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Beardo
07-23-2009, 03:32 AM
A Branch of Faith
By Hafiz Raakin Hossain & Rashad Abdullah


In a time of turbulence for the Muslims around the globe, a great number of believers have rebuffed and forsaken the greatest beauty/attribute of our religion. Modesty. If there were one word to summarize the whole religion of Islam, it would be modesty. That word can cover the way we are taught to speak, dress, eat, and even go around with our daily duties. Unfortunately, we, as one Ummah, consider the emulation of the Prophet to be harsh and despicable.

When walking out of any store, we will see our own brothers and sisters clad with the shortest and most transparent garments available in the market. The lowest form of faith, as related in Hadith, is to at least feel shame in the heart and soul. However in recent days, we observe our fellow Muslims demeaning one another through words and actions to those endeavoring to imitate the teachings of our Noble Prophet. Had these brothers or sisters given even the slightest of thought for what is hidden behind those numbers of long, modest clothing, they would have felt shame for brusquely taking those steps for causing humiliation to their own religious partners.

The Shari’ah has given us much leniency in terms of dress code. Leniency is a bounty, and every bounty has its boundaries. The dress code has only three conditions: loose fit, not transparent, and covers the basic Satr (private parts). The Satr is defined as the navel to just below the knees for men and everything but the face and hands for the females. In summary, the dress code is simply anything but lecherous clothing which may attract the opposite gender.

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhe Wasallam) himself wore simple striped clothing. He had but a few sets, which he saved one for special occasions such as Jumuah and Eid. The key point to understand is the difference between Seerah and Shari’ah. The Prophet’s actions are considered Seerah, and in status higher than Shari’ah. Shari’ah teaches us the basic necessity as Muslim. Islam does not give us a restriction as long as the uniform fits the basic criteria. Imam Malik, the famous Islamic jurist of his time, wore a new garment every day. A modest garment will only pave the road to eternal success and bliss.

The purpose of this writing is not to persuade, but to spark. Spark the fire of yearning and love to show the world that we can. Even the world’s weakest of people can make a change, if they just take small steps. At times, looking at the larger picture can seem strenuous, but in the short journey of life, the elders will always regret. They will look back in the mirror when their skin was smooth and their limbs were fully functioning. And they will wonder why they had not taken those small steps and milestones, rather than glimpsing at the bigger picture. That lesson has been meant for us to heed.


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Please post your feedback and comments. I wrote this a year ago or so, and I thought it's time I take it out of the cupboard.
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noorseeker
07-23-2009, 12:26 PM
Jazakallah khayran
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Beardo
07-23-2009, 02:18 PM
Wa Iyyaakum. :shade:

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Nσσя'υℓ Jαииαн
07-23-2009, 02:30 PM
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We have a good writer in our midst mashaAllah. It's great, truly said.

JazakAllah Khayr.

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- IqRa -
07-24-2009, 11:38 AM
MashaAllaah...that was really good.
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Faith.
07-24-2009, 11:47 AM
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JazakAllah Khayr for sharing. Nicely Written. Short and effective.

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Beardo
07-24-2009, 04:13 PM
Jazakallah for all your comments. :shade:
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Ar-RaYYan
07-24-2009, 04:22 PM
Mashallah really nice article!! As someone else said short but effective!
Jazzakallah khair for sharing
btw i have got a question for you. i have noticed that most if not all of your articles i have so far read are by "Hafiz Raakin Hossain & Rashad Abdullah" Im guessing you are Rashaad Abdullah but who is Raakin Hossain? do you guys write articles togheter?
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Beardo
07-24-2009, 05:38 PM
Originally Posted by Ar-RaYYan
Mashallah really nice article!! As someone else said short but effective!
Jazzakallah khair for sharing
btw i have got a question for you. i have noticed that most if not all of your articles i have so far read are by "Hafiz Raakin Hossain & Rashad Abdullah" Im guessing you are Rashaad Abdullah but who is Raakin Hossain? do you guys write articles togheter?
Yes, I am Rashad Abdullah, you got that right. :p Raakin is my close associate, companion, and friend. Many people think we are the same person LOL. But I do share his own personal articles on my blog as well, www.DiariesofaHafiz.com. We strive together, I guess you can say. :shade:
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Banu_Hashim
07-24-2009, 05:57 PM
Where do you get your articles published ?
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Beardo
07-24-2009, 06:00 PM
Different places every time. I've been through various magazines and on-line newsletters lol. Haven't settled anywhere, though I should... The Invitation Magazine, InFocus Magazine, Al-Jumuah Magazine, MyUmmah e-Newsletter, LA Times, and tons and tons of sites lol.

I'm opening an e-Newsletter if you are interested. :X Thread is on the Forum Help & Feedback section, I believe.... OR/(and) if you wanted published on PAPER, send me a PM, I might be able to get you into one of those magazines.
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Danah
09-05-2009, 02:21 AM
but in the short journey of life, the elders will always regret. They will look back in the mirror when their skin was smooth and their limbs were fully functioning. And they will wonder why they had not taken those small steps and milestones, rather than glimpsing at the bigger picture. That lesson has been meant for us to heed.
very true subhanAllah !!
Jazak Allah khair for that brother
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mysticalrain
09-06-2009, 03:32 PM
Islam will not fall. Islam is perfect, Muslims are not. This is just a time of trials.
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Beardo
09-21-2009, 07:17 AM
Originally Posted by mysticalrain
Islam will not fall. Islam is perfect, Muslims are not. This is just a time of trials.
If only the world understood that.
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