muslimah pride

Whenever a person feels a sense of pride or arrogance in their heart for any quality that they possess be it beauty or intelligence, the person should remember that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ has greater claim to that trait, yet he was the most humble of mankind.
For one to develop humility, one should reflect upon his/her state. There are as many as 24,000 people in the world today that die of hunger everyday and 50% of the world population do not have enough water to drink.
A practical advice, with regards to worldly affairs, one should always look upon those whom are less fortunate. This helps to cultivate humility and gratitude towards the favour one has been given.
—  Ustadh Usama Canon on Humility
Taking off the hijab...

I’ve seen some posts here and there about how the hijab has become a safety hazard now. It saddens me, really. Even before the Chapel Hill shooting I heard of well meaning coworkers, parents, and friends telling Muslims to shave off their beard, or take off the hijab because of the situation now. Because they fear for us. They fear for our lives.

While the deaths of our brother Deah and our sisters Yusor and Razan has been a source of sorrow in my heart, their lives have been a source of inspiration. Their work in the community has inspired me to do more for mine. Their smiles remind me of the beauty of Islam. Their success and achievements inspired me to strive for more. And they reminded me that I am proud to be a Muslim.

If anything, this event should remind us of death. Death can come at any moment. They were newlyweds, only 6 weeks into their marriage, so much ahead of them, so many dreams. But subhanAllah, Allah planned that their death would be this way, and truly Allah has granted them honor, not only in their community but in the nation.

Taking off my hijab does not guarantee my safety. Safety is in the hands of Allah. If I take off my hijab I could still die, Allah knows. And I’d rather die with pride and honor in my hijab, than admit defeat by taking it off. If some bigot comes and shoots me in the head because I was wearing a hijab, then All Praise belongs to Allah, that I died for sticking to my beliefs.

At times like this we need to strengthen our iman. We need to stand together and help each other and give each other encouragement. Brothers and sisters in islam, Allah is there for you. The King of all kings, He will protect you. Do not fear the hatred of people. Out of all the people Allah chose you to be Abdullah, the servant of Allah. Take that title with pride and honor and walk the streets proudly and fearlessly in your beard and your hijab. Allah is watching over us.

The Worst Type of Pride

Habib `Ali alJifri (may Allah preserve him) said, “I asked my teacher, Habib `Umar ibn Hafidh, “Which is more dangerous – being proud of one’s actions or being proud of one’s understanding?”
Habib `Umar replied (may Allah preserve him): “Being proud of one’s understanding is more dangerous than being proud of one’s actions and its outcome is more serious. Look at the response of Iblis (may Allah protect us from him): ‘I am better than him – You created me from fire and You created him from earth.’ Iblis relied upon his understanding and did not mention any of his actions.””
Pride [`ujub] stems from attributing things to oneself and being heedless of Allah’s enabling grace [tawfiq].
Imam alGhazali (may Allah be pleased with him) mentions that it is more subtle than ostentation [riya’]. May Allah save us.

this is my last blackout post. this is my mom, Juinita. she taught me and her other 6 children so much about our culture. mandated autobiographies, Africa placemats, Kwanzaa, she told us to stop pledging the flag eventually. I know she would have been overwhelmed with joy and pride at tumblr and our community for this blackout movement. she been gone almost 3 years but I couldn’t let her be left out. love you Mommy, see you soon.
inna lillahi wa inna illahi ra'jioon

Differences of Hijab, Jilbab and Khimar
  • Hijab

Hijab (in Quranic tafseer) means cover in general, also can be considered as curtain or barrier. The word “Hijab comes from word Al-hajaban: something that covering. So this is why Hijab can have a meaning equal to Jilbab in some cases. Take a note that Hijab is gender neutral, men and women have their own Hijab.

  • Jilbaab

Not all hijab is jilbab but all jilbab is hijab. In Al-‘Ahzab(33):59 we women are ordered to wear the jilbab. 

"O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments (Jilbab). That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.”

In terminology of Arabic, Jilbab means: scarves, or clothing that women wear wide to cover the head, chest and the back of their body. We can take a summary that Jilbab is simply clothing that wide, loose, and covering our whole body.

Al-Qurthuby affirmed that Jilbab is also: clothing that covers the entire body except face and palms.

Ibn Hazm Rahimahullah also stated: in arabic Jilbab that Rasulullah PBUH mentioned is that clothing that covers the entire body, not just partially.

Ibn Katsir said: Jilbab is Such shawl worn over the khimar and has the same function as izar (cloth).
-Narrated by Syaikh Al-bani

In terms of language in Dictionary of Al-Muj'am Al-Wasith it can be in a form of:

- Qomish / some kind of cloak
- A material of cloth that cover the whole body
- Milhafah or top clothing

We can generally assume Jilbab is Abaya/Gamis/Qomish.

  • Khimar

Khimar is a headcover or hood, in Indonesian and Melayu7 is called  tudung/keudung.

Stated in An-Nur (24) : 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…

Some also affirmed that Khimar is one kind of clothing that covers the head, neck, and chest without covering the face (Al-Baghdadiy, 1991)

  • Summary

Syaikh Bin Baz (from the program of Mausu'ah Fatwa Lajnah wal Imamain) mention Jilbab/Hijab is all kind of material of fabric that cover the body of a woman. This fabric is used after wearing da'run (some kind of cloak) in order to cover the places of original jewelry like private parts / aurah, or artificial like necklaces, earrings, etc)

There are some opinions in this topic, but for me personally, it doesn’t matter if it’s a top plus maxi skirt or after all abaya but hijab has to be:

  1. Covering all parts of the body except face and palms (this means wear your socks!)
  2. Khimar is covering the chest
  3. Thick or not transparent
  4. Not inviting trials or fitnah towards herself
  5. Loose
  6. Not scented with perfume or fragrance
  7. Different from what Males wear
  8. Not wearing something that reminds people of the non-believers
  9. Not drawing too much attention

Wallahu 'alam bissawaab

My point is:

Imagine it like salah that benefit our physical body, but the point of salah is not the same as sport. Hijab must be intended for pleasing Allah our God. It’s wrong to expect wearing hijab meant to make men to less lustful or boost their respect, maybe yes it might be protect men gaze from women’s beautiful physical body and make women who wear hijab looks gracious and respectable in some cases, but to protect men is not women’s responsibility, it’s not about them but between the woman and Allah. Allah told us to 1) lower our gaze 2) cover-up, that’s the perfect method to avoid fitnah. If one of those two method is not practiced then it’s not perfect, just like salah if you skip one sujud it’s not completely ibadah. So if men bothered to see some curves of women’s body too much or even an appearance of hijabi beauty guru on youtube that they should know meant to be watched by women, then it’s the men that doesn’t take the responsibility of themselves to avoid fitnah.