Asalamu alaykum wa baraktaula my followers, brothers and sisters in islam, and followers who are respectful towards muslims
Last night i was really upset and the reason is that several people reblogged my photo to blogs i felt like were entirely unislamic and inappropiate…1-was a woman listing herself as a slave who had a mixture of incredibly blatent pornographic images with the contrast of women in hijab including my picture from eid(which was my first eid and incredibly personal) this was then reblogged by another ‘lady’ not sure if it actually is a lady
she along with another group of people on tumblr list themselves as 'sexual jihad’ and from what i can tell (please forgive me if im wrong) but they seemed soooo unislamic..many claim to be men who felt weak or as if they could not be a man n had undergone a sex change or dressed as a woman.(i have no personal issue with transgender or cross dressing) alltho i believe u should learn to accept what u were born with/what god gave u.. The issue is this..these 'men’ were dressing as women in hijab, saying they had converted but not for themselves for 'their arab masters’ they were talking about themselves as sexual objects and as obeying in a degree beyond what i believe allah swt has stated.. as wifes/husbands we are supposed to look after one another etc but often prophet muhammed often did housework…
i warn anyone against these people calling themselves 'sexual jihads’ and 'slaves’ please be careful who you follow, even those on tumblr are not neccasarily to be trusted but if someone is trying with good intention to be good in deen then research what they tell u..including myself..
as a result of this and not being able to control who reblogs stuff and having anonymous telling me that im pretty, as much as it is sweet if my images lead someone to sin even in thoughts for a second, then i and them get a sin..which is something i want to avoid..i will still blog info, picture of clothes to wear etc and islamic inspiration..
isis are undoubtedly evil and unislamic people but they didn’t just pop up out of nowhere and we have to understand how otherwise peaceful people are being brainwashed into joining isis. obviously propaganda plays a part but in the uk, british muslims are one of the most deprived groups in england, scotland, wales and northern ireland. islamophobic attacks are up by 70% in england this year. we have created a society where people in ethnic and religious minorities are among the poorest in our countries and victims of religious hatred so it is no wonder people are becoming disillusioned and turning to extremism. if the west really is committed to stopping isis, start with one of the root causes.
muslims who don’t wear the hijab exist. muslims who smoke and drink exist. muslims who have doubts about their faith exist. muslims who are bad at following the rules of the quaran exist. muslims who have read the quaran but don’t understand it exist. muslims who have never read the quaran exist. muslims who struggle with prayer because remembering two surahs is hard for them exist.
like…muslims make up 23% of the worlds population and there’s such a wide variety of us that i can’t understand how western media has taught everyone that muslim characters are all perfect muslims who can recite every hadith from memory when that’s just not the case? like non-muslims and muslims alike are so good at shaming muslims who do things that are percieved as unislamic when that’s never done for any other religion. like, you can christian and never go to church a day in your life. be a muslim who doesn’t go the mosque a couple of friday’s in a row and people will gossip about you for days.
it’s just weird to me like idk how else to describe it
Classmates of my father who passed during the Iran & Iraq war. This mural was painted on the wall of his high school in Mashhad. This war resulted in an upwards of 1.2 million casualties on Iran’s side alone. One of the controversies surrounding the war was Iraq’s usage of chemical warfare. Iran refrained from such warfare due to the belief that it was unislamic to do so.
Despite the differences between Iran and Iraq’s government, the citizens of each side usually do not show resentment towards each other as the majority of the citizens of either country do not support the actions of their governments and both countries were victims of western intervention.
On Valentine’s day last year, my Facebook feed exploded with Pakistani memes that, on the one hand, used Islamic texts to criticize the day as unIslamic and, on the other, poked fun at the religious opposition to the holiday.
When I conducted interviews with Pakistani women in Karachi over the summer, I expected Valentine’s day to be a salient event for my participants. I did find religious resistance to Valentine’s Day. The more religious-minded participants were likely to say things like: “St. Valentine is remembered for fathering illegitimate children, so the day is sinful.”
Less religious women, however, seemed surprised that I even asked about it. “I can’t remember what I did,” they would say, or they would criticize it as “cheesy” or “too commercial.” A few respondents asked: “Why does there have to be one day for love? Every day should be a celebration of love.”
Based on the media, I was expecting a contest between people who embraced Valentine’s Day and people who rejected it, but I only found one side of the debate: the rejection. There didn’t seem to be a large group of women who embraced it. Among those who didn’t outright reject it, I discovered only disinterest.
All this suggests that the push to make Valentine’s Day a thing in Pakistan is more about capitalism and the globalization of Western norms and practices, than it is about a grassroots desire for such a celebration. It is the marketers, mall managers, and restaurant owners that seem most interested in Valentine’s Day. I originally thought of this as a battle between the religious and secular members of the society, but it seems to be, instead, a resistance by some to efforts of companies to find one more way to make money.
Fauzia Husain is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Virginia. She is currently studying globalization through an exploration of Pakistani women’s narratives about love.
the u.s is complicit in the murder of some 1.5 million non-combatants on the war on terror yet will praise king abdullah’s ‘reformist attitudes’ as a beacon of light in a wasteland they helped to create
the u.s is anti-terrorism but have yet to release commentary on why exactly saudi arabia was traced and discovered as the country from which almost all of the funding for wahabbi terrorist groups responsible for the murder of christians, shia and sunni muslims alike in 2009
the collective “west” is pro-democracy but turns a blind eye to the absolute dictatorship that exists in the saudi kingdom where anti-government demonstrators are flogged publicly, jailed and sometimes just disappear forever
the “West” fears islamization but remains weirdly quiet about how under king abdullah’s regime a journalist was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 public floggings for making “unIslamic remarks”?
the collective “West” is outright in its support of freedom of speech but apparently only when it is collectively punishing an entire chasm of humanity and not when that freedom of speech criticizes their “Allies”.
Sheikh Nimr, a minority representative opposed to the harsh and cruel human rights violations and oppression of non-majority demographics committed to non-violence, was sentenced to death under king abdullah’s regime for preaching “Anti-government rhetoric"
where is the outrage? a man whose legacy includes a regime responsible for the unjust murders of peaceful protestors and secularists, the deprival of women’s rights and an unimaginable death toll in Iraq is being broadcast to the masses as some kind of weird helpful bff to the u.s and the devastation he’s caused is not only being written over it is being actively muted
king abdullah is responsible for the murders and dislocation of more shia muslims, christians, alevis than is possibly countable at one given time. he was not a reformist, he was not a progressive example for the rest of the "crazy muslim countries” he is responsible for why those countries are in tatters today and the hypocrisy of all of this is not going unnoticed, it will not go unnoticed.
ISIS is about as Islamic as the KKK is Christian. They just use religion. Their real agenda is political. Get with it.
How many Muslims does ISIS have to slaughter before people will stop calling the group “Islamic” anything? Seriously, can someone please tell me the number of innocent Muslim men, women, and children who have to die at the hands of ISIS before people will realize that ISIS is truly unIslamic and arguably anti-Islamic?
On Tuesday, we saw more of ISIS’s barbaric brutality on display with the release of the video depicting its killing of Jordanian Muslim fighter pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh. He was flying sorties as part of the U.S.-organized coalition to destroy ISIS.
The way he was killed sets a new low in depravity. ISIS militants first chained Kasasbeh in a cage and then poured flammable fluids into his cell. With Kasasbeh watching, an ISIS militant lit the fluid on fire. Then while Kasasbeh was burning to death, they dropped debris on him, like brick masonry. Finally they drove a bulldozer over him several times.
What makes the killing of this man so noteworthy is not just the viciousness of his execution, but that it actually received national U.S. media coverage. We rarely see our media cover the Muslims killed by ISIS or al Qaeda. I often wonder, is it because some in the media feel that Muslims lives don’t matter? Or is it because they sense that collectively, most (though not all) Americans could care less about it when non-Americans are killed, so that translates into low ratings for these types of stories?
To be honest, how many have heard about the details of ISIS slaughtering of Muslims? In 2014 in Iraq alone, can you guess how many Muslims civilians—not fighters, civilians—ISIS killed? At least 4,325. ISIS is murdering an average 12 Muslim civilian men, women, and children every single day.
And these killings are not “collateral damage” deaths. Per a United Nations report released last September, ISIS targeted Muslims, both Sunnis and Shias, who refused to submit to it. We are talking a Sunni leader from the Salah ad Din province of Iraq beheaded (PDF) in August for refusing to swear allegiance to ISIS. Do you recall U.S. media wall-to-wall coverage of that beheading, like when Westerners were beheaded?
Three Sunni nurses were executed in Mosul for refusing to treat ISIS fighters. A Sunni imam in eastern Baquba was killed for simply denouncing ISIS.
And in neighboring Syria, per the London-based Syrian Human Rights Committee, in December 2014 alone, ISIS killed at least 49 civilians, executing almost all in front of their families.
Look, there’s no such thing as “radical Islam.” There is only one Islam. But there are radical Muslims. And there are Muslims who engage in terrorist acts. They are called terrorists.
Why do these facts matter? Because I think it makes it clear to any reasonable person that ISIS is not about the tenets of Islam. Their religion is power.
Those aren’t just my words. In September, more than 120 Islamic scholars and clerics wrote a letter to ISIS in both English and Arabic denouncing ISIS and its invoking of Islam to justify its horrific actions. They even explained in great detail how ISIS is violating the Quran and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, concluding that ISIS is truly unIslamic.
Yet these words don’t move many on the right in America, who continue to argue in essence: If a Muslim yells “Allahu Akbar” after committing any action, that absolutely means that their conduct is based on the faith. That is beyond simplistic—it’s idiotic.
And nearly as ludicrous is the claim by people like Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who stated on Fox News on Sunday that we need to call it “radical Islam” because we “have to define our enemy.”
Look, there’s no such thing as “radical Islam.” There is only one Islam. But there are radical Muslims. And there are Muslims who engage in terrorist acts. They are called terrorists. That is the proper way to describe them.
Just read the ISIS magazine and you will see how they desperately seek to frame its battle with the United States as an “American crusade against Islam.” (PDF) That is why when Sen. Lindsey Graham recently called the fight with al Qaeda a “religious war,” I can only imagine these terrorists were high-fiving each other because he was parroting their words.
Using the word Islam in any way to describe ISIS or al Qaeda, or framing our fight as a religious war, is exactly what they want. It helps them recruit and raise funds. Let’s call ISIS—as well as al Qaeda—what they are. They are terrorists with a political agenda who are using the Islamic faith, not acting in accordance with it. That is our enemy. Now let’s defeat them.
As a Muslim man, Ive had a hard time convincing my own mother on being okay with me marrying someone who isn't a virgin. I don't blame her, I blame the gross, unislamic culture that is obsessed with this. My kids won't have such a mentality inshAllah