Category Archives: Misconceptions Of Islam

I Began My ‘Oppressed’ Life

I couldn’t think of a more catchy line to grab your attention!

Yesterday was a very special day for Muslims (at least in my country and other countries with almost the same time zone). Why? It was Eid!!! You may have heard of people wishing “Eid Mubarak” to Muslims at least once in your life. What does Eid Mubarak mean? ‘Eid’ means celebration, and ‘Mubarak’ means blessed. So basically, blessed celebration!

Did I actually begin my oppressed life?  Haha! No, not at all. That’s not the way I’ll put it. It might be the way many other people put it though.

Why? Well, people tend to be very judgmental. Today I’m going to talk about the hijab – a.k.a (very wrongly) the symbol of oppression.

What is the hijab? Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition. In Islam, however, it has a broader meaning. It is the principle of modesty and includes behavior as well as dress for both males and females. The most visible form of hijab is the head covering that many Muslim women wear.

Now why did the title say I began my ‘oppressed’ life? Yesterday, I started wearing the hijab.

For many people, the hijab may seem compulsory because many Muslim women wear it. In Islam, we are asked to cover ourselves and dress modestly. This is interpreted in different ways.

I was raised by a family (and extended family) of non-hijabis. My mum and my sister don’t wear it, and neither did I. Recently though I came to understand the reason behind it, and I believed wearing it will strengthen my relationship with God.

It wasn’t an easy decision. Actually it was an easy decision, but it wasn’t easy to start wearing it. I would keep postponing it, I’ll wear it on my 18th birthday, I’ll wear it after my exams, that sort of thing.

In a ladies sermon during fasting, we were told that “You shouldn’t be the same person who started fasting by the time you celebrate Eid (festival after fasting). You should try to change and be better.” That’s when I decided that I was going to start wearing the hijab from Eid. I told my parents of my intention to start wearing the hijab. I did a wardrobe change. That was it. Now I am an official hijabi, and I’m never going to look back in regret.

I do understand that maybe some Muslim girls out there might not have the freedom of wearing or not wearing the hijab like I did, but most of the hijabis I know all wore it out of their own choice. It makes us feel closer to God, it makes us feel empowered, it makes us feel beautiful inside and out, it makes us feel proud and confident to show the entire world that we are proud of being Muslims.

If a nun who covers her hair does it to devote herself to her religion, why is a Muslim who does the same oppressed? 

With Love.

PS – I was planning on posting this yesterday, but I was very busy with the festival.

PPS – Are you a proud hijabi? Want to share your hijab story with us and inspire girls who want to wear the hijab? Here’s your chance. Email your story to thediaryofamuslimgirlblog@gmail.com.

The Anti-Terrorism Ad Which Is Taking Over The World

As you may know, this is the Holy Month Of Ramadan for Muslims all over the world. It’s a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship.

Muslims are expected to put in more effort into following the teachings of Islam. Muslims fast, which is the fourth pillar of Islam, from dawn to sunset. During the fast, they refrain from consuming any food and drinks. This is to make them personally aware of the plight of underprivileged people, which evokes a degree of social consciousness. They also guard themselves from all evil, reflecting the essence of piety.

The Kuwaiti telecom company ‘Zain’ decided to make the most out of the holy season with a powerful three-minute ad urging people to reject suicide bombings.

 

I’m not going to go through what happens in the video (I watched it atleast three times). However, here’s something incase you missed it in the video.

They included actual victims of terror attacks. 🙁

Also, here’s a sneak peak into the YouTube comment section incase you are wondering if the video is worth your data/WiFi. 😰

I hope you didn’t skip watching the video.

With Love. ❤️

Enough With The Double Standards

Dear Readers,

Following the Manchester incident, I wondered, how this would affect the Muslims in the world. There’ll be some young boy getting bullied in school because he’s a Muslim. There’ll be some Muslim woman told horrible things in the road. Blamed for something which even she herself hates. And the worse part? No one is going to stand up for them. Because everyone is scared of Muslims. Everyone hates Muslims. Everyone thinks ‘Oh well! He/she deserves it. They brought it upon themselves.’ Do they really deserve that? Would you? Given you were in that position? No. You don’t, they don’t, no one does.

First off, this is the most risky post I’ve ever posted upto date. I have been considering it for a while, I thought maybe I shouldn’t do it because of all the hate towards Muslims these days. But I came to realize, if not now, when? This hate just seems to grow day by day. I might never be able to get through to people in a months time. Who knows? Also, death is as unpredictable as it is inevitable. I don’t want to die without saying something which could save someone else’s life.

Secondly, you are AMAZING! Seriously. I’m not just saying it because I want you to be on good terms with me. You are beyond amazing! Blogging has connected me with so many wonderful people. In my previous blog about ending terrorism, Let’s End Terrorism, One Step At A Time, I received so much of positive feedbacks from people that I hardly knew. It was honestly better than I expected. I was anticipating atleast one bad comment about how my religion is to blame for it or something, but none did I get. That made me realise that this world is a not so bad place after all, and that there were plenty of loving, non-judgmental people.

Now, I’m off to my point. While speaking for Islam, I speak for all the other religions when I say,

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Here’s why Islam is not a religion of terror,

1. According to Islam, religion is a matter of choice

The Holy Qur’an states (Ch – Chapter, V – Verse),

There is no compulsion in matters of religion. (Ch.2:V.257)

There is nobody on Earth who can in anyway compel anybody or force anybody to accept the religion of Islam. The Holy Qur’an declares that the freedom of belief is the basic right of all human beings. They can believe in any religion they like and they can become the member of any faith they choose.

This ofcourse proves that ‘Punishment for Apostasy is Death’ and ‘All Non-Muslims must be Killed’ is a myth. (This is something which extremists use and manipulate to have their way.)

Islam teaches us to love both our Muslim and Non-Muslim brothers and sisters.

2. Islam does not promote violence, war or even hatred towards other people –

Islam allows war only if other people take the initiative and start the aggression. The permission to fight back is a basic human right.

And fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but do not transgress. Surely, Allah loves not the transgressors. (Ch.2:V.191)

Note – ‘And fight in the way of Allah’. What may this way be? Here’s a few war ethics in Islam.

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3. You are not a Muslim if you don’t follow the religion properly –

Just because a person is born to a Muslim family doesn’t make that person a Muslim. Only when you die are you determined if you are a Muslim or not depending on your belief in God and how righteous you are.

If a person kills someone else (except abiding the war ethics) in the name of religion or otherwise, that doesn’t make that person a Muslim. Infact, it makes that person exactly the opposite. So is it fair that we label Muslims (the true ones, not the ones who claim to be Muslims) as terrorists? Just because a certain person with a Muslim name or a person who says “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and kills someone? No, we don’t. We shouldn’t. That’s not right, is it?

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A terrorist is simply, exactly what you get when you Google it, ‘a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims’. This can be any person. But that’s all it is, a derailed person with no love and compassion for human beings. Come on people. We are smart enough to understand this aren’t we?

It’s time we end the stereotype Muslims have been given. Go on, set your example. Love everyone!

With Love.