The Hijabi in Sports – Muslimah Attire

The article about Sister Kulsoom Abdullah (the first hijabi in World Weightlifting Champions) on mosaicofmuslimwomen today reminded me of how I used to be in a dilemma, and being very uncomfortable each time we have physical education (P.E.) sessions in school.

As we know, in a secular school, the P.E. attire is just T-shirt and shorts. I remembered having to draft a letter to write in seeking permission so that I can wear long pants during the P.E. So, I did it in secondary school and also in junior college.

Alhamdulillah, the chance of being able to wear long pants is such a blessing. No worries at all of indecent exposure during stretching exercises, although it would be better if I could wear hijab as well.

And the best thing is in secondary school, one of the P.E. teachers was a male pervert, who disguised and falsified his documents so that he could have a chance to teach and flirt with the girls in my school. Sheessh…

Fortunately, the principal suspended him and reported him to the police.

Back to sis Kulsum, we are very proud of you. She has a PhD and also very active in weightlifting and crossfit.Image

And what I really like about her is her determination to wear proper hijab even while doing sports, where most Muslimahs will not (e.g. they probably reasoned out that the hijab and having an attire that covers up will be inconvenient to their movement in the sports. Or that the hijab is against the rules of the sports attire.). Well, sis Kulsoom has proven otherwise.

Respect Allah’s rules, inshaAllah, our activities will amplify in blessings.

Stay active always!

Luv,

Aizan

Experiencing Thunderstorm, Raining Ice (Hail) in Jurong East

Today at about 3 pm, there was an unforgettable thunderstorm and “raining ice” at Jurong East.

It rained furiously with the debris being blown right into the corridor windows of my MIL’s flat in Jurong East. Slippers were blown all over the place.

A neighbour’s shoe rack was carried by the wind, and ended up broken apart at the staircase landing one flight of staircase below, with the shoes strewn on the staircase.

The cover of the electrical box in front of this neighbour’s house was broken and detached from the electrical box by the strength of the wind.

We kept ourselves indoors, while things were flung around and were banging on everywhere.

The winds were too strong that I can only think of one thing… is this the Yaumul Qiamah (D-Day)? My kids were already reading the du’a of Prophet Yunus: Laila ha illa anta Subhanaka inni kuntu Minazzalimin.

MashaAllah, we are already so scared when presented with a storm like this. What about the actual day, I cannot imagine.

There were also fallen trees around, and some people also got to pick up some ice from the hail.

A mind blowing incident. Thank you Allah, for reminding me of Your Wrath.

Know Allah: State of the Heart In Our Prayer

If we are serious about wanting to achieve tranquility of the heart, we need to start with prayer. A righteous man called Hatim Al-Asamm recognized how crucial prayer is to the state of our hearts. He said, “When the time for prayer is at hand, I make a proper ablution, go to the spot where I intend to pray, sit there until all my limbs and organs are in a collected state. Then I stand up to perform my prayer, placing the Kabah between my brows, the Bridge over Hell (sirat) beneath my feet, Paradise to my right and Hell to my left, and the Angel of Death behind me, thinking all the while that this is my last prayer. Then I stand between hope and fear. I carefully pronounce ‘Allahu Akbar!’ Then I recite the Qur’an harmoniously, bow in humility, and prostrate myself submissively. I then sit back on my left haunch, spreading out the top of my left foot and raising my right foot on the toes. I follow this with sincerity. Then I wonder whether or not my prayer has been accepted.”Subhan’Allah, can we imagine the state of the heart of a person who prays like this?

Source: How to Achieve Tranquility of the Heart

Cool Family Activities for the Muslim Families in Singapore

What do we do when we get together as a family? How do we make sure these activities are Muslim and will Allah be pleased with us? There are plenty of great activities that we can do.

Among the favourites of many families are eating out at popular food oulets and restaurants, having barbecues and staying at chalets, and singing karaoke at home or at KTV lounges. There’s also the weekend bowling fun and catching up on the latest movie release at the theatres.

But on closer observation, are we really having fun? And what do we learn from these gatherings. I mean learning about life and how do we improve ourselves as grateful human beings?

Celebrity Gossip VS Prophet’s Stories

It’s inevitable sometimes that during a meeting or gathering, we will tend to talk about other people – in short, gossiping. About celebrities, etc…As we sit in front of the TV set, and watch whatever that is presented to us, and someone starts to talk about the celebrity that appears on the screen, others will be eager to join the dicussion.

What benefit do we get from this? Maybe we can argue that we can learn from the experience of others. But wait… Why learn from celebrities who have no concern about us, when Allah has already given us exemplary people to learn from – people who were willing to die to make us be good Muslims?

The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is the most complete example to learn and “copy” from. If there is any one personality whose character and actions can followed for a long time and will never be out of trend, it will be this man, the Prophet himself.

So instead of the empty hours of gossiping, what better use of time will it be if we use it for sharing stories and knowledge about the Prophet and his companions. What better use of time will it be if we integrate life lessons related to Islam into all the family events we have.

Is Life Created to Have Fun?

Yes, you might think that the purpose of the family activity is to have fun. Ask yourself, are we created to have fun? Are we created to be spending hours stuck to the TV sets, to the games on the smart phones, to be singing love songs and keeping updates on celebrity lives, even the low morale ones?

Allah has reminded us through His Words in the Quran that a person will experience fun and peace when he or she has constant interaction with Allah – via the remembrance of Allah, via reading the Quran, via learning about Islam and the Prophet’s advice. The term fun refers to the feeling of joy that Allah rewards those who want to seek Him.

So there is no point seeking fun in supposedly “fun” activities. Remember Allah and share the knowledge about Allah with your family members, and fun will come naturally.

To wrap up my thoughts, here are my suggestions for cool family activities for the Muslim family:

1. Organising quiz on Islam, Prophet’s stories, Hadith. (Click here to attempt a quiz.) 

2. Participating in sports activities to encourage fitness (click here for a workout video), as a fit body will allow us to contribute more to our family and society

3. Watching movies that teach us and inspire us to better Muslims, e.g. The Message and documentaries that unravel the beauty and massive force of Allah’s Creations e.g. On the natural world, natural disasters, and on the planets and stars

4. Attending sessions of zikr that encourage us to recite supplications and selawat, and to always thank Allah. Remember that the souls of the Prophets and saints are still alive, and they are listening to our prayers and supplications. Thanks to their sacrifices, we get the knowledge about Islam.

5. Learning and sharing a beneficial skill e.g. Cooking lessons, language lessons especially Arabic (so we can better appreciate the Quran), first aid, parenting lessons, elderly care lessons, massage techniques classes, IT classes. Anything that we can use to help our family and others who are in need.