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Here at Brimah + John I have two main beliefs "No-one can dictate you, to you" and "aspire for progress not perfection". 

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— NBJ

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The Fault In Our Nafs; Feminism

Do you like the title? I came up with it myself *wide grin*

K, firstly I feel as though I need to give you a backstory.

Flashback 2/3 days ago, I can't sleep and i'm happily perusing through Tumblr. I love tumblr! I don't do much on it, besides read stories on the Sahaba, various hadiths and Islamic advice.

As with all things social media, you get a few -_- posts. I usually just scroll past, listen, whats my own? I'm no keyboard warrior, come buck me in real life inni. We'll see whassup.  

*slaps chest* #RealG #Erday

LOL! Nah, honestly, I rarely bother with confrontation, what is the point?! Breathe, let go and move on.

Right so this fateful day I scrolled past, then I thought "naahhh! Someone has to say something!" Especially as this post was gaining a bit of traction, I remembered the hadith telling us to change wrong with our hands, mouth and heart...

I heard the Messenger of Allah say, “Whoever of you sees an evil must then change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then [he must change it ] with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then [he must change it] with his heart. And that is the slightest [effect of] faith.”
— Abu Saeed al-Khudri, Muslim

Right so what did I see that warranted a reaction, also spurring a whole blog post?

*GASP* SOME OF Y'ALL FEMINISTS NEED TO BE STAWPEDDD! GAWD!

SO! THE FAULT IN OUR NAFS?

Firstly, I am proudly a part-time feminist, what's a part time feminist? Well, someone who fights for the rights of women as bestowed to them by Allah, to be executed and established. Khalas. I don't do too much, and I don't accept less. I believe my religion is perfect, so why am I picketing for women to lead men in salah, when this is not what Allah has ordained, #BuhByeFelicia. Even as a part time feminist i'm still told to chill "You don't want to be known as the angry girl, who will marry you then"...

lemme chill on the part time feminist for now though, thats a post for another time inshaAllah.

There are several faults in the feminist movement, which I will go on to highlight (minus the fact that some of them are just straight up cray...), but this post in particular annoyed me, because it fell under the guise of advice. "Its okay sis, ignore the translations, those old men don't know what they're talking about"... SubhanAllah, anyone else see the problem? Now i'm not one of knowledge, so i'm not going to drop a mean (good) khutbah, but when you dismiss the translations of the Qu'ran, also by default dismissing the tafsirs of the Qu'ran, what are you left with? Your own interpretations? SubhanAllah these are things we should stay away from, we're opening up our hearts to shaytaan! We need to remember shaytaan whispers into our minds, so getting distracted by things like "feminism" only serve to pull us further and further away from Allah (swt).

Faults in feminism

1) Its impossible to achieve. 

Equality as like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has their own perception of what equality is. 

2) If one group of people fight for equality, as then do others require the right to do so too.

In theory not a bad thought lol, however, i've seen a lot of Muslim accept things Allah (swt) has ordained as wrong all in the name of "everyone should be equal". It's become more difficult for other muslims to speak out against what's haraam, because its seen as denying people their rights.

I personally refrain from commenting on certain topics but as always. I believe Allah (swt) is the best of judges, and he'll judge everyone accordingly, so I may not agree with a lot of things, but I also won't post hate speeches, attack or insult people either. Especially as my tongue will account for what it says, and my hands for what they do. Show kindness to everybody. Let your actions be a form of dawah.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day must either speak good or remain silent.”
— Abu Hurrairah, Muslim

3) It's excessive

Honestly, people dedicate more time to fighting for feminism, than to fighting for Jannah! I remember a sheikh said once, we're worried about what will happen in Jannah, more than actually getting to Jannah (in reference to a question about the Hoor-al-ayn)

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Do not indulge in excessive talk except when remembering Allah. Excessive talking without the Remembrance of Allah hardens the heart; and those who are the farthest from Allah are those whose hearts are hard.”
— Ibn Umar, At Tirmidhi

4) It's an innovation

Kind of self explanatory, but by adding to the parameters Allah (swt) has clearly defined for us, feminism has become an innovation.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) that is not part of it, will have it rejected.”
— A'isha (RA), Darussalam
He who innovates things in our affairs for which there is no valid (reason) (commits sin) and these are to be rejected.
— A'isha (RA), Sahih Muslim

Sometimes we (me, first and foremost) get so caught up in fighting for our rights, for justice, for the oppressed that we end up doing too much. We end up lost, and its at this point we should be able to look at our lives, call on Allah (swt) and with humility go back to basics. We should always be able to reflect on our lives and actions, and strive to improve. 

Allah (swt) has established both the rights of men and women, Alhamdullilah. What more can we ask for than for our rights to be bestowed by Ar Rahim (the exceedingly merciful), As Salam (The source of Peace, The Peace), Al Aziz (The Almighty), Ar Razzaq (The Provider), Al Hakam (The Judge), Al Adl (The Utterly Just), Al Hasib (The Bringer of Judgement).

Who else would you want to bestow your rights? So sisters, why are we caught up chasing the western dream of equality?

Allah (swt) has blessed us with the deen, lets try to be better ambassadors of Islam. Let's stop trying to conform our religion to western standards and ideologies (it's such an easy trap to fall into), again our religion is perfect (though the muslims are not). 

Also guys, know that Allah (swt) is Al Hasib, trust in that. Because even if we spend our whole lives shortchanged in this dunya, Allah has promised not to forsake the believers. The scales will be evened out, you will get your reward for patience and trusting in Allah.

Worship Allah and spread good vibes x

 

*anything good I have said is from Allah, and anything bad is from myself and shaytaan*


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