Friday, July 11, 2008

Hijaabi Exerciser (Credit: Muslimah Connection)

Taking Care of Your Health - Even Totally Covered
It is so easy to find excuses for not exercising and not taking caring of yourself and your health - even though this should be important for all of us. Being covered - even in full-hijaab - does not prevent a woman from taking care of her health, exercising and making good food choices. By being inactive and not caring about what we eat puts us in danger. Obesity is not something to play with. Obesity is harmful and it can provoke serious disorders and obese people have from double to triple the probability of dying prematurely, compared to people with normal weight. Diseases linked to obesity are for example diabetes, bilary calculosis, respiratory insufficiency, nocturnal apnoea, cardiovascular diseases, arterial hypertension, arthrosis of backbone and of lower limbs and fertility anomalies. Also lack of exercise itself is a risk factor. The American Heart Association has suggested that lack of exercise raises heart disease risk. Even modest activity is said to lower the risks. So it's time to get moving sister! Another reason for lack of exercise may be the difficulty to find the time for exercise. If you have small children try to find some activity which you can do with your children (see tips below for suggestions). Or if you can wake up one hour or even half an hour earlier to get some "me time" for exercise and get the exercise done first thing in the morning. Or if you are married try to ask your husband to look after the kids 3-4 times a week so that you get the chance to take care of your health. If you haven't yet found your way to exercise you may be asking that what can I do fully covered if you are a hijaab-wearing sister. Here are some tips to consider: 1) Walking. Wearing hijaab does not prevent one from walking. This form of exercise is also suitable for mothers with young children - take the baby with you in a stroller, toddlers can walk for short distances. Walk to the park if you have one nearby. You can actually increase the amount of steps you take each day! 2) Women-only gym. Find out if you have a women-only gym in your town/city. 3) Exercising at home. This option actually includes several choices. You may want to consider investing in a stationary bike, cross-trainer (a.k.a. elliptical trainer) or treadmill if you just have the space for this kind of equipment in your home. You can also exercise at home without big machines and big investments. You can even do some exercise without equipment or with inexpensive equipment like dumbbells, exercise bands, jump rope, (weighted) body bar, fitness ball etc. Don't let your hijaab prevent you from exercing. Find the exercises you like and make taking care of yourself a priority. Exercising will give you more energy and it help you stay away from depression.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Travelling without your Mahram (Appointed Guardian)

Women going out shopping
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Question: Me and my wife go out to the market to buy necessary items for her or the house, and she comes out with me completely covered, and all praise is due to Allaah (alone), and she does not speak to any of the traders (shop owners and assistants). So is there any sin in her coming out (like this) or not? (Please) advise me.

Response: There is no harm in a woman going out to buy necessary items from the market if she has no-one who is able to do this on her behalf, so long as she is completely covered and remains away from mixing with the men and unnecessarily talking to them. And if she has a man from amongst her mahrams with her, then that is more complete and better.

However, if there is someone who can buy these necessary items on her behalf, then there is no need for her to go out for that which exists therein of fitnah and danger, especially in this day and age in which fitnah has increased and humility and mutual respect has decreased - except upon those whom Allaah has shown Mercy to. So it is obligatory for a woman to remain in her home as much as she is able to, as He (Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala) says:

{And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance…}, Soorah al-Ahzaab, Aayah 33

Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan
al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan - Volume 3, Page 294, Fatwa No.430

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Are Niqaabis Now Safe on Checkout Lines?

Wal-Mart apologizes to Muslim woman
Tue Feb 19, 11:46 PM ET

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. apologized to a Muslim woman who said she was mocked because of her face veil.

"Please don't stick me up," a cashier told the shopper on Feb. 2, according to The Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Wal-Mart apologized Monday in a letter signed by Rolando Rodriquez, a vice president and regional general manager. It was released Tuesday by the council's Nevada chapter.

"I can assure you that the associate in question was disciplined in accordance with our employment policies as a result of the situation," Rodriguez said without disclosing details.
Rodriguez said employees at the Riverdale store would undergo "sensitivity training," specifically in the Islamic faith and Muslim culture.

At Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., spokesman Phillip Keene confirmed the letter and declined further comment.

"We applaud Wal-Mart for taking appropriate action to resolve this incident," said Yasser Moten, executive director of the council's Nevada chapter. The group doesn't have an office in Utah.

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Q: What books should we read to learn about our Deen and what avenues should we take to increase ourselves in mutual love?

Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed Baazmool, Hafidahullaah

The Shaykh said; with regards to books,
(1). You should read from the Qur’âan with the Tafseer of As-Sa’ady, also the Sahih of Bukhari, Riyadhus-Saliheen, and Usool Thalatha. And as for the affair of mutual love between ourselves, we mention the Hadeeth of the Prophet, Sallahu Alayhis Salaam, "None of you will enter Jennah until we truly believe and none of you will truly believe until you mutually love each other." Shouldn’t I inform you of something that you can do and if you did it, you will increase the mutual love between yourselves. They said of course and the Prophet, Sallahu Alayhis Salaam, said, "Spread the Salaams amongst yourselves."(2). Refrain from the affairs of differing over Dunya (worldly) things, because if your heart is attached to the Akirah and what is with Allaah, then you will not dispute and fall out with your brother so easily over things that are related to the Dunya.(3). He said that you wish for your brothers what you wish for yourself and you let them know that.(4). Righteous actions in general are something that cause the hearts to become together.(5). Following the Sunnah of the Prophet, Sallahu Alayhis Aalaam, because in that is unity. The people will come together and it is the lack of adherence to the Sunnah that causes the division. And he gave an example by mentioning the Hadeeth : "Do not differ in the Salah so that your hearts will become divided." Meaning the physical things that you do, they have a real effect on the cohesion between yourselves.(6). He advised us to leave off all things that lead to division. Jealousy, hatred, deception, insulting each other and the likes. And to be patient over the harms of his brother when he opresses him or harms him. This is something that if not practiced will lead to division.

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