Do you ever wonder if someone finds you fascinating?
Have you felt contentment? I mean real contentment – not the fulfillment you get post a box of Krispy Kreme donuts or a tub of Ben & Jerry’s. I’m talking about when it feels like your heart is sitting on a pillow inside of you. When you hear loud silence everywhere you go. Have you felt it?
The feeling of true contentment, subhanallah. It’s near to when you feel like you can take over the world but at the same time you don’t need to. It reminds me of the impression I get after praying a sincere prayer but a step above; maybe Sincere Prayer Professional Version. Like the feeling you get right after you finish an incredible book but better.
Nobody matters except those that matter anymore.
Everything is much more appreciated. Your old and new friends, your family, yourself, your God especially. Everything slows down. You don’t need to rush, you don’t need to overanalyze every single action of people around you. You’ll wait longer for replies. Your voice doesn’t strain, your eyes are stable, and your breathing is calm.
Nothing hurts. External and internal pain, neither are harmful. Physical and metaphysical pain, it doesn’t exist. You prick your finger, your receptors are saying no, but your soul reminds you that it’s ok. It’s been ok and it’ll be ok.
You feel lighter, stronger.
You feel content.
I love you too, but this is wrong as well! There are very legitimate and serious structural problems with the way our community and ummah, and humanity at large, views and treats the our female counterparts on this earth. Feminism has many shades - to categorically deny it being a real response to sexism and abuse and marginalization of women for centuries is just as elementary as the initial attack! As Muslims, we are taught that men and women are, indeed, equal in the sight of God. We may have different responsibilities to Him, and different protocols for certain responsibilities, but men do not have a “step-up” on women. This is flawed, ignorant thinking, and should not be tolerated.
Does that mean I blindly accept every critical theory proposed from scholars of feminism? Not necessarily. But, if you ask whether I agree with feminism in so much that it is “a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment,” then my answer is yes.
And, after attending class with Shaykh Akram Nadwi, author of a 53 volume encyclopedia on the scholars who were female in our faith tradition, I believe that it is our duty as Muslims to restore an atmosphere that is Prophetic in nature, that gives back the rights, honor, and dignity to women that Allah bestowed on them, inalienably.
Love you for the sake of Allah,
I don’t understand why people sugarcoat and treat hijab like an option.. It’s an obligation, just like how salah is an obligation. If you don’t wear it, you will get punished for it, just as you would get punished for missing salah.
what a horrendous way to view this beautiful…
As much as I agree 101% with the person above, that we aren’t supposed to observe certain commands from God just for the sake of escaping his wrath, and that the main thing we mustn’t do is neglect our souls, I know where the one with original post is coming from. I know many people who are taking God’s mercy, and society’s sympathy for granted and don’t wear the hijab. Alright, it’s hard. No one says it’s easy. But that shouldn’t be taken as an excuse for not wearing hijab. And it certainly isn’t alright to not wear hijab. When we can’t pray because we’re ill or because of any other reason, we’re supposed to pray sitting, whatever our position or situation is, we HAVE to pray. Whether to please God, or to save ourselves from hellfire, whatever reason it is, nobody argues that we mustn’t pray. So why the excuses for not wearing the hijab? And to be very honest, I see lots of people here, quoting the person with the original post, sugarcoat it like it’s alright and you’re doing good anyway etc. And tbh it saddens me.
Whether God punishes anyone for not wearing hijab or not, we have to accept the fact that it’s given as a command and we must obey God. Period.
And only when we do obey Allah, for reasons of simply pleasing Him or any other reason that gives our soul and heart conviction, for the right reasons, will we realise the beauty of God’s commands, and His infinite wisdom.
Meanwhile, the following dua inspired by ayat 7 of Surah Hujurat might be of some help: يا الله حبب الينا الايمان و زينه في قلوبنا و كره الينا الكفر و الفسوق و العصيان Oh Allah endear the faith to us and beautify it in our hearts, and make to us hateful all denial to the truth, all iniquity, and all rebellion [against what is good]
I kindly request those of you who are enthusiasts about poetry or writing phrases in Dari/Farsi that please, please spell the words right, at least. It especially annoys me when some of you have so many followers who blindly reblog a post that you’ve written in Dari in which not even a single word is correctly spelled.
You cannot do anything by doing nothing."