being in islam

no offense but people who are saying “we can survive four years of this man” are the people who could survive. who aren’t disabled and watching their chance to be able to pay for healthcare plummet. who aren’t worrying if they’ll be murdered by police. who aren’t wondering if there’s going to be a new wave of homophobic crimes, including psychological and physical torture labelled as a “cure”. who aren’t worried that a white terrorist will hunt them down and kill them for being a member of islam. who have a family that will be staying peacefully in our borders, who aren’t going to go back to countries that could possibly mean their death in some circumstances, who aren’t wondering what’s going to happen when they can’t afford to eat anymore.

i think there’s something so dangerous in the idea that we can blandly “survive” him. a calming wave that promises - oh, it’s not so bad, and we’ve lived through bad before. you lived through bad before. others did not.

don’t be calm. living, breathing, being alive in spite of this man is the best thing to be. our existence is a menace to him, and the idea that i could be causing him some small amount of discomfort is a small and bitter pleasure of mine. be alive, but fight. the only way out is through. he can guess again if he thinks we’re going to brace ourselves and hope we’re one of the ones who doesn’t become a statistic. there are those who cannot fight that i am protecting. there are those who must remain apart for their own safety. since i have the voice and the ability, i’m here. since i am able, i will be everything he hates and i will be it loudly, i will be it for those who cannot be. 

there are people who will not survive this presidency. there are people who have died as a direct result already. and i want him to feel every drop of blood he is responsible for. we cannot sit and pray we’re one of the survivors. as long as we are surviving, we must make use of our time because - god help me - we might be the next victim. and while everyone around us is placidly buckling down and bearing the load - we’ve already held up so much. and i want him to feel the weight. i want every ghost he gathers to swallow him whole. 

there are those who will not survive. there are those that did not survive. there is always hope, there is always the others who carry our light, there is always our own hands. but we cannot promise that there will be no loss of life. we cannot promise that the america we know will be somehow unchanged on the other side. 

we are alive for the moment. and i’m ready to fight.

some reminders if we do get sana for s4:

  •  with all the islamophobia and xenophobia in the world at the moment (such as geert wilders, whose twitter banner literally is ‘stop islam’, being one of the leading candidates of the dutch election yesterday) a season with sana in the lead couldn’t have come at a better time tbh 
  • to people who think sana as s4 main is “rushed”: sana had a major subplot in s2, and she was involved in s3 (even if that was to a large extent to help isak’s development, sana and her religion was still important) so she’s not more rushed than any other character on the show imo 
  •  a season with sana would probably break some of the norms of the show which would be very interesting to see (for example, her backstory in s2 had to do with her family relations – how will the show solve that, when sana still lives at home?) 
  • apart from the boys, sana is probably the character who would give isak (and by extension, even) the most screen-time
  • on that note: the last season’s main is always ‘followed up’ in the next season (eva and jonas post-breakup in s2, noora coming back from london in s3)
  • RETURN OF THE GIRL SQUAD!!! 
  • sana is so wise and clever and perceptive and can you imagine how cool it would be to see a whole season from her point of view? 
  • also sana has such a tough exterior, so seeing what goes on when she lets her guard down? probably amazing and emotionally touching 
  • i know many of you want even for s4, and i get that, i really do… but whichever character julie has chosen, it’s probably with good reason, and we probably have an awesome season in store no matter what 
  • have faith in julie andem!! lord knows she’s earned it  

I am angry, and I am heartbroken, and I am disgusted, and I am embarrassed. This is not freedom. This is not ok. This is cruel, and this is disgraceful, and this is the edge of a cliff the world swore we’d never let ourselves, OURSELVES, stand at again. A man in the highest position of power our country can afford him, signs a refugee ban on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Human beings are detained in airports on United States soil, questioned, and arrested, for nothing other than trying to come home. Human beings representing Islam, a religion of PEACE, are singled out, outcasted, and threatened, based on nothing more than fear, ignorance, and arrogance that comes only with such privilege that truth can cease to exist, or matter. This is not ok and I refuse to be quiet, we must all refuse to be quiet. This is the edge of the cliff we swore that we’d never come to again, and we’re being pushed at gun point further and further towards it. With tears in my eyes I beg you, fight this, fight it with kindness, compassion, empathy, but fight it with ACTION. Call the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives at (202) 224-3121, donate to the @aclu_nationwide who need all the help they can get and just won a Temporary Stay against this madness tonight, but will be up against it again before we can blink, contact your local representatives, all of them, and demand change, leave comments on the official White House Facebook page, since he’s blocked phone calls. Do these things, Act, but do more, treat everyone around you who doesn’t have the privilege you do with protection, with respect, with kindness and with empathy. This is NOT freedom, this is Not who we are. Demand change. #NoBanNoWall #MuslimBan

Exmuslim Woman who lives everyday in fear: Islam has ruined my life. It deprives me of all my rights. I can’t love who I want to love. I am my father’s property till I am my husband’s. I hate the hijab/niqab. Islam is misogynistic. The quran is full of contradictions. My parents would kill me if they found out. I can’t keep living like this. 

Western Muslim Woman who grew up in a Liberal Family and has never read the quran: Islam doesn’t say that! That’s not the correct interpretation!! That’s not real Islam!! hashtagreligionofpeace!!!

Random Tumblr Person: STOP BEING ISLAMOPHOBIC!!! ISLAM IS PEACEFUL!!!

things i miss and need more of:

sana bakkoush partying and dancing and having the time of her life without a single care in the world or a fuck to give about anything or what anyone (may) thinks or says

bc, yes, muslims girls can still have just as much fun like everyone else does, even without the alcohol or drugs in their system 👏👏👏

these posters appeared out of nowhere on campus today and I teared up in the library both because of the grace and humanity it’s showing, and because of how necessary it feels to make this message explicit today.

Islam, like all other religions/ideologies, should remain an open ground for criticism, but to say that Islamophobia is absolutely not related to racial persecution and racism in any way is an oversimplification. 

Anyone on this earth could be a Muslim, but it’s the brown and black ones that being attacked and killed for being associated with Islam. Anyone could have some kind of tie to Islam, the ideologies presented in Islam, but it’s the brown men and women, the kids with “Middle Eastern” names, the Sikhs wearing turbans, Hindus wearing traditional attire that are being called “terrorists” at the highest frequency.

Ask an Islamophobic assailant why he hit a Sikh man with his car and he’ll tell you he did it because he hates Islam, he hates terrorists. 

Islamophobia has criminalized the brown body, to say that it has nothing to do with racism would be to overlook the suffering of countless victims of such baseless hatred. 

There’s probably bigger things to deal with here, but all I can focus on is that those are shit future archaeologists if *that’s* the conclusion they come to.

I need to address this.

Have you ever seen these videos made by our Muslim brothers who imitate the clothing of our women and make a parody of their own mothers, sisters, or the muslim women?

Oh you find it funny, right? You laugh so much when you see it because you realize, O this also happens in my life, then you share it on your feed, right?

I ask you, how can you find it funny? How can you find a man who wears same clothing as your mother and does what your mother usually do with you, funny? I really understand that it is has light humor in it, but to do an act that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam forbade and Allah Azza Wa Jall has cursed shouldn’t even make you tingle your smiling thought.

How is it that nowadays, it is so easy for us to do an act that is well prohibited in our deen? I’m not being extreme, but Islam and it’s teaching is not a subject of fun and joke. We shouldn’t take things lightly when it comes to our deen.

When you are a Muslim man and you are dressing and imitating the way a sister clothes herself and you make a parody about it and post it online to your hundreds of thousands of followers, do you even for a minute think about what your video can influence or leave as an impact to your viewers?

Yes, maybe for a second you thought it is just to bring some fun and make people smile, but please think again about the long term effect this can give to your viewers, because as far as I am concerned, I’ve seen little boys wearing hijab and doing comedy acts just like how they see it in these videos, this can harm them in a sense that they feel appreciated when they wear such clothes and eventually may make them used to it and practice it eventually - this is a harm that can’t be seen in the first hand but it deliberately grows within these kids. 

Brothers who do this, please rethink and think long term of the effects of your videos, if you want to do something to make a person smile, there are other ways for it rather than this parody videos. And this pertains as well to sisters who make a parody of our muslim brothers in their videos. 

Let me tell you of this one incident that happened during the time of the Sahabah RA where Nafi’ narrated:

“Once Ibn ‘Umar RA and ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr RA were sitting with Al-Zubair Ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib RA when a woman driving a flock of sheep and shouldering an arrow came to them.

‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar RA asked, “Are you man or woman?”

She said, “A woman.”

Thereupon ‘Abdullah said to his companions,“Surely, Allah curse the women who imitate men and men who imitate women.”

I do not wish to make this long, but don’t give me the notion that I’m looking this in a different way and using this hadith to justify my reasoning, because really if you have heard of a thing that Allah has cursed and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam has prohibited, would you come near of doing this thing?

Tired of being reminded of your acts when you are a Muslim? Allah says in the Qur’an to remind each other for that benefits each one of us and by Allah everything you do is connected to Islam because you are a chosen person of Allah to be a Muslim. Remember that.

Be responsible. Think before you act. You’re a Muslim, what a great honor it is to be one! Realize that. 

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May Allah help us and guide us when we do things out of worldly desire and remind us that our actions and deeds should be done solely for His Sake. Amin

Zohayma


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Story was taken from Sahih Al Bukhari

Trump’s Cabinet Picks: The Generals - Mattis, Kelly, and Flynn

Notwithstanding the Constitutional imperative that there should be civilian control over the military, Trump has placed two generals in charge of foreign and domestic military theatres. For Secretary of Defense, Trump chose recently retired Marine General James Mattis. This “Mad Dog” believes Barack Obama to be too weak, indecisive and without a strategic plan for the Middle East. He looks very much like he is a believer in the American Empire and the U.S. being the policeman for the world.

The next general is retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, chosen to run the Department of Homeland Security. He is seen as a modern believer in the Monroe Doctrine over the Hispanic world south of Florida and the Rio Grande. He shares dangerous views on Iran and Islam with Gen. Mattis.

Inside the White House, retired General Mike Flynn is slated to take the post as national security adviser. His public statements against Islam being an ideological, existential threat to the U.S., and his proliferation of inaccurate conspiracy theories have alienated his former colleagues in the military, including reportedly the incoming Secretary of Defense.

(this is starting to look like the old pictures of the Russian Kremlin Politburo back in the 60′s and the 70′s)

What Swamp?

Often times when we think of improving in our deen we focus on concrete actions such as tahajjud, wearing less makeup, saying certain duas.

These are all important, but if we look at the life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), it’s clear that working on your character first is the key to success in Islam.

Being kind to our parents, being patient with aggravating people, humbling our ego, and forgiving other’s mistakes. These are important goals we all have to work on as well.

May Allah ﷻ protect and enhance our character, making us those who represent Islam beautifully.

Anti-Islam

Legit reasons for being against Islam:

-Homophobia,

-lack of gays rights and trans rights.

-Misogyny

-Lack of women’s rights and gender equality

-The normalization of pedophilia

-Lack of freedom of speech


Stupid reasons for being against Islam:

-You’re a racist who makes the wrong assumption that Islam is a race.

-You’re a white supremacist/neo-nazi who only hates Islam because the majority of muslims are “non-white”.

-You’re a Christian who believes your religion is the right one.

Being An Obedient Wife
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“If you were to ponder you would realise that the reward for good (i.e you obeying your husband) is nothing but good (i.e, he will in return treat you good). So your obedience towards your husband leads to him being obedient to you in those things that you seek from him, because indeed a pure soul is accustomed to responding to good with good…

So it is incumbent upon you to obey your husband in al-ma’roof. And that which is apparent from the meaning of obedience is to act upon a command and to abstain from a prohibition. You should become as close to him as possible, by seeking to satisfy his wants and needs at all times.

Don’t wait for him to give you a command or to prohibit you from something.

Rather reflect on your days spent with him and on the things he loves and hates, and be quick to carry these things out. Let your actions precede his command and prohibition. For indeed this is a sign of your cleverness and dignity that you hasten towards good before he even commands it of you.

In addition to that, this obedience is something you have to be committed to and firm upon at all times. So if he were to command you with one thing or prohibit you from another thing, then do not wait for him to command you with the same thing each and every time. It is looked down upon by men of intellect that a man has to constantly reprimand his wife saying, do this and don’t do that.

If you know from your husband’s personality that he likes or dislikes a thing, don’t wait for him to command you and prohibit you, because this is from the things that lead to a husband becoming bored with his wife.”

  • Badr bin Ali Al-Utaybee, 20 Pieces Of Advice To My Sister Before Her Marriage (p. 26-27)