Have there been Muslims who preach Islam in a way that makes you want to vomit, or even consider apostasy? Have there been people coming at you with those big beards, throwing Quran verses and hadiths at you for a shock effect? Do you live in a Muslim country where scholars refuse to denounce domestic violence, honor killings, oppression of non-muslims, women, and other shameful acts? Do you live in a Muslim country where their views of Islam are shaped by the culture and ways of life? And when you object to them, they say you're misguided, or just a non-Muslim for not following them? Doesn't it annoy you that so many misguided people use this religion to promote hatred and bloodshed? Doesn't it annoy you how so many people in this religion overreact and resort to extreme measures? Doesn't it annoy you MORE when those who engage in any of the above cause Muslims to become insecure about Islam, and even become apostates?

If you think people leave Islam just because they want to drink or have sex outside of marriage, then you're an idiot. You fit in with the above morons who think they're getting extra judgment day points by using Islam to suit their emotions and stupidity. It's becoming increasingly difficult to remain a part of this ummah with all the lunatics we sadly produce. And if you can't see this then YOU HAVE NO FAITH, and you don't want to admit the problems that are affecting many young Muslims.

It's becoming increasingly difficult to be a Muslim today because of what happens in the name of our religion. Every single day someone or some group does something ridiculous in the name of Islam. And you know what? Those morons who use this religion for violence, hatred, stupidity, and oppression DON'T CARE what we have to go through. To them, they're doing God a favor by presenting Islam this way. They think they're getting extra judgment day points by causing hatred and fear!

It is so painful to see how many bullies we have in this religion of ours. We have people in Islam who show no mercy, who are unforgiving, who will do their best to bring you down, who will do their best to embarrass you, who will do their best to insult and degrade. It makes me wonder, how are we suppose to have inner peace and full confidence in Islam when these people are running around and targeting us?


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Some Islamic websites that need to be avoided

Before seeing these ridiculous websites, you might want to read the following first:
http://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2017/03/why-concepts-of-geerah-and-dayooth-are.html
http://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2017/04/dear-muslim-women-you-are-not-sinning.html
http://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2017/03/why-concepts-of-geerah-and-dayooth-are.html
http://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2016/01/correcting-muslim-misconceptions-about.html
http://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2015/02/muhammed-al-munajjid-is-deviant-do-not.html
http://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2015/04/does-culture-influence-our-views-on.html

Something we have to realize is that certain Islamic websites will twist Islam to their liking. They will quote verses out of context, and they will rely on salafi/wahhabi hadiths, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the topic about women.

So let's begin. This first one if called Quran.mu, and it is horrible. Not only does the Maulana (unfortunately) misquote several Quran verses and rely on salafi/wahhabi hadiths, he attacks pro gender equality Muslims and equates them with wanting sex. If you want to puke see here: http://www.quran.mu/mixing-of-sexes-in-islam.html. They have a whole section on women, and it is the usual stupidity of them being needed to be burka covered housewives and be segregated from society.

The second one is called The Muslim Woman. It is a Saudi based website, and again, has the usual women needing to be burka covered housewives because the authors say so because they read Islam.
*EDIT*- It turns out this website has closed down! Thank Allah for that!

This last one (for now) is based out of South Africa, called the Majlis. This website is very anti-salafi, which normally would be a good thing. However, these guys are pretty screwed up, since deobandis are just as mental. I first noticed this in 2012, when it launched a fiery of fatwas against Muslim women who played at the Olympics. The mufti called them "prostitutes". That's when I know this was a screwed up website (fatwa is the last link).
These people are extreme. They use the "shaytaan", "biddah", "kuffar", and "mushrikeen" card consistently. The admin of the website clearly has mental issues. Have a look at these fatwas, it might make Islam QA look liberal to you!
http://themajlis.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60:women-a-musjid&catid=35:q-a-a&Itemid=2
http://themajlis.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18:are-they-islamic-radios&catid=35:q-a-a&Itemid=2
http://themajlis.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=960:when-anthem-is-sung-they-must-remove-their-topis&catid=35:q-a-a&Itemid=2
http://www.themajlis.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=173:message-for-king-of-saudi&catid=34:majlis-articles&Itemid=27

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Why you should avoid online Islamic forums

I have mentioned this before. Online forums/boards are cesspools for nutjobs. I have never questioned my faith more than when I visited these websites. I have seen idiotic and sick comments about women, non-Muslims, other sects of Islam, those who have different interpretations of Islam, and those who are non-salafi. One example is a woman who wrote on their that she worked for a human rights group in Afghanistan. She was immediately chastised for 1) Working 2) Working for groups that promote "biddah" or "kuffar" ideologies 3) Working with men. That woman, last time I checked, deleted her account because she couldn't take the amount of freaks harassing her.

I myself posted before how I was a member of Ummah forums. When I posted about me going to watch my sister play basketball, I was also getting numerous messages about what I was doing was "haraam". I was so sick of the freaks on there, I just left and wondered if Islam was the right religion.

And then there's always morons who support terrorist groups or post fatwas from extremist preachers. I posted before how salafis respond to terrorist attacks in Europe, and I spoke about how they use online forums to express their idiotic views.

You see, on line Islam forums (especially ummah forums, islam awakening, and salafitalk) are usually dominated by right wing Muslims (whom are usually Salafis/Wahhabis/Deobandis). Right wing Muslims are those whom are very strict, ultra conservative, have very narrow minded and rigid and strict interpretations of Islam. They take dawah very seriously, and what better way to do that than to go on Islamic forums?

As I have said before many times, for example, the subject of women is often the favorite topic of these right wingers. Right wing Muslims heavily sexualize every inch of a woman's body, every action she takes, every movement she makes, every dress she wears, and even what she says. They also follow every single hadith (doesn't matter if it's weak or fabricated or not in its context) and strictly follow Salafi or Wahhabi Sheiks.

So, unless you are a terrorist supporter, or a backwards person who thinks women should be burka covered housewives segregated from the public because Allah created women as "fitnah", or you hate other sects of Islam or want to wage war on different interpretations of Islam, if you go on to these forums, you will lose your faith. Sane and civilized Muslims will have their faith shaken when they visit such forums. So AVOID such gatherings.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A reminder about "authentic" hadiths

I have noticed a pattern in certain hadiths declared "authentic". For example the hadiths about gheerah and dayouth were declared authentic by the salafi/wahhabi Muhammed Nassiruddin Al Albani. Also, the hadith about women wearing perfume not entering paradise, women needing to prostrate in front of their husbands, these hadiths are ALSO verified as "authentic" by al albani and two other salafi/wahhabi sheikhs.

When you see hadiths verified as valid or sound, see WHO is doing so. If its verification is done by salafis/wahhabis. you can IGNORE such hadiths because most likely they are NOT true. Remember, hadiths came well after the Prophet pbuh died. They were compiled by ordinary people like you and me. Hadith scholars themselves aren't always on the same page. I mentioned previously how the salafi/wahhabi hadith scholar Al Albani verified a hadith about only an arab being allowed to rule an Islamic state, which has caused controversy among his own community. He also rejected certain hadiths in Sahihh Bukhari. Yes, Al Albani, a very orthodox salafi scholar, rejected some hadiths in Sahih Bukhari.

Something else that I want to stress is the fact that hadiths are CONTEXT SPECIFIC. For example, when the Prophet pbuh said female rulers of a country won't be successful, he was specifically referring to the Persians at the time who chose an unfit daughter of the deceased ruler. Another example is when the Prophet pbuh said that those who can't swim or those who don't do archery are not among us. How many Muslims take part in archery? How many Muslims are there that don't swim?

Here are some videos by Dr Shabbir Ally who says not all hadiths can be accepted because its like a game of Chinese whisper:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN10qU4dP2A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdFyd0HHkAE

Here is an article about hadiths:
http://www.irfi.org/general/history_of_hadiths.htm

So in conclusion:
Salafi/wahhabi verified hadiths are NOT reliable
Hadiths are context specific; referring to specific people, times, and places.
Hadiths are subject to scrutiny and rejection because 1) They were compiled hundreds of years after the Prophet pbuh died 2) Even among hadith scholars there are disagreements about the validity od certain hadiths.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dear Muslim women, you are NOT sinning if men get aroused by you

This is a follow up to my articles on women not being sex objects.

Muslim women are constantly told by sheikhs and the common person that they are sinful if they go out and men get turned on. There is a hadith on this, and you know what? Don't believe in it. Its a false and weak hadith. Its stupid to assume that Allah created women as sex objects who need to cover up and be hidden away because men can't control their lusts. Its stupid to assume that Allah only created women to wear burkas and be housewives because again, men can't control themselves.

Its because of this idiotic and sick thinking that muslim women are denied full public participation in everyday life. I see here in the west how women are living their lives just like how men are, and it annoys and saddens me that muslim countries restrict women's activities because men will get turned on.

The rule that Muslim women shouldn't wear provocative, sleazy, and racy clothing is just so that they should be professional in appearance. This doesn't mean you are to be covered head to toe in a burka, niqab, or hijab, rather it means you wear regular modest clothes that even your non-muslim neighbors wear. This is not hard to understand. If men find you beautiful (not the same thing as aroused by the way), then its NOT your fault in any way and don't think it is. Ignore the salafi and wahabi shitheads who will come at you. Many Muslim women mind their own business without having the intention to cause lustful thoughts and feelings from men, so how on EARTH does it make ANY sense that these women are sinning?? What about for Muslim men? What if they go out and women find them attractive? Are men sinning to? Is shaytaan with men too when they go out??

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

No, Hijab is NOT an Islamic requirement!

I did a piece on the dress of women earlier, you might want to check it out: https://mymuslimthoughts.blogspot.ca/2015/05/trying-to-understand-womans-dress-in.html?showComment=1468300193593

We really need to stop obsessing over the clothes of women. Its like every YouTube video, every fatwa website has content crying over the dress of women.

Lets do a history lesson. The head covering was a part of the arab culture. It was worn BEFORE Islam arrived. Islam did not invent the hijab. It was already in existence worn by people of many faiths (or no faith). However, the head covering (referred to as khimar in the Quran) did not cover the front of a woman. It didn't cover her chest. The head covering would hand behind the woman. That is why Allah said for women to take their head covering (which is ALREADY being worn since its the CULTURE) and cover the exposed parts of the body. Allah never said for women to cover their heads, he just said to take it and cover the front, which was a commandment to the women in ARABIA (and surrounding countries).

And also, there are no sound hadiths on hijab. This is why even the most conservative of Salafis still use the Quran as their primary source of evidence to prove hijab (even though they are wrong).

The overall general idea is that women should dress modestly. Modesty varies by culture. In countries where burka is the only form of modesty, that culture will pass out when they see cultures where burkas are not the only form of modesty. Tight and revealing clothes is what's haraam in Islam. And keep in mind, most women wear clothes that they are comfortable in, in the same way men wear clothes that they feel comfortable in. Most women don't purposely show off their curves, they're just shaped like that, and we need to stop crying over this. The same goes for us men, we don't try and show off our body shapes. But the shape of our parts will almost always show (at least a little bit). You cannot avoid this. Body shapes will ALWAYS show no matter what the clothing is. Shapes will show if you wear jeans, shapes will show if you wear a burka.

Most Muslim girls living in the west do not wear hijab. If anything most of the ones that do are of Arab or Somali decent. Because its their culture. Most Muslim women here wear regular western clothes like everyone else, just like how most Muslim men do. And yes, western clothes can ALSO be modest. Please get bikinis, leggings, spaghetti straps OUT of your head, because that's not the only type of western clothing that exists.

I have said before, culture heavily influences our views on Islam. People who live in cultures where women wear burkas and are segregated from public life will automatically assume women are wearing immodest clothes if they go to places where wearing burkas is not the norm. They won't be able to see that women can still be modest WITHOUT wearing burkas and hijabs.

We need to stop sexualizing every inch of a woman's body. We need to stop thinking that women are sex objects who need to be covered because us men can't "control" ourselves. A woman's choice of clothing should not be determined on the basis of how men will react. If men wear clothing that they are comfortable in, why can't the same apply to women? A woman can be modest WITHOUT covering her hair, while wearing any type of clothing she wants to.

There are two Quran verses that talk about a woman's dress. Surah An Nur (24:3)1 and Surah Al Azhab (33:59). I'll show 24:31 with various translations:


Sahih International 
"And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, their brothers' sons, their sisters' sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed."

Mufti Taqi Usmani
And tell the believing women that they must lower their gazes and guard their private parts, and must not expose their adornment, except that which appears thereof, and must wrap their bosoms with their shawls, and must not expose their adornment, except to their husbands or their fathers or the fathers of their husbands, or to their sons or the sons of their husbands, or to their brothers or the sons of their brothers or the sons of their sisters, or to their women, or to those owned by their right hands, or male attendants having no (sexual) urge, or to the children who are not yet conscious of the shames of women. And let them not stamp their feet in a way that the adornment they conceal is known. And repent to Allah O believers, all of you, so that you may achieve success.

Abdul Haleem
And tell believing women that they should lower their glances, guard their private parts, and not display their charms beyond what [it is acceptable] to reveal; they should let their headscarves fall to cover their necklines and not reveal their charms except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their womenfolk, their slaves, such men as attend them who have no sexual desire, or children who are not yet aware of women’s nakedness; they should not stamp their feet so as to draw attention to any hidden charms. Believers, all of you, turn to God so that you may prosper.

Yusuf Ali
And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.
Shakir
And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.

Pickthall
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigour, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed.

Muhsin Khan
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.
Dr. Ghali
And say to the female believers to cast down their be holdings, and preserve their private parts, and not display their adornment except such as is outward, and let them fix (Literally: strike) closely their veils over their bosoms, and not display their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husbands' fathers, or their sons, or their husbands' sons, or their brothers, or their brothers's sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or what their right hands possess, or (male) followers, men without desire (Literally: without being endowed with "sexual" desire) or young children who have not yet attained knowledge of women's privacies, and they should not strike their legs (i.e., stamp their feet) so that whatever adornment they hide may be known. And repent to Allah altogether, (O) you believers, that possibly you would prosper.
These translations were taken from: https://quran.com/24/31-41
So most translations (except for the salafi Muhsin Khan) say pretty much the same thing. The argument here is that women shouldn't show their "adornments" or "ornaments" to anyone except mehram men and other women. "Adornments" and "ornaments" can mean anything, but as I have said in the past, it refers to body parts that cause sexual arousal. Hair does not cause sexual arousal. Women shouldn't show off those certain body parts, but also as I have said, you can't always cover body shapes. Body shapes and movements will ALWAYS SHOW no matter what clothing you wear. The point here is you shouldn't have the INTENT to show off and cause arousal, and that you shouldn't wear tight, revealing, or provocative clothing. If you are being modest and men get turned on by you, its not your fault at all. And then these translations also speak of using the veil or headcover to cover your body. Recall what I said earlier about Arab women at the time. Also the translations speak about only revealing what is "necessary". Why wasn't Allah more specific about this? What is "necessary" can mean anything. Hair can be interpreted as something that is necessary to show.
The next verse is 33:59. I'm not in the mood to show so many translations so we'll just stick with a few:
Dr. Ghali
O you Prophet, say to your spouses and your daughters and the women of believers, that they draw their outer garments closer to them; that will (make) it likelier that they will be recognized and so will not be hurt. And Allah has been Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Merciful.
Pickthall
O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
Sahih International
O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.
Shakir
O Prophet! say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments; this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be given trouble; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
So same thing, take the over garments (already worn because its Arab culture) and cover the rest of their bodies which are exposed. The last part is about dressing in this way so that they could be now recognized as Muslim women, and not associated with the women who didn't cover their chests (so the non-muslim women) as well as slave women.