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Welcome to Al Misbaah Students' Blog: Where Your Reflections Matter"

Welcome to Al Misbaah Students' Blog, an open sanctuary where your thoughts, reflections, and personal journey with the Quran find their voice. Here, we invite you to share the depth of your feelings, insights, and experiences as you engage with the sacred text.

This blog is your canvas—a space where every emotion, realization, and contemplation inspired by the Quran can be articulated freely and respectfully. We encourage you to pour your heart onto these digital pages, expressing what the Quran means to you personally.

Your contributions, whether profound or poignant, joyous or thought-provoking, are the threads that weave our collective tapestry of understanding and connection. Let this be a platform where your voice resonates, where your thoughts are cherished, and where your journey enriches the broader discourse on Quranic study.

Join us in this enlightened space, where your reflections find a home, your expressions are valued, and your journey with the Quran is celebrated!

Eid Saeed - Naima Iqbal (QI 2015)



Flip, flip, flip…no news yet…flip again…

Minds curious, hearts anxious, and hands trembling my husband was flipping through the news channels on our television set, waiting for the news to break through whether the moon was sighted or not. Staying in a non-Muslim country, the news channels were the only source of knowing this. Suddenly his hand froze on a channel which showed a bearded man searching into the sky with his binoculars, and the news read that the moon had been spotted. The atmosphere filled with happiness as we all enthusiastically greeted each other with “Eid Mubarak!”


Everyone started planning for the Eid prayer for the next morning. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm faded as the the question came up about the women going to pray aswell. Upon this my daughter and I declared that we wanted to go as well; we knew of the hadeeth of rasool Allah (peace be upon him) informing us that the women should also attend this special prayer.


Umm Atiya narrated:

“We were commanded to bring out on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul Adha, the young women and the menstruating women to participate in the goodness and supplications of the Muslims but the menstruating women keep away from the musalah”


( Bukhari, two ‘Eid, chapter: the coming out of ladies and menstruating women to the Musalla, hadith:974)


Contrary to what we expected though, the reaction we received wasn’t a pleasant one. It’s considered a very strange thing for a woman to go the masjid in Delhi. Therefore we received a lot of opposition from our own family preventing us from going based on the evidence that “women don’t go to the masjid here so let’s keep it that way”. Since when was Islam only to be practiced in only a certain part of the world and ignored in another?


My husband and I tried to do a bit of dawah here by telling my brother (the main person opposing us from going) of the hadeeth and explaining to him as much as we possibly could; however, it only lead him to starting an argument. Persisting, he said that there was no way he would send his wife. Before this incident got too heated, we left the apartment to go to the other side of the family.


We didn’t give up though Alhamdulillah. We were eager to revive this Sunnah of rasool Allah (peace be upon him) and we thought that we would go even if it were just the three of us (that’s me and my two daughters). And would you be believe it? Even the imam of the masjid called us and told us that it isn’t necessary for women to come as its not “wajib”, he said. To that I told him it was mustahabb.SubhanAllah!                                                            


With the intention of waking up early we went to bed in a short while.

The next day arrived as our Creator gave us the opportunity to witness another vibrant Eid. Being the only women, we went to the masjid compared to the thousands of men who came. But after a while of repeating the takbir before the actual prayer, the most amazing thing happened… the door of the women’s musallah opened and in came most of the women from our family! Even the wife of my brother stepped in! We sprang to hug each other and this just added more color to our day. SubhanAllah!

Overall Alhamdulillah, we achieved our goal and we were able to revive this Sunnah in Delhi (in our local masjid at least) .We lighted the splint, and who knows, next year might be another year to light a fire. Inshallah !

 


              There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of  Allah an excellent example



for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and (who) remembers Allah often. { Surah Al Ahzaab verse 21} . Translation: Sahih International



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