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Meditations of a Muslimah

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I have been Muslim for about two and a half years now. About 6 months after that, I began dressing more modestly, wearing long sleeves, looser fitting clothes, etc. I knew then that I would eventually want to/ need to wear a hijab, but wasn’t ready for that. I’ve been seriously considering wearing a hijab for the past year, but have always been able to come up with great excuses why not to.

My first excuse was that I was working as a social worker, and I was afraid that me suddenly wearing a hijab would distract from my work with my clients– that they would focus on me, and have questions, etc. In social work education, we learn the importance of not allowing ourselves to be the focus or the topic of conversation, to stay professional and hold professional boundaries, not discussing our personal life. Of course, such a…

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For man is never a satisfied being

Prophet Muhammad’s s.a.w sayings: A man among the people of Paradise will ask Allah swt for permission to plant crops. Allah swt will say to him, Haven’t you received all that you wanted? He answered : Yes, but I would like to grow plants. So he sowed seeds and the plants poked up tops and grew erect and ripened and instantly were like mountains. And Allah swt said:  Here you are, O son of Adam; indeed nothing satisfies you.

Supplications from the Quran #22

Our Lord! we have we have sinned against ourselves, and unless You grant us forgiveness and bestow Your Mercy upon us, we shall most certainly be lost..

(Al- Araf [7] : 23 )

The rights of Muslim on another

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be on him) said : The right of the Muslim on the Muslim are six.  It was said, What are they, Messenger of Allah?

He said,

    1. When you meet him,  salute him;
    2. when he invites you,  respond to him;
    3. when he seeks counsel, give him advice;
    4. when he sneezes and praises Allah, say to him: Allah has mercy on you;
    5. when he is sick, visit him;
    6. and when he dies, follow his funeral.

(Muslim)

Supplications from the Quran #21

Our Lord! condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; help us against those who stand against faith.

(Al Baqarah [2]:286)

Accepted Supplications

The Prophet (s.a.w) is also reported to have said: Three supplications are assured of acceptance without doubt:

  • the complaint of a wronged one
  • the prayer of a traveller, and
  • the prayer of a father for his child

(Tirmidhi)