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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Pearl for Women

Assalamualaikum w.b.t

GLOBALIZATION

1.    When the term globalization was coined in around 1960s, electronic world has staged yet another virtual battle with real impacts. It is virtual because our portals to the whole world now are arguably mostly through the screens of laptops and PCs, whereby whatever message they bring across, they affect the way we think and we behave- forming, in reality, our very own thoughts and behavior nowadays.

2.    We are affected in the sense that we continuously receive a kind of invisible pressure that defines what world is to us. This is disguised under the name modernization and oneness, hence the word globalization, where we live without real boundaries, where every single thing slowly surfaces with a ‘global description’ that provides a global standard or global guideline. The classic example is whereby in some parts of the world, homosexuality is considered a human right.

3.    Killing thousands of Jews and having prejudice against them are regarded as unjust and anti-Semitic, while murdering innocent children  and women in Palestine is an act of heroism against terrorism- what a beautiful definition.

4.    This happens when advantaged people are given the mandate to define the world. What gives them the mandate? Power, money and control, to name a few. How do they get them? Knowledge, of course. They even control how we perceive knowledge and they are the ones known to possess and produce many knowledge we call syllabus at schools or policies in Politics, or facts in Science and theories in Philosophies and Economics.

5.    The consequence is simple- manipulation. Yes unless we know what is the real reference and resource material we should rely on, we are endlessly letting ourselves being fooled and manipulated. No reference would be fair and applicable to mankind, unless it does not come from mankind. Nor should it come from those of lower status and intelligence than mankind, hence why never will it come from animals, never mind plants.

6.    Who then? No other but God. Allah the Almighty. Here comes the miracle. A book complete of every single thing we need in our life. Al-Quranul Kareem. The biggest miracle for the people of Muhammad (peace be upon Him) prevailing all others given to prophets before Him, as this is the only miracle that lasts forever until the Day of Judgment. And it possesses all criteria required to be accepted as a reference to mankind.

7.    Allah explains about the Quran in the book itself in Surah An-Nahlu, (16:89) telling us that Al-Quran explains everything. “We have sent down the book, explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy and Glad Tidings to Muslims.”

8.    Having said that, why would we ever allow people with hidden interests to define what world is to us? Are we so weak that we submit ourselves to mankind rather than to God? How do we define modesty and chastity then? Has God not given us the guidelines?

Be Solehah and Pious..

ISLAMIC FASHION FESTIVAL (IFF)

9.    Islam is a name that should be copyrighted and as it belongs to the Owner and Creator, it is Him that has all the rights to correctly define what it means and what it constitutes.

10.    If designing fashions is given to Non-Muslims whom understand not Islam, moreover supported by Muslims themselves whom may hardly refer to the correct Islamic teachings, from Al-Quran and Sunnah, then the word Islamic in IFF is an utter abuse. Not only that it falsely portrays the true identity of Islam, it is an act of ignoring the authority of God whom knows best about His creation.

11.    “It is not fitting for a believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision: if anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.” Surah Al-Ahzab (33:36)

12.    I personally doubt that Non-Muslims especially who oppose Islam will misinterpret Islam due to IFF. I have more confidence that they know Islam even better than our own Muslims and therefore may happily end up with a grin on their face, as a sign of relief, that even Muslims now join them for their standardized world of fashion. Even Muslims forsake Islam.

13.    Do we then realize? In Surah An-Nisa (4:140) Allah says, “Already has He sent you Word in the Book, that when you hear the Signs of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, you are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme: if you did, you would be like them. For Allah will collect the hypocrites and those who defy faith- all in Hell.”

OUR MODUS OPERANDI

14.    Does Islam degrade women and oppress them? To get away with all the propaganda and threat coming to us from left, right, back, front and center, we firstly have to grab the understanding and therefore answer that question. Women in Islam are highly valued and protected. Their beauty is so priceless that it is hidden by their chastity and modesty.

15.    Let’s go back to the past time of history- briefly.

16.    In Babylonian Civilization, women were degraded and denied all rights under Babylonian Law. If a man murdered a woman, his wife will be put to death instead. In Greek Civilization, there is this one mythology about an imaginary woman by the name Pandora who was regarded as a misfortune to mankind. So the Greeks considered women to be subhuman and inferior to men. So prostitution was therefore a common practice because women were mere tools and had no values.

17.    Next, the Egyptians considered women evil, and a sign of devil. Before Islam came, a girl born was buried alive. They brought shames to the family. And the Romans were once allowed to take his wife’s life while prostitution and nudity were common practices.

18.    All the above have one thing in common. They were great civilizations with victories and glories, yet they degraded women? Clearly to them, that women oppressed, was a pride expressed.

19.    What does Islam promote instead? Islam, by all means, uplifts the status of women and acknowledges their presence with high regard. Without a mother’s blessings, one may be denied Paradise. And the fact that women are asked to cover themselves properly is to do no other but protect themselves. Who said so? Not me, none else but Allah in His Holy Book of Quran.

20.    “O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not MOLESTED. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” Surah Al-Ahzab (33:59)

21.    Please watch this interesting video on a funny answer by Ahmad Deedat about women in Islam.

video

22.    My beloved sisters, Islam provides you a means to protect yourselves through your clothing, would you not then ponder? Want to know something? According to The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention), 95,136 women have been raped in United States in that year alone. In other country like France even, a girl is raped during day time and people just walk and pass by- some even enjoy looking at it.

EXCLUSIVES FOR EVES

23.    Do we not think that the above could have been avoided if women understand the meaning of modesty and chastity in the first place (and dress properly)? Know you please that sexy that you define as beauty may be a thing that invites you to troubles.

24.    Stop torturing the eyes of men when you are not meant for them. Men only deserve you through marriage, the same way you deserve them. Know please that Allah created you as the biggest test to men, so it is your job to protect yourselves and be a good lady instead.

25.    “Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: women and sons…..” said Allah in Surah Ali Imran (3:14) and women is mentioned as the first thing that allures man, a big test for the Adams.

26.    Allah is fair, above anything else. He created men and women with their own uniqueness. Don’t you think that in a way, the above verse implies how women are mentally stronger as compared to men? Furthermore, Allah admonishes men to lower their gaze and guard their modesty FIRST, before He instructs women to do the same.  Refer Surah An-Nur (24:30-31)

27.    Day by day, more and more people post warnings especially for women as mentioned in Quranul Kareem for their misdeeds. I hope you can all take it this way- that people do that because they love you. They care about you. They want you to always be on the right path. I sometimes envy you for getting as much intention. But I have to accept that I too have responsibility as a man towards women, especially my mother, sisters, future wife and all other sisters, hence why a reminder for women is a reminder for the responsible gentlemen as well.

28.    Narrated by Muslim that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W has once said that, “The world is in abundance of ornament and decorations, but the best one is a woman who is loyal and pious.”

Wallahuaklam

May He lead us to the only Path..

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