Archive for the ‘Women’ category

Is Hijab an Obligation? Don’t Religious Rules Change?

Question: Why do we have to wear Hijab in America? Don’t religious laws change according to time and place? Isn’t there room for this to change? Answer: Asalamu `alaykum dearest Sister, I pray that this message reaches you well and full of faith. I would like to thank you for taking the time to write […]

Proactive Women and the Prophet ﷺ

A group of women from the tribe of Ghifar approached the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) to seek his permission to tend to the wounded during the battle of Khaybar. The Prophet ﷺ welcomed their request, giving them permission, stating, “By the blessings of God.” With this group of women was a young […]

Honoring Our Authors: Shazia Ahmad

Why We Love Shazia Shazia is an amazing member of our WebbCommunity for many reasons. Perhaps her most distinctive trait is her wonderfully fluid, elegant writing style—even her emails read like poetry! As editors, she makes our job easy. Her warm writing voice and impeccable adab (character) are refreshing and enlightening. Whenever we read her emails, […]

16 Forever: Islam & Our Culture’s Fixation on Youth

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI While it’s a natural instinct in all of us to seek to beautify ourselves and seek out beauty in others, we live in an age in which there is, as one author puts it, “a profound attachment to looks and aesthetics.”1 Instead […]

Beautiful Muslim Women in History

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI What comes to your mind when I say, “A beautiful Muslim woman”? Many of us may think of a woman in hijab (headscarf) or modest attire. Hijab is indeed beautiful, but by thinking Islamic beauty is only because of hijab, we are perpetuating […]

Beauty & Body Image

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent nearly $10 billion on over 9 million cosmetic procedures in 2011. The latter represents a whopping 197% increase in the total number of procedures performed in 2007.1 […]

Introducing a New Series: Reconstructing Beauty

Reconstructing Beauty Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI We live in a time of incredible focus on physical appearances and image.  In our upcoming series Reconstructing Beauty – to be posted every Wednesday for the next five weeks, inshaAllah – some of our best writers here at SuhaibWebb.com will be […]

Loneliness

Question: I was engaged to be married, but one day my fiancé changed like the weather, and chose to marry another woman. I have been broken, humiliated, and abandoned.  Now, every time I try to move forward with other relationships, I face another failure. I have been deserted by those I love the most, betrayed, […]

Hijab is Not to Protect Men, But to Honor Women

As we know, Islam provides a few guidelines on dress code for both men and women. They are designed to promote modesty while still allowing a functioning and healthy society. I’ve heard and read a number of stories and have observed the attitudes of many brothers: that Islamic guidelines for women’s clothing and modesty exist […]

Wifehood and Motherhood are Not the Only Ways to Paradise

“Why are you majoring in that field?” I asked a sister in college. She sighed, “To be honest, I just want to get married. I don’t really care about what I’m studying right now. I’m just waiting to get hitched so I can be a wife and a mother.” “It’s awesome that she wants to […]

Modesty: An Inside-Out Approach

Think modesty (hayā’). What comes to mind? It could be wearing hijāb and dressing modestly. Or maybe it is using decent and clean speech. Or it might be conducting ourselves with dignity and self-respect around the opposite gender. If we know we’ve fallen short in our modesty, we feel the need to change in some […]

Towards an Arabic Hermeneutics

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari The Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an: Part I | Part II | Part III After looking at examples distributed in various parts of the world, we can summarize the key points of this movement’s discourse while noting that its members […]

Feminist Interpreters of the Qur’an

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an: Part I | Part II | Part III Riffat Hassan Riffat Hassan was born in the 1940s to a Shi‘ite family in Pakistan; her grandfather was a poet and playwright and the family was known for […]

The Required Response to Feminist Reinterpretations of the Qur’an

By Shaykh Dr. Ḥasan al-Shāfi‘ī | Translated and introduced by Sohaib Saeed Al-Azhari Part I | Part II | Part III This series, presented in three parts, is abridged from a paper entitled “The Movement for Feminist Interpretation of the Qur’an and Religion and its Threat to the Arabic Language and Tradition” by Shaykh Ḥasan Maḥmūd […]

It’s Tough Being a Girl

Many of the discussions that exist around gender in the Muslim community, both in the United States and abroad, have not fruitful. In this khutbah, Imam Latif speaks about the need for Muslim women to empower themselves through knowledge and also discusses how Muslims on a whole have failed to treat their women with the […]

The Niqab (Veil) Ban & Maqasid al-Shari`ah

by Abdullah Hasan Someone once said that a nation can wage perpetual war for perpetual peace. Absurd isn’t it? Well, recently a so-called progressive, democratic nation decided to “enforce freedom” by taking away a woman’s right to wear the niqab. The French ban on face veils, which took effect yesterday, legislates what a French citizen […]

A Letter to the Culture that Raised Me

Growing up, you read me the Ugly Duckling. And for years I believed that was me. For so long you taught me I was nothing more than a bad copy of the standard (men). I couldn’t run as fast or lift as much. I didn’t make the same money and I cried too often. I […]

A Woman’s Reflection on Leading Prayer

On March 18, 2005, Amina Wadud led the first female-led jum`ah (Friday) prayer. On that day, women took a huge step towards being more like men. But did we come closer to actualizing our God-given liberation? I don’t think so. What we so often forget is that God has honored the woman by giving her value […]

Mariam’s Character: A Commitment to Modesty

What Would Mariam Do? Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV It can be argued that no era of history has witnessed the widespread exposure to illicit images and lewd behavior on a global scale as the current times we live in. From the easy access of internet to the effects of […]

Angry Hijabi

by Aasiyah Abdul Musawwir let me be frank with you, buzz-cut Mao-quoting tattoo-bearing gender and women studies major, waving your flag of female liberation up in my face – no, Man (with a  capital “M”) has not colonized my mind. no i am not beaten, abused, or subjugated by my heinous male relatives. and the […]