The Prophet would spend quality time with his spouse. He didn't live a separate life under the same roof. He would go on walks with his wife, travel with his wife, and seek her advice. He would engage in stimulating conversation. When was the last time you took spouse out for a nice dinner?
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The binding of team work in a Shura is essentially check and balance. Everyone plays a role for the betterment of society and leadership is essentially a responsibility, not a luxury, as seen in many countries today.
Actually I cannot say there was just one first day with hijab. I started to cover myself gradually and just after many trials, I started wearing hijab every day and forever, in sha’ Allah.
My own Hajj taught me a number of lessons, but perhaps one of the things I most remember about it was how humbling an experience it was. I remember noticing almost immediately upon arriving in Makkah the sheer number of people and thinking, “all these people here to worship Allah?”
The plans and designs of mosques as community centers must take duly into account the position and role of Muslim women, their vast potentials as well as noteworthy contributions to the development of the Muslim community.
If you can go to Hajj, you should go as soon as possible, as the benefits far outweigh any possible disadvantages that may be experienced by a new Muslim. This has been borne out by those I have known who have gone to Hajj within the first few years as Muslims.
Some of these Muslims who convert to Islam, they already have family members who can take care of them, or friends at work that they meet them on a daily basis… so when you teach them salah they’re going to practice with family, they’re going to practice...
Summer is a time to feel a bit free and to have a chance to do all the things you didn't have time to do during the year. For many people it is a time for sea, sun, and surf, or for bushwhacking, mountain climbing, canoeing, or hiking. But as a new Muslim woman what can you do in the summer?
Hajj imparts tough lessons in humility, tolerance, and compassion, because it forces a person to give up their airs and all aspects of elitism viz. “high maintenance” behavior, and spend five days living a lifestyle that is at par with that of the common man, whether you like it or not.
I remember my first summer as a Muslim. It wasn't that long after I converted, and I was barely into the transition phase. I knew that hijab is obligatory, but I was definitely not ready to tell my family and the world what I had just recently discovered myself.
I wasn’t quite ready to wear the hijab at first, but upon realizing that it was an obligation, I wanted to gather the courage to wear it. So one night, I made a special prayer to Allah. While in prostration, I asked Allah to show me a sign which would encourage me...