.

A muslim must also believe in the Torah; revealed to Moses (Musa AlayhiSalam), The Book of Psalms; revealed to David (Daud AlayhiSalam), the Gospels; revealed to Jesus (Isa AlayhiSalam) and the Lost Scrolls of Abraham; revealed to Abraham (Ibrahim AlayhiSalam).

The information above is just touching the surface of Islam, there is much more to learn about. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

To anyone else reading this, if I have made a mistake or missed anything out, please correct me :)

Allah knows best.

~AM