Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hijab not a religious requirement; Al-Azhar - 2



Thanks for the question, “What have i got to lose by following the Quran literally and the Messenger?”

The answer is nothing. 

The answer is a major problem when you impose your beliefs on others.  Blind following has been the source of so much pain and misery in the world.

A father killed his teen daughter for not wearing Hijab, it is not in Sudan, Afghanistan or elsewhere, it was right here in the USA. There was one in Canada too.

You and I may live in civilized societies where God-Given life is sheltered, but when your father kills and mothers silently goes along. There is something evil about it.  If you say that is wrong, that is what most Muslims say - yet those murderers believed that they were following Prophet’s Sunnah.  

In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Dubai and elsewhere–   ruthless, uncivilized idiotic men, quote Sunnah to frighten the wife, give a divorce at the whim and put that mother on the street. These men live here in America too.  As a woman do you believe that Prophet, the mercy on mankind would have said something like that?

Gutless men, beat their wives, because they say Quraan allows it. Nonsense! The Quraan like the Bible and other holy books were interpreted by insecure control freaky men from the past, who wanted to keep woman under their thumb, mercilessly they have falsified translations of 4:34. Thank God finally; a woman Dr. Laila Bakhtiar has put these men to shame -- it is not beating, it is separation that Quraan calls for. It is embarrassing to sit in the mosque and listen to these primates telling in interfaith conferences - that man can hit the woman softly like with tooth pick or tooth brush... and the smirk on their faces is disgusting. These men who had the audacity or ignorance to make a villain out of God; cause the suffering to women; half the population.

The bloody mistranslation of Quraan 1:7 is the main reason for Islamophobia. I have been dealing with almost every Islamophobes out there - Thank God that version of translation has been removed in the last two years. Thank God, I have put in my two cents with an Imam from Riyadh, I met in interfaith meeting. Now, the free copy of the Quraan given out is Muhammad Asad’s translation - which also carries at least one flawed (4:34) translation, and the Hilali Khan translation is corrected in a few places now.

Shanaz, why change? 

I am not a scholar, and I did not go to an Islamic college to memorize and repeat the same stuff over and over again.   I am a common Muslim like a majority of Muslims, I see the flaws that have caused so much pain to Muslim women in those nations…

Yes, it is wrong, but it is the books! An Imam from a small town would rather believe what is in the book than common sense.  He has got something to back up and continue until we make those corrections and it is not easy.

All those men and women who were bent on bringing a positive change will be cursed and condemned by the religion industry mob - Iqbal, Sir Syed and a host of others were not spared, they were called Kafirs. Pakistan has another great man who is chased out of his country by the religious gangsters. 

Those men had the balls to do the right thing regardless of what the mob said.  Thank God we live in America and together, Insha Allah, remove the non-sense that has been ascribed to Rabbul Aaalamen and Rahmatul Aalameen.  Even Hamza Yousuf is being attacked for talking sense; the worse that could happen to him is not visit Iran, Pakistan, Netherland and other place where he may be in danger. But the Muslim majority, the good 95% of them is picking the good stuff form the internet.

Prophet Muhammad is Rahmatul Aalameen, the mercy to mankind, is he not? Could he have said anything like what is ascribed to him?  
The great imams who may have mistakenly quoted prophet are not the ones to answer God on the Day of the judgment, it is you and I. And it is our responsibility to find the truth = the truth is simple; No injustice to any human, spouse or not, children or not, Muslims are not. That is how simple and good Islam is. That is why we call the Prophet Rahmatul Aalameen, the one who brought the message of mercy, from the most merciful God, our creator. Not ours, but everyone’s. His words and saying are to bring kindness and mercy to humanity and we need to de-corrupt his message.

Modesty is a requirement of Islam; Hijab (in various formats) is a cultural development and no woman should be forced to wear or not wear in the name of Religion. 

Original posting URL -  http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2012/05/al-azhar-confirms-hijab-is-not-part-of.html  Much of the discussion  is at WorldMuslimCongress@yahoogroups.com. Many have contributed both in favor and challenging it. 

Mike Ghouse committed to nurturing pluralistic values enshrined in Islam.

1 comment:

  1. Salams again,
    If hijab is not a requirement, why does the hair needs to be covered during prayers? Many use this as proof that the head is a woman's aurat.




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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration (www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.

URL- http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2013/08/planned-muslim-response-to-quran_18.html

Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.