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Real Oppression

Bismillaah

Islam is a blessing and you can see it practice by those who are being oppressed and killed due to their Islam. I look at the Muslims in the Muslim lands and they amaze me.

WAllaahi they are oppressed physically, but we Muslims in the West are oppressed spiritually.
To the Muslims living in the West, when have you seen Islam as a blessing and not a burden?

How many sisters complain, “I can’t wear Hijaab because I won’t find a good job.”
You are oppressed by your nafs.

How many youth don’t pray 5 times a day because they don’t want to be judged by their friends.
You are oppressed by your nafs.

How many parents don’t wake up their children for Fajr or teach them about Islam because they think it’s not important.
You are oppressed by your nafs.

How many brothers don’t attend the salah in the Masjid or seek halal options for work.
You are oppressed by your nafs.

Can you not see what makes the Muslims so strong? Do you not desire to be like them?
Learning the deen is so convenient in our times. You can even obtain a B.A. in Islamic Sciences for free!

Stop being oppressed by your nafs my dear brothers and sisters and learn about deen.
Here are some resources to get you started.

Learn Tajweed and how to recite Qur’aan:
http://www.jazriyyah.com

Tafseer of the whole Qur’aan and other courses (Jan 2015):
http://alhudainstitute.ca/

Learn Arabic:
http://www.bayyinah.com

B.A. in Islamic Sciences:
http://www.islamiconlineuniversity.com/

May Allaah make the path of seeking knowledge accessible to you. 

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Umrah Reflections, as written on May 30, 2007

Bismillaah,

So, it has been a week, almost (t-8) since I have reached home, safely. Alhumdulillaah.

I have learnt MANY lessons throughout this trip, which I hope I can remember and bring them to beneficial actions, inshaAllaah.
Among the lessons I learned, here are a few:

  • If you really want to get rid of a bad habit, one month is enough for it, if you are consistent. Ramadan is only a month, ~30 days. So, if there is something we truly want to get rid off, we can do it in a month. For example, I was completely out of touch with cell phones, internet, t.v. etc during this trip. I came back, and I had trouble communicating on MSN. I realized I can live without it :P
  • Secondly, if you have the means to go for Umrah or Hajj, and you have studied the seerah, then I recommend you pack your luggage and go. We keep searching for peace here, but the peace that will come to you in the Holy Lands is never felt before. Just to be surrounded by people of common faith is a blessing in itself.
  • Thirdly, you learn to be humble and thankful. I don’t remember if there was a time in the Holy Lands when I was doing anything else other than either thanking my Lord or asking for forgiveness. Dhikr! Your tongue is moist with it as you walk barefoot in haramain. I don’t even recall for a second that I was either tense, stressed or frustrated. I got lost, I walked to the hotel by myself from the haram, I was hungry, my mom had to walk barefoot to the hotel from the haram, but no words of complain or even feelings of shikwa “why me?”
  • On a note on dhikr, I love the billboards in as-saudia!! They have Quranic aayat on them!! SubhanAllaah. Imagine making dhikr while you are on a highway, every exit-curve, every bridge you come across, every ad you watch. They have those little aisles with SubhanAllaah, Alhumdulillaah and Allaahu Akbar written on them on the road sides. I even saw reminders to send durood on the prophet salAllaahu alayhi wasallam on the lamp-posts in Pakistan. And while driving to the outskirts of Islamabad from Pindi, I spotted the beautiful names of Allaah subhanahu wa taala on both sides of the road. You don’t get to see that here, eh?
  • Fourthly, don’t worry about the result of your duties. Just do what you are commanded to do. If you don’t get to see the fruits of your actions in your life, rest assured, the world will witness it long after you are gone! Do you think Ibrahim alayhis salaam knew that the place where he is building the House of Allaah, will become a city from a barren land one day? A city that attracts millions and millions of worshipers! Do you think the companions of rasulAllaah salAllaahu alayhi wasallam, may Allaah be pleased with them thought that what they are spending their wealth, their lives, their sukoon of day and night for – will bring about fruits of tawheed in the universal message of Islam to such huge populations AROUND THE WORLD? and that people will come to Makkah and Madinah in search of peace one day?
  • I loved the accomodation for women in the Muslim countries. In Dubai, when we were in a mall, there were signs on escalators reminding us to watch our abayahs! I couldn’t stop laughing at that. And there is a masjid (well maintained) inside each mall!
  • When we were in transit at U.S., I wanted to run away from that place. The U.S. customs are dumb and pointless. I was mad at them, but I had to stay there as there was no other way out. And when I was sitting on the plane, I remembered ‘the world is a prisoner for a believer’. I know where my home is now. But I am not free to go until I am trapped in this body. Therefore, patiently we shall wait in this transit till Him we shall return.
  • While in Pakistan, I never realized the importance of seeking Islamic knowledge as it hit me there. I was fluttering to get back here. Pakistan is torn between secularism and people fighting to bring Islam back there. It seemed more chaotic because apparently Pakistan is an Islamic state. I saw graffiti on walls of Shabab-e-Islami (Islamic Youth) who were voicing their concerns of secular education or perhaps trying to make people remember what Pakistan stands for. Muslims fighting Muslims. SubhanAllaah.. it was truly a mess.

My mom took a sigh of relief when we reached home, ‘finally, we are home’. And as I heard her, I thought to myself… ‘no, we have left home far behind.’

I have posted some more reflections here on the shabab forums (currently down)

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