June 26, 2012 § 5 Comments
Today, she might not be a dedicated hijabi,
Perhaps tomorrow, and the following days , she could be the most sincere in covering her aurat
Today, his language is vulgar and profane
Perhaps tomorrow, and the following days, he could be the most soft-spoken and articulate man
Today, he might be the most disobedient (to Allah) man
Perhaps tomorrow, and the following days, he could be the one who consistently performs the night prayers (tahajjud), while we are sound asleep
We never know, and never will we ever know
It’s not our role to judge and condemn others
But to let them be aware of His Way, the Right Way
And to continually include them in our du’a (prayers)
Let’s not ridicule someone’s current state of affairs or his beginnings
For we could never guess his endings
Perhaps his is better than ours
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
May 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
Taken from the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes.
To the world, three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is known as “the Greatest.” To his daughter, Hana, he is simply known as Daddy. Now in a heartfelt tribute, Hana Yasmeen Ali shares the life lessons she learned from her father, and offers an intensely personal look at one of the most revered men on the face of the earth.
“If memory serves me correctly, I was wearing a little white tank top and a short black skirt. I had been raised Orthodox Muslim, so I had never before worn such revealing clothing while in my father’s presence. When we finally arrived, the chauffer escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.
My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”
He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”
This is just one of the many lessons that my father instilled and continues to instill in me and my sisters, then and now.
Hana Yasmeen Ali
May 15, 2012 § 4 Comments
And they say Islam is oppressive…
Ice Princess in the Hijab – Zahra Lari
CANAZEI, Italy — From the sand dunes of the Rub al Khali desert to the snow-capped peaks of the Dolomites in northern Italy, Emirati teen Zahra Lari made figure skating history this week.
The 17-year-old not only became the first figure skater from the Gulf to compete in an international competition but the first to do so wearing the hijab, an Islamic headscarf.
“In my country women don’t do much sport and even less figure skating,” the quietly-spoken teenager told AFP after competing alongside skaters from 50 countries in the European Cup.
A practising Muslim, her black headscarf and sober costume, stood out among the flashy orange tutus and fluorescent pink tights.
“I skate with the hijab, my costume is in line with Islamic tradition,” she explained.
“The other girls are very nice to me. I think they accept me very well…
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May 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
When asked about her Hijab by Journalists and how it is not proportionate with her level of intellect and education, she replied:
“Man in early times was almost naked, and as his intellect evolved he started wearing clothes. What I am today and what I’m wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved, and is not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes again that is regressive back to the ancient times”
- Hijab, Awra and the understanding (hifzanshafiee.wordpress.com)
- ‘Beautiful’ (snstoman.wordpress.com)