islamic unity

*Almost 100 direct instructions by Allah in the Quran for mankind*
—  1. Do not be rude in speech (3:159)
2. Restrain Anger (3:134)
3. Be good to others (4:36)
4. Do not be arrogant (7:13)
5. Forgive others for their mistakes (7:199)
6. Speak to people mildly (20:44)
7. Lower your voice (31:19)
8. Do not ridicule others (49:11)
9. Be dutiful to parents(17:23)
10. Do not say a word of disrespect to parents (17:23)
11. Do not enter parents’ private room without asking permission (24:58)
12. Write down the debt (2:282)
13. Do not follow anyone blindly (2:170)
14. Grant more time to repay if the debtor is in hard time (2:280)
15. Don’t consume interest (2:275)
16. Do not engage in bribery (2:188)
17. Do not break the promise (2:177)
18. Keep the trust (2:283)
19. Do not mix the truth with falsehood (2:42)
20. Judge with justice between people (4:58)
21. Stand out firmly for justice (4:135)
22. Wealth of the dead should be distributed among his family members (4:7)
23. Women also have the right for inheritance (4:7)
24. Do not devour the property of orphans (4:10)
25. Protect orphans (2:220)
26. Do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly (4:29)
27. Try for settlement between people (49:9)
28. Avoid suspicion (49:12)
29. Do not spy and backbite (2:283)
30. Do not spy or backbite (49:12)
31. Spend wealth in charity (57:7)
32. Encourage feeding poor (107:3)
33. Help those in need by finding them (2:273)
34. Do not spend money extravagantly (17:29)
35. Do not invalidate charity with reminders (2:264)
36. Honor guests (51:26)
37. Order righteousness to people only after practicing it yourself(2:44)
38. Do not commit abuse on the earth (2:60)
39. Do not prevent people from mosques (2:114)
40. Fight only with those who fight you (2:190)
41. Keep the etiquettes of war (2:191)
42. Do not turn back in battle (8:15)
43. No compulsion in religion (2:256)
44. Believe in all prophets (2:285)
45. Do not have sexual intercourse during menstrual period (2:222)
46. Breast feed your children for two complete years (2:233)
47. Do not even approach unlawful sexual intercourse (17:32)
48. Choose rulers by their merit (2:247)
49. Do not burden a person beyond his scope (2:286)
50. Do not become divided (3:103)
51. Think deeply about the wonders and creation of this universe (3:191)
52. Men and Women have equal rewards for their deeds (3:195)
53. Do not marry those in your blood relation (4:23)
54. Family should be led by men (4:34)
55. Do not be miserly (4:37)
56. Do not keep envy (4:54)
57. Do not kill each other (4:92)
58. Do not be an advocate for deceit (4:105)
59. Do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
60. Cooperate in righteousness (5:2)
61. ’Having majority’ is not a criterion of truth (6:116)
62. Be just (5:8)
63. Punish for crimes in an exemplary way (5:38)
64. Strive against sinful and unlawful acts (5:63)
65. Dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine are prohibited (5:3)
66. Avoid intoxicants and alcohol (5:90)
67. Do not gamble (5:90)
68. Do not insult others’ deities (6:108)
69. Don’t reduce weight or measure to cheat people (6:152)
70. Eat and Drink, But Be Not Excessive (7:31)
71. Wear good cloths during prayer times (7:31)
72. protect and help those who seek protection (9:6)
73. Keep Purity (9:108)
74. Never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy (12:87)
75. Allah will forgive those who have done wrong out of ignorance (16:119)
76. Invitation to God should be with wisdom and good instruction (16:125)
77. No one will bear others’ sins (17:15)
78. Do not kill your children for fear of poverty (17:31)
79. Do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge (17:36)
80. Keep aloof from what is vain (23:3)
81. Do not enter others’ houses without seeking permission (24:27)
82. Allah will provide security for those who believe only in Allah (24:55)
83. Walk on earth in humility (25:63)
84. Do not neglect your portion of this world (28:77)
85. Invoke not any other god along with Allah (28:88)
86. Do not engage in homosexuality (29:29)
87. Enjoin right, forbid wrong (31:17)
88. Do not walk in insolence through the earth (31:18)
89. Women should not display their finery (33:33)
90. Allah forgives all sins (39:53)
91. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah (39:53)
92. Repel evil by good (41:34)
93. Decide on affairs by consultation (42:38)
94. Most noble of you is the most righteous (49:13)
95. No Monasticism in religion (57:27)
96. Those who have knowledge will be given a higher degree by Allah (58:11)
97. Treat non-Muslims in a kind and fair manner (60:8)
98. Save yourself from covetousness (64:16)
99. Seek forgiveness of Allah. He is Forgiving and Merciful (73:20)

Malcolm and Martin, closer than we ever thought

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was leaving a news conference one afternoon when a tall man with a coppery complexion stepped out of the crowd and blocked his path. Malcolm X, the African-American Muslim leader who once called King “Rev. Dr. Chicken-wing,” extended his hand and smiled.

“Well, Malcolm, good to see you,” King said after taking Malcolm X’s hand.

“Good to see you,” Malcolm X replied as both men broke into huge grins while a gaggle of photographers snapped pictures of their only meeting.

That encounter on March 26, 1964, lasted only a minute. But a photo of that meeting has tantalized scholars and supporters of both men for more than 45 years.

As the 85th birthday of Malcolm X is marked on Wednesday, history has freeze-framed him as the angry black separatist who saw whites as blue-eyed devils. Yet near the end of his life, Malcolm X was becoming more like King – and King was becoming more like him. “In the last years of their lives, they were starting to move toward one another,” says David Howard-Pitney, who recounted the Capitol Hill meeting in his book “Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s. "While Malcolm is moderating from his earlier position, King is becoming more militant,” Pitney says.

Malcolm X was reaching out to King even before he broke away from the Nation of Islam and embraced Sunni Islam after a pilgrimage to Mecca, says Andrew Young, a member of King’s inner circle at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group King headed.“Even before his trip to Mecca, Malcolm used to come by the SCLC’s office,” Young says. “Unfortunately, Dr. King was never there when he came." 

He reached out to King and other civil rights leaders. In 1965, Malcolm X traveled to Selma, Alabama, where King was leading a campaign, to offer support. "Brother Malcolm was definitely making an outreach to some civil rights leaders,” says A. Peter Bailey, an original member of the group Malcolm X founded, The Organization of Afro-American Unity, and a friend of Malcolm X. “He believed that the one who would be most responsive would be Dr. King.”

The Muslim leader had developed an appreciation for King, Bailey says.“He had come to believe that King believed in what he was doing,” Bailey says. “He believed in nonviolence; it just wasn’t a show. He developed respect for him. I heard him say you have to give respect to men who put their lives on the line.”

King’s movement toward Malcolm began as he shifted the civil rights movement to the North, friends and scholars say. During the last three years of his life, King became more radical. He talked about eliminating poverty and providing a guaranteed annual income for all U.S. citizens. He came out against the Vietnam War, and said American society would have to be restructured.He also veered into Malcolm X’s rhetorical territory when he started preaching black self-pride, says Pitney.

“King is photographed a number of times in 1967 and ‘68 wearing a 'Black is Beautiful’ button,’ ” Pitney says.

A year before King died, the journalist David Halberstam even told him he “sounded like a nonviolent Malcolm X,” Pitney says.

In the epic PBS civil rights series, Coretta Scott King, the civil rights leader’s widow, said King never took Malcolm X’s biting criticisms of his nonviolence stance personally. “I know Martin had the greatest respect for Malcolm …,” she said. “I think that if Malcolm had lived, at some point the two would have come closer together and would have been a very strong force.”

(via CNN)

Muslims judging Muslims?

So, there was a bit of controversy around my last post “I am still a Muslim” so allow me to clear some things up:

1) “In Islam, screening most of your body off from the gaze of a stranger, especially of the opposite sex, is actually mandated as a means to avoid falling into conduct that may lead to extra-marital or pre-marital sex.” (Imam Kamil Mufti)

Basically, the whole purpose of covering up is to protect from pre-marital sex which I am completely capable of preventing (as a Muslim woman) from happening even if I am not always fully veiled.

2) There is not a single reference in the Koran that obliges Muslim women to cover their hair or their face. The only verse that comes close to such a dress code (Sura 24, “The Light,” verse 31) directs believing women to let their head coverings obscure their bosoms. (Farzana Hassan & Tarek Fatah)

Many Muslim woman do cover with the hijab as a form of modesty but it is not essential to be considered a Muslim.

3) Surah 24, the Light, verse 31: “And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women.”

Never does the scripture describe the veil as a NECESSARY COMPONENT OF DRESS for Muslim women.

4) I know I will still get hate and judgement but I am at peace knowing that I am still a Muslim and I am flawed but have love and faith and belief in Allah (swt). I believe I am modest, I am honest, I hide nothing from my parents, I give back to the less fortunate and I am thankful for all the privileges Allah has blessed me with in my life. I am a Muslim and no one can tell me otherwise.

5) “O you who have faith! Avoid much suspicion. Indeed some suspicions are sins.” [Surah Hujurat:12]

If you truly believe in Islam, you must realize that it is not okay to judge other Muslims even how they appear on the outside. After all, no one is perfect and you never know: maybe the individual is on their journey to pure modesty (like myself); whatever that means to them.

Disrespectful comments can be kept to yourselves :) thank you!

The merits of ‘Ali ibn Abi-Talib are too great and familiar to be mentioned or detailed. Even his enemies and rivalries could do nothing but confess the unmatched virtue of this man whose eminence is unconcealed and excellences are unrestrained.

Everybody knows that when the Umayyads held the reins of the Islamic world, they spared no single effort for extinguishing the light of Imam ‘Ali and inventing flaws against him. Moreover, they issued the decisions of cursing him openly from the mimbars of their mosques and sentenced to death anyone who would mention any of his incalculable merits. They also prevented people from reporting any narration that might refer to any of his excellences.

Finally, they even prevented people from calling their newborns by his name. Nevertheless, all these endeavours exalted ‘Ali’s reputation and took him to further elevated levels. He was like musk whose perfume spreads when it is screened, and like the sun that cannot be screened by one’s palm, and like daylight that is seen by many eyes even if one eye is closed against it.

—  Ibn Abi’-Hadid, the Mutazilite. (See Ibn Abi’l-Hadid’s Sharh Nahj ul-Balagha, The Introduction)

I’m a bit late but EID Mubarak to all my fellow Muslim sisters and brothers. May Allah bless us all with health, love, and guidance; ameen. We face a lot of hatred and Islamaphobia in this world and it only makes us stronger and closer to Allah. This week we will feast, provide for charity, and give gifts to our young ones. Remember, pray to Allah even when you feel you have everything you need; start each day with bismillah and end each day with alhamdulillah. For this special occasion I will leave you all with this beautiful passage from the Quran: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.  Truth has been made clear from error.  Whoever rejects false worship and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks.  And God hears and knows all things.” (The Heifer:256)

Originally posted by islamicthinking

I've been thinking.

Ever since the Manchester attack, my local shopping centre has turned into a fort.
An armed squad of 6-7 officers stationed on standby at the entrance, and armed patrols through the centre every 4 minutes or so.

And seeing that personally gives me mixed feelings, I feel somewhat relieved that they’re there, I feel disappointed that we’ve gotten to the point that they’re necessary, but more importantly, I feel damn sorry for any Muslim having to walk through that centre.

Because as a Muslim person with a visibly Islamic appearance walking through there, you don’t know what the officer’s perceptions of you are, you don’t know about their personal prejudices towards you, and you don’t know how personally affected they are by the attack, frankly, you don’t know them.

And this lead me on to wonder about muslims in their every day lives, because it’s exactly the same!
They simply do not know what the rest of the country feels about them, they don’t know whether people subscribe to the right wing hate speech they see on the news or whether they’re surrounded by progressives who want them to feel welcome, they simply don’t know where they stand.
And that must be so alienating.

How could you possibly feel entirely part of a society which you’re not sure accepts your existence?

And so I’m wondering, can I imagine feeling alone in that situation? Yes.
Can I imagine feeling disconnected from the people around me? Absolutely.
And can I imagine radicalisation of these individuals being easy? Honestly? Yes, again I can.

A society that is constantly up in arms about the threat of Islamic terrorism, and which takes pride in bombing Islamic populations is very likely to encounter hostility from muslims, it’s just that simple.

Imagine being someone who had lost a child in Syria or Libya to a British bomb, escaping and moving to the UK.
Imagine getting there and not knowing whether the officer’s guns stationed in your city will be fired for your protection or for your head. It must seem like such a hostile situation, and it would be easy to feel hostile in return.
Would someone like that have any objections to attacking the people around them? Likely not.

However just think for a moment what would happen if that same person was to arrive in the UK with their family, after the British forces helped them escape and seek asylum in the UK before helping to them rebuild their home country.
Imagine this family arrives, and they see muslims receiving nothing but love from the people around them, imagine news outlets discussing how best to help the Middle East rather than control it. Imagine there was no ‘Britain first’, no 'UKIP’ and no blatantly islamophobic population constantly glaring.
Imagine that the UK was interested in not only allowing, but helping muslims to practice religious freedoms, by allocating prayer areas and the likes.
How could you possibly attack a society which you had fallen hopelessly in love with and which you knew loved you back?
Surely it would be more difficult than it is now.

Just food for thought.

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.“
― John Lennon