Assalam alaikum

Assalam’Alaikum (Peace Be Upon You),

I apologize for disappearing like that, but Alhumdullillah I am doing well. Our Facebook page for Muslimah411 got hacked, so we have been having a tough time. Here is another Muslimah411 Facebook Page. Please do visit, like, and share!

In the meantime, I have been helping a group of friends work on their website called Halal Cosmetics. I will be posting all their products here as well, so to make it easier for you to purchase/gift Halal Cosmetics.

I know sisters, when we do Hijab, we also want to be pure and halal, which can be quite challenging and difficult in this time and age. Majority of cosmetics are haram (not permissible per Islam) due to animal ingredient(s), blood, alcohol, and/or animal testing.

So we have partnered with Halal Cosmetics for everyday halal cosmetics wear, Alhumdullillah!

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Variety of Dates available Dearborn Michigan, USA

Assalam’Alaikum ( السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته)

Sometime ago I had one of our reader asked me a question on dates, which I was able to answer Alhumdulillah ( الحمد لله). 

I don’t know where that reader resides, but last week Alhumdulillah ( الحمد لله) I had a chance to travel to the state of Toronto, Canada and Michigan, USA and had stopped at a Middle Eastern Grocery store in Dearborn, Michigan. There were Masha’Allah ( ماشاء الله) so many varieties of dates Subhana’Allah ( سبحان الله)!

 
Niagara Falls, Canada. May 2015 

Subhana’Allah ( سبحان الله) what a beautiful sight! Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) has made such beautiful world for us Alhumdulillah ( الحمد لله)  

 

How to deal with Riya and showoff in Islam? Part 1

Bismillah e rahmani raheem (In the name of Allah (swt) {God}, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)
Bismillah e rahmani raheem (In the name of Allah (swt) {God}, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)+

Assalam alaikum,

I got a question from one of our readers, while I did some research, I was surprised by such vast of information on this topic, which was very interesting. Before I go ahead, I would deeply like to thank that reader for this question, because of you, I got a chance to learn and teach to many other people In Sha’Allah.

Question: How to deal with Riya and showoff in Islam?

Since this is huge topic, I would like to discuss in depth and into parts.

Part 1: Riya

What is riya? Riya has many levels in Islam, but the broad definition could be considered as arrogance. Riya can come in many forms such as in our hearts, minds, verbal aspects, and actions.

Let us explore these aspects:

Hearts: When we win or do something and get praised, we often forget Allah (swt) helped us, and we believe that we achieved by ourselves. We not only forget our Creator, without His help we cannot achieve anything, but we also discredit our family members and our loved ones and leave them behind. We take all the credit and fame.

Minds: We tend to believe in ourselves after we achieve something. That’s “I tried” or “I did”, it becomes all about me, instead of Allah (swt). When we lose something or something goes bad, we say or blame Allah (swt) or family/friends, but never oneself.

Verbal Aspects: We start comparing ourselves to other people, especially people in Islamic history such as Caliphs, Sahabahs, Prophet (saw)’s wives, and Prophet (saw), and etc.

We should never compare ourselves with anyone, especially anyone from Prophet’s time or to Himself. Allah (swt) is the best in Knowledge, let Him be the judge. We can strive to be like them, but we can never be them or compare ourselves with them.

Actions: When hearts and minds become one thought, then automatically our actions follow that train of thought.

Effects of Good Deeds in Islam

Assalam’Alaikum ( السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته)

In today’s time, we constantly want recognition for our good actions, (I am saying this because I am like that) but after learning more about our beautiful deen Islam, I have learn to control the aspect of recognition. 

I don’t want to be recognized in this world by people, but I pray that Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) recognizes me and provides His Shade to me in Hereafter. Aameen. 

I pray same for our brothers and sisters in Ummah, who does good deeds only for the sake of Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى).  Aameen. 

  

Hijab for Both Genders-

Assalam’alaikum,

Hijab for Both Genders, is the third installation to my Hijab parts. Please see Part 1 – Dressing Hijab for Women and Part 2 – Dressing Hijab for Men

In Part 1, we focused on women and in Part 2 the focus was on men, and respectively in the manner of dressing/clothing.

In today’s time, it is extremely emphasized Hijab in the manner of dressing, yet in our Qur’an, hijab is mentioned in the aspect of manners and dressing.

In this part, I would like to explore Hijab, in the perspective of manners, modesty/moderate, and lifestyle.

A believer or a Muslim behaves accordingly to the Qur’an and Muhammad (SAW)’s Hadiths. Also there is a reason for that. We know whatever Allah (swt) has commended us is for our own benefit (in this life and Hereafter) and the benefit of the society.

 Manners: 

  • Smile –  Smiling does not only bring calmness, but also is a sadaqa
  • Self Respect – If you respect yourself, your body, your mind, and your soul, you will automatically respect elders, youngers, and children.
  • Helping Hand – Our Prophet (saw) always helped in and outside the house. He (SAW) helped friends and strangers alike
  • Be Grateful – The whole domain belongs to Allah (swt) and He knows best for you and me, so whatever and whenever you are in life, be appreciative and thankful
  • Lower your voice – this goes for both genders. We have to watch our voice level, tone, and laugh.
  • Walk – Don’t walk hard or with pride. With hard walk, earth is in pain and with pride; the society and people around us are in pain.
  • Cleanliness/Hygiene- This is extremely important, physically and emotionally for oneself and the society
  • Gaze/Tongue – Both genders equally are fully responsible for his/her words and action, whether it is done by tongue, eyes, ears, feet, hands, and etc.

Modesty/Moderate: 

  • Self Respect – Dress accordingly
  • Health/Free Time –  We all love eating, watching movies, hanging out, listening to music (I am not going to lie, cause I do too love all that), but be moderate in that, since in today’s time it is challenging, yet we have to be careful of how we use our health and time. Keep track!
  • Religion/Worldly – We all have responsibilities. Remember that we are in this world for Allah (swt), so don’t become too busy in worldly affairs, take sometime for Him. Though that doesn’t mean that we become extreme in religious beliefs, we also have been told by Allah (swt) that we should enjoy our life as long as it is halal (permitted within the laws of Islam)
  • Waste – Don’t waste food, clothes, or yourself

Lifestyle:

  • Be Knowledgeable – Spread positive knowledge
  • Secrecy/Charity – When you do good deeds, keep that within you and Allah (swt) and trust Him. Don’t share or brag. Whatever you hear, keep it to yourself or if needed share with Allah (swt) only
  • Anger – Don’t become angry or frustrated easily. Remember you are in the specific situation, because Allah (swt) is testing you. Ask Him (swt) for help

Let us become a positive role model for our children and future of Islam. May Allah (swt) make each one of us success in this life and Hereafter. Aameen.

Depression – No Hope

Assalam’Alaikum ( السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته)

We all go through many ups, downs, and challenges on daily basis. Sometime it becomes too much that we become extremely depressed and stressed out, speaking from personal experience, and it’s always hard to keep going. 

Did you know many teens and young adults give up so easily that they becomes suicidal? 

A believer always have to remember whatever situation he/she is in is because Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) knows you can handle the test and challenges. 

Always remember that Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) is looking out for you and know that He has chosen you for that test. 

Don’t give up, maybe not for yourself, but for Him, continue to keep going and put your trust in Him. 

  
May Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) gives us sabr (patience), and protects us from any and all hardships. Aameen. 

Month of Rajab

Assalam’Alaikum ( السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته) 

I love Muhammed (SAW) (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ), so I would like to share anything and everything I could about him. 

If I come across something like a Hadiths, sayings, & etc I will In Sha’Allah ( إن شاء الله) try to share with you. 

Did you know Muhammed (SAW) (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ) said many Duas for different seasons, time, people, circumstances, and etc. I had never realized the treasure of duas he, Muhammed (SAW) (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ), left behind him for us, his Ummah. 

So let us take that treasure and bring close to our heart by making it part of our lives In Sha’Allah ( إن شاء الله)! 

Best part about this blog is that I know I am not the only one learning, we all are struggling daily but with each other’s help and duas, In Sha’Allah ( إن شاء الله) we can make little changes In Sha’Allah ( إن شاء الله), for the sake of Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) and May he grant us patience and Barakat Aameen. 

Here is the dua for Rajab

  
May Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) bless us and may we benefit in this life and hereafter. Aameen