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IS IT RIGHT FOR A MUSLIM WOMAN TO LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY?

 

QUESTION: is it right for a woman to live without a mehram in a foreign country for any specific reason, like studies etc???? is there any bukhari hadith regarding it????? please do guide me about it

Answer by Dr. Siddique:
A Woman Living and/or Working Alone
“Actions shall be judged by intentions.” {Hadith.]
The context is important. Why are they meeting? For research, for Dawah, for planning, for business?
Are they meeting at a place where there is no one else? The home of one of them? In a car or other enclosed space where there is no other human? That’s where the Hadith …

about being alone comes in.
If the purpose is legitimate, it should be in a public place where nothing is hidden, like in a conference room, or library or restaurant. [I meet my students in a conference room.]
In war time, even strictly “alone” meetings are permitted. This is where faith and trust come in. The warning is a moral warning. It is not imposed by anyone. Corrupt people can always find a way to meet secretly.
People who want to marry can meet in a public place. Again satan will be there. Intentions are important.
We can’t become police for people but we can give good advice to those whom we want to help. A married person should tell the spouse about the visit and the purpose of the visit. Even if there is a failure in consultation before the meeting, the maturity, trust and understanding of the spouses can save the situation from becoming a crisis.
If the spouse considers the meeting as a hidden form of sexual corruption, he or she, according to the Qur’an, can swear to an imam, that corruption is underway. This accusation will lead the imam to annul the marriage.
For charges of actual sexual corruption, four witnesses are required and this can result in imposition of terminal punishment by a legitimate Islamic court. If charges are brought without witnesses or DNA evidence, it is slander and the Islamic court will impose severe punishment on the accuser. [Chapter 24.]
End answer

Is it time to recognize the “muslim” Rosa Parks?

December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger beginning the Civil Rights Movement

 Rosa Parks: Symbol of Peaceful Resistance to Segregation & Racism.

Great Islamic Women who refused to go to the “back of the bus” Should be recognized

An African-American family I know stood for six hours in line for a final view of Rosa Parks before her burial. A simple, peaceful act of non-compliance with an oppressive law made this seemingly ordinary woman famous. The symbolism of her gesture [or non-gesture] caught the public imagination.

Rosa Parks was a kindly, soft-spoken woman but she knew what was right and was willing to stand [sit] for it. She refused to give up her seat in the bus to a White man and would not go to the back of the bus where the “law” said she belonged.

Segregation is a thing of the past but institutional racism refuses to go away. In spite of laws to the contrary, most American cities are unofficially segregated, with Black areas and White areas, blurred increasingly by Hispanic and Asiatic areas. Even churches remain Black and {largely} White churches.

There are no signs saying, “Whites only” but the “class” component of racism persists, and the aftermath of Katrina brought out the reality of institutional racism.

Within this American imbroglio, the power of Islam is emerging, slowly but surely. American women are saying a clear NO to the power of Madison Avenue, Hollywood and even Wall Street. I spoke at a mosque in Philadelphia and tried to explain the misunderstandings, which are prevalent in America about Afghanistan.

At this a woman got up and said: Bush should stop attacking the Taliban for making Afghan women wear the burqa. We are wearing it right here in Philadelphia.

Sure enough, she was wearing a head to foot covering but it did not stop her from being eloquent.

Eid prayers in Philadelphia and other big cities bring out the power of Islam in America. If Bush and Wolfowitz were to see the serried ranks of Muslim women in full hijab on these occasions, they would probably have nightmares about an end to their efforts to “liberate” women.

The history of Islam is replete with examples of women who stood up to power because they had faith in Allah and loved the messenger of Allah, Muhammad, peace be on him.

It’s not strange that the first person to advise and encourage Muhammad, pbuh, about the authenticity of his mission was his wife Khadija, r.a., who put her entire capital at his disposal. Here are a few salient examples we should recognize and honor:

  • Summayya, the first martyr of Islam. She was a slave woman but was liberated by Islam. [“Free the slave,” says The Qur’an, chapter 90.] When she refused to ‘go to the back of the bus,’ her slave master tortured her to death.
  • Fatima, the sister of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, defied him for the sake of Islam. He was a big, strong man. He beat her but his heart softened when he saw her bleeding. He accepted Islam, r.a., and sought Allah’s forgiveness. His life was transformed by her.
  • ‘Ayesha, the daughter of Abu Bakr, r.a., married the messenger of Allah at a very young age. Poet and genealogist, educated by the Prophet himself, she became teacher, leader, Hadith-transmitter, Qur’an-commentator. She led men at the battle of Jamal. Her oratory had no equal.
  • Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad, pbuh, known for her great piety and wit, stood by him on the field of battle and at Uhud became the first Muslim physician. She, as the mother of Imam Hasan and Imam Hussain, is the symbol of sublime motherhood in Islam.
  • Umm Ammara shielded Muhammad, pbuh, at Uhud with her own body against the attacking oppressors when most of his male defenders had fled. She is known as a great warrior who participated in Islam’s classical battles even after the Prophet, pbuh, passed away.
  • Umm Waraqah was Hafiz of the Qur’an and led men and women in prayer as ordered by the Prophet, pbuh. [See Hadith in Sunan of Abu Dawud.]
  • Ghazala, in the era after the Caliphate of the Rashideen, defied the power of the kings, sword in hand. Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi has chronicled her exploits when she went to the main mosque in kufa [controlled by the King] and prayed two rakats and recited the longest chapters of the Qur’an in them. The historian attacks her as a “Kharijite.”
  • Nafisa [daughter of Hasan bin Zayd bin Hasan, r.a, son of Ali, r.a] great teacher and leader. Imam Shafi’ii was her devotee and student. She LED the JANAZA prayers of Imam Shafi’I. [There was a series of prayers for him that day.] Ibn Hajar Asqalani has listed 150 visionary aspects of her life. Ibn Khallikan described her as one of the Awliyya Allah.

In our own times, Chechen, Palestinian, Iraqi, Sudanese, Nigerian, Somali, Kashmiri, Pakistani, Afghan, African-American women devoted to the message of the Qur’an and the example of the Messenger, pbuh, have made great sacrifices to fight oppression, exploitation and imperialism/Zionism/occupation.

It’s about time we recognized our “Rosa Parks.”

SAHABIAT ATTENDED JUMMA AND MEMORIZED THE QURAN…….

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Evidence that women attended jumma salah:

 The daughter of Haritha b. Nu’man said: I did not memorise (Surah) Qaf but from the mouth of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as he used to deliver the. sermon along with it on every friday.

She also added: Our oven and that of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) was one.

(Book #004, Hadith #1893)

 

*** Photo courtesy of: google search on islam and women

Is Shariah [Islamic law] Hurtful to Women in Pakistan?

Is Shariah [Islamic law] Hurtful to Women in Pakistan?There is a raging debate regarding Shariah Law in the USA, many States have banned Shariah Law,  perhaps invalidating many of the legal methods of marrying and divorcing according to Islam.

In Pakistan there has been a flurry of imprisonment for women reporting rape, despite the fact that the punishment of rape is clear in the Hadith, conversely these women have been imprisoned, making the victim a criminal. A prominent Muslim Scholar and activist was interviewed regarding this topic:

From the Archives of interviews in New Trend Publications with Islamic Scholars in Pakistan regarding Muslim women in Pakistan

[Islamabad, Pakistan: On September 7, 2006 (Unfortunately nothing much has changed for the better in six years) New Trend Staff Writer interviewed Syed Munawwar Hasan, Secretary General of Jamaat e Islamic and key coordinator of the Islamic coalition MMA.]

New Trend: Western news sources as well as secularist Pakistani sources are saying, particularly on the Internet, that women in Pakistan are being victimized under Sharia by way of the Hudood Ordinance. Why is the Islamic coalition supporting the Hudood ordinance, which is oppressing women?

Syed Munawar Hasan: It’s not surprising that western media and their supporters are trying to propagandize against Sharia [Islamic Law]. What did you expect them to say?

NT: It’s being said that in Pakistan if a woman is raped, she has to bring 4 witnesses otherwise she will be accused of adultery under the Hudood Ordinance

SMH: Punishment for adultery requires 4 witnesses (ref 1-5) She can’t be punished if 4 witnesses’ are not there. That goes against those who are making up these stories.

NT: But is it not true that there are women in Pakistani prisons who complained of rape and were then imprisoned under Hudood Ordinance?

SMH: That’s what the Islamic movement is saying, that the fact of women being in prison shows that Sharia is NOT being implemented. Police, like the rest of our government, is extremely corrupt. People go to police for help and instead of getting help and justice end up in serious trouble. None of these women should be in prison.

NT: But this situation still doesn’t make sense to me. Maulana Fazlur Rahman is quoted as saying that women should be subjected to the punishment for adultery if they do not bring witnesses to their being raped. How can you support Fazlur Rahman?

SMH: We must clarify to your readers in America about the realities of the Islamic struggle in Pakistan. The government here wanted to strike a blow at Sharia [Islamic Law] in the name of “giving women their rights.” The real purpose was to please America.

We challenged the government’s moves. [Islamic women representatives in the assemblies {parliament} stood up and tore up the bill presented by the government against Sharia.]

Yesterday we held a big rally in Rawalpindi to support the Hudood Ordinance. The government is now in a bind having been exposed in its sneak attack on Islamic Law.

Sharia is the biggest defender of women’s rights. If policemen misuse the Law, it means that the implementation should be corrected, not that the Law is wrong.

End Interview on this subject.

References:

From the Holy Quran:

1.  If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, Take the evidence of four (Reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify, confine them to houses until death do claim them, or Allah ordain for them some (other) way. 

(  سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #15)

2. And as for the two of you, who are guilty thereof, punish them both. And if they repent and improve, then let them be. Lo! Allah is ever relenting, Merciful.

An Nisa, Chapter 4 verse 16

3. O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well acquainted with all that ye do. 

سورة النساء  , An-Nisa, Chapter #4, Verse #135)

4. And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations), – flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors; – 

(  سورة النور  , An-Noor, Chapter #24, Verse #4)

5.  Why did they not bring four witnesses to prove it? When they have not brought the witnesses, such men, in the sight of Allah, (stand forth) themselves as liars! 

(  سورة النور  , An-Noor, Chapter #24, Verse #13)

 

I EXHALE………. A POEM OF GRATITUDE

An exotic South African flower in the Capetown Botanical Gardens

GUEST WRITER’S CONTRIBUTION:

A Muslim Woman’s Poem in Praise of Allah on her graduation from Howard University, Washington, DC. 

I EXHALE

by Maryam Sharron Muhammad [Washington, DC]

Bismillah ar-rahman ar-rahim,

O Allah, I thank you for teaching me to cover my body

Not that it is unclean, or a temptation;

But because You taught me that no woman needs

To invite another woman to look down her dress

You have taught me to sew imaginatively

To wrap myself in the beautiful colors which You

Created in the Created world-

Silks from insects; blues from flowers; pinks from flowers

Lavenders; soft yellows; light golds from the earth;

Sometimes the strongest of reds

And shaped to lease the heart

You have taught me that no one who was raped

Proves anything by licking, styling or

Pulling down her clothes

Without Your constant protection, terrorists

will make me a whore

O Allah, You are rahman and rahim

The Mother of Mothers, You have

Taught me – strengthened me with tenderness

And patience

O Allah, I thank you for teaching me that the best

Human strives for humility before You,

It is You Who unifies hearts

It is You Who heard Elijah’s call in the wilderness

You heard Yahya when he baptized the Hopeful

In anticipation of the Messiah

It was You who strengthened Maryam

When the servants of the shaitan stripped off

Her son’s clothes

I know that somehow You protected Hajjah Betty

And Malik’s daughters and grandchildren

Though the shaitan directed unbelievers to put them

Under extreme pressure

I pray that in the fire, You were purifying Hajjah Betty’s soul

O Allah, You are Malik al-Mulk

The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords,

Asherah of Asherahs, Shahan Shah is only You

Negus Negusti, Tarkan, Mani of Manis, Rabbi of Rabbis,

In the whole universe only Allah rules

Kentake of Kentakes, Oba of Obas, Nzinga of Nzingas

O Allah, You Alone hold all of the Titles

Amunet/Amen has no face but Yours

You, O Allah, are the Blackest of Black,

The Reddest of Red, the Yellowest of Yellow,

the Whitest of White, the Brownest of Brown

No hue exists save by Your will

It is You, Father of Fathers who instructs the nations,

It is You who releases the slaves,

And casts down the flags

O Allah, Friend of Friends,

I thank you for the friends in my life

You inspire Black men to submission

To lordship, to rulership

You inspire all men to kindness, to humility,

To strength, to support

To stand tall and defend Islam

O Allah,

It is solely due to You

And I Praise you Praised One

Self-Sufficient,

Hearer of slander, Helper of helpers

Ansar of Ansar, Director of Nasr

Hearer of Hearers, Knower of Knowers,

Lover of Lovers, Protector of Protectors

O Allah,

The only Beloved,

Quench not

The love in my eyes,

The thirst in my heart

Steel my spine, Straighten my step

Teach me again and again that

Shaitan’s fall is not mine

I am impatient for You at every moment

I am in darkness without Your comfort

My soul is enraged when she hears not Your call

Submit me not to nations

Save me from the destruction of souls

I thank you, ar-rahman

For another day

In which I praise You

Again

CAN WOMEN LEAD CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS?

Here is one of the references regarding Aisha RA leading congregational prayer in the times of Prophet Muhammad pbuh:

Imam Muhammad [b. Hassan al-Shaybani] says in Kitab al-Athaar:

Abu Hanifah informed us who narrates from Hammad b. Abi Sulayman from Ibrahim al-Nakh’ai that :

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) used to lead the prayers for the women in the month of Ramadhan and would stand in between them.

Taken from:

Muhammad al-Shaybani, Kitab al-Athaar, (p.44) Chapter on the Woman Leading the prayer… Karachi: Idarat al-Qur’an wa al-`Ulum al-Islamiyyah.

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