We once again bring to your attention Islamic teaching books that are sold in Canada and available on Canadian websites.
The Islamic Circle of North America (Canada) website has several books available that guide the Canadian Islamic community on correct Islamic practices and lifestyle. Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi serves as Amir (President) of ICNA Canada.
One such book is The Prophet of Islam – The Ideal Husband. Following is a quote from this booklet.
Question: Why Islam permits an unlimited number of slave-women for marriage?
Answer: As slaves, women face a worse lot than men. If they cannot get free by any other way, such as arranging ransom, the best solution for them is marriage. A slave-wife becomes automatically free as soon as she becomes a mother or a widow. And her children are born free. They receive the same status as the children of her fellow free co-wives. And how else are you going to honourably incorporate in your society women captured in war?
Books are also available the the Dawah booth located at Dundas Square in Toronto, giving the same guidance, not only to the Islamic community, but to the community in general.
Canadian Imams have reiterated what these books teach.
Musleh Khan, a Canadian Saudi born imam affiliated with the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) who serves also as a chaplain for the Toronto Police has lectured on the subject of child marriage, namely Mohammad’s marriage to Aisha. Following is a quote from this lecture, given in 2015.
However, your belief(عقيدة), your belief is, if the prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, did it, you have to believe that it was permissible. It’s permitted in our Sharia [Islamic Law] but it has its time and place. That’s what I to tell non Muslims.
Mr Khan also presented a lecture in 2014 during the Islamic Awareness Week at the University of Saskatchewan organized by the Muslim Students Association (MSA)
Following is a quote from this lecture.
A person that we love. (speaking of Mohammad) A person, if he was to walk through that door this very moment, we would go and surround him. And if we could, we would pick up his shoes and carry it for him.
And we would try to replicate everything that he does. So if he sits down, no one, we would never sit down unless we see him do it.
‘Submit to Islam, or suffer the consequences.’ Mohammad
Surah 5:51 “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”
On August 21, 2018, Toronto Mayor John Tory visited the Masjid Toronto Mosque, located at 168 Dundas Street West in Toronto, as well as Masjid Dar Us Salaam located at 4 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto.
It has been revealed that both of these mosques have given supplications that call for the downfall, death or victory over non Muslims.
Following is an example of some of the prayers invoked:
Shaykh Abdool Hamid (July 8, 2016):
O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims and humiliate the polytheism [identified by Muslim scholars also as Christianity], the infidels and the atheists, and give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah. O Allah! Give victory to our oppressed and deprived Muslim brothers and the mujahideen (those who engage in jihad) everywhere. O Allah! Pour on them patience and steadfast their feet and give them victory over the disbelieving people and give them victory over the evildoers and give them victory over the criminals.
This same mosque is known for it’s supplication to slay the unbeliever, as well as calling for the annihilation of Jews and Christians.
Imam Elkasrawy, July 2016
[O Allah!] Give us victory over the disbelieving people… O Allah! Give victory to Islam and raise the standing the Muslims. And humiliate the polytheism and polytheists. O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Give them victory over the criminal people. O Allah! Destroy anyone who killed Muslims. O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims. O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them. O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!
We have seen similar visits to mosques by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as the leader of the opposition, Andrew Scheer.
By visiting mosques that preach/pray hate, and ‘celebrating’ with them, can we assume that these politicians agree with the hate speech coming out of them?
In May of 2018, Masjid Dar Us Salaam, located at 4 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto, specifically posted on it’s facebook page that Muslims must not be friends with Jews or Christians. Following is an excerpt of the post.
Surah Maa’idah [The fifth chapter of the Quran “The Table Spread”] contains laws that pertain to man’s religious, civil, social and political life. This Surah contains detailed guidance about : –
• The etiquette of the hajj journey
• Revering the beacons of Deen
• The perimeters of halaal and haraam
• Marriage and interaction with the Ahlul Kitaab (Jews and
• The laws of wudhu, ghusl and Tayammum
• Dealing with rebellion
• The punishment for robbery and theft
• The prohibition of liquor and gambling
• The Kaffaara (atonement) for breaking vows and
• The detailed laws concerning testimony
Allaah ordains that the hand of a male or female thief is to be cut off.
The Muslims are also warned against taking the Jews and Christians as friends.
The fact that politicians are not taking a stand against such hate speech is concerning, as we see events such as Al Quds taking place throughout Canada, where Jews are threatened.
On August 29, a march is scheduled to take place at 15 Hove St. in North York, Ontario. This is the location of the B’nai Brith offices, and is a predominately Jewish neighborhood. This event has been posted on the Al Quds facebook page, as well as other anti Israel pages.
It remains to be seen whether Toronto politicians will put a stop to this event and others like it.
On August 9, 2018 Global News reported that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently revoked the charitable status of the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque.
According to an official document obtained by Global News, CRA audits raised concerns about “radicalized individuals” who had attended the mosque as well as its roster of guest speakers. “Many of the views expressed by the organization’s speakers are misogynistic, homophobic, racist and/or promote violence,” CRA document reads.
CRA named in this regard four speakers, three of them Canadian imams, including the current Vice-President of the Canadian Council of Imams Abdullah Hakim Quick. Here is an excerpt from the document:
In addition, in a video lecture entitled “The History of the Crusaders,” Mr. Quick advocated for the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to be liberated from the “filth” of the Jews:
“May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, the Most High, the Most Exalted, clean and purify Masjid [mosque] Al-Aqsa from the filth of the yahud [Jews]. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, the Most High, the Most Exalted, clean Afghanistan and Iraq and all of the lands from the filth of the Kafirun [disbelieveres or infidels].”
Similar supplication were recited during Ramadan 2016 in Masjid Toronto Mosque by imam Ayman Elkasrawy:
“You are our Protector and give us victory over the disbelieving people. [congregation:] Ameen [declaration of affirmation]…
O Allah! Give victory to Islam and raise the standing of the Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
And humiliate the polytheism and polytheists. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give them victory over the criminal people.
O Allah! Destroy anyone who killed/ fought against Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Count their number; [congregation:] Ameen, slay them one by one, [congregation:] Ameen, and spare not one of them.[congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! [congregation:] Ameen.
In the same month of Ramadan 2016 Elkasrawy also recitedthe following supplication:
“O Allah, we ask You for… victory over the enemies. [congregation:] Ameen,
O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give victory (help) to your oppressed slaves all over the world, east to west. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Destroy the criminals. [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Destroy anyone who inflicts injustice on your slaves, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Count their number; [congregation:] Ameen, slay them one by one, [congregation:] Ameen and spare not one of them. [congregation:] Ameen
O Allah! Do not defer [it] from them, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen
O Allah! Seize them with the seizure of One Mighty, Omnipotent [referring to a Quranic verse that deals with the punishment Allah inflicted on Pharaoh and his people] [congregation:] Ameen”
Shaykh Abdool Hamid, senior imam at Masjid Toronto Mosque, recitedin multiple occasions supplications in support of the Mujahideen:
“O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims
And humiliate the polytheism, the polytheists, the infidels and the atheists
And Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah
O Allah! Give victory to our oppressed and deprived Muslim brothers and the mujahideen (those who engage in jihad) everywhere
O Allah! Pour on them patience and steadfast their feet
And give them victory over the disbelieving people
And give them victory over the evildoers
And give them victory over the criminals”
Wael Shihab, head imam of Masjid Toronto Mosque, expressed his views on Shariah Law in articles and Islamic rulings posted on Onislam.net. According to Shihab:
The solution to the global violence, extremism and oppression is Islam
Qaradawi’s book “Jurisprudence of Jihad” should serves as a guidance to Muslims
Thieves’ hands should be chopped off no matter their social status
Person who underwent gender reassignment surgery should return to his original gender
Muslims should avoid gays as homosexuality is evil and succumbing to the temptations of the Satan
Wife should not reject her husband’s call for having sex
Should CRA audit Masjid Toronto Mosque and apply to it the same criteria that led to the revoking of their charitable status?
What is interesting is when Iman Ayman Elkasrawy was confronted about his invocation of violence against the Jews, he denied knowledge of what his prayer actually meant. The Toronto Star wrote a long, detailed article in his defense. This article was full of misinformation and downright lies. What is also interesting is that the Toronto Star has not given one report on the Ottawa mosque losing it’s charitable status because of hate speech.
Diane Weber Bederman has compiled a series of articles concerning the duplicity of Toronto Star’s reporting. Here is a link to her blog where you can find these articles.
Should mosques that encourage/perpetuate/host hate speech and Imams be put under microscopic scrutiny? Should it go further than losing charitable status? Should they be closed?
In April and August of 2018, two UK Imams, Ahmad Ali and Yusuf Motala respectively, were guest speakers invited by the Islamic Society of Toronto Masjid Dar Us Salaam mosque, located at 4 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto, Ontario.
Included in various speeches and writings they have presented were not only statements of the inadmissibility of friendship between Muslims and Jews and Christians (see statement here ), but also supplications calling for the slaying of those who do not follow the teachings of Allah. (see full supplication here )
Excerpt of supplication: O Allah! Annihilate [destroy] them as you annihilated [destroyed] Aad and Thamud [ancient peoples annihilated by Allah because they didn’t heed the warnings of the prophets]. O Allah! Count their number, slay [kill] them one by one and make them a lesson to their likenesses O Allah! We will let you in their throats and we seek refuge in you from their evils.
The Mosque in question, when approached by voices of concern, had the following statement concerning the supplication in question:
“The text, when understood in the right context and mainstream interpretation, clearly addresses tyrants and oppressors in general. Any suggestion that the language refers to non-Muslims or that the statement encourages Muslims towards violence are categorically false and inaccurate.”
The guest Imams statement and the supplication speak of the same issue, namely, the distinct separation of Muslims and non Muslims and the hostility that accompanies such separation. This was presented by two separate Imams, guest speakers at the same Toronto Mosque within the same year.
The following are excerpts from the book which was distributed for free on July 13, 2018 at Dundas Square. The excerpts include Quranic verses followed by a modern commentary in the footnotes.
*Surah (chapter) Al-Baqarah [The Cow – 2]
Verse 62 (p. 9)
Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.29
After the coming of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) no religion other than Islam is acceptable
to Allah, as stated in 3:85 [And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.].
Verse 79 [p. 11]
So woe 32 to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.
i.e., death and destruction.
Verse 131 [p. 18]
When his Lord said to him, “Submit,” he said, “I have submitted [in Islam]45 to the Lord of the worlds.”
The meaning of the word “Islam” is “submission to the will of Allah.” This is the way of life ordained by Allah and taught by all of the prophets from Adam to Muhammad (PBUH). A Muslim is one who submits himself to Allah.
Verse 191 [p. 27]
And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah 69 is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al-Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.
Among the meanings of fitnah are disbelief and its imposition on others, discord, dissension, civil strife, persecution, oppression, injustice, seduction, trial and torment.
*Surah (chapter) Al Imran [The House of Imran – 3]
Verse 28 [p. 48]
Let not believers take disbelievers as allies [i.e., supporters or protectors] rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing [i.e., no association] with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence.122 And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination.
When fearing harm from an enemy, the believer may pretend as long as his heart and intention are not affected.
Verse 75 [p. 53]
And among the People of the Scripture is he who, if you entrust him with a great amount [of wealth], he will return it to you. And among them is he who, if you entrust him with a [single] silver coin, he will not return it to you unless you are constantly standing over him [demanding it]. That is because they say, “There is no blame upon us concerning the unlearned.”133 And they speak untruth about Allah while they know [it].
The Jews do not consider it a sin to cheat or lie to a gentile or a pagan.
Verse 112 [p. 58]
They have been put under humiliation [by Allah] wherever they are overtaken, except for a rope [i.e., covenant] from Allah and a rope [i.e., treaty] from the people [i.e., the Muslims].144 And they have drawn upon themselves anger from Allah and have been put under destitution. That is because they disbelieved in [i.e., rejected] the verses of Allah and killed the prophets without right. That is because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed.
Once they have surrendered, the People of the Scripture retain their rights and honor (in spite of their refusal of Islam) through payment of the jizyah tax in place of zakah and military service due from Muslims. They are then under the protection of the Islamic state.
Verse 184 [p. 66]
Then if they deny you, [O Muhammad] – so were messengers denied before you, who brought clear proofs and written ordinances and the enlightening Scripture.151
The unaltered, original Torah and Gospel, which were revealed by Allah.
*Surah (chapter) an-Nisa [Women – 4]
Verse 15 [p. 71-72]
Those who commit immorality [i.e., unlawful sexual intercourse] of your women – bring against them four [witnesses] from among you. And if they testify,169 confine them [i.e., the guilty women] to houses until death takes them or Allah ordains for them [another] way.170
The witnesses must swear to actually having seen the act taking place
The “other way” (i.e., penalty) was later revealed in 24:2, canceling the ruling in this verse. [24:2 reads the following “The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion [i.e., law] of Allah,906 if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.]
Verse 16 [p. 72]
And the two171 who commit it [i.e., unlawful sexual intercourse] among you – punish [i.e., dishonor] them both. But if they repent and correct themselves, leave them alone. Indeed, Allah is ever Accepting of repentance and Merciful.
Scholars differ over whether “the two” refers to two of the same sex (i.e., homosexuals) or those of opposite sexes. In either case, later rulings outlined in the sunnah have replaced this one.
Verse 24 [p. 73]
And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess.177 [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation178 as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
i.e., slaves or war captives who had polytheist husbands
The mahr, a specified gift to the bride required of the man upon marriage.
Verse 34 [p.75]
Men are in charge of women182 by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard.183 But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance.184 – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them [lightly].185 But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
This applies primarily to the husband-wife relationship.
i.e., their husbands’ property and their own chastity.
i.e., major rebellion or refusal of basic religious obligations.
This final disciplinary measure is more psychological than psychical. It may be resorted to only after failure of the first two measures and when it is expected to amend the situation and prevent family breakup; otherwise, it is not acceptable. The Prophet PBUH (who never struck a woman or a servant) additionally stipulated that it must not be severe or damaging and that the face be avoided.”
*Surah (chapter) Al-Maidah [The Table Spread – 5]
Verse 33 [p. 100]
Indeed, the penalty 262 for those who wage war 263 against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,
i.e., commit acts of violence and terrorism against individuals or treason and aggression against the Islamic state.
Verse 60 [p. 104-105]
Say, “Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that271 as penalty from Allah? [It is that of] those whom Allah has cursed and with whom He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut.272 Those are worse in position and further astray from the sound way.”
Referring to the punishment the People of the Scripture (in their censure of the Muslims) claimed was deserved by them.
See footnote to 2:256 [False objects of worship, such as idols, heavenly bodies, spirits, human
*Surah (chapter) Al- Anfal [Spoils of War – 8]
Verse 57 [p. 166]
So if you, [O Muhammad], gain dominance over them in war, disperse by [means of] them those behind them that perhaps they will be reminded.454
i.e., kill them and make an example of them to discourage those who follow them.
*Surah (chapter) Al-Tawbah
*Surah at-Tawbah [Repentance – 9]
Verse 29 [p. 173]
Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth [i.e., Islam] from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah466 willingly while they are humbled.
A tax required of non-Muslims exempting them from military service and entitling them to the protection of the Islamic state. Concurrently, Zakah is not taken from them, being an obligation only upon Muslims.
*Surah (chapter) Hud [Hud – 11]
Verse 78 [p. 209]
And his people came hastening to him, and before [this] they had been doing evil deeds.569 He said, “O my people, these are my daughters;570 they are purer for you. So fear Allah and do not disgrace me concerning my guests. Is there not among you a man of reason?”
Referring to their practice of sodomy and homosexual rape of males.
i.e., the women of his community who were available for marriage.
*Surah (chapter) An-Nahl [The Bee – 16]
Verse 106 [p. 206]
Whoever disbelieves in [i.e., denies] Allah after his belief…717 except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment;
Based upon the conclusion of this verse, the omitted phrase concerning the apostate is understood to be “…has earned the wrath of Allah…”
*Surah (chapter) An-Nur [Light – 24]
Verse 2 [p. 336]
The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse 973 – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes,974 and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion [i.e., law] of Allah,975 if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.
Either by voluntary confession of the offender or the testimony of four male witnesses to having actually seen the act take place. Otherwise, there can be no conviction.
The ruling in this verse is applicable to unmarried fornicators. Execution by stoning is confirmed in the sunnah for convicted adulterers.
i.e., Do not let sympathy for a guilty person move you to alter anything ordained by Allah, for in His law is protection of society as a whole.
*Surah (chapter) Ar-Rum [Byzantium – 30]
Verse 30 [p. 395-396]
So direct your face [i.e., self] toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah1146 of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah.1147 That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.
The natural inborn inclination of man to worship his Creator prior to the corruption of his nature by external influences. Thus, Islamic monotheism is described as the religion of fitrah – that of the inherent nature of mankind.
i.e., let people remain true to their fitrah within the religion of Islam.
*Surah (chapter) al-Jathiya [Kneeling – 45]
Verse 14 [p. 500]
Tell [O Muhammad], to those who have believed to forgive those who expect not the days of Allah [i.e., of His retribution] so that He may recompense a people1471 for what they used to earn.
In the Hereafter, where those who forgive will be rewarded and those who earned evil will be punished. This was at the outset of dawah (invitation to Allah) before permission for jihad.
Sheharyar Shaikh serves since 2015 as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Kingston, Ontario. He served as the President of North American Muslim Foundation and the Imam of Masjid Qurtabah in Scarborough, Ont. In recent years, he also took part in Dawah (introducing Islam to disbelievers) with activists affiliated with the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square.
In 2013 Sheharyar Shaikh delivered a sermon entitled “There Is No Compulsion In Islam”. The following are excerpts from a sermon which was delivered in English in 2013 (29:47-31:46):
There is an extensive topic on compulsion in religion (اكراه في الدين). I especially want to look at one aspect – the punishment for apostasy.
When a person in an Islamic State apostasies, leaves religion, let Allah be a witness that I am telling the truth, that the punishment for apostasy is death.
ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic nation-wide organization.
Located at 391 Burnhamthorpe Rd., East, Oakville, Ontario, ICNA Canada emphasizes that “the propagation of true and universal message of Islam is only possible in Canada when whole Canadian Muslim Community transformed into a Dawah community by practicing and propagating the true Islamic Way of Life. With the vision of building an exemplary Canadian Muslim community it is very important to spread the word of Islam…”
On its official website ICNA Canada shares with its members, followers and supporters the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous” رياض الصالحين) .
The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: Riyadh as-Salihin), is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith by Al-Nawawi. It contains a total of 1905 hadith divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.
The following are excerpts from the book which deal with differences between the sexes according to Islam and the threat of the Western civilization to Islam.
“[Hadith]: 267. Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever supports two girls till they attain maturity, he and I will come on the Day of Resurrection like this”. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) joined his fingers illustrating this.
“Commentary: In the pre-Islamic era, Arabs were greatly dejected and showed resentment on the birth of a daughter, which in fact reflected the status of women in society, In order to give them their rightful place in the society, Islam taught its followers to recognize their legitimate rights. Among the injunctions which were issued in this behalf, the most important was that their proper upbringing, education and training were made a means to attain Jannah so that people did not only feel joy over the birth of sons but also felt pleasure on the birth of daughters. In this respect, Islam is the first religion which has not only ensured protection of their rights but also made full arrangements for their respect and prestige in society. For instance, they have been prohibited from having close contacts with men
and for this purpose restriction of the veil has been imposed on them. Islam has emancipated them from the obligation of earning their own livelihood so that they are safe from the malicious eyes of evil- minded, and secure from the sexual lust of men, the way it is happening with women who are working side by side with men in the West. But it is a curse indeed that due to intellectual immaturity and evil trends, this freedom of women, which has disgraced and robbed them of the virtues of a chaste life, is liked by many people and they are trying that Muslim women should also imitate the style of western women. To the people of such crooked thinking, the Islamic teachings, which ensure the honour and chastity of women, appear to be the yoke of slavery and they want to release women from it.
“[Hadith]: 684. Abu Sa`id Al-Hhudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was even shier than a virgin behind her veil. When he saw something which he disliked, we could perceive it on his face. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
“Commentary: Though this Hadith particularly refers to the character of Messenger of Allah (PBUH), it also reveals the fact that modesty is a peculiar quality of woman. An unmarried woman, above all else, is considered to be the embodiment of bashfulness. Islamic countries have witnessed many curses of western civilization and the worst is the one which has robbed away the modesty of womanbecause it is the last protective shield of Islamic civilization which the enemy is consistently sweeping off. May Allah grant Muslims the insight to avert this wickedness!
“[Hadith]: 1276. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: I said: “O Messenger of Allah! We consider Jihad as the best deed, should we not then go for Jihad?” The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The best Jihad for you women is Hajj Mabrur (i.e., one accepted by Allah).” [Al-Bukhari].
“Commentary: In ordinary circumstances, Hajj is the best of Jihad for women because in Islam, politics, economy, government, military affairs etc., come in the purview of men and men alone. Women are exempted from all such matters. However, in case of war, if the need arises, women can be engaged for supply of food, first-aid of the wounded etc., on the internal front, provided they can do such works without crossing the bounds of the Islamic-type veil. But imparting military training to women and dispatching them to war front are sheer imitations of the western nations for which there is no scope in the teachings of Islam. This Hadith also confirms this view.
“[Hadith]: 1627. Abu Sa`id Al-Hhudri (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A man must not look at a man’s private parts nor must a woman look at a woman’s private parts; neither should two men lie naked under one cover, nor should two women lie naked under the same cover.” [Muslim].
“Commentary: This Hadith tells us how Islam has closed all doors of immodesty and obscenity. When Islam does not allow a man to sleep without any clothes on with another man, and also does not permit a woman to sleep without any clothes on with another woman, how can it possibly let the gents and ladies mix freely? Free mixing of men and women is a common evil in the West and is now being projected through television in Muslim countries. May Allah guide Muslims to the Straight Path!.
“[Hadith]: 1631. Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) cursed those men who ape women. He also cursed the hermaphrodite of men.
“Another narration is: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) cursed men who copy women and cursed women who copy men. [Al-Bukhari].
“Commentary: Mukhannath (hermaphrodite) is a man who dresses himself like a woman and has an effeminate gait and carriage, while Mutarajjilah is a woman who dresses herself like a man and adopts a masculine style. What we learn from this Hadith is that men and women should stick to their natural qualities and characteristics and strictly avoid the imitation of the opposite sex in appearance as well as conduct. Those who violate their nature have been strongly cursed. Women who are influenced by western philosophies and thoughts and try to adopt all those professions which are special for men, fall in this category. Allah has not entrusted them with those responsibilities which are marked for men only. It is a pity that out of sheer imprudence and blind imitation of the West, Muslim women are now adopting the western lifestyle in all walks of life. Such blind imitation has led many astray and is bound to bring Allah’s Wrath upon the transgressors.
“[Hadith]: 1644. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) cursed the maker and wearer of a wig and the tattooer and the one who is tattooed. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
“Commentary: Al-Washimah is a woman who practises Al-Washm Al-Washm was performed (in the past) by piercing needle in some part of the body for drawing blood and then filling the cavity caused by it with antimony, indigo, etc., to make the spot green or black. This is called tattooing. In the Arab society of the Prophet’s time, this fashion was very popular among women for enhancing their charms and beauty in the same way as the fashion of patching someone’s hair with his own. Al-Mustaushima is a woman who asks some women for tattooing and/or a woman who marks tattoos on the skin of another woman.
“As this act amounts to changing the natural appearance of a person, both women, that is the one who subjects her body to tattooing and the one who makes this operation, are cursed. Such fashions are in vogue in this age also. Plucking the eyelashes and filling them with colours and other material of make up, or like Hindu women, making mark between the eyebrows with cinnabar etc., fall in the category of such fashions. Such means of make up which are practised nowadays by women and on which huge amounts of money are wasted are the things which have been cursed. Muslim women should, therefore, avoid such evils as they are ruinous for religion as well as worldly life.
“Similar is the case of nail polish. In the opinion of some religious scholars, this act invalidates Wudu’. Women are now also in the habit of keeping long nails on which nail polish is applied to give an effect of beastly claws. All such vile fashions have been borrowed by oriental societies from the class of shameless women of the West, and Muslim women have also adopted them. We must strictly abstain from them because they tend to create resemblance to the non-Muslims, which is unlawful and is rated as a major sin.
“[Hadith]: 1879. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “O women folk! You should give charity and be diligent in seeking Allah’s forgiveness because I have seen (i.e., on the Night of the Ascension to the highest heavens) that dwellers of the Hell are women.” A woman amongst them said: “Why is it that the majority of the dwellers of Hell are women?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. In spite of your lacking in wisdom and failing in religion, you are depriving the wisest of men of their intelligence.” Upon this the woman asked: “What is the deficiency in our wisdom and in our religion?” He (PBUH) replied, “Your lack of wisdom can be well judged from the fact that the evidence of two women is equal to that one man. You do not offer Salat (prayer) for some days and you do not fast (the whole of) Ramadan sometimes, it is a deficiency in religion.” [Muslim].
“l. In this narration, certain weaknesses of the female sex have been pointed out, which are natural and pertain to the woman’s biology, psychology and embryology.
“According to biologists, during and before menstruation, a female’s thought process is affected. Similarly, her pulse and blood pressure are also altered. Females are also more prone to hysteria. For these reasons, the Qur’an has declared that when you have to appoint or choose witnesses among women, you should choose two in place of one man. Modern researches have proved this rule to be correct on the basis of biology, psychology and embryology.
“Again we know that physically speaking, the female has been named as the weaker sex. For these reasons, females have been excused from earning their livelihood. For earning livelihood, one may have to go out and work hard. Women have been exempted from this duty because of their biological differences and other considerations of Shari`ah. Present-day women who are ignorant of Islam and modern researches are not prepared to accept these scientifically and religiously proved facts. The West claims equality between the sexes. But this equality has not been established so far. Today all the important posts are occupied by males and all the international policies are framed by them alone. Even matters pertaining to women are decided by them. They have mostly relegated them to the posts of workers, secretaries and stenographers for their sexual satisfaction and enjoyment. After a struggle for hundred years, their condition today proves that they are the weaker sex.
“So, it is both beneficial and more respectful for her to limit herself to the sphere of action suggested for her by Islam. If she oversteps her sphere, she will certainly lose her female dignity and prestige, as has happened in the West. Her state and condition there is an eyeopener for all.
“2. Women should request forgiveness from Allah very often and be generous in charity. They should not show ungratefulness to their husbands and should avoid backbiting and cursing others so that they may save themselves from Hell.”