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Patiently endure your trials and be thankful for your situation, for we cannot see the outcome of everything we experience. Only Allah knows why we are going through our circumstance, and only Allah knows how it is affecting us. It may seem as though we’re deteriorating, but maybe the pain is not deterioration. It is simply us tearing out of our old shell only to come out cleaner, fresher and more polished. Maybe we will look at the world from a better perspective after it’s over. The harder the climb, the better the view. The harder the trial, the better the reward.

Trials and tribulations happen for a reason,if we do not understand this reason from an Islamic perspective it will be hard for us to show patience when faced with difficulties,but like Khidr said to Musa: ”And how can you have patience about a thing which you know not?“[Qur'an Al Kahf 18:68]

dont-dys-lexi-a  asked:

Not exactly, many other religions in and around the Arabian peninsula adopt a hijab. The most famous depictions of Mary are with a hijab. Not to mention majority of Egyptian women wear a hijab as most text from abrahamic religions do state. To support my claim, I'd bring into account the fact Fareeha has the symbol of Horus. Assuming that Fareeha ascribes to the same religion as Ana, this symbol would be rather blasphemous from an Islamic perspective.

oooh that’s really interesting, thanks!!

Saxxy's SPN Holiday Challenge

So, I’ve seen and read a lot of Christmas challenges in the past, and I’m already seeing challenge posts pop up all over Tumblr. But here’s the thing: not everybody celebrates Christmas. There are so many other religions out there, and most of them are not included in the world of fan fiction. For once, let’s write about the Reader showing the boys how to light a Menorah or including them in the Ramadan fasting.

This holiday season, I’m going to host a challenge that involves different religions and their own holiday practices from all times of the year.

If you wish to join the challenge, please follow the rules and guidelines below the break:

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anonymous asked:

Asalaamualaikum sister. There is this boy I was once involved with and at that time we were together for long and like I thought he loved me, I done a lot for him. And we broke up a while back and I've changed a lot in my deen since then. But he came back now and says all he wanted was to get his desires satisfied and he wants back in but I should only satisfy his desires. This hurts me a lot. But what should I do to stay away from him?

Wa Alaikumussalaam

I hope you are aware sis that not only from the islamic perspective you should definetely dump such a dog like him. There is no doubt that this male lacks any sort of morality and intelligence and that there are no second thoughts about it.

That being said, if you haven’t already blocked his number and whatever account he has connected to your, then do that. Cut off every single contact, avoid him irl and don’t feel guilty. You are allowed to withdraw from such trash  because you are my precious sister in Islam and noone deserves and should ever feel like you do. There is no love in this, you are only a toy in his eyes and IF he possibly persists in his offer run as fast as you could and tell someone.

Keep your chastity and purity for the sake of Allah for He loves the ones who take care of their private part, and you will in sha Allah meet someone Allah knows how much better man.

anonymous asked:

can i ask ur opinion on white converts? I'm white n I'm from the uk so idk the general opinion or kind of ? rules abt if ur white and wanting to look more into Islam from a Muslim perspective seeing as i haven't grown up around it so idk what would be appropriate :) thank u for ur help ur blog is v insightful

there are no rules with regards to seeking islam/race. every race/ethnicity etc can become muslim and learn about islam etc–every person is highly encouraged to look into islam and learn more about it (:

violence – too easy.
blame – too convenient.
fear – too rampant.
responsibility – a burden.

the aftermath:
a shattered faith,
a broken global community.

evil wins when we displace blame.
terror wins when we turn regular
people into unlikely martyrs.
do not volunteer your neighbours
with labels and misjudgement.

this is no longer about religion.
this is about humanity, and
whatever little we have left
to salvage from those who
would rather take it all away.

—  Nav K

anonymous asked:

I genuinely don't like this guy but I don't want to be rude because he's my coworker. How do I respond? Jazak Allah Khair

Wa Alaikumussalaam

I’d honestly say ignore him. You have already told him you did not like him back, so further talk is not only from islamic perspective harmful but also for his heart because he might interprete something else out of your small talk.

Maybe just say you don’t have time or you’ve been busy if you don’t have the guts to really block him. This way people lose interest. Hope this helps

When you’re young you feel invincible. Nothing can touch you. In my elementary placement I’ve seen kids running around in a t-shirt in temperatures near negative twenty Celsius. But they’d be fine. They’re resilient like that. We all were when we were young.

I don’t know what happens as we grow older. Other than the fact that we are becoming increasingly more fragile after a certain point. Our bodies begin to age, stress levels rise, we are less immune to disease. Less flexible. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. We tire easy.

I think something else happens too. We are weighed down by the burden of the world. By all the worry and doubt and all the sighs sighed throughout the days and nights.

I remember feeling young. I remember feeling like nothing could ever touch me. I’ve had a couple of incidents where I narrowly escaped serious injuries, and I’ve always walked away believing that I was invincible.

But I’m not. Today, I am reminded that I am Muslim and I am, like so many others, a walking target. Whether I am in a public school teaching or taking classes at my university or just minding my own business whatever doing whatever, I could very well be attacked.

Today, I am reminded that I’m not invincible. Yet, I am reminded not of my mortality but rather that my identity and faith are seen as a threat because there are just people who don’t know any better. Who don’t care how many lives they ruin when they act out of ignorance.

Any day can be any one’s last. We don’t know how much time we have. But for some of us, these days are a test of patience, of will, of strength, and faith.

I hope you stay safe.

Reading List

Islam

  • 99 Names of God - Ghazali 
  • The Quran - Muhammad Asad 
  • No God But God - Reza Aslan 
  • Veil: Modesty, Privacy, and Resistance - Fadwa El Guindi
  • The Quran - Tarif Khalidi 
  • The Probativeness of the Sunnah - Dr. G.F. Haddad 
  • Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives - John Espitoso
  • A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam - I. A. Ibrahim
  • The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity - Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • The Wisdom of the Prophet: The Sayings of Muhammad - Thomas Cleary
  • Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources - Martin Lings
  • Western Muslims and the future of Islam and In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad - Tariq Ramadan
  • Islam at the Crossroads - Muhammad Asad
  • What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, Islam, The Straight Path, and The Future of Islam - John Espitoso
  • “Believing Women” in Islam - Asma Barlas 
  • The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam - Yusuf Al-Qaradawi 
  • In Pursuit of Justice: The Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Islam - Maher Hathout 
  • The Principles of State and Government in Islam - Muhammad Asad
  • The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State - Noah Feldman
  • The Eternal Message of Muhammad - Abd-al-Rahman Azam
  • Concepts of The Quran - Fathi Osman
  • Good Muslim, Bad Muslim - Mahmood Mamdani
  • Women in Muslim Family Law - John Esposito
  • Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity - Talal Asad

Sudan

  • Sudan: From Conflict to Conflict - Marina Ottaway & Mai El-Sadany
  • North-South Conflict from a Historical Perspective -  Girma Kebbede 
  • Sudan and South Sudan: Current Issues for Congress and U.S. Policy - Lauren Ploch Blanchard 
  • The Lahawiyin: Identity and History in a Sudanese Arab Tribe - Ahmed-Khalid-Abdallah, Tamador 
  • Blood-Red Desert: The British Invasion of Egypt and The Sudan - Michael Barthorp 
  • Season of Migration to the North - Tayeb Salih
  • Water, Civilisation, and Power in Sudan - Harry Verhoeven 

Feminism

  • Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism - Sara Ahmed
  • Survival of the Prettiest - Nancy Etcoff
  • The Woman’s Book of Confidence - Sue Patton Theole 
  • Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Kristina: The Girl King - Carolyn Meyer
  • Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine

        bell hooks

  • Aint I A Woman
  • Teaching to Transgress
  • Communion
  • The Will to Change 
  • All About Love
  • Class Matters
  • Killing Rage
  • We Real Cool 
  • Feminism is For Everybody
  • Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
  • Paris Burning

MENA/Africa

  • How Europe Underdeveloped Africa - Walter Rodney 
  • Mystification of African History: A Critique of Rodney’s How Europe Underdeveloped Africa - G.T. Mishambi 
  • Neocolonialism in West Africa - Samir Amin 
  • Women’s Roles in the MENA  - Ruth Margolies Beitler & Angelica R. Martinez 
  • Veil: Modesty, Privacy, and Resistance - Fadwa El Guindi
  • Studies on Ottoman Social and Political History - Kemal H. Karpat
  • The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon 

Politics/Economics/Society

  • Wealth of Nations - John Adams
  • Capital Vol. 1&2 - Karl Marx 
  • Crises of Capitalism - David Harvey
  • The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception, Dialectic of Enlightenment - Adorno & Horkheimer
  • Bobos in Paradise - David Brooks
  • The Liberal Virus: Permanent War and the Americanization of the World 
  • The Communist Manifesto - Marx, Engels
  • Global History: A View from the South - Samir Amin 
  • Civil Disobedience - Thoreau
  • Origins of Family, Private Property, and the State - Engels 
  • Eurocentrism (2nd ed.)- Samir Amin 
  • Europe, Modernity, and Eurocentrism - Enrique Dussel 
  • Orientalism - Edward Said 
  • The Great Anarchists - Paul Etzbacher 
  • Mein Kampf - Adolf Hitler

Education

  • The Element - Sir Ken Robinson 
  • Metaphor: Key topics in semantics and pragmatics - L. David Ritchie 
  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling - John Taylor Gatto

Misc.

  • Origin of Species - Charles Darwin 
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X 
  • This Is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz
  • How to Date a Brown Girl - Junot Diaz
  • Nine Parts of Desire: Hidden World of Islamic Women - Geraldine Brooks 
  • The Dancing Girls of Lahore - Louise Brown
  • The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell 
  • Everything Bad is Good for you - Steven Johnson 
  • The Mommy Myth - Susan Douglas
  • The Gods of Greece and Rome - Talfourd Ely
  • The Glass Essay -  Anne Carson 
  • Design Flaws of the Human Condition - Paul Schmidtberge
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life - Donald Miller
  • Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women - Ayesha Mattu & Nura Maznavi
  • A Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl

Fiction

  • The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe
  • Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
  • The Years - Virginia Woolf 
  • A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle
  • Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom
  • Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
  • When My Name Was Keoko - Linda Sue Park
  • A Separate Peace - John Knowles
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events  - Lemony Snicket
  • Inkheart, Inkspell - Cornelia Funke
Sunni-normativity

learned a new word at the LGBTQ Muslim Retreat:

Sunni-normativity = the (often unaddressed or unnoticed) domination of Sunni ways of being Muslim

El-Farouk Khaki of the Toronto Unity Mosque (basically the mother mosque of pro-queer and non-gendered prayer space mosques in North America, re: El-Tawheed Jumua Circle) used it while explaining prayers to be lead by a Shi'i retreat-attendee. He spoke about how those of us who are Sunni or whose experiences of Islam are Sunni and how that limits our perspective of Islam. It also leads many of us to be ignorant or not think about others in our communities that are excluded for not being Sunni.

Note: This term can be used in Muslim contexts that are not specifically Sunni-identified. For example, one might not be Sunni but practice Islam in Sunni-inspired ways and/or enjoy the privileges of being Sunni. This is similar to someone who might not identify as straight but enjoys spaces of privilege stemming from heteronormativity (ex. a gay couple that is in a monogamous marriage based on a heteronormative model).