Secular Education ,IS ANY TYPE OF EDUCATION IS HAARAAM IN ISLAM ????


Assalaamu alykum..

 

Update…Its a,months back sice i posted that update. have no computer and a phone only with little internet acsess and time.

Sadly our gilrs were never admitted into this islamic scholl , branch of ahsan ul uloom Karachi under supervision of mufti zarwali khan.

they wasted 1 month on empty promises being admitted and and we had to spent thousands of rupees for books ad on back Tags) in this institution nothing but slime up other backsides, running for positions and family politics and racism rules the day.

Teachers are hired by an unquakified principal not having any educatioanl background in leadership of a school, forget about an islamic school.

women awho wear make up, berelvis etc are hired without checking their standards of ilm in deen anad dunya and real qualifications to teach and graduation certificates of the teaching association.

the curriculum is absolutely laughable, no organisations, books to teACH ARE taken from here and there.

haraam picture activities, paintings on walls of animate objects, principals and teachers with make up, no clue how to teach.

Teachers and parents complains are brushed aside and ideas for improving this school and provide quality education are dismissed.

The female and male principal ( a married couple0 are seldom present in that school n are only busy going to umrah with mufti sahib.

Its all about making money in that school and the owner of that school has no clue, neither his uncle mufti za wali khan, whats going on in that school.

the principals never arrive in beginning  of office timing but close to 1.pm instead of 8am.  often the female principal is not present several times during the weeek.

 

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Uupdate… due to the Mercy of Allah and the dua of brothers and sisters, our kids joined a Islamic school about a week ago. still they’ll properly will begin first grade in most subject, and besides English, math, silence  in upper levels, maybe Arabic, but hifs and nasara are available to learn. They still want get real quality education considering the country we live in, but thats a huge step toward  a better future. i hope. his believes are still the same and and believes females  should learn in house everything form another women, not a educational institution, ie . I wish that our girls could became a qualified midwives to help other Muslim ladies, females in general. he propagates still that they cant learn like this as in  times of sahaaba they had no school to learn this. this can only be a statement of a man and a person who had no insight how complex actually pregnancy and delivery and postpartum care is which requires anatomy lessons as well, etc..  by  all respect this logic should be applied to madaris education as well and labeled haaraam as in time of the sahaba they were no madaris of the type today existed and no mass graduation or admission took place in form school teachings on schedule ..

too being told its believed to be  jaddo afflicted( me thats why i might state those things and iom not in my senses and my husband would surely never do such things isnt going to help our situation at all!! Im not insane, I’ve not lost my senses , neither do I make up what ive written before.

I swear by Allah, the books, the malaaika and the entire creation Im not a liar and my kids will proof witness to this facts and im  not stating this due to jadoo afflictions!

I’ve contacted local ulema, friends  who are ulema to just sit with us and talk and give us solutions and naseehat to our problems. but no aalim ever replied, no email from hardhat desai has reached my inbox or spam for months.i dint know why

so if this happens to muslim women and her children, what should i do? I can write down my whole live since conversion which was never a easy and pleasant one. but ill might be labeled a complete liar or ungrateful wife and muslim  woman which seem to ne he standard reply when a woman like me resorts for help as nobody is helping or listening.

Yes im ungrateful at times, l.ike most men and women and children. but im not pagal, not shameless, neither disobedient. im broken down .

im still waiting for ulema and their replies.i sent to local madaris and abroad and to hadhrat desai. but i don’t receive any reply on my mails.Perghaps its getting lost on either side

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I request any Muslim and especially Ulema Haqq to provide me valid proof for the following claims as
I’m left alone defenseless struggling to provide my children education which my husband , who follows Hadhrat Mufti A.S. Desai.

Our oldest child is 11 Years OLD AND YOUNGEST 6. None can actually read, write or understand their own mother language, forget about other subjects and languages

My husband follows his sheikh in this regard to the extreme( in our marriage which brought much unnecessary suffering and sanctions , loneliness to the point of blank mental breakdown and severe health problem, mockery from tghe ummat, disatncing of Muslims from us, hassad, evil eye ,jadoo on our family..

And my husband , an aalim , and previous twice married man with kafir children and claims All secular education is absolutely haraam and every Islamic and secular school is haraam and girls and females in general are not allowed to receive education in any way but being taught cooking, cleaning, sewing and being a slave as marriage is slavery..

Sadly i think my husband misunderstands it quiet a bit.Nowhere have i read  hadhrat saying this type of stuff and i should show him  my proof in Islam and from hadhrat for me claiming that children, Muslims have the right of education and females are not  prohibited from education.

My husband states that hadhrat desai and sharia rulings states that all secular education is haraam, all Islamic schools all over the world are haraam, girls madrassas are haraam, only stiff plain madrassa education( which by the way has urdu peoetry and urdu language are included and a student has to have some basic secular education in math and urdu in order to study and be able to read and write)Even sex separated schools, even Islamic schools are haraam and teachers faassiq and theyb teach haraam.

girls in particular have no right for education and hadith clearly states to prohibit females from learning writing and reading as it will ruin their character.

Yes, Hadhrat Desai states  that the system of nursery and secular education and intermingling and certain kuffar related educational actions are haraam.( AKA KUFFAR HOLIDAYS, HARAAM PICS, VIDEOS ETC.)

Which makes sense and I agree

So my husband OPTED FOR HOMESCHOOLING. SADLY ONE MAN IN HIS 60’S( HIS AGE) CANT TEACH NEITHER SUPPLY ALL THE NEEDED SUBJECTS, NEITHER MATERIAL OR TEACHERS TO DO THE JOB.besides some math, or English which too has had been not done well and kids still lack behind greatly.

Too we have no relatives or i any friends here to help educating 5 children and helping with housework. too aim chronically sick, weak, exhausted and stressed out and due to some problems we have no peace in our home and all are under non stop stress. kids fight all day and clean for the most part and stay indoors.

I fought for years for the kids to be able to get out and walk and play to use their build up energy and get some light and fresh air daily, which i stopped getting once married in Pakistan to him.Only indoors ,thus many wonderful health problems popped up. And if outside than in thick burqa in black color which dioesen breath and draws the heat on me like a magnets thus giving me breathing and fainting problems for years..( due to injunction of hijaab too females are not allowed ton receive any type of education, as its an excuse to leave the home and in girls madrsaaa girls are only being taught how to argue and disobey their husbands and in laws due so learning’ and thus  their rights . He too claims the same about secual eductaed females and uneducated` females that they only argue and disobey to to their secular knowledge and secular knowledge is waste of time. an and hadith my husband likes to deny)

He , neither I, are skilled enough or educated enough to teach most things to children. Neither do we have the time , material{ halaal without pictures and written by Muslims}, neither any type of curriculum, lesson planning, printers , etc..

Too our personal situation does not allow us to home school and in 6 years of my husband claiming he home schooled , a little English here and a little math here, our kids , aged 11, 10, 9, 7, 6 cant  read really on their own( besides our son who is an exception  by himself, dont know even seasons of the year, month of the year, time telling, comprehension, urdu, Arabic,(arabic numbers, moth..)

i followed by husband obediently in all he taught me and told me. Putting our little girls and me in extreme,e hijaab, spending most of our times indoors, which is no way mentally or biophysical productive. Living in a hot, bad lighted humid moldy home. with growing children . I obeyed. We putt our  little girl in strict hijaab from infancy on.As taught be his sheikh and elders. By age of 2 their all wore burqa and scarf, Even in extreme heat and nights to sleep. Their hair is really damaged.. earlier.

sex separation as well from infancy.

Kept away along with me from society, neighbors. Not allowed to talk to them or play with other kids as they are all faasiq`, and endanger our morals and imaan and i as woman would only gossip outside in front of  door.

Thats also one of the reasons why i and children  couldn’t learn  urdu for 12 years of marriage.

I can elaborate here more but its getting off the topic.

When i reasoned they are illiterate and have right secular education and deen. He states  I’m wrong and the poof is that nabi sslalaahu alayhi wa sallam was illiterate and thus No Muslim need secular or any type of education to worship Allah.

so i replied as well that hardhat advised me , and other ladies, and males to read the books of the pious , aka moral stories of saints , fazali amal or behetsi zevar to get closer to Allah . And ladies too should be able to write ulema for qurries and how in heavens or hell can one find out about halaal and haraam , ie e numbers, vaccine ingredients, etc, if one cant read and write and inst educated about what going on around the world.

Females only have to learn how to cook, clean, have children, raise the,, sew clothe, obey and serve and please their husbands and in laws..

My husband claims our way of live, aka extremes in many points, are in absolute conjuration with hadhrat desai, but he still;  still until today shown me any letter that he stated or supported our way of extremes.

But complains about me and mistrust me and labeling almost all haraam. Beds, carpets, geesers, hot showers, etc.. All haraam and bidat and luxuries…. I will tell on request what in details.

I lived with my kids long enough under self induced poverty, extremes, sanction in name of islam.

I cant take it anymore.

Every aalim and Muslim calls for female staff in schools, madrassa,midwives, lady doctors, dentist, lab  and x ray personal, etc,  hospitals, counters, Muslim engineers, doctors, etc, etc.. hoe in heavens should this happen if everything is labeled haraam. if this would be truly the case than islam would have become a religion of stupidity and ignorance in every field.

the first C section had been performed by sahaaba, one of the first one to write and who m,ade the pen wasIdris alayh  isalaam, manty of the sahaabia were we eduxctae in medince, writing reading, hadith, quraaan

My husband too beilieves that its not good for females to become haafiz due tio their menses. so hr detested that our gilrs become hafiz. i fight for their rights.

One point to note is that he has been married before me and adopted 3 kidfs intio the famikly, /thiose children he put all efforrts in tio eductaed them asecular, deen wise and made sure they bec ame haafis and i have to hear that for years how much he misses those kids and how much he loves them and how much effort he putb into these kids. /fibnally that wife left along with her kids,

theyb were allowed to receive secualr eduicatin, befirsddmn others, hawere in an islamic school, giot deeniay, and became haafuiz and they werte niot in strict purdah is oin  our case, neither then wife. they did not wear niqaab, hijaan amny tyoe dsince age of 2 years, and were not kept indoors  and away form all as in our case.

wehn i con frionted my husband he said he had permission form hnadhrat desia as hadhrta desua saixc he had no right of the kids rtthus he shopuld not buity any hurdle between the wife and ther kids. ie vaccinations are haraa,m ans that wife wanted to get her kids c=vaccinate dso my husvband said they are haraam and he consukted hadhrat and he advi9ced let her vaccinate her children and dont let her decide between you and her kids.

so how much sharia right and zstatue did he have over this wife as he says he has over me , including having the sharia granted right over me to assess my emails, letters, messages, phone calls, etc to prvent me from straying….which i readily gave to him until i had enough , last moth

I feel a bit sorry to go public.

but i dont receive replies and advice from hardhat neither local ulema as they all block and dont want to interfere in other peoples affairs even though i ask for sharia rulings, help a woman in Pakistani and her kids will be always at loss and rights only on papers and men always right and supported

so i have no other option but to go public.

as my husband dont change in this regard at all and we waste precious time and he will be dead one day and m y son has tp

support 4 sisters and me and later his own family. How , though begging and selling onions while he got many abilities and interest which could be .

He says risq is fixed, okaayy. but in which way one dont know and we have to work for our  risq a little bit and dont put our families and ourselves into not needed sufferings!

May Allah forgive me..but i have no choice .We need help

Wa slaam

i feel sorry to state that my life since marriage and conversion is just like the real life book.. Not without my daughter.. Nicht ohne meine tochter. many of those fears and negative extreme report seen and heard in meadi has actually happen to be true. at least in my muslim life and m,y kids life

Donating one’s hair to make wigs for children with cancer


Q: I am a female in need of advice about the cutting of hair in terms of disposal. I cut my hair on Friday and someone mentioned this foundation to me where you can donate your hair and they make wigs for children with cancer to use. Now my mum says she’s not sure if it’s a good idea because Islamically you must bury your hair and I agree with that. However, I really just want to make a difference for a cancer-suffering child and of course I won’t do it if it’s wrong. My question is: Is it wrong to donate your hair for cancer patients?

 

A: It is not permissible for women to cut their hair and further, donating hair is not permissible. Human hair should be buried.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وفيه قطعت شعر رأسها أثمت ولعنت  زاد في البزازية وإن بإذن الزوج لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق ول​ذا يحرم على الرجل قطع لحيته والمعنى المؤثر التشبه بالرجال اه (الدر المختار 6/407)

الانتفاع بأجزاء الآدمي لم يجز قيل للنجاسة وقيل للكرامة هو الصحيح كذا في جواهر الأخلاطي (الفتاوى الهندية 5/354)

فإذا قلم أطفاره أو جز شعره ينبغي أن يدفن ذلك الظفر والشعر المجزوز (الفتاوى الهندية 5/358)

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

SUNNAT MEAL ON WEDDING DAY



Is it sunnah, on the day of the nikah, for the bride’s family to invite the groom’s family ONLY? If the the brides family wants to invite a few other people, will it still be according to the sunnah?

 

Answer

 

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

We assume that that the invite in reference refers to an invitation for meals. The only sunnah meal in relation tonikāh is walīmah, a meal provided by or on behalf of the groom.

The bridal family may invite the groom’s family and others on the day of nikāh as an expression of joy. However, this invitation is not to be considered sunnah.[1] Furthermore, the invitation

  • must be with a happy heart (not under social pressure, etc.),[2]
  • is not given as means of boasting or competing, and
  • should be free of non-Islamic practices i.e. singing, dancing, intermingling, extravagance etc.

Feeding those who are staying as guests in the bridal family’s home is also permissible, rather necessary.[3]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hisham Dawood

Student, Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

www.daruliftaa.net


[1]

فتاوى دار العلوم زكريا ج-٣ ص-٦٣٩، زمزم

کفاية المفتي ج-٥ ص-١٥٣، دار الإشاعت

وأما واقعة إطعام الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم الشاة عند نكاح فاطمة رضي الله عنها المذكورة في مصنف عبد الرزاق ففيها يحيى بن العلاء البجلي وهو متروك. انظر فتاوى دار العلوم زكريا ج-٣ ص-٦٣٨، زمزم.

[2]

كفاية المفتي ج-٥ ص-١٥٣، دار الإشاعت

فتاوى دار العوم زكريا ج-٣ ص-٦٣٦، زمزم

[3]

فتاوى محمودية ج-١٢ ص-١٤٢، فاروقية

If she can walk around in skin-tight clothes, why can’t I wear my veil?


In opposition to oppression, I feel a wonderful sense of freedom in my hijab. I feel protected and sheltered. PHOTO: AFP

Many people believe that the Islamic veil represents extremism, that it is a symbol of oppressing women. In April 2011, we saw France becoming the first European nation to ban the wearing of the veil in public. Several other countries, like Germany, Italy and Belgium among others, took inspiration from France and passed legislations banning the ‘hijab’. The irony is that even in the so-called Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a few schools forbid the wearing of the veil.

Ayman Mobin, a straight A’s student in O/A Levels and now a medicine student at Dow Medical College recalled,

“The director of Karachi Grammar School insisted I abandon my veil if I wanted admission there. Apparently, it was against their policy.”

The extremism concept works both ways. To be against the veil is one thing but to actually ban it and forcibly prohibit Muslim women from wearing it is the secular extreme. The veil is a religious issue, and hence, a highly personal one. To prevent women from wearing the veil is patriarchal dictatorship at its worst. The NGOs and feminists demand freedom and independence for women from their society. They argue that complete liberation of women will be only achieved when women will be allowed to do as they please. However, these organisations are strangely silent on the veil issue. This is inexplicable.

If a woman is allowed to saunter along the Karachi beach in skin-fitted Capri pants and shirt, a woman should be at complete liberty to walk the same length of a beach in the hijab. After all, in the industrialised pre-modern society we inhabit, the individual choice culture is prioritised. Insofar as the action of the person is not destructive to the social order and stability of the society, the person in question should be allowed to carry out the action he or she desires. It is true that in official, government-run places, like the court, NADRA or passport office, check-posts, prison or hospital, an identity check is imperative. In such cases, the veil-wearing women are perfectly willing to cooperate. They will show their faces if and when required.

Our reasons for wanting to cover our faces are very straightforward and simple. Firstly, it is the way we interpret a particular verse of the Holy Quran which tells women not to publically display their beauty or adornment (24:30). There are various interpretations offered for this verse and it is a basic human right to be allowed to follow one’s own religious leader’s interpretation, as long as the belief is not detrimental to the social security.

Some argue that the verse does not mention the covering of the face whereas some argue it does as the verse includes the word ‘zeenat’, which simply means beauty. And because one’s face goes a long way in determining how beautiful and attractive one is, women feel obliged to hide it as per the command in the Holy Quran.

I believe the veil maintains the social order of the society. Amina Ahmed, a trainee journalist in the UK, published an article in the Guardian titled, ‘My Niqab is my Identity’, where she refers to this conception as,

“A verse in the Quran tells us to cover our beauty and lower our gaze and to be modest so that we are not taken advantage of – and so that there are no out-of-marriage relationships, unwanted pregnancies and a society where children do not know who their father or mother is. It is not to oppress us, rather give us the privacy and respect we deserve.”

In opposition to oppression, I feel a wonderful sense of freedom in my hijab. I feel protected and sheltered. It gives me the privacy I desire and yearn for. Being a Muslim woman, it is part of my identity and it defines who I am. To have others dictate my mode of dressing by banning the veil only shows how rigid and inflexible people with power and authority can sometimes get.

It is my choice, it wasn’t enforced upon me. I admit there might be women out there who were forced into wearing the veil. But I’m not one of them and there are several other women like me. By banning the veil, the pattern of coercion actually just continues. Women who did not want to wear the veil were forced to wear it because they were probably ordered by the domineering men of their families. And, consequently, if banned, women who originally wanted to wear the veil would be prohibited from wearing it, forbidden to do so by the ruling state.

Either way, both scenarios boil down to compulsion and that is an ugly word in this era. Banning should not even be an option. I believe it is high time for people to dump their bias and prejudice towards what is simply a matter of one’s own choice.

Honor Killings of women in Islam


Question

 

Is there any basis or ruling in islam for ‘honour killings’. Many tribes in the indo pak cont practice this..i would like to know this have any place or justified in islam?

 

Answer

 

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Islam has protected every innocent soul. Unjustly taking a life is a major crime. The Quran very clearly states,

وَمَنْ يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا (النساء: ٩٣)

And whoever kills a believer purposely, his retribution is Hell Fire forever and Allah’s anger and curse. And Allah will prepare an enormous torment for him. (Al Nisā’: 93)

Nabī (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) has said,

لَا يَحِلُّ دَمُ امْرِئٍ مُسْلِمٍ إِلَّا بِإِحْدَى ثَلَاثٍ : زِنًا بَعْدَ إِحْصَانٍ، أَوِ ارْتِدَادٍ بَعْدَ إِسْلَامٍ، أَوْ قَتْلِ نَفْسٍ بِغَيْرِ حَقٍّ، فَقُتِلَ بِهِ (جامع الترمذي، كتاب الفتن)

The blood of a Muslim is protected except for three reasons: Adultery, apostasy, and murder (Al Tirmizi)

The concept of honor killing has no basis in Islam. In fact, it is a major crime. A person guilty of honor killing will be put to death in an Islamic state where the qādi (judge) has the right to regulate and implement capital punishment. 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hisham Dawood

Student, Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

www.daruliftaa.net

NOORZAMAN “NAQSHABANDI” “SHAZLI”


NOORZAMAN “NAQSHABANDI” “SHAZLI”

THE BEDFELLOW OF SHAITAAN MASQUERADING AS A SPIRITUAL GUIDE (SHAIKH)

 

THIS IS A SPECIAL WARNING FOR WOMEN TO BEWARE OF THIS DEVIL ON THE INTERNET. HE OPERATES FROM KARACHI, PAKISTAN. HE EXPLOITS STUPID WOMEN FOR ATTAINMENT OF SEXUAL GRATIFICATION IN THE NAME OF ISLAM.

 

HE IMPOSES ON WOMEN TO REVEAL THEIR FACES, BODIES AND MORE ON THE PRETENCE OF TREATING THEM FOR JADOO (MAGIC), ETC. IT IS HARAAM FOR WOMEN TO REVEAL THEIR FACES TO UNSCRUPULOUS SHAYAATEEN IN HUMAN FORM. DON’T DEFILE YOUR MODESTY AND YOUR SACRED BODY TO GRATIFY THE FILTHY URGES OF THE DEVIL IN HUMAN FORM.

 

HE CLAIMS TO BE IN TOUCH WITH THE GREAT AULIYA WHO HAVE DIED MORE THAN A THOUSAND YEARS AGO, YET LIKE A MUNAAFIQ HE ABANDONS SALAAT CLAIMING THAT MAGIC HAS BEEN PERPETRATED ON HIM. HE CLAIMS TO APPOINT ABDAALS, YET HE PROPAGATES THAT IT IS PERMISSIBLE FOR FEMALES TO SAY TO THEIR “SHAIKH”  –“I LOVE YOU.”  A WOMAN WHO FALLS IN THIS TRAP, IN REALITY SAYS TO SHAITAAN: “I LOVE YOU.”

 

BEWARE OF THIS IMPOSTER ON THE INTERNET PAGES. DON’T EVER EXPOSE YOUR FACES TO HIM. DON’T POLLUTE YOUR MODESTY AND CHASTITY BY SOILING YOURSELF WITH THIS SHAITAANUL INS, OR BETTER – ABUSH SHAITAAN – THE FATHER OF THE DEVIL.

 

WOMEN CAN, EVEN BY APPLYING THEIR DEFECTIVE INTELLIGENCE, UNDERSTAND THE VILLAINY AND SHAITAANIYAT OF THIS VILLAIN PARADING AS A “SHAIKH”. BUT THEY ARE SIMPLY NOT APPLYING THEIR MINDS WHEN THEY EXPOSE THEMSELVES  ON THE INTERNET AND VIDEO TO THE SHAITAAN WHO ROBS THEM OF THEIR HAYA.

 

THE GULLIBILITY WHICH WOMEN DISPLAY WHEREBY THEY DENUDE THEMSELVES FOR THE VILE GRATIFICATION OF THE DEVIL, IS ALMOST UNFORGIVEABLE. IMMODESTY AND LEWDNESS ARE NEVER THE EFFECTS OF ‘NUQS FIL AQL’ WHICH IS THE NATURAL ATTRIBUTE OF WOMEN. EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO MALES, ESPECIALLY DEVILS WHO CLAIM TO BE ‘SPIRITUAL GUIDES’, IS THE EFFECT OF THE BESTIAL NAFS, NOT THE EFFECT OF MISUNDERSTANDING WHICH CAN BE THE EFFECT OF DEFECTIVE INTELLIGENCE.

WOMEN WHO FREQUENT THE INTERNET ARE AGAIN WARNED TO BE ON THEIR GUARD FOR THIS NOORZAMAN SHAITAAN MASQUERADING AS A ‘SAINT’ AND A ‘SHAIKH’.

THIS BEDFELLOW OF SHAITAAN IS NEITHER A NAQSHABANDI NOR A SHAZLI.  IN REALITY HE IS A SHAITAANI. HENCEFORTH HIS NAME ISZULMATZAMAAN (THE DARKNESS OF THE AGE), NOT NOORZAMAN.

7 Rajab 1435 – 7 May 2014

Pranic Pregnancy And Parenthood.. the natural way


To some, it may come as a surprise that Camila Salas only ate five solid meals throughout her entire pregnancy. But for Camila, nourishing her own mind, spirit and body, as well as the body of her unborn child, through fresh juice and the cosmic life energy of breath is part of her practice of Pranic Living. In this piece, Camila and her partner Akahi share how this state of consciousness results in love, joy and deep connection, as well as a healthy pregnancy and a new version of the parent-child relationship.

Pranic Consciousness is the awareness that the life source is co-creating in abundance through each being, in all of life, manifesting through us as life in physical form as well as the ability to create, interact, and experience on infinite levels. On larger scales, Prana is creating galaxies, planets, and sustaining the Universe breath by breath.

This state of consciousness is not only a lifestyle, way of thinking or being. It is the basic information that we as beings possess innately. When we surrender to being vessels to a Greater Intelligence, our lives take a course that goes beyond what we could have imagined, presenting us with opportunities, resources, people, and experiences that enrich us and fulfill this greater purpose that we came to explore. The basis is joy, a joyful understanding that everything that occurs is a perfect part of the journey, giving us new wisdom and integrating more this intelligence into our lives.

As Pranic/Breatharian beings, we live in unity with the Cosmic Energy, and as parents conscious that our children are light beings who come directly from the source, we are here to help them not forget who they are and experience the love, happiness, creativity, and magic of the life together, in balance with nature and all elements of creation. Each child comes to life already desiring to explore certain aspects, attracted to specific types of learning and interactions, just as we ourselves have been. We have the opportunity to observe how best to offer these abundant resources for a fluid and natural parent-child relationship and life experience.

Our transition into Pranic Living happened in 2008, two years before the conscious conception of our first son. The stabilizing of the Prana within made it so that in the moment we were ready to conceive, everything happened with ease and from the joyous state that we are permanently living in. The conception was immediate, the pregnancy developed smoothly and so enjoyably, and the natural birth of our son was an amazing initiation into this journey of conscious parenting that we are now deeply exploring.

During the pregnancy I, Camila, continued drinking only fruit juices and herbal teas. I didn’t feel the need or desire to eat solid foods and during the entire nine months I ate 5 times, all of which were in social situations where the experience catered to a beautiful exploration of the flavors. My blood tests during all three trimesters were impeccable, showing balance and purity. Iron levels remained stable and at the average level for even women who are not pregnant, never presenting signs of anemia or sugar imbalances and regular pregnancy check ups with the midwife and OBGYN confirmed the above average growth of a very healthy baby boy.

Pranic Living goes far beyond the food free aspect. It is an intelligent spirit that illuminates and heals our lives and our genetic lineage and the “hereditary” information that is generally passed on through the generations. This means the elimination of such things as thought and emotional cycles, behaviors, tendencies, habits, and the physical manifestations of these in the form of illness or other syndromes. Because of the profound reprogramming Pranic Living provides the reproductive systems, the sperm, and ovarian eggs are purified, opening the space for our children to grow in and be born through a place of no past energetic charge, and truly be the beginning of a new generation. We now observe this in our children and have also been able to observe ourselves through Breatharian/Pranic pregnancy, birth, and parenthood as we redefine family and love, the parent-child relationship, and the roles we all play in this team that we comprise. Beyond any “parenting label” we are instinctual parents, meaning that by knowing our children profoundly through our experiences and interactions of responsiveness, not being reactionary, we follow what feels the most natural and harmonious, parenting from the heart and not the theory, so we can continue to be creative and learn together as a family.

This topic of purification of the genetic lineage is very important because it is the basis of conscious parenting. When we as parents are aware that through us and our families we are refining the generations, refining the humanity, a deeper comprehension of our roles as parents is revealed to us, because automatically our consciousness guides us to refine our words, thoughts, actions, and emotions, giving us a valuable understanding of the information we share with our children, the way in which we do so, and the impact this can have on the development and evolution of that being.

To refine humanity also means to manifest the desire that our children have a life even more marvelous than our own has been, not only economically but also in terms of education, comprehension, support, and help. The best education exists within the parents. Children of all ages are constantly stimulated, learning from the actions that they observe in their parents, and with a brilliant intelligence they try to simulate and be a reflection of us. As parents we have the great honor of being the focus of attention of our children, to be that being who inspires them to learn about life. We are thus given the opportunity to bring this attention to the good things and conscious values that we know will be essential for their development within the humanity as limitless creative beings who count with a great source of energy and resources, the existential support from the cosmic intelligence.

From the Pranic Consciousness perspective, being parents we feel that we are refining the generations by filtering the information that we allow to reach our children with more care and precision. In this same way we let go of the obsolete information that we received from our own parents so as not to pass it on to our children.

We are in a flourishing new humanity in which the children who are being born at this time are, in many cases, souls who are experiencing Physical life for the first time. They come with pure DNA of light and love, so the integration of these beings into this dimension and physical form should be channeled softly with family fundamentals of love.

We refine humanity and the education in our homes by giving support and confidence to our children so they may develop their gifts and talents. The children of this era are born with a new spectrum of intelligence from which we will see flourish new sciences and technologies for the future of humanity. As parents aware of these energetic changes we must learn to observe, accept, and channel these energies within our families. It’s important that we empower ourselves with what we’ve learned from the past and now give back something new and fresh in our present. Beyond the fact that on our planet there have occurred natural and social catastrophes, the families of the world have the possibility to liberate themselves of the memories, traumas, and family karmas so that the DNA of our children and next generations continue on, being pure and divine.

Akahi and Camila Salas are parents and Pranic Breatharian teachers, who have been sharing processess of conscious evolution for over 15 years. Their work has involved children for the past nine years in projects in different countries throughout South America, specifically in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. These projects have always been focused on artistic education leading towards the discovery and development of the talents and gifts unique to each being. Both professional artists, practitioners of natural and ceremonial medicine, having for many years experimented with vegan and raw foods diets, in 2008 they underwent the spritual initiation of the 21 Day Fast, a process to callibrate their bodies to the capacity to live from Light.

After this spiritual initiation they first experienced the non necessity of food, for the following two years they drank only juices, not eating any solid foods. After the integration of the prana as their energy source they entered into a new stage of profound and practical comprehension, receiving the channeled information that educated them on the conscious utilization of the Cosmic Energy.

Scientific research on the breathing therapies and processes that they currently share worldwide has proven an increase in the amount of life force in the energy field, resulting in longevity, in a balancing of the functions of the nervous system and internal body organs, as well as generating lasting mental and emotional clarity, and the healing of chronic physical diseases. They are most known for their work globally in the facilitating of the 8 Day Process, a transitional process for Living On Light.

http://www.birth-institute.com/alternative-medicine-and-childbirth/pranic-pregnancy-and-parenthood

Routine pelvic exams cause of increased rate of hysterectomy


Routine Pelvic Exams Might Be Totally Unnecessary

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Getting fingered at your gyno’s office once a year is a typically awkward experience, but it turns out that it might also be a pointless one. Experts are now saying that there is no medical evidence that supports the need for well women to get routine pelvic exams.

More and more doctors are challenging the merits of the frequency of such exams—called bimanual exams—arguing that they are not medically necessary, increase the cost of medical care, and scare younger women away from the gynecologist. Additionally, bimanual exams can cause suspicion and alarm over conditions that are ultimately benign but lead to surgery that could cause complications.

Ostensibly, bimanual exams are performed to detect STIs and cancer. But the CDC finds that the exams are “not an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer,” while a study supported by the National Cancer Institute found that ovarian cancer is never detected by a pelvic exam alone. As for STI screening, urine samples and vaginal swabs are more advantageous than a pelvic exam.

Dr. Carolyn L. Westhoff, a gynecologist at Columbia University Medical Center, wrote in in The Journal of Women’s Health:

Frequent routine bimanual examinations may partly explain why U.S. rates of ovarian cystectomy and hysterectomy are more than twice as high as rates in European countries, where the use of the pelvic examination is limited to symptomatic women.

The issue here seems to be a product of our healthcare system, where doctors are only paid for procedures and not for time spent with patients. So it would seem that routinely poking around in our vaginas is necessary only for billing purposes, which kind of makes the gynecologists’ office a little bit like the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, except that we don’t aren’t getting a cut.

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An Exam With Poor Results [NYT]

These instruments will be inserted into your vagina during routine/other pelvic examinations!


 

 

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Below are some samples of an intra vaginal ultrasound with a penis type shaped instrument which really does not have much benefit in detected accurate any ailment, it could not detect the fist size uterus tumor of my own mother, neither the regular gyn visits, menses exams,pap smear test, bio manual vaginal exams , etc.

 

Those penetrating and often painful exams made me feel as i am being raped. I had to submit to what the doctor says. It could not detect why i and chronically pain in my womb, a tilted womb, etc.

 

 

 

Difference between pelvic and vaginal exams?


Why Pelvic Exams are Not called Vaginal Exams

The term “pelvic exam” is a bit misleading.  A woman who didn’t know better might think it meant having her pelvic bones examined.  Imagine her shock when she discovered that the doctor did not want to see or touch her pelvic bones at all, and instead headed straight for her vagina.  But to name the exam in a more accurate and descriptive way would be leading people down a path they are not supposed to go.

Naming the exam a “pelvic” exam leads people down an appropriate but rather deceptive path, and also accomplishes a number of different goals.  One goal is to allow everyone to safely ignore the fact that the vagina is being examined at all.  The doctor or nurse will not have to say to a woman, “I will need you to take your cloths off and spread your legs now so I can look at/in your vagina”.  Instead, the doctor or nurse can simply say “let’s get you ready for your pelvic exam”.

Another goal is to medicalize what is being examined.  Examining the vagina can be a bit dodgy after all.  Vaginas can be viewed as secretive, suspicious and dark places.  They can also hold the power to captivate, enthrall, incite, tempt and seduce.  To even say the word out loud can take courage for some.  The term “pelvic exam” sounds much more sterile and scientific than the term “vaginal exam”, and is much more suitable to a medical environment.

Medicalizing the exam also accomplishes the goal of desexualizing the exam.  A woman’s vagina magically becomes . . . something else.  I’m not exactly sure how it happens, but suddenly it becomes acceptable to put a woman’s vagina on display for public viewing.  And it is okay to look at it . . . in a ‘nonsexual’ way.  For example, when a pubescent boy is found watching an educational YouTube video of a birth or a pelvic exam, the boy can safely say “no, it’s not porn, it’s okay to watch”.

Ignoring the sexual nature of the exam also helps some medical students and instructors in teaching hospitals to convince themselves that it is acceptable to practice the exam on anesthetized women without the women’s knowledge or consent.  It helps to allow the exam practice to be viewed as something other than medically sanctioned gang rape.  Desexualizing the exam also lessens the effects of convictions when doctors are caught doing something “naughty” while conducting the exams.  Imagine if the headlines read something like: “Doctor So and So convicted of sexual assault when examining a woman’s vagina”.  This headline sounds a bit redundant, since examining a woman’s vagina sounds a little like sexual assault just on it’s own.  Instead, the headlines usually say something like: “Doctor So and So convicted of sexual assault while conducting a pelvic exam”.   This headline sounds less redundant and also less severe.

I am in favor of changing the name from “pelvic” exam to the more accurate and descriptive name of “vaginal” exam.  This might help to give the exam more recognition for the effects it can have on women, for the effects it can have on men, and for the effects it can have on pubescent boys.

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Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams


What Doctors Don’t Want You to Know About Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams

You might have wondered why doctors are so persistent when it comes to your pap test and pelvic exam.  You might also have wondered why doctors don’t give you information and offer you a choice in the matter.  Here is some information about pap tests and pelvic exams that doctors rarely tell you:

Pap Tests – Undisclosed Information:  Pap tests detect abnormal cells on your cervix.  What doctors don’t tell you is that the results from a pap smear are often inaccurate (between 10 and 60% of pap smears are inaccurate) and will show a false positive for abnormal cells if you have recently had intercourse, taken a bath, used a tampon, or any number of such things.  An abnormal pap smear does not necessarily mean you have cervical cancer, or that you are even at risk of cervical cancer.  ehealthmd.com/content/how-accurate-are-pap-smear-results

Cervical Cancer – Undisclosed Information:  Doctors also don’t want you to know how rare cervical cancer is.  Your odds of getting cervical cancer are 1 in 13,699 (in developed countries).  Your odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident each year are 1 in 6,535.  In other words, you are more than twice as likely to die in a car accident than you are of getting cervical cancer.  Also, the odds of getting cervical cancer are even lower if you are a young to middle aged woman. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012001/article/11616/tbl/tbla-eng.htm

Extra Fees – Undisclosed Information:  Doctors are able to charge extra fees for pap smears.  Doctors don’t want you to know that they are making more money from your visit every time you agree to a pap test.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/doctor/care/capitation.html

Bimanual Exams – Undisclosed Information:  Doctors perform a bimanual exam (insertion of fingers into the vagina) along with the speculum exam.  What doctors don’t want you to know is that there is no data to support the relevance of the bimanual exam.  Studies have shown that no abnormalities have ever been accurately detected by inserting fingers into a woman’s vagina. jwh.2010.2349 (application/pdf Object

Pleasure – Undisclosed Information:  Some doctors enjoy performing pelvic exams.  But do not take my word for this – read for yourself a male doctor’s point of view on pelvic exams: http://forwomenseyesonly.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/the-other-side-of-the-speculum-a-male-doctors-point-of-view/

Further Tests – Undisclosed Information:  Many women who receive a false positive pap smear result are sent for further and more invasive testing.  This leads to further income for medical professionals, but this is also where further damage to the cervix can occur from colposcopies and unnecessary biopsies; resulting in risk of heavy bleeding, infection, irreparable cervical mutilation, unnecessary hysterectomies, and difficulties with pregnancy and giving birth as the following evidence shows:

Based on solid evidence, regular screening with the Pap test leads to additional diagnostic procedures (e.g., colposcopy) and treatment for low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (LSIL), with long-term consequences for fertility and pregnancy. These harms are greatest for younger women, who have a higher prevalence of LSIL, lesions that often regress without treatment. Harms are also increased in younger women because they have a higher rate of false-positive results. Magnitude of Effect: Additional diagnostic procedures were performed in 50% of women undergoing regular Pap testing . . . The number with impaired fertility and pregnancy complications is unknown. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/screening/cervical/HealthProfessional/page1/AllPages#Section_133

So, as you can see, there are many good reasons why your doctor doesn’t want to offer you information and a choice regarding pelvic exams and pap tests.  Do your research, protect your healthy mind and body.

 

http://forwomenseyesonly.com/2012/11/13/what-doctors-dont-want-you-to-know-about-pap-tests-and-pelvic-exams/

Shameless and useless routine gynecological examinations- Muslim men should check what they send their wives to!


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Routine Gynecological Exams

The information we provide on Routine Gynecological Examinations is divided into three sections. You may jump directly to the section you are interested in by clicking on the title of the section.

Pelvic Examinations

Self Breast Examination

Pap Smears

Pelvic Examinations

What is a Pelvic Exam?

During the pelvic exam, your clinician checks your sex organs. These organs are your uterus, vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix. Part of your pelvic exam is your Pap Smear Test.

Why do I need a Pelvic Exam?

Having a pelvic exam along with the Pap test is an important part of staying healthy. Even if you feel OK, you should have this exam every year or as often as your clinician recommends. Your pelvic exam will help you take care of any problems before they become serious. For instance, you may have an infection without knowing it, you may need treatment to prevent cancer, you may need care to protect your reproductive health.

What will happen during a Pelvic Exam and Routine Gynecological Exam?

If this is your first exam, or if you feel scared, tell the clinician. Also keep in mind that it is okay and even encouraged to ask questions. You may feel a little uncomfortable, but if you feel any pain, tell the clinician. It helps to relax, try taking slow, deep breaths. Here is what to expect from your Exam:

  1. First you’ll need to undress and put on a cover. When you lie on the exam table, you will have a sheet to cover your legs.
  2. Your clinician will check your breasts for any lumps or changes that may lead to cancer. Be sure to ask about checking your breasts at home.
  3. Your clinician will check the outside of your vagina. Then the clinician will gently open the vagina with a speculum.
  4. Your clinician will take a few cells from your cervix for the Pap test. You may feel a pinch or a cramp, but it only takes a few seconds.
  5. Next your clinician will perform a pelvic exam – a check of your sex organs by placing two fingers in your vagina while gently pressing on your stomach. If it is hard to feel your organs this way, your clinician may also place a finger in your rectum. This can make you feel like you have to go to the bathroom.
  6. Tell the clinician if you have had any rashes, bumps, pain or discharge. You may need other tests.

What should I do before my Pelvic Exam?

For the two days before your exam, don’t put anything in your vagina. Don’t douche, don’t have sex, don’t use tampons and don’t put medicine inside your vagina. This will help your clinician get a good sample of cells from the cervix. If your sample is not good, you may need to come back for another test. Keep in mind you’ll need to have your exam done when you are not on your period.

What do my Pap Test results mean?

For more information on Pap Test results, please visit our section on Pap Smears.

How can I protect myself from cancer of the cervix?

  1. Get the follow-up care you need in a timely basis. Don’t wait!
  2. Use condoms every time you have sex to protect from infections and cancer of the cervix.
  3. Don’t smoke cigarettes.
  4. Eat healthy foods rich in folic acid like oranges and broccoli.
  5. Have a Pap test once a year or more often if your health care provider recommends it.

Self Breast Examinations

Check your breasts once a month

Get to know how your breasts look and feel. Look for any changes from one month to the next. Checking your breasts takes just a few minutes. Choose a day in each month, while you are not on your period, that is easy for you to remember.

Check your whole breast area

This is the area from your armpit to just below the breasts; over the middle of your chest up to your collarbone.

Lie flat on your back

Put one arm over your head and a pillow under this shoulder. Start under the armpit with your other hand. You will be checking the whole breast area up and down.

Move your fingers in small circles

Use the flat part of your fingers. Make 3 little circles. First press gently, then press a little deeper and finally press as deep as you can. Without lifting your fingers, move them down a little. Make 3 more little circles the same way. Keep making circles. Little by little, move your fingers until you have felt below your breast.

Check every inch of your breast

Feel in little circles. Keep going up and down. Raise your other arm and follow the same steps on the other breast.

Stand in front of a mirror

Look at the size and shape of your breasts and note any changes. Look at your skin and again, note any changes. Look at your nipples and squeeze them to check for fluid.

You can make a difference by doing these three things

  1. Check your breasts every month.
  2. Have your health care provider check your breasts once a year. The health care provider will look and feel for changes in your breasts.
  3. Talk with your doctor or nurse about when you should have a mammogram.  www.womens-clinic.org

 

Mufti Abu Layth … a Salafi


 

THE KUFR OF A MORON MASQUERADING AS A ‘MUFTI’

Q. A scholar, Mufti Abu Layth has published some very queer views which appear to be in conflict with the Shariah. The following are some of his views:

  • Women may travel without a Mahram
  • A woman may pluck her eyebrows
  • Women may cut their hair
  • Wearing Niqaab is not permissible
  • Wearing the trousers below the ankles is permissible, and in fact necessary.

 

Please comment on these fatwas.

 

A. This flotsam disgorged by the jaahil is not ‘fatwas’. This disgorgement of rubbish is in fact the kufr excrement of his nafs. This moron character is a perfect example of the Signs of Qiyaamah. In fact, he is a manifestation of the Truth of Rasulullah’s Nubuwwat. One of the evidences of the Truth of a Nabi is the fulfilment of his predictions. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had predicted the appearance of miniature dajjaals and jaahil ‘muftis’ of the type of this human shaitaan.

The corruption of the rubbish he utters is so conspicuous and so self-evident to even the layman that it requires no Ilmi (academic) response. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Verily, I fear for my Ummah the Aimmah who mislead.” The world today abounds with deviate juhhaal who masquerade as Ulama. About these juhhaal, Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that the ignoramuses will refer to them. These juhhaal will issue ‘fatwas’ of jahaalat. They will be astray and lead others astray.

Never should such juhala be questioned on Deeni issues. In fact, looking at theirmabghoodh, mal-oon faces is also fraught with danger to one’s Imaan. They emit a terrible stench of kufr and Satanism.

28 Jamadiyuth Thaani 1435 – 29 April 2014

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THE VOTING INK

Q. When voting, a coloured ink is applied to the thumb nail. This colour remains on the nail for a few days despite washing. Will wudhu be valid?

A. If it is only ink, it does not form an impervious layer to prevent water. It should be washed thoroughly. The mark will not affect wudhu. Only if it forms an impervious layer as cutex does, will wudhu not be valid. We are not aware of the texture of the substance. If it is established that the substance remains on the nail  as a non-porous  layer, then it will not be permissible to vote because wudhu and ghusl will not be valid.

Family planning in Islam


 Question: Assalam o Alekum,

I am a muslim from Delhi, I have few queries related to family planning and
abortion in Islam. I would be grateful to you if you kindly clarify the
matter.

1. Is family planning allowed in Islam? if so, what are the conditions?
2. Is Abortion is allowed in Islam? if so, what are conditions?
3. is it allowed in Islam to provide legal safe abortion  services?

As per Indian law Abortion is allowed in following four conditions, please
suggest if these are at par with Islamic laws:

1. if mother’s life is in danger
2. If child is detected as potential disable
3. if pregnancy is a result of rape
4. if family planning methods failed and family doesn’t want the child.

 Anwser:

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful *


Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

We acknowledge receipt of your enquiries and the response follows
hereunder:



   1. THE DECEPTION OF FAMILY PLANNING & BIRTH CONTROL:-



It is an unacceptable (in terms of Shar’iah) “excuse” for implementing *birth
control; Family planning is what the media generally bombards us with the

“global population explosion”. Western Media is very subtly indoctrinating
the minds of naïve people to think that if the growth of world population
is not curbed and stifled, the world could be shortly facing a food
shortage crisis.

As Muslims, we cannot ratify and accept the so-called “foregone
conclusions” and “projected forecasts” in the media that “ominously” warn
us about the world population reaching 5 billion in the next 40 years and
then increasing in leaps and bounds to reach alarming and astronomical
proportions in years to come. The reason for this is obvious to a Muslim;
it is our belief that Allah Ta’ala alone knows exactly what the future
holds for mankind at large. It does not necessarily mean that because the

world population has doubled in the last 40 years, it HAS to increase two
or three fold within the next 40 years as well. Some catastrophic event

“There is no living creature on earth but its sustenance depends entirely
upon Allah Ta’ala.” [Al-Qur’aan 11:6]

Our duty is to become law-abiding servants of Allah Ta’ala and then have
faith and trust in Him that He will create and provide enough food for all.
Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan: –

And if anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is Allah for him.”
[65:23].

Islam in fact teaches us to practise the exact opposite of birth control
and family planning. In a Hadith Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

has encouraged us to increase *our progeny: –



“Marry those women who show great affection and who are highly fertile;

for surely I shall feel honoured (on the Day of Qiyamah) due to your large

numbers.” ( Mishkaat, Pg. 267).*

An inquiring mind may raise the question that if we are going to increase
our progeny, where are we going to get the food for the extra mouths? Well,
the solution to that question has also been provided by Rasulullah
(Sallallahu alayhi wasallam): –

“Sustenance is provided for you due to the barakah (blessings) of your
innocent and weak subordinates.” [Al-Hadeeth].

In other words, the more dependants one has, the more Allah Ta’ala
increases sustenance.

As far as the Western World’s so-called “solution” of abortion is
concerned, such a callous step would be tantamount to murdering one’s own
offspring. The Qur’aan says: –

“Kill not your children for fear of want; We shall provide for them as
well as for you. Surely, killing them is a great sin.” [Al-Qur’aan, 17:31].

In a similar vein, birth control has also been likened to burying a child
alive (as was quoted earlier on from a Hadeeth of Mishkaat), because one is
basically “killing” sperm that has the potential of initiating conception
in the womb of the mother.

Hence, to resort to birth control and abortion merely due to the fear that
one will not be able to provide for the extra mouths is something that is
severely condemned and shunned by Islam.

Islam does not provide solutions in the guise of barbaric and nonsensical
theories such as unwarranted abortions and birth-control policies. Islam’s
solutions are simple and forthright and those are that we should:-

(i) Strengthen our Imaan and carry out the commandments of Allah Ta’ala,
thereby attracting His Mercies and Bounties.

(ii) Continue to increase the numbers of the Muslim Ummah.

(iii) Make the effort on our part in earning income from Halaal sources.

(iv)Place our trust in Allah Ta’ala that He will give Barakah in our
earnings and allow it to suffice for all our dependants.

(v) Utilize whatever is left over in channels of Zakaat and Lillah so as to
assist those who are less fortunate.

If we were to implement this five-point strategy, we would Insha-Allah
bring about a better world to live in and there would be little or no
starving mouths left to feed.

Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’aan:-

“He who fears Allah Ta’ala, for him He prepares a way out, and He provides
for him from sources he could never imagine.”  [65:2]

Look at the unique power of having trust in Allah Ta’ala, as extolled in
the following Hadith:-

*” Surely if you will trust Allah Ta’ala as you really ought to, then He

will provide for you in the same way as He provides for the birds who rise
and leave early in the morning with hungry stomachs but return in the

evening fully nourished and satiated.” (Mishkaat, Pg. 452).*

“These are events of the Unseen which We reveal by inspiration unto thee.”
[Al-Qur’aan, Surah Yusuf, 12:102].

Let us rather ponder over the imminent signs of Qiyaamah so that we can
prepare ourselves adequately for the Aakhirah. The Western World’s  “probing”
into the future is based merely on speculation which creates unnecessary
panic and pandemonium and causes the masses to indulge in Haraam acts such
as unwarranted birth control exercises, abortions, etc.

   1. ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE ON ABORTION:-

(Al-Mahmood by Mufti Ebrahim Desai)



Almighty Allah Ta’ala says in the Quran: “Life is from a decree of my
Lord.” (Surah 12 Verse 85). The above verse is self explanatory on the

sanctity and significance of life. Generally every decree is from Allah
Ta’ala but the honour of attribution increases its sanctity and demands its
highest level of reverence. This command is mentioned in many verses of the

Noble Quran – Allah Ta’ala says: *”Whosoever has spared the life of a soul,

it is as though he has spared the life of all people. Whosoever has killed

a soul, it is as though he has murdered all of mankind.”* (Surah 5 Verse 32)

The above should suffice to express the sanctity of the Rooh (life). The
Noble Qur’an describes the various stages of man’s primordial development
but it does not specify the exact duration of each state. In one verse of

the Noble Qur’an, Almighty Allah Ta’ala says, *”Man, We did create from a

quintessence (of clay); then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place
of rest, firmly fixed; then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed
blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then We made out of that
lump bones, and clothed the bones with flesh; then We developed out of it

another creature: So blessed be Allah, the best to create.”* (Surah 23

Verses 12 and 14)

In a Hadith related by Bukhari and Muslim, our beloved Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Verily the creation of each one of you
is brought together in his mother’s belly for forty days in the form of a
seed, then he is a clot of blood for a like period, then an angel is sent
to him who blows the breath of life into him…”

Based on the above references, Muslim jurists have deduced that the first
four months (120 days) of gestation is the crucial time period. After this
the foetus is regarded as being ‘alive’ and an abortion is not permissible
for any reason whatsoever; and, should an abortion be done then it would
constitute murder. Thus an abortion may be performed within the 120 days

period only if there is a valid Shar’ee reason. (Family Planning and
Abortion, by Qaadhi Mujahidul Islam, published by the IMA of South Africa)

Ta’ala says, “And do not assist in sin”. (Surah 5 Aayat 2).

The Fuqaha have explained the extent of the prohibition in assisting in
sin. If the assistance is the motivating factor and the only reason for
committing the sin, then such assistance is prohibited. For example, a
person provokes a non- Muslim by speaking evil about his idols; he in turn
speaks evil of Allah (Allah forbid). The provocation was the motivating
factor of speaking evil of Allah. Similarly, if a person deals in such
things that are used only for committing sin, for example, the sale of
musical items, then that assistance is sinful and forbidden.

If the assistance is not the motivating factor for committing the sin but
the sin is committed by an independent perpetrator, for example, a hawker
sells grapes to a person who makes wine. The hawker does not know the
intention of the consumer; neither does he make the wine himself. The
selling of grapes by the hawker will not be assisting in sin.

A Muslim health professional is duty bound to obey the laws of Shari’ah in
his profession. The role of the doctor in abortion is analogous to a person
who deals in things used only to commit sin. Therefore he cannot perform an
abortion prohibited in the Shari’ah, for example, after 120 days or even
motivate such an abortion.

   1. If the patient is determined to have an abortion prohibited in the

   Shariah, then it is not permissible for the doctor to make any referrals.
By doing so, he/she will be assisting in sin.

   1. a) If the medical personnel are not aware that the patient requires

   abortion (which is prohibited in the Shari’ah), then these services will
not be regarded as assisting in sin. If they are aware of the patient’s
intention of having a prohibited abortion in the Shari’ah, then it is not
permissible for them to offer their services in clerking such patients.

b) Writing out a prescription for an abortifacient patient drug as well as
physically handing the drug for abortion is prohibited in the Shari’ah as
that will be assisting in sin, hence not permissible.

c) To evacuate the uterus after partial abortion and treating a patient
from sepsis shock, etc. after abortion is permissible. The service of the
doctor is after the patient has committed the sin.

   1. a) If the anaesthetist is aware that the patient is undergoing an

   abortion, he or she cannot provide his or her services.

b) A Muslim anaesthetist may offer his or her service in a miscarriage even
though he or she discovers that the miscarriage is due to a premeditated
termination. According to our understanding the anesthetist will not induce
the miscarriage.

   1. It is not permissible for a Muslim pharmacist to dispense medication

   prescribed to induce an abortion prohibited in the Shari’ah since it will
be assisting in a sinful act.

   1. It is permissible for Muslim nursing staff to nurse patients during

   the pain and bleeding following the abortion.

The second part of your queries about the Indian Laws of Abortion has
already been answered in detail above.

May Allah guide all of us to the straight path, and guide us to that which
pleases Him.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best *



Wassalamu Alaykum

Ml. Mohammad Ashhad bin Said

Correspondence Iftaa Student, Mauritius



Checked and Approved by:




Mufti Ebrahim Desai Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In’aamiyyah*

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Breast feeding at night


Nighttime Breastfeeding: How Does it Affect Maternal Mental Health?

Author // Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC  http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Breastfeeding/nighttime-breastfeedinghow-does-it-affect-maternal-mental-health.html

There is a movement afoot in childbirth education and perinatal health, urging mothers to avoid nighttime breastfeeding to decrease their risk for postpartum depression. We know that if mothers follow this advice, it will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. But let’s put that issue aside for the moment, and consider whether avoiding nighttime breastfeeding will preserve women’s mental health by allowing them to get more sleep. In short, is this good advice?

 

In a 2004 study of 33 mothers at four weeks postpartum, researchers Quillin and Glenn found that mothers who were breastfeeding slept more than mothers who were bottle-feeding. Data was collected via questionnaire that recorded five days of mother and newborn sleep. When comparing whether co-sleeping made a difference in total sleep, the researchers found that bedsharing, breastfeeding mothers got the most sleep, and breastfeeding mothers who didn’t share their beds got the least. Mothers who were bottle-feeding got the same amount of sleep whether their babies were with them or in another room.At first glance, it may seem to be. Since breast milk is lower in fat and protein than formula, we might assume that breastfeeding mothers sleep less than their formula-feeding counterparts. And when a mother’s mental health is at stake, avoiding nighttime breastfeeding might be worth the risk. However, recent research has revealed the opposite: Breastfeeding mothers actually get more sleep—particularly when the baby is in proximity to the mother. And that has major implications for their mental health. So if you want one more good reason for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies, there it is.

Sleep patterns of 72 couples were compared up to one month postpartum via sleep diaries and wrist actigraphy. Most of the mothers (94 percent) were at least partially breastfeeding and 80 percent were exclusively breastfeeding. Most of the babies slept in their parents’ rooms, and 51 percent slept in their parents’ beds. Sleep and fatigue outcomes were not associated with type of birth, parent-infant bed-sharing, or the babies’ ages. Mothers who were exclusively breastfeeding had a greater number of nighttime wakings compared with mothers who were not breastfeeding exclusively. The exclusively breastfeeding mothers slept approximately 20 minutes longer than mothers not exclusively breastfeeding.

In a 2007 study of mothers and fathers at three months postpartum, data was collected via wrist actigraphy. The study compared sleep of exclusively breastfed infants versus those supplemented with formula. In this sample, 67 percent were breastfed exclusively, 23 percent were fed a combination of breast milk and formula, and 10 percent were exclusively formula fed. Mothers who exclusively breastfed slept an average of 40 minutes longer than mothers who supplemented, while mothers of formula-fed infants had more sleep disturbances. The researchers concluded that mothers who are supplementing with formula under the assumption that they are going to get more sleep should be encouraged to breastfeed so they will get an extra 30-45 minutes of sleep per night.

Not only do breastfeeding mothers get more sleep, but the sleep they get is of better quality. A 2002 study compared 12 exclusively breastfeeding women, 12 age-matched control women, and seven women who were exclusively bottle-feeding. They found that total sleep time and REM sleep time were similar in the three groups of women. The marked difference between the groups was in the amount of slow-wave sleep (SWS). The breastfeeding mothers got an average of 182 minutes of SWS. Women in the control group had an average of 86 minutes. And the exclusively bottle-feeding women averaged 63 minutes. Among the breastfeeding women, there was a compensatory reduction in light, non-REM sleep. Slow-wave sleep is an important marker of sleep quality, and those with a lower percentage of slow-wave sleep report more daytime fatigue.

The most recent study was published in Sleep, a major sleep-medicine journal not necessarily known for its support of breastfeeding. The 2009 study included 2,830 women at 7 weeks postpartum. It found that disrupted sleep was a major risk factor for postpartum depression. But here’s where it really gets interesting. When considering what disrupted sleep, the researchers found that the following factors were related to disturbed sleep: depression, previous sleep problems, being a first-time mother, a younger or male infant, and not exclusively breastfeeding. In other words, mothers who were not exclusively breastfeeding had more disrupted sleep and a higher risk of depression.

The results of these studies are remarkably consistent. Breastfeeding mothers are less tired and get more sleep than their formula- or mixed-feeding counterparts—and this lowers their risk for depression. Doan and colleagues noted that using supplementation as a coping strategy for minimizing sleep loss can actually be detrimental because of its impact on prolactin hormone production and secretion. Breastfeeding continuation and success, as well as deep restorative sleep, may be greatly compromised for new mothers who supplement during the night with formula.

In sum, advising women to avoid nighttime breastfeeding to lessen their risk of depression is not medically sound. In fact, if women follow this advice, it may actually increase their risk of depression.

 

About the Author:

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and international board-certified lactation consultant. She is clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, and editor-in-chief of Clinical Lactation. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is author of more than 260 articles, book chapters and other publications, and is author or editor of 20 books on the subjects of maternal depression, trauma and breastfeeding. She can be found online at uppitysciencechick.com.

– See more at: http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Breastfeeding/nighttime-breastfeedinghow-does-it-affect-maternal-mental-health.html#sthash.QbSPwmFj.dpuf

The Real Danger in America: Hospital Birth


As tempting as it is to make emotional arguments against the safety of home birth, asFeministe did recently, it’s not home births that are driving America’s high rates of maternal and fetal death.

It’s hospital birth.

America has among the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country.

Even more disturbingly, in the hospital there are 34,000 “near misses” a year (severe pregnancy-related events that nearly cause death), up 25 percent from 1998.

Our infant mortality rates, as this CIA World Fact book chart shows, are similarly ignominious, higher than in most of the developed world.

But Amy Tuteur, MD, and many practicing obstetricians would like women to believe home birth is dangerous.

“Dr. Amy” is a former physician who let her medical license lapse in 2003 and now spends her time heckling writers on-line. When I wrote a post on reasons to breastfeed, she commented that breastfeeding leads to newborn death and accused me of being anti-feminist.

Despite that she has become a go-to expert for journalists like the Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg. Tuteur is wrong.

Less than one percent of births in America take place at home; the tiny number of women having home births cannot be responsible for our poor outcomes. (Full disclosure: I’ve had two homebirths and one unassisted birth.)

As Jennifer Block mentions in her response to the Daily Beast, we know from more than half a dozen large-scale studies carried out in several different countries, includingEngland and the Netherlands (where almost a third of babies are born at home), that planned home birth with competent attendants is as safe as or safer than hospital birth.

It’s devastating when a baby dies in childbirth.

The stories on Amy’s Hurt by Homebirth blog are full of anguish.

They’re worth reading, especially because you’ll see when you do that as of July 10, 2012, the blog had not been updated in more than six months and that some problems in these heart-wrenching stories actually arose from hospital, not home birth, mistakes.

In this story the emergency room doctor denied the woman was in labor and told her to suck it up (“These are pregnancy symptoms. Get used to it”), despite the fact she was 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant, exhausted, and asking for help.

The doctor sent her home.

You’ll also read about neonatal deaths caused by midwife incompetence, which I’ve unfortunately experienced firsthand, which my husband—who serves on our state’s board that regulates midwifery—works to prevent, and which is often more publicized and certainly just as inexcusable as obstetrician incompetence.

A Lack of Evidence-Based Medicine

Still, more than 97 percent of American births take place in the hospital, as opposed to at home or a birthing center.

The question we really need to ask is: What’s going wrong with hospital birth and why?

Three years ago Cyndi Sellers had her son at Oregon’s Rogue Valley Medical Center. After her water broke two weeks before the estimated due date, Cyndi—29 years old, healthy, having a low-risk pregnancy—was induced with Cytotec.

 Cytotec, a drug to fight ulcers, has never been approved by the FDA for use to induce pregnancy.

In 2000 when the drug’s manufacturer realized it was being routinely used to jumpstart labor, they issued a warning to doctors against it.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Cytotec should not be used in pregnancy as it “may cause miscarriage, premature labor, or birth defects.”

Cytotec can also cause uterine rupture, uterine hyperstimulation, and amniotic fluid embolism, a rare but often fatal complication.

Then Cyndi was given Pitocin, a synthetic hormone that, according to the manufacturer’s insert, has never been tested for safety in pregnancy.

Going from having no contractions to being slammed with contractions with no break was excruciating. So Cyndi accepted an epidural, dilating quickly after that.

When it was time to push her baby out, Cyndi lay on her back with little feeling in her pelvis or legs.

The two nurses in the room, along with her husband and mom, looked at a monitor to see when Cyndi was having contractions to instruct her to push.

When the doctor on call finally bolted into the room after being repeatedly paged (Cyndi overheard the nurses say Dr. King was taking forever because of family visiting from out of town), she was wearing a Tie-dye T-shirt and her hair was wet as if she’d just been swimming.

The doctor immediately cut an episiotomy.

One cut wasn’t enough so she made a second.

Cyndi’s mom, who was watching, told Cyndi later that she was horrified at the length.

It took weeks for Cyndi to urinate without extreme pain.

Even now things still “don’t feel right” down there.

For over 25 years obstetricians routinely did episiotomies on laboring women.

“A number of observational studies and randomized trials, however, showed that routine episiotomy is associated with an increased incident of anal sphincter and rectal tears,” write the authors of Williams Obstetrics (23rd edition, p. 401, their emphasis), including a four to sixfold risk of fecal or flatus incontinence.

The evidence is abundant and unequivocal: episiotomies are proven to be more painful and more damaging to women than spontaneous tears. But despite the evidence, hurried doctors continue to perform them.

By Jennifer Margulis

The Real Problems: Skyrocketing Cesareans, For-Profit Medicine, Lack of Choice

Stuart Fischbein, M.D., an obstetrician with 30 years experience who runs a robust home birth practice in collaboration with midwives in Southern California, believes the obsession with home birth is a smoke screen to mask our C-section and maternal mortality rates.

“It’s a distraction from the real problems,” Fischbein says.

The real problems: A dangerously and unacceptably high doctor-endorsed C-section rate (over 32 percent), a for-profit medical system that puts money over moms, and a lack of childbirth choices, especially for women who have had previous C-sections, so severe it drives some families to choose unassisted VBAC birth.

When you do the research yourself, you’ll find the most scientific birth is the least technological, that midwife-assisted birth is actually associated with safer outcomes than obstetrician-assisted birth, and that countries with lower fetal and maternal mortality rates are also places where medicine is not a for-profit institution.

Scaring women from home birth and arresting midwives will not make our birth system safer. Encouraging collaboration between doctors and midwives, practicing evidence-based medicine, and taking the profit out of obstetrics will.

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.
Co-author, The Baby Bonding Book for Dads and author, The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line (forthcoming from Scribner, April 2013). Learn more at her website, follow her on Twitter (at JenniferMarguli, no “s.”)

Those falsely accuse chaste, unaware and believing women…..


24:23
Sahih International

Indeed, those who [falsely] accuse chaste, unaware and believing women are cursed in this world and the Hereafter; and they will have a great punishment

24:24
Sahih International

On a Day when their tongues, their hands and their feet will bear witness against them as to what they used to do.

Can women cut their hair for no reason?


Masa’lah: It is not permissible to remove a portion of the hair whilst leaving the remaining portion intact. This is referred to as Qaza’ in Arabic.

Masa’lah: It is not permissible for women to shave or cut their hair. However, it is permissible on medical grounds. Nabi sallallahu alaihi wa sallam prohibited free women from allowing their hair to drop onto the shoulders (by cutting it short). (Faidul Qadeer, vol 6, page312) A woman who cuts her hair imitates a man and Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam cursed those women who emulate males. Emulation of the kuffar is also haram. Nabi sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said that one who imitates a nation becomes of them. It is the style of non-Muslim women to cut their hair. It is also in conflict with the natural beauty which Allah has bestowed to a woman. Allah Tala has chosen long hair for women and short hair for males. According to a hadith of Nabi sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, Allah has created a special group of angels whose duty it is to perpetually hymn the following tasbeeh: “Glory unto Allah who has glorified men with beards and women with long hair.” Acting in violation of this natural virtue bestowed by Allah Tala is a major sin. According to the Quran (4:119), when Allah expelled shaitan from the heavens, he took an oath that he will mislead human beings by inducing them to change and tamper with their natural appearances. A woman cutting her natural long hair acts in fulfillment of shaitan’s pledge of misguidance. It is a satanic act ensuing in the wake of the adoption of western profligacy.  Many unwary or misinformed women are being led astray by a Hadith appearing in Muslim Shareef which states that the wives of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam used to trim the hair of their heads until it reached a length likewafrah. [Wafrah has different meanings: It may be hair collected upon the head or hair hanging down upon the ears or hair extending to the lobes of the ears only. (Lanes Arabic – English Lexicon)] On the basis of such Ahadith, many women had been misled to cut their tresses short. However the apparent meaning is a far cry from the actual meaning of the Hadith. Hadhrat Thanwi, in response to such misinterpretations states: “There are numerous authentic Ahadith prohibiting the cutting of hair for women. As for the afore-mentioned Hadith, it constitutes numerous probabilities – i.e. the purport of the Hadith is indefinite. Therefore, it’s prohibition remains intact and permissibility null and void. Also, the object of cutting is to emulate the kuffar. Hence, another notch to enhance its prohibition. Secondly, the word ‘wafrah‘ as stated in the length of their hair also signifies a length of hair falling well below the shoulders – (as recorded by Ismaee’).” Another factor to be noted is that the Hadith is mentioned under the chapter of Ghusl, thereby indicating that they (the wives) collected their hair on their heads and these lopped up to the ears whilst bathing. Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Uthmani has explained this Hadith in the following words: – “In my opinion, the Hadith explains that the wives of the Apostle (may peace be upon him) used to curtail the hanging hair and bind them on the back of their heads or on their heads as is commonly done by old ladies of our time or by women while taking a bath, especially after washing the head. If the hair is not twisted and is allowed to hang down, the water trickles down over the body.” (Fathul-Mulhim vol.1 p. 472) Hence, it is totally prohibited for women to distort their long tresses by cutting them, and the Hadith apparently condoning such a practice holds no weight whatsoever as far as granting them permission to cut their hair is concerned.

 http://darululoom-deoband.com/english/books/masailofhair.htm#hairofhead

Somali muslimah wears niqaab to cover shattered face


Somali woman Ayan Mohamed waits 23 years for surgery to fix shattered face

 

(CNN) — Ayan Mohamed wears a niqab that covers her face, not for religious reasons but to hide what lies beneath.

“She wears it to cover the deformity. She covers it because people would stare, children would cry,” says Edna Adan Ismail, Somaliland’s former foreign minister and first lady. “It’s not easy to look at.”

Ismail founded the region’s first maternity hospital, The Edna Adan University Hospital. The facility is now a bustling general clinic providing care to all.

For 11 years, she’s been seeking help to repair Mohamed’s face, which was torn apart by shrapnel during the Somali Civil War. Mohamed was just two years old when she was injured.

She is now 25 and can’t close her right eye. Food falls from the hole in her cheek when she tries to eat. She’s long learned to deal with stares and awkward questions.

“The hardest thing for her is when somebody asks what happened to her face,” Ismail says, translating the softly spoken words from Mohamed, who’s seated beside her. “It just hurts me,” Mohamed says.

They’re sitting at a press conference in Brisbane, Australia, a shiny modern city some 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) — and a world away — from her home and her daughter in Burao, northwest Somaliland in the Horn of Africa. Her child, Marwa, is just two years old, the same age as Mohamed when she was so horrifically injured.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. John Arvier from the Wesley Hospital is explaining the extent of the damage to her face and what’s going to be done to fix it by a team of experts, who are offering their services for free.

“Essentially Ayan is missing most of the tissue of her midface from the bottom part of the eye socket, the whole top jaw and most of the cheekbone and her palate,” Arvier says.

“The surgery will involve replacing, with a small synthetic implant, the rim of the eye socket. Then the bulk of the missing tissue will be replaced by muscle that comes up under the cheekbone on the side of the head.”

The hardest thing for her is when somebody asks what happened to her face.
Edna Adan Ismail

Skin taken from her forearm will be moved to her face, and a plastic surgeon will also use cartilage from her ear to rebuild her nostril. Extensive dental work will then be needed to reshape her smile.

From behind her veil, Mohamed expresses her faith in the team of surgeons. “I’m confident, I’m not worried.”

Ismail adds, “She’s a brave woman. She’s had to live with this a long time… she’s very relaxed. I’m the one who’s falling apart.”

She first heard of Mohamed’s plight when the girl’s mother went to her hospital several years ago seeking help. Then, the hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland had been open just one year and didn’t have the expertise to deal with Mohamed’s problems. It still doesn’t.

Ismail spread the word about Mohamed’s injuries and a website was built. Photos were taken. And, since it was uploaded to YouTube in 2009, a video about Mohamed’s need for help has been viewed more than two million times.

Two years ago, a group of Rotarians in Australia met and vowed to bring Mohamed to the country for surgery. It wasn’t easy.

There’s no postal service in Somaliland so something as simple as sending a letter required outside help. And then there was the travel — Mohamed had to travel hundreds of kilometers to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for scans, x-rays and assessments.

Just when the medical challenges seemed to have been resolved, the Australian government refused Mohamed’s visa application. It was the second time a country had denied her approval to enter because her injuries weren’t deemed to be life threatening.

“Since this is not a growing cancer or a heart condition or a situation that could kill her overnight, I guess some people would classify that as not life threatening,” Ismail says. “But then when you’re a young women what’s more life threatening than not having a face?”

“The first visa denial was from the United States, and that was hard. And then when the visa was denied a second time in Australia, we thought ‘who will have the courage to tell this to Ayan?’,” she says.

She saw a river for the first time yesterday… and walking up to this conference room she saw fish in a fish tank for the first time.
Edna Adan Ismail

“Here’s a woman who’s only begging to have medical treatment which she’s not able to access anywhere else. I’m glad that the decision was reversed,” she adds.

Since Mohamed arrived in Brisbane there have been a number of firsts.

“She saw a river for the first time yesterday,” Ismail says. “And walking up to this conference room she saw fish in a fish tank for the first time.

“She rode an elevator for the first time (and) we had a few lessons to learn how to ride the escalator — we had a few almost-trips but we’re here,” she laughs.

Ayan will undergo surgery on Saturday. Recovery will take weeks, if not months.

When the scars have healed Ayan hopes to be able to face the world for the first time with nothing to hide.

“She says she’s looking forward to removing this,” Ismail says, motioning toward the black niqab that cloaks Ayan’s features, “and to have a face like everyone else.”

More Women in Hell than Men and Their Deficiency in Religion and Intelligence


By Ebrahim Saifuddin

 

women_in_hellحدثنا سعيد بن أبي مريم قال أخبرنا محمد بن جعفر قال أخبرني زيد هو ابن أسلم عن عياض بن عبد الله عن أبي سعيد الخدري قال خرج رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في أضحى أو فطر إلى المصلى فمر على النساء فقال يا معشر النساء تصدقن فإني أريتكن أكثر أهل النار فقلن وبم يا رسول الله قال تكثرن اللعن وتكفرن العشير ما رأيت من ناقصات عقل ودين أذهب للب الرجل الحازم من إحداكن قلن وما نقصان ديننا وعقلنا يا رسول الله قال أليس شهادة المرأة مثل نصف شهادة الرجل قلن بلى قال فذلك من نقصان عقلها أليس إذا حاضت لم تصل ولم تصم قلن بلى قال فذلك من نقصان دينها۔ بخاری، کتاب الحیض، باب ترک الحائض الصوم

It is related that Abu Sa’id al-Khudri رضي الله عنه said, “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ, set out to the place of prayer on the Day of Adha or Fitr and passed by the women. He said, ‘O congregation of women! Give alms for I have seen that you will make up the majority of the inhabitants of the Fire!’ They said, ‘Why, Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘You call down too many curses and show ingratitude to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intellect or deen. Yet the mind of even a resolute man might be swept away by one of you.’ They said, ‘In what way is our deen and intellect deficient, Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘Is not the testimony of a woman worth only half that of a man?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is how your intellect is deficient. Is it not so that when a woman is menstruating, she neither prays nor fasts?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is how her deen is deficient.'” – (Bukhari; Book of Menstruation, Chapter of Menstruating Women Abstaining from Fast)
Majority of the Dwellers of Hell
A number of questions have been raised regarding the above-mentioned Hadith which is reported in a number of collections. The first objection raised is regarding more women being dwellers of Hell-fire. This statement has been reported in both Bukhari and Muslim.

The narration in Muslim is as follows:

حدثنا هداب بن خالد حدثنا حماد بن سلمة ح وحدثني زهير بن حرب حدثنا معاذ بن معاذ العنبري ح وحدثني محمد بن عبد الأعلى حدثنا المعتمر ح وحدثنا إسحق بن إبراهيم أخبرنا جرير كلهم عن سليمان التيمي ح وحدثنا أبو كامل فضيل بن حسين واللفظ له حدثنا يزيد بن زريع حدثنا التيمي عن أبي عثمان عن أسامة بن زيد قال  قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قمت على باب الجنة فإذا عامة من دخلها المساكين وإذا أصحاب الجد محبوسون إلا أصحاب النار فقد أمر بهم إلى النار وقمت على باب النار فإذا عامة من دخلها النساء۔ مسلم، کتاب الرقاق، باب أكثر أهل الجنة الفقراء وأكثر أهل النار النساء وبيان الفتنة بالنساء

Usama bin Zaid رضي الله عنه reported that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “I stood at the door of Paradise and I found that the overwhelming majority of those who entered therein was that of poor persons and the wealthy persons were detained to get into that. The denizens of Hell were commanded to get into Hell, and I stood upon the door of Fire and the majority amongst them who entered there was that of women.” – (Muslim; Kitabul Riqaq, Chapter of Majority of People of Jannah are the Poor and Majority of the People of Hell are Women and Fitnah by Women)

These Ahadith suggest that the population of women will be more than men in Hell. In another Hadith reported in Sahih Bukhari it is stated:

It is related from Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “The first group to enter the Garden will be like the moon on the night of the full moon. They will not need to spit nor blow their noses nor defecate. Their vessels will be golden and their combs will be gold and silver. Their braziers will burn fragrant aloes-wood and their perspiration will be like musk. Each of them will have two wives, so beautiful that the marrow of their thighs will be able to be seen through the flesh, and there will be no disagreement between them nor any ill will. Their hearts will be one, glorifying Allah morning and evening.” – (Bukhari; Book of Beginning of Creation, Chapter of What has come about the description of the Garden and that it is created)

In this Hadith it is observed that people entering Jannah will all have two wives. When some people were discussing the issue of whether there will be more men or women in Jannah, Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه assessed that there will be more women in Jannah and this narration is reported in Sahih Muslim as follows:

حدثني عمرو الناقد ويعقوب بن إبراهيم الدورقي جميعا عن ابن علية واللفظ ليعقوب قالا حدثنا إسمعيل ابن علية أخبرنا أيوب عن محمد قال  إما تفاخروا وإما تذاكروا الرجال في الجنة أكثر أم النساء فقال أبو هريرة أو لم يقل أبو القاسم صلى الله عليه وسلم إن أول زمرة تدخل الجنة على صورة القمر ليلة البدر والتي تليها على أضوإ كوكب دري في السماء لكل امرئ منهم زوجتان اثنتان يرى مخ سوقهما من وراء اللحم وما في الجنة أعزب۔ مسلم، كتاب الجنة وصفة نعيمها وأهلها، باب أول زمرة تدخل الجنة على صورة القمر ليلة البدر وصفاتهم وأزواجهم

“Muhammad reported that some (people) stated with a sense of pride and some discussed whether there would be more men in Paradise or more women. It was upon this that Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that Abu’l Qasim ﷺ said: The first group to get into Paradise would have their faces as bright as full moon during the night, and the next to this group would have their faces as bright as the shining stars in the sky, and every person would have two wives and the marrow of their shanks would glimmer beneath the flesh and there would be none without a wife in Paradise.” (Muslim; Book Pertaining to Paradise, Its Description, Its Bounties and Its Intimates, Chapter of First Group to Enter Paradise will have Faces Bright as Moon, Their Description and Their Wives)

This shows that the number of women will be higher than the men in Jannah. However, a question arises that how can women be majority in both Hell and Heaven. Imam Nawawi رحمة اللہ علیه in Sharh Muslim (First Edition; al-Matba’ah al-Misriyyah bil Azhar, v.17 pg 172) has written:

قال القاضي : ظاهر هذا الحديث أن النساء أكثر أهل الجنة . وفي الحديث الآخر أنهن أكثر أهل النار ، قال : فيخرج من مجموع هذا أن النساء أكثر ولد آدم

“Al-Qadhi said: ‘It is apparent from this Hadith that most of the people of Jannah are women, and from the other Hadith most of the people of Hell are women. What one can understand from both these Ahadith is that majority of the children of Adam are women.’”

Mufti Taqi Usmani is quoted in In’amul Bari (v.1 pg 454) to have stated:

“Some people have stated that this is not an issue as there can be a majority of women in both places. This answer will be acceptable when it is stated that the majority of the population of the world is of women.
But to state this is difficult as by the population of the world it is meant, the collective population that was since the beginning and will be till the end of time. However in a Hadith it is stated that towards the end of times the ratio of women will be more than men and in some countries we see this condition today.”

A Hadith in Sahih Bukhari confirms:

حدثنا مسدد قال حدثنا يحيى عن شعبة عن قتادة عن أنس بن مالك  قال لأحدثنكم حديثا لا يحدثكم أحد بعدي سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول من أشراط الساعة أن يقل العلم ويظهر الجهل ويظهر الزنا وتكثر النساء ويقل الرجال حتى يكون لخمسين امرأة القيم الواحد۔ بخاری، كتاب العلم، باب رفع العلم وظهور الجهل

“Anas رضي الله عنه said, ‘I am relating a hadith to you which no one after me will relate to you. I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say, ‘Among the signs of the Hour are that knowledge becomes negligible, ignorance appears, fornication appears, and there are many women and few men so that one man has to look after fifty women.’” (Bukhari; Book of Knowledge, Chapter of Disappearance of Knowledge and Appearance of Ignorance)

Some have also stated that these wives are from the Hoorul ‘Ayn and they gather support for this from another Hadith which is as follows:

وحدثنا قتيبة بن سعيد حدثنا عبد الواحد يعني ابن زياد عن عمارة بن القعقاع حدثنا أبو زرعة قال سمعت أبا هريرة يقول قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أول من يدخل الجنة ح وحدثنا قتيبة بن سعيد وزهير بن حرب واللفظ لقتيبة قالا حدثنا جرير عن عمارة عن أبي زرعة عن أبي هريرة قال  قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن أول زمرة يدخلون الجنة على صورة القمر ليلة البدر والذين يلونهم على أشد كوكب دري في السماء إضاءة لا يبولون ولا يتغوطون ولا يمتخطون ولا يتفلون أمشاطهم الذهب ورشحهم المسك ومجامرهم الألوة وأزواجهم الحور العين أخلاقهم على خلق رجل واحد على صورة أبيهم آدم ستون ذراعا في السماء۔ صحيح مسلم, كتاب الجنة وصفة نعيمها وأهلها, باب أول زمرة تدخل الجنة على صورة القمر ليلة البدر وصفاتهم وأزواجهم

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said: The (members of the) first group which would get into Paradise will have their faces as bright as stars in the sky. They would neither pass water, nor void excrement, nor will they suffer from catarrh, nor will they spit, and their combs would be made of gold, and their sweat will be musk, the fuel of their brazier will be aloes, and their wives will be large-eyed maidens and their form would be alike as one single person after the form of their father (Adam) sixty cubits tall. – (Muslim; Book Pertaining to Paradise, Its Description, Its Bounties and Its Intimates, Chapter of First Group to Enter Paradise will have Faces Bright as Moon, Their Description and Their Wives)

However there is another Hadith that mentions these wives as “من نساء الدنيا” (from women of the world), as mentioned in Mirqaat Mafateeh (Daarul Kutub al-‘Ilmiyya Beirut, Lebanon; 2001, vol. 3 pg 532) while quoting Tabrani رحمة اللہ علیه. Also, in Durrul Manthur (Markaz Hajar li al-Buhuth wa al-Dirasaat al-‘Arabiyyah wa al-Islamiyyah; 2003, vol.1 pg 214) a Hadith is quoted which is as such:

وأخرج ابن السكن في المعرفة وابن عساكر في تاريخه عن حاطب بن أبي بلتعة سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول ” يزوّج المؤمن في الجنة اثنتين وسبعين زوجة سبعين من نساء الآخرة، واثنتين من نساء الدنيا۔

Rasulullah ﷺ said, “The Believer will get married in Jannah to 72 wives. 70 (of them) will be from women of the Aakhirah and 2 from women of the world.”

Some have given their explanation that this addition of “from women of the world” was added by the narrator as part of his understanding regarding who these wives will be. Some others have also stated that all the Ahadith give the conclusion that at first the majority of the people in Hell will be women. Afterwards when their punishment is over, they will enter Jannah and this is how the woman population of Jannah will now be more compared to men and it will be possible for a person to have more than one wife from the women of the world.

Others have given more explanations to this and thus Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri رحمة اللہ علیه writes in Faydhul Bari (Darul Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, Beirut, Lebanon; vol. 4 pg 320):

قلت: و هذه مشاهدة النبي ﷺ في هذا الوقت, فعلهن كن إذ ذاك أكثرها, و ليس فيه بيان حكم جميع النساء, و لا مشاهدة جميع الأزمان

“I say, ‘This is what the Prophet ﷺ saw at that time, so perhaps till then, they were majority of the people in Hell and neither does it include any general ruling on all the women, nor does it indicate the seeing of women of all times.’”

Another explanation is that it will be a possibility for majority to be women but then Allah will forgive them and they will thus enter Jannah. This is seen in Mirqaat Mafateeh (Daarul Kutub al-‘Ilmiyya Beirut, Lebanon; 2001, vol. 3 pg 532) as follows:

أو المراد انهن [الأكثر] اهلها بالقوة ثم يعفو الله عنهن هذا

“Or it means that these people (the majority) of Hell are such ‘bil-Quwwa’ and then Allah forgives them.”

Some would then say that these explanations contradict yet another Hadith in Sahih Muslim which is as follows:

حدثنا عبيد الله بن معاذ حدثنا أبي حدثنا شعبة عن أبي التياح قال  كان لمطرف بن عبد الله امرأتان فجاء من عند إحداهما فقالت الأخرى جئت من عند فلانة فقال جئت من عند عمران بن حصين فحدثنا أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إن أقل ساكني الجنة النساء

“Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Amongst the inmates of Paradise the women would form a minority.” – (Muslim; Kitabul Riqaq, Chapter of Majority of People of Jannah are the Poor and Majority of the People of Hell are Women and Fitnah by Women)

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani رحمة اللہ علیه answers this objection and writes in Fathul Bari (Darul Ma’rifah, Beirut; vol.6 pg 325):

و يحتمل أن يكون الراوي رواه بالمعنى الذي فهمه من أن كونهن اكثر ساكني النار يلزم منه أن يكن اقل ساكني الجنة

“And it is possible that the narrator of this Hadith narrated it because he had understood (from another Hadith which stated that) as most of the people of Hell were women, thus they necessarily had to be least in Jannah”

Thus the objection is explained away by Hafidh رحمة اللہ علیه that the narrator narrated this Hadith ‘bil-Ma’na’ as per his understanding from another Hadith.

It should be understood that this issue is not as plain as reading one Hadith and thinking that one has reached an understanding of that topic. It is often seen in Muslims, especially in this day and age of the internet where they have access to a whole lot of information without proper knowledge, that they read something from here and something from there and think they have learnt the topic. We have seen how there are a number of Ahadith on this topic and some seem contradictory. In order to reconcile these Ahadith, the great scholars of Islam have offered a number of explanations for these Ahadith so that one can understand the true picture.

For a moment we will say that Ahadith teach that the majority of the dwellers of Hell will be women. Even if this is true, there should be no contention in this matter. One of the two had to be more in Hell, either the men or the women. It is just as such that women are the majority. If men had been the majority then people would have questioned ‘why are men the majority?’ It is thus not any ‘flaw’ of Islam that women will form the majority but rather the flaw of the way man thinks about what is stated.

Secondly to think that this is something which gives men superiority over the women is rather ridiculous. A man who may boast his superiority and lack behind in following the deen and be sinful will end up in Hell along with everyone else. One has to worry about themselves rather than worrying about others. Will this man then point finger at his mother, sister, wife and daughter and be happy that they have a “better chance” of being in Hell? Every man and woman has been given the opportunity to save themselves from being the dwellers of Hell and they should grasp this opportunity instead of worrying how many percentage of women and how many of men will end up in Hell. How about worrying about how much we have done to ensure our entrance into Jannah.

Rasulullah ﷺ, along with the reason has also mentioned a cure. The reason he gave are a matter of nature of women. Now a woman might say, ‘but this is not true as I do not have those qualities.’ Her statement that she does not have those qualities might be true but on what basis can she say that all the women Rasulullah ﷺ saw in Hell for this quality did not have those two qualities in them? The best course of action for one to take is to simply avoid cursing as well as showing ingratitude. Apart from this, one should also give charity as that helps cleanse our ill-doings. These cures have been mentioned by Rasulullah ﷺ for our benefit and one should focus on securing their Hereafter by using the antidote given to us.

Just like when a person is affected by some illness or born with some deficiency, he goes to the doctor for the cure and when a cure is advised then the person ensures to act upon it. So even if we state that all women till the end of time were created with this nature of cursing and showing ingratitude, the cure is mentioned and one should use it. Why do we waste time arguing over this instead of securing our Aakhirah?

However, as stated before, scholars have explained the seeming contradictions in the Ahadith in a number of ways. Four such explanations were mentioned above and will be repeated in a summarized manner below.

First is that scholars have maintained that it is possible that initially the majority of people in Hell would be women and later after they have completed their punishment they will end up in Jannah.

The second explanation is that women will be a majority by possibility but then Allah will forgive them and they will enter Jannah.

A third possibility is that it refers to the entire number of women from the start of creation to the end of it. The number of women would be more than the number of men and thus it is not surprising that the number of women in Hell and Jannah will be higher than the number of men.

Fourth explanation given is that it referred to women till that time at which Rasulullah ﷺ had seen them and it does not incorporate all women and does not refer to all times.

All these are all matters of the unseen and the conditions of Hell and Paradise cannot be explained and understood in their entirety with our limited intellect and knowledge. What we know is that Allah is Just and will not put in Hell anyone who does not deserve to be in Hell. Thus it is better to worry about our doings and not give much thought on such issues as to who will be more in Hell and who will be more in Jannah. May Allah, by His Mercy, save us from the Hellfire and grant us Jannatul Firdous.


The Deficiency in Intelligence and Religion

Another objection in the Hadith is regarding women being deficient in intelligence and religion. The concerned part of the Hadith is reproduced below:

“(Rasulullah ﷺ said), ‘I have not seen anyone more deficient in intellect or deen. Yet the mind of even a resolute man might be swept away by one of you.’ They said, ‘In what way is our deen and intellect deficient, Messenger of Allah?’ He said, ‘Is not the testimony of a woman worth only half that of a man?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is how your intellect is deficient. Is it not so that when a woman is menstruating, she neither prays nor fasts?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is how her deen is deficient.’” – (Bukhari; Book of Menstruation, Chapter of Menstruating Women Abstaining from Fast)

The statement in the Hadith regarding the deficiencies are general and do not incorporate everyone. It is nothing but a fact that a menstruating woman cannot offer Salah. So if a man and woman live for the same amount of time in the world, the total number of Salah offered by the man will be more because every month there will be a few days during which the woman will not be able to pray. But this is a general rule because there are many men who neither offer Salah nor fast. So obviously compared to them the Salah of a woman who is consistent will be more. Being deficient is not necessarily something bad and only that deficiency is bad for which one receives a sin e.g. if one leaves Salah on purpose. Further, even in this ‘deficiency’ there may be reward for her.

Allamah Badruddin Abu Muhammad Mahmood bin Ahmad al-‘Ayni in ‘Umdatul Qari Sharh Sahih Bukhari (Darul Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah, Beirut, Lebanon; 2001, vol. pg 403

و قال النووي و نقص الدين قد يكون على وجه يأثم به,  كمن ترك الصلاة بلا عذر, و قد يكون على وجه لا يأتم له, كمن ترك الجمعة بعذر, و قد يكون على وجه هو مكلف به كترك الحائض الصلاة و الصوم. فإن قيل: فإذا كانت معذورة, فهل تثاب على ترك الصلاة في زمن الحيض؟ و إن كانت لا تقضيها كما يثاب المريض، و يكتب له في مرضه مثل النوافل الصلوات التي كان يفعلها في صحته. و الجواب الظاهر هذا الحديث انها لا تثاب, و الفرق أن المريض كان يفعلها بنية الدوام عليها مع اهليته لها, و الحائض ليست كذلك, بل نيتها ترك الصلاة في زمن الحيض , و كيف لا و هي حرام عليها؟ قلت ينبغي أن يثاب علي ترك الحرام

“Imam Nawawi رحمة اللہ علیه said, Lack of one’s deen may be in a way where one commits a sin, such as the one who leaves Salah without any excuse, or it may be in a way for which one does not sin, such as the one who leaves Friday Prayer for a valid excuse, or it may also be in a way one is required to leave such as the menstruating woman leaving Salah and Fast. If one asks, ‘If she has an excuse for leaving Salah during menstruation, does she get rewarded even if she does not do Qadha just like the sick person who gets the reward for the Nawafil he used to pray while being healthy?’ And the apparent answer is that she does not get rewarded, and the difference between her and a sick person is that the sick person used to pray with the intention of praying with consistency and the knowledge that he will be able to do so, while the woman has the intention of not praying while having the period. And how can she pray when praying (during menstruation) is Haram on her? I say, ‘One should get rewarded for leaving the Haram.’”

As far as the witness issue and thus deficiency in intelligence is concerned, the ruling of two women witnesses is also found in the Qur’an in Surah Baqarah. It should be made clear that not in all matters is the witness of two women required. Such an issue on which there is Ijma’ where two women are required is the issue of financial transactions. This has been explained by Ibn Qudaamah in al-Mughni (Darul Fikr, Beirut, Lebanon; 1985, vol.10 pg 155-161) where he has also stated:

قال القاضي: و الذي تقبل فيه شهادتهن منفردات خمسة اشياء: الولادة, و الإستسهال, و الرضاع, و العيوب تحت الثياب كالرتق و القرن و البكارة و الثيابة و البرص, و إنقضاء العدة

“Qadhi said: And that in which the witness of only women of accepted is Birth, Crying of the Child at birth, Rida’, ‘Uyub under the clothes such as Ratq and Qarn, whether she is a virgin or not, Baras and the end of Iddah.”

Thus it is seen that there are many such cases where man has no knowledge and the witness of a woman is accepted. As far as the issue of financial dealing is concerned, some have explained that it has to do with the weakness of the memory of woman in mathematical issues. Some neuro-psychiatrists have also expressed this but it should be know that one should not be in favor of trying to justify or express the wisdom of the laws of Shari’ah with the help of science. This is because science is not absolute but the Wisdom of Allah is Absolute. It should however be noted that this deficiency that the Hadith talks about is general and not all encompassing.

Mufti ‘Aashiq Ilahi رحمة اللہ علیه writes in Anwarul Bayan (Darul Ishaat, Karachi, Pakistan; 2005, vol.1 pg 341):

“This applies to general circumstances since there are many exceptions where women may possess stronger memories, are more intelligent or better able to express themselves than men.”

Moreover, the Qur’an says in Surah Nur (24) verse 6-9:

وَالَّذِينَ يَرْمُونَ أَزْوَاجَهُمْ وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُمْ شُهَدَاء إِلَّا أَنفُسُهُمْ فَشَهَادَةُ أَحَدِهِمْ أَرْبَعُ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الصَّادِقِينَ
وَالْخَامِسَةُ أَنَّ لَعْنَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كَانَ مِنَ الْكَاذِبِينَ وَيَدْرَأُ
عَنْهَا الْعَذَابَ أَنْ تَشْهَدَ أَرْبَعَ شَهَادَاتٍ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّهُ لَمِنَ الْكَاذِبِينَ
وَالْخَامِسَةَ أَنَّ غَضَبَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهَا إِن كَانَ مِنَ الصَّادِقِينَ
Those who accuse their wives (of adultery) while they have no witnesses except their own selves, then the evidence of one of them would be to swear four oaths by Allah that he is truthful,
and the fifth (oath) that Allah‘s curse be on him if he is one of the liars.
And it will remove the punishment from the woman if she swears four oaths by Allah that he (the accuser husband) is certainly one of the liars,
and the fifth (oath) that Allah‘s wrath be on her if he is one of the truthful.
In this example it is seen that a woman’s witness by Li’aan is enough to be accepted over the husband’s oath. Mufti Shafi’ Usmani رحمة اللہ علیه in Ma’ariful Qur’an (Maktaba e Darul ‘Uloom, Karachi, Pakistan; 2007, vol.6 pg 363) writes:

“When a husband accuses his wife of adultery or refuses to own his child as being legitimate, and his wife refutes his allegation to be false, and claims for the punishment of false accusation of eighty stripes to be awarded to him, then the husband will be asked to produce four witnesses. If the husband produces four witnesses, then the wife will be awarded the punishment of adultery, and if he could not produce four witnesses, then they will be subjected to Li’aan, that is first the husband will be asked to testify four times with the wordings given in the Qur’an to the effect that he is honest, and the fifth time will say that if he was lying, then Allah’s curse be on him.
If the husband hesitates from saying these words, then he should be arrested and asked either to swear by saying these words five times or accept himself to be a liar. Until he accedes to one of the two alternatives, he should not be released. If he accepts himself to be a liar, then he should be awarded the punishment of false allegation of adultery, but, in case he swears by repeating the required words five times, then the wife be asked to swear five times by uttering the words given in the Qur’an for this purpose. If she refuses to swear, then she should be put under arrest until such time that either she swears five times or accepts her guilt of adultery, in which case she will be awarded the punishment of adultery. In case she agrees to swear and utters the required words five times, then the process of Li’aan has been completed. This way they both have escaped the punishment in this world but in the Hereafter, the one who has lied will suffer the punishment, as Allah knows best who is the liar.”

The suggestion that the woman is half a person, because of the requirement for two women as witness in some issues, is very incorrect. Firstly if woman was something inferior or degraded in Islam then there would not have been an issue where only a woman’s witness would suffice and as seen in the case above, given preference over the man’s witness. And if a woman is said to be half because of certain cases of witness, then where man’s witness is not counted, Islam did not even give that status of half a person to man. Additionally it can also be argued that normally two men are required to complete the requirement of witness in an issue but in the case of adultery the requirement is of four men. Then one should also say that man is half a person as well. Hence such arguments are baseless and do not have any ground to stand upon.

By not making ‘equal’ the witness of one woman to one man in certain cases, there is yet wisdom of Allah. It is not easy to go through the process of being a witness, becoming an enemy of the person against whom one is becoming a witness and at times even travel from one city to another to give the shahadah. These are all stressful and difficult matters and Allah has relieved the woman from such difficulties otherwise it would have been obligatory for the woman to go through all such hurdles to give testimony as Allah says in the Qur’an in Surah Baqarah (2) verse 283:

…وَلاَ تَكْتُمُواْ الشَّهَادَةَ وَمَن يَكْتُمْهَا فَإِنَّهُ آثِمٌ قَلْبُهُ…
“…Do not conceal testimony. Whoever conceals it, his heart is surely, sinful…”
In another Hadith, in Muwatta Imam Malik as well as in Sahih Muslim, it is stated:

حدثنا يحيى عن مالك عن عبد الله بن أبي بكر بن محمد بن عمرو بن حزم عن أبيه عن عبد الله بن عمرو بن عثمان عن أبي عمرة الأنصاري عن زيد بن خالد الجهني  أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال ألا أخبركم بخير الشهداء الذي يأتي بشهادته قبل أن يسألها أو يخبر بشهادته قبل أن يسألها۔ موطأ مالك،  كِتَاب الْأَقْضِيَةِ، بَاب مَا جَاءَ فِي الشَّهَادَاتِ

Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Shall I not tell you who is the best of witnesses? The one who brings his testimony before he is asked for it, or tells his testimony before he is asked for it.” – (Muwatta Imam Malik; Book of Judgments, Chapter of Testimonies)

Another Hadith narrated by Abu Musa al-Ash’ari says,

قال رسول اللہ ﷺ من کتم شھادة اذا دعی الیھا کان کمن شھد بالزور۔ جمع الفوائد بحواله طبرانی صفه ۲٦ جلد ١

Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Whosoever is called to give witness and then he conceals it, it is as if he has given false witness.” – (Jama’ul Fawa’id with reference to Tabrani, vol.1 pg 26)

It is but for their ease and comfort that the responsibility of certain things are not put on their shoulders unless there is a necessity. Where the burden and responsibility is put on the shoulders of one man, there it has been divided among two women.

Conclusion

We live a short life in this world and have a limited amount of time to do good deeds to secure a place in Jannah with the Mercy of Allah. However, we spend that time dwelling over questions which have no productive effect on our deeds and in no way help us in the Hereafter. The history of Islam is full of women with great achievements in different fields. On the witness of one woman, ‘Ayesha رضی اللہ عنھا, we have a great many number of Ahadith on which many rulings of fiqh are based. Hasan al-Basri رحمة اللہ علیه narrated from his mother Khayrah رحمة اللہ علیھا, a woman. Al-Aqd ath-Thanein mentions Zulaykha bint Ilyas al-Wa’iz رحمة اللہ علیھا who narrated from the scholars of Makkah and earned dual blessings of worship and narration of Hadith. There are many such examples of great women in Islamic history who excelled in their fields. Our time should not be wasted on contemplating how the Hereafter will be. Its state will be seen once we are there but while we are here let us not waste time on asking the question ‘Who will be in Jannah or Jahannam?’ but let us all ask ourselves ‘Will I be in Jannah or Jahannam?’

 

واللہ اعلم

 

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