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Battered Woman Syndrome and the Muslim Conscious

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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Relax

 

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Al-Wasatiyyah (Moderation) As An Agenda Of The Ummah

The term al-wasatiyyah is derived from an Arabic word “wasat” which means middle, fair, just, moderate, milieu and setting. The word in its different forms is used in several contexts in the Qur’an, all the word forms revolving around similar linguistic meanings. Allah says: “Thus, have We made of you an Ummah (Community) justly balanced (wasatan), that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves…” (al-Baqarah 2:143).

Also: “The best of them (awsatuhum) said: Did I not say to you, Why do you not glorify (Allah)?” (al-Qalam 68:28)
Be guardians of your prayers, and of the midmost (wusta) prayer, and stand up with devotion to Allah.” (al-Baqarah 2:238)
And penetrate forthwith into the midst (wasatna) (of the foe) en masse.” (al-‘Adiyat 100:5)

And: “…So its expiation is the feeding of ten poor men out of the middling (awsat) (food) you feed your families with…” (al-Ma’idah 5:89)

However, the first verse and its messages signify a perspective which is principally used for advancing the nucleus of the al-wasatiyyah (moderation) paradigm. Accordingly, when Allah describes Muslims as “ummatan wasatan” (justly balanced ummah), the impression thus conveyed is that Islam is a religion of peace, moderation and impartiality, not of extremism, prejudice and intolerance. An ummah and its cultures and civilization, which have been established and molded by the vitality of Islam, are to be adorned with the same attributes and traits. Moreover, Islam is a religion of amity, justice, harmony and moderation with the Creator, self, people and at once built and natural environments. These ideals of total balance and equilibrium are to be promulgated and practiced at each and every tier of Muslim existence — including built environment — without compromising on honesty, integrity and truth. Indeed, this dimension of Islam is critical because so long as there is no peace, harmony or justice with God, there could be no peace, harmony or justice with self either. And surely, so long as there is no peace, justice or harmony with God and self, there could be no amity, harmony or fairness with people either, and with the rest of the constituents in the intricate web of creation.

Al-wasatiyyah, it goes without saying, is multidimensional. It is corporeal, psychological, intellectual and spiritual. It is at once a philosophy and a way of life. It is comprehensive, in that it integrates and balances the requisites and delights of this world and the Hereafter, as well as of the physical and spiritual domains of existence. And it is universal, in that it affects the total wellbeing firstly of Muslims and then of all people and indeed of all animate and inanimate beings. Al-wasatiyyah, thus, is a Muslim identity. So important is al-wasatiyyah in Islam that it is almost synonymous with everything that carries the adjective “Islamic”. It is because of this that for Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi the first principle of moderate and justly balanced thought is “a complete and comprehensive understanding of Islam, which is characterized as being a creed and a way, knowledge and action, worship and interaction, culture and character, truth and strength, an invitation and political engagement, religion and reality, civilization and a nation.” In the same vein, according to Mohd Kamal Hassan, another implications of the notion of al-wasatiyyah for contemporary Muslim society include balancing between the permanent principles of Islamic law and the changing conditions of the time; the coupling of religious duty with the social reality; engaging in dialogue and coexistence with other people, and practicing tolerance with those who differ; as well as presenting Islam as a balanced, integrated civilizational mission for the revival, liberation and unification of the ummah.

In agreement with a divine decree, the Muslim ummah charged with the morals and quintessence of al-wasatiyyah is destined to serve as a role model to other nations and communities, confidently leading and guiding them through life’s challenges, trials and mysteries. This is so on account of an established historical truth that all man-generated life systems, ideologies and “solutions” in the absence of legitimate revealed truth and direction gradually fade away as soon as they come to civilization’s fore, except the revelation inspired and guided life system, ideology and “solution” of Islam. The justly balanced Muslim ummah, characterized as truthful, altruistic, cultured and sophisticated, is thus to serve as a witness over others, to selflessly intervene in the cause of peace and justice and to function as mankind’s ultimate source of optimism, luminosity and hope. Hence, following the pronouncement in the first of the five above-quoted Qur’anic verses that Muslims are “ummatan wasatan” (justly balanced ummah), Allah proclaims next that such is the case so “that ye might be witnesses over the nations”.

Furthermore, the subsequent Allah’s words in the same verse: “and the Messenger a witness over yourselves”, emphatically implies that to Muslims in their whole al-wasatiyyah enterprise, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the revealed Word constitute the supreme point of reference as well as the infinite sources of inspiration, zeal and legitimacy. Were it not for the Prophet (pbuh) and the revealed guidance, Muslims and their civilizational representation would have been stripped of their intrinsic perpetual potency, light, honor and purity. Theirs and their civilization’s fate would eventually have become similar to the fates of the rest of mankind’s ephemeral civilizational endeavors and experiments. It follows that what Muslims are expected to be to others in the physical world, that is what the Prophet (pbuh) is to them in both the physical and metaphysical worlds.

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Dr. Spahic Omer, a Bosnian currently residing in Malaysia, is an Associate Professor at the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia.
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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Relax, The message

 

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Swiss citizenship process suspended for Muslim family for ‘no handshake’!

Respect of women and their rights to their own body and whether or not they allow men to touch them is at the very core of this topic.  Allah is the one who knows best what he has created and what the needs and limits are for each of us.

Shaking hands (and touching) members of the opposite sex when closely related, is not permissable for Muslims according to the teachings of Islam.

This is to discourage physical contact which could lead to familiarity that is unwarranted or undesired by the lady. It could also be the initial cause for desire within both the man & woman.

Men shaking hands with women was not totally accepted by society even in the United States less than one hundred years ago. Unless it was through proper introduction and the woman had first extended her hand toward the gentleman it was considered improper for a man to extend his hand if the lady had not offered hers. Also, it was only expected the man would hold only the tips of her fingers, and to lower his gaze.

There is a hadeeth (narration of an event) from Ma’qil ibn Yassar, saying; The prophet, peace be upon him said,

“It is better for you to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman who is not permissible to you.”
[At-Tabarani in “Al Kabir, #486. Shaikh Albani said in Sahih al-Jaami’ it is sahih #5045]

Umaymah bint Raqeeqah said:

‘The prophet, peace be upon him, said, “I do not shake hands with women (not permissible to touch).”
[An-Nasaai, #4181 and Ibn Majah, #2874; Albani declared it sahih; Al Jami, #2513]


Switzerland ignored all this islamic teaching and showed no respect for muslims around the globe by an odd decision. It has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers who refused to shake hands with female teachers !

The brothers aged 14 and 15 said physical contact with women who were not family members was against their faith.

Officials in Therwil then told them not to shake male teachers’ hands to avoid gender discrimination.

But politicians insisted that shaking hands was part of the national culture.

The case has sparked a debate about religious freedoms, and the Basel-Country canton has requested an expert legal opinion on the matter.

A spokesman for the canton said naturalisation proceedings for the family had been put on hold, but added that such suspensions were common in citizenship procedures.

There are about 350,000 Muslims in Switzerland, which has a population of 8 million.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in News

 

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The Lenient

Amongst the other things that Islam has encouraged and called for is adopting leniency in buying and selling. It was narrated on the authority of Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allaah, peace and blessing be upon him, said: “May Allaah’s mercy be on him who is lenient in his buying, selling, and in demanding back his money.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari and others].

It was also reported from Huthayfah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allaah, peace and blessing be upon him, said:

“A servant from amongst the servants of Allaah was brought to Him whom Allaah had endowed with riches. He (Allaah The Almighty) said to him: “What (did you do) in the world?” He (the person) said: “They cannot conceal anything from Allaah.” He added: “O my Lord, You endowed me with Your riches. I used to enter into transactions with people. It was my nature to be lenient to (my debtors). I showed leniency to the solvent and gave respite to the insolvent, whereupon Allaah The Almighty said: “I have more right than you to do this to connive at My servant.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].

Dear reader, there are many types of adopting leniency such as not to go extremely regarding price, especially if they buyer is known with poverty, little money, and also rescinding a sale with a Muslim who is not happy with his transaction for no one will do so except the regretful whom sale causes harm to.

One should not be a reason for causing harm to his fellow Muslim brother. Therefore, it was narrated in a Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth on the authority of Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allaah, peace and blessing be upon him, said: “Whoever rescinds a sale with a Muslim who is not happy with his transaction, Allaah Will Cancel his slip on the Day of Resurrection.” [Reported by Abu Daawood with a Saheeh Sanad (i.e. authentic chain of transmission)].

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Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Relax

 

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What Is Your Sacrifice ?!

 

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Video

 

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Amazing Nasheed – Sawfa amdi lil jihadi

Assalam alaikum

This is an amazing nasheed by brother AbuAasem.

I hope you like it !

To download it as mp3 file, click here.

Lyrics can be found here.

Enjoy !

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Relax, Video

 

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The solution for Israel-Palestine conflict !

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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in News

 

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