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Taking small steps towards Allah.

When you have been hurt by it is so hard to be strong in the Deen. When I first escaped my abuse I struggled. I couldn’t understand why as I was now free Alhamdulillah.

I took tiny steps in the right direction until my soul pushed me to leap forward Alhamdulillah.

When you feel despair, that everything is going wrong always remember that Allah is All-knowing.

“Allah عز وجل described Himself 15 times in His Book that He is العليم الحكيم (The All-Knowing, All-Wise).

Put it in your heart that everything that happens to you, only happens by Qadr.

Our children are our test inshallah. Let us teach them the beauty of Islam through our deeds.

Dont be oppressive making halal things haram. Take the time to teach them to pray and also play with your children while they’re young.
Raise them with beautiful memories, as times passes so quickly, before you know it, they grow up and if you didn’t show the beauty of Islam they could follow a different path.

Here’s some take away quotes for those who couldn’t make it:

“To be an effective influencer you need to have a strong foundation yourself..”

“Your obligations and what is fard on you must take priority over extra deeds, we need to place our responsibilities in the right order…”

“Embrace whatever role Allah has given you and deal with it with Ihsan. Allah has chosen different obstacles for you…”

“No one is more productive than the righteous Muslim, your Deen is set up to make you successful…”

I’ve had some people comment to me that they’re sick of hearing people always speaking about the issue of domestic violence -as if it’s just something that some of us are exaggerating about the extent of this problem in our community…

I’m here to tell you that I’m not even a Counsellor or a Psychologist, yet on average I get *at least* two sisters per week contact me who are in highly emotional, physical and/or financially abusive marriages. Sadly many of these sisters are on the verge of losing their faith, and some have even contemplated suicide due to what they’re going through.

We as a community need to face the reality that we’re no longer living in a time where you can readily find those with true taqwa of Allah in their hearts, and thus today we are facing a real widespread problem with the way many of our men view their role in their marriages, where unfortunately they basically believe they have *unrestricted* authority over how they can treat the women in their “care,” just because “I’m the man.”

What you find is that many of them love to in particular quote the verse:

الرجال قوامون على النساء

“Men are the maintainers and protectors of women”

But they forget to read to the end of the verse where Allah عز وجل says:

إن الله كان عليا كبيرا

“Verily Allah is the Most High the Most Great (above you *all*)”

And as Ibn Kathir رحمه الله mentions in his Tafseer, that in this Ayah Allah is actually warning men: “that if they unjustly oppress women, then Allah is the Wali (Protector) of that woman and He will take vengeance against whosoever oppresses her and abuses her in her rights.”

So this is why brothers and sisters it’s so important that we as a community continue to speak out loud about this issue, and we should not stop speaking about it, until it’s no longer accepted amongst us as being something “normal” happening in our homes.

And in particular we desperately need our leaders and Mashaayekh to speak out strongly and consistently to our men in their Friday khutbahs (not just a couple of times a year) and send to them the clear message: that any type of abuse, or even just belittling and demeaning women –

is NOT normal,
is NOT acceptable
and is NOT from Islam.

Because our brothers are in the greatest need to know that the true meaning القوامة Al-Qawwamah, is to care for and protect one’s wife from the hardships and trials of this life -not to be her Number One hardship and trial.

And our sisters are in the greatest need to know that we as a community and Ummah care about them -and therefore we’re here to defend them against this ongoing injustice, and to stand by their side against this oppression that’s happening to them.

“The believing men and women are allies of one another.” (Qur’an 9:71)

Do we fit this description?

Dear

When you hear a sister raising an issue affecting women please have حسن الظن (assume the good) of her and don’t automatically jump to the conclusion she’s somehow promoting feminism. There were many occasions in which Aishah رضي الله عنها used to raise issues concerning women and stand up for the rights of women, and none of the Sahabah ever accused her of being too extreme or outspoken for doing so.

So unless a sister is blatantly promoting feminist ideas, please don’t falsely accuse, or suspect her, of being part of the feminist agenda, rather do what the Sahabah did – hear out the issue being raised by her – and then, by all means if you don’t agree with what’s said, you’re more than welcome to refute her arguments, with your evidences from Islam.

While I acknowledge that many of our sisters have sadly been influenced quite adversely by the feminist agenda, I’d also like to reassure all of our brothers out there that there are still many practicing sisters existing who are completely against the dismantling and changing of Islam in any form, whether by feminists, liberalists, modernists, or other than that.

So just as sisters need to stop being so quick in accusing our brothers (and in particular our Scholars and Mashayekh!!) of supporting misogyny simply because they happen to mention or support a particular Islamic ruling that is directed towards women, brothers too need to step back a bit before they jump to conclusions that every sister who speaks up about issues affecting women is helping to spread feminism.

I think it’s sad that we’ve all become so controlled and preoccupied by this feminist/ misogynist narrative to the level that almost every time you now want to speak about any gender related issue, you have to think almost 10 times about how to frame it, in case you’re accused of supporting either the feminist or misogynist camps.

It’s time for all of us to break completely free from the shackles of all of these false narratives and to go back to basing all of our opinions and discourse solely within the framework of Islam and its teachings.

Allah ﷻ says:

‎أَفَحُكْمَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ يَبْغُونَ وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ مِنْ اللَّهِ حُكْماً لِقَوْمٍ يُوقِنُونَ

“Do they then seek the judgment of (the days of) ignorance. And who is better in judgment than Allah for a people who have firm faith.”

[Al Ma’idah v. 50]

~Umm Jamaal ud-Din

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My greatest lesson.

My beautiful sister’s,

Perhaps the greatest lesson I learned was that I had spent a lifetime being miserable because I wanted my abuser to change his choice to abuse.

Change how he felt. Change how he acted. Change his abuse of me. I cried for that change. I prayed for that change. When I first asked for help, I only wanted him to change, to love me. To treat me kindly.

Finally when it ended it took me months and months to change myself with intention and purpose. How could I have expected and fought so hard for someone else to change, to love me. When they were acting on their own values, ego, and behaviours. They believed that the domestic violence was normal family problems.

As soon as I stopped fighting against the reality of who people are and started accepting that we (the victims/survivor’s) are the only people who can change , the fog began to lift. I finally have a purpose that isn’t futile – I needed to help the victim’s/survivor’s to understand we cannot change a person’s behaviour and we need to change our response to abuse.

So I created the page and the group’s. I wanted to end the silence around Domestic violence. To remove the shame on the victim and place it where it belongs to the perpetrator. To break the cycle of domestic violence. I stopped waiting for a meaningful heartfelt apology which was unlikely to ever come. I have achieved piece of mind Alhamdulillah.

I wish the same for you. You deserve peace after abuse . That begins and ends with you inshallah. ✨💚

Domestic violence.

To those who are using the hadith
“leave what doesn’t concern you”

To vilify people for getting involved in atrocities in the Ummah

Need to understand that sisters who are getting abused sexually, mentally, physically and emotionally, in the name of religion

Are OUR CONCERN!

This is OUR CONCERN!

WE ARE ONE UMMAH!

If my sister is being abused and NO One is doing anything about it

And instead imams are telling people to hush and give 70 excuses

Then this is OUR CONCERN.

Because CORRUPT SCHOLARS/Imams are giving ABUSERS the green light to CONTINUE.

Mate, if the person did it once cool.

But if its been going on for 10 years then it’s not a mistake!

It’s a character trait! It’s hypocrisy and it’s disgusting!

Our Prophet sallahu alayhi wasallam waged war against those who tore a woman’s garment

And you’re telling me to make 70 excuses for ABUSERS and leave what doesn’t concern me.

This is the problem with the Muslim community yall

You wanna sing Kum ba yah for war but when it comes to RAPE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE that a MAN inflicts on his wife

Then you want to say “leave what does not concern you”

Where’s the GHEERAH? Where’s the PROTECTION?

This DEEN is a religion of DEFENCE!

That means you DEFEND your sisters ESPECIALLY when the EVIDENCE is stacked to the moon and back.

This is why ABUSIVE MEN continue because SHEIKHS/IMAMS/DA’EES are giving these ABUSERS the GREEN LIGHT

And this is why sisters leave the deen or kill themselves because no one is helping

Shame on yall

#Muslim #Islam #SayNoToAbuse

The truth will set you free.

The truth will set you free. Seek knowledge.

‘…Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do.’ [Surah al-Mujadilah, ayah 11]

The prophet Mohammed PBUH never hit a woman. He cooked, cleaned and treated women kindly. Domestic violence causes depression and and trauma.

Gaining knowledge helps you to understand that your abuser has no fear of Allah SWT therefore he won’t change for you. When you inform him of your rights and he gets aggressive so you don’t dare to raise it again. Only Allah can change your perpetrator.

Allâh will certainly defend those who believe because Allâh loves no perfidious, ungrateful person.
(Quran 22:38)

Allah will protect you. If you are living in fear talk to someone as silence hides violence. Finally standing up to much perpetrator changed my life completely Alhamdulillah. I set up the group and the page so other sister’s understand that the abuse they are experiencing has nothing to do with Islam or even culture it is domestic violence. The perpetrators of domestic violence come from all backgrounds, religions etc. Domestic violence is about power and control. It has nothing to do with Islam.

I knew all my right and responsibilities in Islam. My perpetrator understood my rights. He appeared a devout Muslim to the community yet at home was a terrifying perpetrator. He did not fear Allah.

When my fear of staying became the same as leaving I prayed and calmly called the police. I thank Allah for protecting me and our children.

Abu Hurayrah [ra] narrated that the Messenger of Allah [saw] said: “Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise.”

[Muslim] The Messenger of Allah [saw] said: “Whoever treads a path due to which he seeks knowledge, Allah will make him tread one of the paths towards Paradise. And the angels lower their wings out of contentment for the seeker of knowledge. And verily all those in the heavens and in the earth, even the fish in the depths of the sea ask forgiveness for the scholar. And verily, the virtue of the scholar over the worshipper is like the virtue of the full moon at night over all of the stars. Indeed, the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, for the Prophets do not leave behind a dinar or a dirham for inheritance, but rather, they leave behind knowledge. So whoever takes hold of it, has acquired a large share [i.e. of inheritance].”

[Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi

Recovery from a toxic relationship.

Beautiful sister’s

How would it be to finally get over that one (toxic) ex before the summer starts. To sleep free from worries about ending up alone. To be in control of all parts of life again and understand what happened to that lost love that broke your heart… just to finally move on and enjoy the year ahead!

It’s not that hard to turn into the best version of yourself. The bright, beautiful, funny, confident, carefree and balanced woman that can be happy in her own skin.

All that’s needed is to practice self care and self love to get full control back and enjoy life again.

Peace with the past is the most desired state in life. We all seek it, but only few have it. Why? Because they are not looking within themselves for the love they seek.

A powerful reminder to help us redirect our hearts in times of difficulty, when the struggles of this world may leave us feeling alone, heavyhearted, unsupported or hurt:

“A friend will not (literally) share your struggles, and a loved one cannot physically take away your pain, and a close one will not stay up the night on your behalf. So look after yourself, protect yourself, nurture yourself and don’t give life’s events more than what they are really worth.

Know for certain that when you break no one will heal you except you, and when you are defeated no one will give you victory except your determination. Your ability to stand up again and carry on is your responsibility. Do not look for your self worth in the eyes of people; look for your worth from within your conscious. If your conscious is at peace then you will ascend high and if you truly know yourself then what is said about you won’t harm you.

Do not carry the worries of this life because this is for Allah (God). And do not carry the worries of sustenance because it is from Allah. And do not carry the anxiety for the future because it is in the Hands of Allah.

Carry one thing: how to please Allah. Because if you please Him, He pleases you, fulfils you and enriches you.
Do not weep from a life that made your heart weep. Just say, “Oh Allah compensate me with good in this life and the hereafter.”

Sadness departs with a Sajdah. Happiness comes with a sincere Du’a. Allah does not forget the good you do, nor does He forget the good you did to others and the pain you relieved them from. Nor will He forget the eye which was about to cry but you made it laugh.

Live your life with this principle: be good even if you don’t receive good, not because for other’s sake but because Allah loves those who do good.”

And it doesn’t take years to get there, it only takes a few simple life hacks to move you forward into feeling on top of the world and in control, loving life again in no time at all.

Take that chance to move forward NOW and spend the rest of the year feeling fantastic about yourself. Leaving that stuck feeling behind once and for all inshallah.