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Answer to the common question whether Hijabis were forced to wear the Headscarf aka Hijab 

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MAINSTREAM MINORITY: ZAYN MALIK'S ROLE AS A MUSLIM SUPERSTAR IS ONLY GOING TO GROW

by Diyana Noory at Noisey

Zayn Malik accepts his award for Outstanding Achievement in Music during The Asian Awards 2015 / Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images


When Zayn Malik left One Direction earlier this year, it changed the way people looked at the world’s biggest boy band: Longtime fans wanted to know the real story and demanded to know why Zayn couldn’t vocalize his problems. They wondered why his bandmates Harry, Louis, Liam, and Niall didn’t seem to react as negatively to the pressures of fame as Zayn did. The fanbase split into groups of people who support only Zayn, people who support all five boys, and people who strictly support “OT4,” or the boys who are still in One Direction. Meanwhile, the media was quick to turn crying fans into a spectacle or make mean-spirited and condescending jokes at Zayn’s expense. Whether laughed off or cried through, the departure was treated as just another insignificant chapter in the ongoing drama of boy bands. However Zayn Malik’s struggle with fame as a British-Pakistani Muslim is unique, and it’s one that’s resonated with me as both a devoted One Direction fan and a member of an Iraqi Muslim family who sees bits of myself reflected in Zayn.

Zayn is the first Muslim artist to reach such wild levels of global popularity, and, as such, his presence in the entertainment industry has set new precedents. Although he has not been particularly vocal about his faith, both people who celebrate his Muslim identity and those who reject it have tried to forge their own image of him as a spokesperson for Islam. His unique identity has inevitably shaped his reception and the discussion around him in ways that have not been the case for his former bandmates.

Asked about his religion in 2012, Zayn shared: “I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in. I don’t think you should stick it in people’s faces.” Unfortunately the world has not allowed him to keep any aspect of his life private, and even his limited tweets about religion have attracted scrutiny and hatred, surely encouraging him to stay quiet. Small actions to educate his fanbase on social issues through a “#FreePalestine” tweet and a retweet in support of Peshawar were heavily dissected, with some media outlets suggesting Zayn was interested in these issues because he was more personally connected to them as a Muslim man—as if natural compassion played no role. Despite the hatred he faces for it, Zayn has publicly taken pride in his identity: In his recent Asian Award acceptance speech, he thanked his parents for making him Asian in addition to thanking God. On the Islamophobic comments targeted at him, Zayn stated: “I thought we had moved away from that and we’re living in the 21st century and people could accept people from different religions”.


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When someone has cancer or diabetes, we don’t say to them, “Just trust Allah”. So why do we say that to those with mental illnesses? Trusting Allah and having faith in His plans is imperative to the life of all Muslims - sick or not. However, Allah ﷻ specifically told us to trust Him and ‘tie your camel’. With mental illnesses, this means treatment is important.

Those with mental illnesses do not need to 'just trust Allah’, they need treatment. Let’s, as the Muslim community, make that more accessible.

Dear society,

I am a Muslim, hijabi, woman and I have been oppressed.

Not by my religion. By you.
You, who silenced my mind in favor of how I choose to cover my body.
You, who tattooed “Terrorist” in big letters on my forehead.
You, who turns a blind eye when my people are being oppressed but highlights it when my people happen to be the ones doing the oppressing.
“Muslim women are forced to cover up,” you say. “They are beaten by they’re fathers and husbands,” you say. “They promote terrorism and violence.”

Then there’s the Muslim community, who expects us to be perfect.
“Hijabis shouldn’t be trying to look pretty, it defeats the purpose.”
“Did you see that hijabi smoking?”
“If you’re not gonna wear the hijab perfectly, you might as well take it off.”

You push and pull us in every direction.
But when we try to defend ourselves, you only speak louder.

#NothingToDoWithIslam

Â'ishah (radiAllâh ‘anhâ) narrated:

“Once, when I saw the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in a good mood, I said to him: “Oh Messenger of Allâh! Supplicate to Allâh for me!” So, he said: “Oh Allâh! Forgive ‘Â'ishah’s past and future sins, what she has hidden, as well as what she has made apparent.” So, I began smiling, to the point that my head fell into my lap out of joy. The Messenger of Allâh صلى الله عليه وسلم said to me: “Does my supplication make you happy?” I replied: “And how can your supplication not make me happy?” He then said: “By Allâh, it is the supplication that I make for my Ummah in every prayer.” 

[Reported in 'Sahih Mawarid adh- Dhaman’ (1875), and it is in 'as- Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (2254)]

This Canadian synagogue opened its doors for the Muslim community

Two days after the attacks in Paris, the ‘masjid al-salaam‘ mosque in Canada was burned down by strangers, making a damage cost of 56 000 euros and leaving the Muslim community without a mosque to pray in. But while the acid of hate tries to burn its way through hearts, love (always) overcomes the bitterness. (Read more)

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Explanation:   

 “Whoever defends his brother’s honor in his absence…” meaning: In the state of his brother’s absence. If he happens to attend a gathering and his Muslim brother is being mentioned with sin or being degraded, then he defends him as he would defend his own honor, because his brother’s honor is like his own. 

Therefore he defends his brother’s honor, by censuring the backbiters and preventing them from persisting as it relates to the honor of his Muslim brother. He does not resign and stay quiet, leaving them to backbite. This is the Muslim’s obligation, and it is not permitted for him to stay quiet and keep the peace, for he will be sinning due to that and he will be a sharer and partner to them regarding the sin, (that is) because he saw an evil (taking place) and he did not change it, whilst having the ability to do so. How much more then, if he participated with them in the act, and he began backbiting with them? This is even worse.

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[Extracted from Sharh Buloogh al-Maram of Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, pg. 291- 29. Translated by Naasirud-Deen Bin William Ferron]

France: Promote Religious Freedom, overturn the bans on veil’s, burka’s and burkini’s

The debate on Burkini in France and its prohibition in towns are the illustration of a profound misunderstanding of the Muslim community in France

By criminalizing the veil in 2003, the burka in 2010 and now the Burkini the Government of France has attacked religious freedom and endangered the International Community. With these laws and their misuse, governments give the impression of not tackling the ultra-radical minority but rather to aim at the silent, peaceful majority of the Muslim community in France. As police begin harassing Muslim Women for what they are wearing, even forcing some women to remove their clothing in public, it only follows that the “real” radicals will begin to say:

“Look, even if you try to reconcile faith and modernity, France does not leave you in peace.”

This leads to an increase in radicalization, since Muslims begin to be unable to practice their religion in public. The above picture is already being used in ISIL propaganda, which means that the banning of religious garments is only leading to more radicalization, thereby putting all of us in greater danger.

But as we look at pictures of a Muslim Mother be forced to remove her bathing suit in public by four armed police officers in front of her daughter, let’s just remember how the burkini was born. This garment was not created in an Arab or Muslim country but in Australia in 2003 and was designed primarily as a “snub” to the Salafists who wanted to ban the public space, and even the beach, to women Muslim.

For the Salafis and the ultra-Orthodox, the burkini should be banned as too “fashionable”, too tight, etc. It is a symbol of modernity they abhor.  Women who choose to wear the burkini in France are rather modernists and progressives. They are practicing their religion while rejecting the oppression of the Ultra-Orthodox Muslim groups.  

Because of this, we are calling on France to promote Religious Freedom by overturning the bans on veils, burka’s and bukini’s.

Sign This Petition Now!

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How many Muslims think of doing this?

How many Muslims are known to look after the environment?

Unfortunately the Muslim community is not known for planting tree, picking up rubbish and keeping ones gardens presentable. 

Lets return back to the Sunnah oh Muslims and lets show the world the taribiyyah of our noble Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhee wa salem)

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I need more of these non-black muslim youtubers & vloggers to not only talk about what's the latest fashion but also about the widespread discrimination from their communities against black people. this is why I don't follow any mainstream muslimah fashion social media channels, because they're not using the huge platform they have to talk about other important issues besides looking cute. if queen bey can talk about police brutality and racism then so tf can y'all. (also I do think it's important to look cute; but what I value equally if not more is you calling out your people)

The spaces that women occupy in a mosque is reflective of the value-added that the mosque leaders believe women offer to their community. If there is no space for women, then that means the mosque leadership doesn’t believe that women can add any value to the community. It’s really as simple as that. Furthermore, even though it’s not mandatory for women to offer all 5 of our prayers in the mosque, there’s also a strong hadith that admonishes men, “Do not prevent God’s servant-women from God’s houses.”

Let’s take a look at the role of a mosque in the West, shall we? Western mosques are not merely buildings where we pray. They are the heart of a community, the places where children learn about the faith, where the community convenes for Eid and Jummah, where converts and those interested in Islam can meet other Muslims. It is where Muslims can be Muslims with other Muslims outside their homes. Mosques in the West serve not only religious functions, but cultural, educational and social functions. When excluding women and girls from mosques, you’re not saying, “Oh it’s not mandatory for you to be here; isn’t it nicer to pray at home?” You’re saying, “There’s no space in this religion for you.”

—  Hind Makki, Founder of Side Entrance