Category: Info & Advice

Sabr is not Suffering in Silence #3

Transcript PART 3 View Transcript Part 1 | Part 2  [View Notes at the bottom by SketchyUmmah.com] Tawakkal (Reliance on God) A lot of time what keeps a woman or a man in an abusive relationship is that they are afraid or they don’t know how they are going to provide for themselves. They are afraid of the provision of being cut off, or afraid of something happening to them or to their children. Basically, it’s a fear of the unknown. It’s a fear of how I’m going to get out. It is this feeling of being trapped, of...

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Sabr is not Suffering in Silence #2

Sabr is not Suffering in Silence – Part 2 See also Transcript Part 1 |  Part 3 [View the sketchy notes at the bottom, by SketchyUmmah.com] A part of taking care of our body that belongs to Allah is not letting anyone harm it, not letting anyone oppress it, not letting anyone take over it. So we have to be careful to see it (our body) in this context. It is an amanah (a trust) Allah has given you; your dignity, your body, your health. All of these things were given to you by Allah for one single purpose,...

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Should Women Lower their Gaze?

In the age of modernity, it seems that the days of lowering one’s gaze have dissipated along with multi-levels of modesty. The young are found strutting about in competition to catch the eye of the opposite gender rather than to conceal their beauty. The islamic perspective has been watered down. So who is supposed to lower their gaze? The man or the woman? The girl or the guy? “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and be modest. That is purer for them. Lo! Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower...

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Sabr is not Suffering in Silence #1

Sabr is not Suffering in Silence Part 1 See also Transcript Part 2 | Part 3 I want to begin by speaking about a concept that is oftentimes misunderstood; Sabr (patience). In the context of abuse or oppression it is extremely important to understand the meaning of the word ‘Sabr’, when it applies and when it does not apply. On Patience & Perseverance – Patience, Perseverance and Fortitude – Tariq Ramadan: How to Empower Yourself – Muslims’ Duty Toward the Oppressed – Al-Qaradawi: Jihad against Local Injustice and Corruption – Islamic Balance between This Life & the Hereafter Sabr...

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Virtues & Meaning of the Adhan

The Adhan is a reminder of our faith, a call to prayer, a promise that we should ‘Come to Salah, Come to Success’. South Africa is one of the countries that are blessed to be able to call out the melodious Adhan over the loudspeakers of the masaajids. It is something many of us in South Africa take for granted. Our masajid are recognised as religious spaces and do not have to be camouflaged as rooms or apartments, as is the case in many parts of the western world. If you have been hearing the adhan all your life...

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