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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Radicalism threatening British Muslims in the United Kingdom

"Wear the headscarf or we will kill you!".

Such is said to be what radicals are threatening British Muslims with nowadays according to Muslims Debate, a portal that discusses Islamic issues and deals with the state of affairs concerning Muslims worldwide.

When I read news like this, I feel sad and frustrated because Islam is not a faith that calls for such harsh manners in implementing the rules and regulations of Ad Deenullah!

In Surah An Nahl, Chapter 16 Verse 125, in the Blessed Qur'an, the Commandment from Allahu Ta'ala is for us Muslims to invite all Mankind to the Way of our Lord ~ Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala - with wisdom and beautiful preaching and to reason with those who are Non Believers in ways that are best and most gracious.

OdAAu ila sabeeli rabbika bilhikmatiwalmawAAithati alhasanati wajadilhumbillatee hiya ahsanu inna rabbaka huwa aAAlamubiman dalla AAan sabeelihi wahuwa aAAlamu bilmuhtadeen
Sahih International
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.

Where does it ask of us to kill those who have yet to abide by the decree of Allah Azza Wa Jalla as far as the code of modesty is concerned for both men and women especially if they are ignorant of such rulings from God?

The commandment of Allah the Almighty with regard to our code of modesty @ aurat is clearly revealed in Surah An Noor Chapter 24 Verse 30 where the commandment is first addressed to those of us believing men:

Qul lilmu/mineena yaghuddoo min absarihumwayahfathoo furoojahum thalika azkalahum inna Allaha khabeerun bima yasnaAAoon
Sahih International
Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.

Allah is ordering us, believing men first to lower our eyes from looking at the exposed areas of modesty of those women who are not our mahrams and to guard our private parts (from the navel to the knee).

Generally, how do we men dress?

We are properly covered as believing men and only those who are ignorants @ jahils will go about wearing shorts exposing themselves to the views of others.

Yet in these Akhirul Zaman, there are many 'wiseguys' who go around wearing shorts way above the knees and I have seen quite a number of Arabs from the Middle East in malls like KLCC, do so nonchalantly and yet have the gall to finger a tasbih whilst doing so here...

Ah! I forgot! 'It's okay in Malaysie.....'


Just where the hell do these guys get that idea is still a mystery to me..:P

Its like Allah can't see them in Kuala Lumpur...


And then we have the following verse Chapter 24 Verse 31, Surah An Noor, addressing the 'believing women' of Islam :

Waqul lilmu/minati yaghdudnamin absarihinna wayahfathnafuroojahunna wala yubdeena zeenatahunna illa mathahara minha walyadribnabikhumurihinna AAala juyoobihinna wala yubdeenazeenatahunna illa libuAAoolatihinna aw aba-ihinnaaw aba-i buAAoolatihinna aw abna-ihinna awabna-i buAAoolatihinna aw ikhwanihinna aw baneeikhwanihinna aw banee akhawatihinna aw nisa-ihinnaaw ma malakat aymanuhunna awi attabiAAeenaghayri olee al-irbati mina arrijali awi attifliallatheena lam yathharoo AAala AAawratiannisa-i wala yadribnabi-arjulihinna liyuAAlama ma yukhfeena min zeenatihinnawatooboo ila Allahi jameeAAan ayyuhaalmu/minoona laAAallakum tuflihoon
Sahih International
And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.

This verse exclusively addresses the believing Muslim womenfolk to lower their eyes from looking at the exposed areas of modesty of the men and to cover their hair by lowering their jilbab @ hijab over their chest areas (breasts) and to wear loose clothing that hides the shape of their womanly figures which will naturally attract the attention of observing males.

In Surah Al Ahzab, Chapter 33 Verse 59, Allahu Ta'ala commands:

Ya ayyuha annabiyyuqul li-azwajika wabanatika wanisa-ialmu/mineena yudneena AAalayhinna min jalabeebihinna thalikaadna an yuAArafna fala yu/thayna wakanaAllahu ghafooran raheema
Sahih International
O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.
Afghan Burqa
It doesn't command the women to go around in burqa's as is the social custom of the people of Afghanistan, etc. The above is their Afghan culture.

Featured below is the Iranian Chador. An all enveloping cloak that is worn by the ladies in Iran, usually in black. 
Iranian Chador
Iraqi Women

Not necessarily made compulsory according to the religious principles of our Islamic faith. 

There's a clear definition as to how our Muslim women are to dress?

The proper hijab is like this:

The hijab doesn't cover the face. 

It's comfortably draped over the Muslimah and is made from fabric that's not too thick nor thin or transparent.

Adequately covers the chest area and yet allows the wearer to be free to use her hands and do whatever she needs to.

The Malaysian Malay ladies form of dressing which is called the Baju Kurung allows the wearer to move about comfortably and still fit the requirements of the Islamic Syaria as per Surah An Noor Chapter 24 Verse 31 and Surah Al Ahzab Chapter 33 Verse 59 above.

Each and every country out there has its own unique dress style and inherited cultures from days of old when people were more conservative yet did not lose out on being dressed in fine clothes.

As a Malaysian Muslim, I have grown up adopting the dress sense of the Malays and we are comfortable with our Baju Melayu and Baju Kurung. Since the advent of the Al Arqam Jamaah, we became familiar with the Hijab and Jubah. 

Both of which are the proper forms of clothing that is in line with the dictates of Islamic codes of modesty.

Shown beside is a young Malay lady dressed in proper jubah and sporting a Tudung Labuh, which is the correct form of Hijab that a Muslim woman should wear when she is out in the public view.

There are no hindrances to her needs to move about and she is known as a decent God fearing individual. Alhamdulillah.

Here is an example of a properly dressed Muslim couple. Husband and wife. 

I came across this image in the blog here.

This is how we Muslims dress in Malaysia. 

I don't expect British Muslims to go about dressed in our Malaysian ways of dressing but if they do, there's no harm doing so, actually.

To read about the threat said to have been issued by our brothers there in the UK is a bit alarming for in Islam, we are enjoined to advice and share the truth with regard to our faith with kindness, love and compassion.

There's to be no room for any harshness especially when we are dealing with those who have yet to learn and to know as to what is good and what is bad according to Islam.

There's no valid reason to go about threatening to kill someone just because she hasn't been taught about the Islamic manner of dressing?

Advice needs to be the chosen form of Dakwah not threats to kill someone for not wearing the hijab yet.

There are more and more British people embracing Islam today. 


Here's another video showing Non Muslim women accepting Islam impromptu at a public lecture by a renowned Caller to Islam, Sheikh Khalid Yassin from the USA:

Here's another video showing 22 Non Muslims embracing Islam at another lecture by Syeikh Khalid Yassin, this time in Australia:

Muslims needs more love and care from us. I know that its hard to do so when many ignorants tend to be stubborn and at times even turn to being antagonists towards good intentioned Da'ee's and Da'eeyahs of Allah but we all need to follow the Sunnah of Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam or we will end up being slaves to our anger!

I'm sure we don't want that! Eyes turning red and BP going up! Not good. Not good for our health, I tell you. :P

Be like the flowing water. Eventually it will wear out even the hardest of rocks.

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