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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. I was never talking about that. If you look at my posts, I was specifically talking about treating people badly who have an excuse just because they are in public eating. I never mentioned the manner in which they were eating or their intentions. Just that it was not haram for them to be doing it in public, therefore people who got an issue with them need to back off.
  2. There was no emotion in my statement, just bluntness and state of fact. In the U.S., I see people eating all the time while fasting, so it just doesn't bother me. That's why I wondered at countries making laws disallowing people from eating, if they couldn't fast.
  3. A law would be that "it is forbidden for people who cannot fast to eat in public". Where is that law? That is what I was asking. There is none. Meaning it isn't haram. Meaning these majority Muslim populated countries making laws against people who are unable to fast from eating in public is not in keeping with Islam. It might be prefered to not eat in public but when people are out and about, sometimes things can't be helped.
  4. Respecting the holy month of Ramadhan and Muslims is not making people who cannot fast feel ashamed of that. It is obedience to Allah when they eat and drink during the day.
  5. So do they police breastfeeding mothers too? They also can't fast if they want to keep up milk production. I have never heard of a law or hadith saying that people who have an excuse to not fast have to hide while they eat.
  6. I think Magma answered best. What may be perceived as someone denying Allah, is in fact moments of weakness. People who stop practicing Islam aren't actually people who deny Allah.
  7. This right here is a fantasy. Human beings don't work like this, especially people who are new to Islam. A person can agree with Islam intellectually and believe no matter what that Allah SWT is the creator. Practice is something else entirely. It is the struggle, the greater struggle. And when you are a person who was raised with a different lifestyle than Islam, a lifestyle which include things that are sins and gathering with friends that are sinful, there is a great deal of adjustments. You will falter and you will fail at turns. You will feel guilty and not good enough. You will have family and friends who, if they aren't outwardly hostile to your new way of life, they will grate at your resolve at turns. Faith isn't static, it is dynamic and it fluctuates. Sometimes you are feeling strong and capable. Other times you are feeling overwhelmed and weak. It is not that people are to blame for a person's decisions but they can contribute to their state of mind, be it positive or negative. Islam emphasizes kindness for a reason. And vulnerable people need it more that most. And if you think these new Muslims are turning away from Islam because someone was rude or people forgot about them, then you don't seem to understand the struggles new Muslims face. It is not our job as Muslims to guide anyone. That is for Allah only. But we are representatives of Islam and our actions are the convoys of this religion. New Muslims do not know much about Islam or the essence of Islam. Where a Muslim who was raise in Islam can forgive slights and do not need much support from the community because they have their families, new Muslims see our behavior and the things we say indicative of Islamic practices and offensives, especially collective ones, hurtful. I am not saying our job is to keep them in the masjid and participating. What I am saying is let's not be quick to accuse people who have moments of weakness as faithless because they find holding on to Islam increasingly difficult while they are trying adopt to a new way of living. If a person is born in Islam, they've had years and probably patient parents to get to a point where they are consistent in at least prayers and fasting. What do new converts have?
  8. Shaytan promised to ambush Muslims on the right path. Is it no wonder that people who come into Islam, especially in the west, have such a hard time? I wonder at people who cannot sympathize. In the west practicing Islam is a constant struggle. And if you were raised in the culture and your whole family and all your friends are steeped in it, when you embrace Islam, you are leaving the only support you have. It is like a person who makes hijra to a better land, they migrate for Allah's sake. If it were not for the Ansar, where would the Muslims be when they left Mecca? It is not a complex issue. People need support. Prophet Muhammad (s.) needed support. Allah initially gave him Abu Talib (a.s.) and Khadijah (a.s.). When a person converts, the support is supposed to be the Muslim community. If we are seeing converts leave the religion after a couple years of struggle, shame on us for saying they never had faith to begin with. We don't look at ourselves and ask, could we have done more? And it isn't the end of a book until death takes us. Can't we reach out? Do we assume it's over? It's not.
  9. It's a wonder the admins does not delete the account of one who wishes to mock at the ulima . . .
  10. is grateful to be muslimah, anxious to be mu'minah

  11. Salaam The earth is a living earth which changes just like human beings. If the earth was dead we could not live on it. Perhaps this person should wonder at the blessings of how the earth with its lovely tectonic plates and lava actually replenishes the earth. "Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand." Surah Al-Baqarah, Aya 164
  12. Do not eat a heavy dinner. If you are still hungry before you go to sleep, you won't need much sleep. So when your alarm goes off, it will be easier to wake up.
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