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July 2019

Muslim Role Models

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We all have Muslim role models in our life. There are many Muslim celebs, it’s easy to just follow them without thinking. So what makes a good female Muslim role model? In this episode of A Muslim Mom Podcast I explore, where do we get our role models from?

Listen to the episode here 

Stereotypically, people tend to believe that the women of Islam are oppressed. That women are taught to be quiet and listen to the men of the religion, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. Often times the people who believe this are ones who have not taken the time to look at the history of Islam, and see the major role women have played. So, here’s a list of 5 Muslim role models who play a major role in the history of Islam to get you started.

Fatimah

Fatimah is the daughter of Khadijah and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the only daughter to live past both their deaths. Due to prosecution, she grew up extremely fast, and was only ten years old when she helped clean her father of waste that had been dumped on him by a Quraishi man. She cleaned off her father, and then prayed against the man who had done this to him. She also aided her father after he was driven out of Ta’if and pelted with stones and bled to the point his shoes were filled to the brim with blood. Fatimah cleaned his wounds and once again prayed for the people who had done this to him. Throughout her life she fed the poor, even if it meant she could not eat, and her kind character earned her the title of “the pure one.”

 

Maryam

Maryam (Mary) was one of the people that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said perfected her faith and was assured a place in Paradise. She is the mother of Jesus (PBUH), but that is not the reason I have included her on this list. She played such a major role in Islam, there is a whole surah of the Quran named after her. As a virgin mother, and while she was pregnant, she left her village and gave birth in the desert on her own.

When she returned the people met her with accusations of sin. Maryam was a follower of Islam so the people could not believe that when she returned, she did so with a child. The accusations were only silenced when Jesus (still a newborn at the time) spoke up and cleared her name. Maryam’s devotion and strength shows women in Islam that if they are true to what they believe they can make it through anything.

 

Zainab b. ‘Ali

Zainab stood in front of the people of Kufa who had betrayed the Imam in Karbala. Zainab was known for her virtuous life, her character had all the best attributes. Zainab stood and gave a sermon in front of Yazid (leader who was against Islam and Imam) with bravery and confidence that shook the people who were gathered. Zainab said,

 

“By Allah, you cannot remove us from the minds (of people), and you cannot fade our message. You will never reach our glory and can never wash the stain of this crime from your hands. Your decisions will not be stable, your period of ruling will be short, and your population will scatter. In that day, a voice will shout: ‘Indeed may the curse of Allah be upon the oppressors […]’”

 

Zainab was a force against oppression and injustice; she was a woman of patience. Zainab had the greatest endurance from delivering a powerful sermon in front of Yazid and his gathering to awakening the ignorant and showing them the message of Islam. She saw the martyrdom of her loved ones before her very eyes, yet she never question her submission to Allah, and that was monumental. Zainab showed how BOLD Muslim women were (and still are), and how important they were (and still are) to Islam.

Zainab is the embodiment of a strong, powerful, and independent woman. She is someone all Muslims, men and woman, look up to and admire. Her strength and powerfulness was unbelievable and she demonstrates what it truly means to be a Muslim woman.

 

Hajar

This is the wife of Abraham, who was instructed by God to leave Hajar and her newborn son in the middle of the desert. When told by Abraham that he was commanded by God to leave her, she said “I am satisfied to be with God.” So as the days went by Hajar and her son baked away in the heat of the desert, and finally their food and water ran out. Hajar left her child by a tree and began her search for water; she climbed the hills of Safa and Marwah. Her journey that she completed seven times would have taken hours and hours, and when she returned she found an angel by her son. The angel dug a hole in the ground and there in its place a flow of water appeared, Hajar created a settlement around the water source, which still flows to this day.

From this water source, the city of Mecca had its beginnings. The water from that source is referred to as Zamzam, which is holy water that Muslims drink in hopes of their prayers coming true. Muslims commemorate Hajar’s journey when they attend Hajj every year.  (Fun Fact about the water source referred to in this story, the water level never falls and to this day it has never decreased. No matter how much water is taken out it remains at the same level.)

 

Asiyah

Asiyah was the wife of a baby killing sociopathic Pharaoh. When Moses was placed in a basket and drifted down the river it was Asiyah that found him and fell in love with the child. She convinced her husband to let her keep the child, and raise him. When the child grew up he became Prophet Moses (PBUH), and he preached the message of God. The Pharaoh however, was convinced he, himself, was God and demanded the people worship him. Asiyah however, believed in the God Moses spoke about, and so she joined the religion of Islam keeping her faith a secret from her husband at first but eventually exposing it to him.

When the Pharaoh found out about this he commanded her to be tortured, but through it all Asiyah stood tall and firm in her belief of the God Moses spoke about. Eventually, she succumbed to the torture in died, but she never once wavered from the path of Islam.

 

So there you have it. Perhaps Muslim Women were among the first to truly show that they don’t need a man to achieve greatness or provide for them; they can do it themselves. And that my friends, is the Islam I believe in. So, I will leave you with this, if the women of Islam are oppressed, then why are we the ones who signify the religion so clearly. For when a woman wears hijab, you know instantly her faith, whereas you may question a male. Women are the flags of Islam, and it is only when we stand tall that the religion is whole.

Hajj Gift Guide

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Do you know someone who is going Hajj this year? Or are you looking for some Muslim children’s books to teach your kids about the meaning of Hajj? To save you time scouring the net for Hajj gifts, Hajj decorations and Hajj books, I’ve compiled the ultimate Hajj Gift Guide just for you! So, let’s begin.

Hajj Mubarak Free Printables

 

 

So, if your’e a teacher, muslim homeschooler or Muslim parent who wants to explain, what Hajj is all about you will absolutely love these free Hajj Mubarak resources. They have been created and generously shared by some amazing Muslim bloggers, inshallah please remember them (and me!) in your duas and leave a comment to show you appreciation. I know they would love it if you subscribe to their newsletter, that way you can find out about the other freebies they are giving away. So you never miss a post on my blog post you can subscribe to my VIP Club here

Hajj Notebook

 

 

Beautiful quality premium notebook with 36 plain pages. Designed by the talented Fehmida from Ink & Ocean. Illustrated with a picture of the Kaaba. Perfect for journaling, jotting down notes and lists that you may need for Hajj. Makes a lovely little gift too. Cover is printed with vegetable soya inks on to premium 350gsm FSC recycled paper. Inside there are 36 plain pages, made from 90gsm uncoated recycled paper.

Hajj bag

 

Eastpak best selling cross body bag in black fabric: Designed to keep your essential documents organised with multiple pockets. Available in various sizes. Has great reviews on Amazon.

Hajj Journal

The Dua Journal is a special journal tailored for the spiritual Muslim! It is inspired by the need to maximize your supplications by recording your duas for each aspect of your life and for every special person. For Hajj it is perfect for writing your daily reflections. You can write your dua each day as a way to record your supplications and remember them for future supplications.

Hajj Guide Book

I used this book when I performed Hajj. Hajj & Umrah made Easy A step by , practical , unique and complete guide to Hajj & Umrah, which includes: NEW Arabic transliteration of duas. World’s 1st Adjustable Travel Cord. Wire bound flip format. Easily held in one hand Splash proof pages Field tested designs Easy to understand Positive instructions Easy to read Arabic. Safety tips. Health tips. Travel information and Duas. Updated Arabic- English phrases Fully cross referenced Hajj Ministry procedures explained. Unique diagrams. Makkah map. Colour coded pages. According to the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Comfortable Hajj Flip flops

 

 

I cannot over emphasise the importance of wearing comfortable sensible shoes when you go to Hajj, do not skimp on this, you will not regret spending more money on these Sketchers flip flops. You can easily slip them into your bag when you go into pray.

Kid’s Hajj play set

 

Hajj play set a perfect gift for Eid or any other occasion. This soft toy play set includes, two dolls wearing ihram, two mountains (safa and marwa), a camel, one Kaaba and a palm tree. A wonderful role play doll set which will encourages your child to learn about hajj. Washing instructions: hand wash or surface sponge wash separately. CE certified and Fair trade certified.

Kabah Keyring

A 7cm plush Ka’bah keyring – Press the door of the Ka’bah and here the Talbiyah  (Labayk Allahumma Labayk…)
Brand new from The Desi Doll Company, launching September 2019.

Hajj Books for Kids

 

 

The wonders of Hajj adapted and defined for your little ones. I am Hajj is a poem picture book to encourage the love and understanding the rituals and practices of Hajj. A book for Muslims and all other faiths to enjoy. It’s independently published by Safoo Publications, a children’s publishing house with a team of creatives whose main mission is to encourage knowledge, awareness & kindness with all. Safoo’s ethos is to be just & capture the truth about what faith is all about and to entertain, educate & inspire readers from all faiths, for generations. So please support their amazing work.

 

‘My Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha Book’  by Sajida Fazal is fun, educational and useful with over 20 facts and colouring pages that teach kids the recitals, stages and significance of the Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) and its festivities (Eid-ul-Adha).

The simple usage of language and the colouring pages make the book ideal for ages 5-10, but can also be useful for ages above. This Islamic children’s book has been deliberately put together by a well experienced children’s author to ensure all age appropriate information about Hajj and Eid ul Adha has been included in it.The colouring pages make the book a fun learning experience for children–the kids can have fun while they learn something about an important pillar of Islam.

 

Hajj Mubarak Mugs

 

Hajj Mubarak Mug, a perfect Hajj gift! beautiful Eid gift for Hajjis, returning home from Hajj. Unique designer Hajj mug by Farhat Amin. You will receive 1 white 11 oz mug, the text reads Hajj Mubarak. The design is permanently printed on both sides of the mug.

 

Hajj Mubarak Cake

 

Turn your simple cake into a lovely Hajj Mubarak cake with our 8 inches/20 cm Hajj Mubarak cake topper. Printed onto edible rice paper using edible ink. Our Hajj Mubarak cake topper is very easy to use, much easier than a Hajj Mubarak cake stencil, all you need to do is either bake or buy a 20cm cake and place the cake topper on top. You can use some cream or butter cream to make the hajj cake topper stick to the cake. So it’s a quick and easy Hajj Mubarak cake decoration!

If you have a loved one returning from Hajj then you may want to have a look at our luxury range of Hajj Mubarak Decorations. From Hajj Mubarak cards, Hajj Mubarak balloons to Hajj Mubarak gifts. Farhat Amin’s Luxury Hajj Collection has everything you need to make the Hajj party you’re throwing everything you want it to be! Inshallah enjoy browsing through our gorgeous, sparkling, gold, Luxury Hajj Collection.

Hajj Cards

This elegant gold foil Hajj Mubarak card comes with a matching gold envelopeThe card is blank inside so you can write your own personal message. Card dimensions are 15cm x15cm.

Inshallah I hope my guide saves you time and if you know of any other useful Hajj items please leave a comment below and let me know, I love hearing from you!

The blessings of Aqiqah

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aqiqahWhat is Aqiqah?

‘Aqiqah is a means of expressing gratitude to God. The birth of a child, male or female, is a cause for great celebration. In Islam, certain etiquettes and rituals from the authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad (saw) are recommended as a family welcomes a newborn child to the world. These include: choosing a pleasant name for the newborn. Reciting the Adhan (call to prayer) in the baby’s right ear and iqamah in the left ear. Tahnik (inserting something sweet such as dates or honey into the baby’s mouth), shaving the newborn’s head and doing ‘aqiqah.

Narrated Salman bin ‘Amir Ad-Dabbi: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “‘Aqiqa is to be offered for a (newly born) boy, so slaughter (an animal) for him, and relieve him of his suffering.”. It has been quoted in Fateh-AL-Bari that the majority of the religious scholars agrees to the Hadith narrated in Sahih At-Tirmidi that the Prophet was asked about aqiqah and he ordered 2 sheep for a boy and one sheep for a girl and that is his Sunnah.

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When should the Aqeeqah be performed?

Traditionally, the aqiqah is held on the seventh day after the child’s birth, but it may also be postponed until later (often the 7th, 14th, or 21st day after birth). If one cannot afford the expense at the time of the child’s birth, it may even be postponed longer, as long as it is done prior to the child reaching puberty.

What is the purpose of the Aqeeqah?

The performance of Aqiqah is highly encouraged. It is to be performed by the parents or the guardians of the child. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions used to perform Aqiqah when they were bestowed with a newborn. There are many benefits in the performance of Aqiqah. One is the announcing the birth of the baby. Being bestowed a child is a great blessing from the Creator. Another purpose is inviting family members, neighbours, and friends to celebrate the blessed occasion. The poor should be included in the celebration by offering them food and meat served on this occasion.

aqeeqahThe Aqiqah Meal

Muslim parents often host the aqiqah at their home or a community center. The aqiqah is an optional dinner event designed to celebrate the child’s birth and welcome him or her to the community. There is no religious consequence for not holding an aqiqah; it is a “sunnah” tradition but is not required.

The aqiqah is always hosted by the parents or extended family of the newborn child. In order to provide a community meal, the family slaughters one or two sheep or goats. This sacrifice is considered the defining part of the aqiqah. While sheep or goats are the most common sacrificial animals, in some regions, cows or camels may also be sacrificed. There are precise conditions attached to the sacrificial slaughter: the animal must be healthy and free of defects, and the slaughter must be done humanely.   One-third of the meat is given away to the poor as charity, and the rest is served in a large community meal with relatives, friends, and neighbours. Many guests bring gifts for the new baby and the parents, such as clothing, toys or baby furniture.  (Learning Religions)

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Aqiqah Party 

Few celebrations are happier than a new baby party. The parents-to-be are both excited and a little nervous about the future. Grandparents who know what’s coming can’t wait for the big day. Whilst guests are simply happy to share in the joy. From aqeeqah decorations to Muslim baby cards. Baby balloons to baby banners. Our Muslim Baby Shower collection has everything you need to make the aqiqah party you’re throwing everything you want it to be! Inshallah have fun browsing through our gorgeous, sparkling, pastel, Aqiqah Party decorations.