Being someone who identifies within some LGBT spectrum (whatever that means), I have realized that it is increasingly frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming to live in today's world, for everyone. Sexuality has become flaunted in ways that one cannot escape no matter where you turn. It stalks you in the shop windows, on your phones and … Continue reading Sexuality, a Dangerous Trend
I think everyone ought to have a look at this. I have run into this at my own MSA, or at least, the beginnings of it. Myself being an LGBT individual who has come to accept my feelings as a test granted by Allah, applaud this Muslim sister for standing up and speaking. These are hard times to hold onto the Haqq of Islam, a time where “holding onto our Imaan will be like holding onto a hot piece of coal”! Hmm.. now where have I heard this before? Ah, yes, the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Do not forget the value of true Islamic studies and genuine scholarly opinion. Do not let the shadow of “feminism”, “Gender and women’s studies”, and philosophy courses blind you from truth and lose your way. May Allah protect us all, ameen.
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I am a Muslim woman and attend one of the most liberal universities in the West. Coming to college caused me doubt to Islam in many ways and, like many of us at American universities, I often found myself confused and frustrated in the liberal space I was in.
Upon entering this school, I was first introduced to what it meant to be a “conservative” or “liberal” Muslim. I was also first introduced to feminism in the context of Western liberal Muslim spaces. For the first time, I was engaging in debates on whether or not females should be delivering the khutbahs and leading prayers. For the first time, I had to choose whether or not to attend a Jummah prayer dedicated to LGBTQ+ students or be ostracized by majority of the MSA for choosing not to attend. For the first time, I…
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During this time of Ramadan, there is nothing stronger than dihkr (remembrance of Allah) and the recitation of the Qur’an, first and foremost. Because Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an. This month we should work to reform that link between ourselves and the Qur’an and hence the link between ourselves and our Creator. Because Allah says that ‘When my slave asks about me, I am near.‘ SubhanAllah, He says when we ask, not if – Allah knows we need Him and if we try to live our lives without Him it only hurts us. And look how easy He makes it for us. All we need to do is ask, and He is instantly near to us. The All Powerful and Creator of everything does not need us. To deny the existence of Him is only to our own disadvantage. So, think about your purpose deeply, wonder about life thoughtfully and do not waste the time that is given to you. We are beings of mistakes and forgetfulness, that is why humans are called “insaan” in Arabic. Then why not just ask forgiveness, what does any of us have to lose?
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَإِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَبِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لايَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ
Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta
O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You…
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Awesome, this is definitely a positive and constructive post. Gracefully fashioned too, inshaAllah they are guided and shown the truth of what is good for them and those that reach out to them. It is easy to forget ourselves when another motive comes knocking, whether it is provoked or intentional. As Muslims today, we are constantly under scrutiny by both Non-muslims and Muslims alike. It may seem like a great deal of pressure to get the fit just right, however this is what you must be prepared for if you place yourself in the public’s eye. Constantly question your intentions and ask yourself why you are doing what you do. If the reason ever becomes “for the people” in any shape or form… I think it is time to take a step back. Losing our Iman and purity of heart is not worth the fame and fortune of this world.
It is narrated that a group of dancing youth were passing by with alcohol in their hands and a spiritual master and his followers were present. The followers suggested to their spiritual master that he raise his hands to pray against them. So the spiritual master raised his hands and replied, “O Allah, the way these youth are happy in dunya, make them happy in the hereafter.”
Over the past few years, a huge market has emerged for Muslim Youtubers and entertainers. Fuelled by a new generation of young Muslims who are desperately seeking halal content in a world that seems to offer nothing of the sort, coupled with the dearth of Muslim role models in the public eye, young Muslims are flocking towards anyone online who possesses some creativity, humour, has a decent camera and looks well polished. It’s an exciting and interesting time, but also a time that is…
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As a practicing Muslim, I had developed my faith early on with the hand of my parents constantly guiding me forward, Alhumdulillah, (all thanks and praises be to Allah). Though they worried, I do not think there was ever a fear that I may end up having an attraction towards other women. Of course, I … Continue reading In a Muslim Family
I suppose when starting something new, it is best to reflect on the purpose of starting it in the first place. When I was younger, these feelings had no direction and no sense of purpose. They were there and I was confused as to what I should do with them... aside from just feeling them. … Continue reading In Renewing Intentions