When your sister chooses to take off her Hijab, do not allow yourself to take the role of God and judge.
Do not allow yourself to point the finger on one public sin, when your private sins are innumerable, that if you took a look at your soul in the mirror you’d bury yourself in shame.
The only reason taking off the Hijab is so dramatic, is because its public. But when we stop praying, when we stop reading Quran, when we stop fasting, when we neglect our parents, when we have pre-marital relationships, when we do all the sins that we do, understand it is only due to Gods mercy that no one sees them.
Yes it is a shock, yes it hurts and yes it does shatter my heart and soul. But everyone goes through times when their faith is low, everyone fails tests and trials. We are not perfect. We all sin.
So dear girls that wear the Hijab don’t turn your back on your sister when she takes it off. Do not deem her a sinner and strip her from hope of guidance. Rather, allow yourself to remain the light that she can turn to in times of need. Allow yourself to remain a symbol of Gods mercy and compassion, in which Hijab stands for.
Until the day we understand Hijab is more than the fabric wrapped on our heads, its the compassion in our hearts and souls, the welcoming smile on our faces, and the mercy embodied in our inner core, a gift from God the most Merciful, the most Compassionate.
Let us learn from the threads that make up our Hijabs, intertwined and close together, unified and strong , that is how you raise the banner of Islam, together, by our sisterhood, when your sister slips you raise her up, not kick her when shes at her lowest.
Enjoining in good and forbidding evil, was never built on judgement rather compassion – Faten Merhi
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“If I were in charge of choosing ‘International Woman’s Day’, I would have chosen the day that the Quran was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) in the Cave of Hira.
That day, when a strong, brave, intelligent man named Muhammad, rushed to have his fears calmed and his anxieties soothed…he rushed back to a woman.
That day when Muhammad ignored all of his people, and his friends, and all of mankind, in order to tell a woman that the Heavens had opened up to him.
That day when a woman calmed her husband down, and supported him, and encouraged him, and held his hand and took him to someone who would interpret the events of the day.
That day when she became the first to believe in him and his message, and promised to stand by his side, and opened up her own personal treasures to help him.
That day when she believed while everyone else rejected; when she comforted him while everyone else threatened; when she supported his mission when everyone else mocked.
That lady who never once in any manner betrayed him, and whose death caused him such grief that the entire year of her death is called ‘The Year of Sorrow’, and it was the will of Allah that he be consoled through the miracle of al-Isra wa-l-Mi’raj.
May Allah have mercy on our Mother Khadijah, the Mother of the Believers and the greatest role model of women, for all of us, for all of eternity.”
~ Adopted from a post on Shaykh Dr. Ali Sallabi’s Facebook page.
I ask Allah Ar Raqeeb (the One who sees what’s hidden in the hearts) as He nurtured love in the heart of His very Messenger for his wife to nurture love for us all in the heart of those who become halaal to us and to those bound to us.
Aameen Ya Al Wadood