Reflections of the Hijra

With the start of the Islamic new year a few weeks ago, there are many bounties and lessons to be reflected on.    Although we do not take the Islamic New Year as a holiday or celebrate it, we should reflect on what led to the development of the Islamic Calendar – which is the greatest event during the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) – The HIJRA.  It is so important in many aspects, and today we can see the fruits of this major event and efforts of the Prophet, the Sahaba, and the Ansar – as there are Muslims literally in every corner of the earth united under the banner of La ilaha illa Allah.
 
It is just as important to instill these lessons in our children, who will be our future leaders in Islam.  With the state of our Ummah now, and at the same time with how much Islam is growing, it is crucial that we remember the great efforts taken to unite this Ummah, and to try and renew these efforts.  As I tried to convey these points to my son, I wrote a poem for children about the Hijra that I wanted to share.
 
Al-Hijra
A Celebration of Light and Unity
 
My hero, my Prophet, I strive to be like him
He changed the entire Ummah, with the migration
He travelled across the desert, from Makkah to Yathrib
In search for peace and unity, for our Ummah this he did
 
The only thing he fought for, and wanted to preserve
Was the religion of al-Islam, so Allah alone we could serve 
For 13 years he taught Tawheed, until the hearts were firm
With knowing Allah is the Only God, to worship, love and yearn
 
The time had come to leave Makkah, under Allah’s command
Then the Prophet and his followers, migrated to a new land
A place where they could establish, the laws set by Allah
The Ummah was small but united, in Madinah al-Munawarrah
 
The migrants went with happiness, leaving all their wealth behind
Being with the Prophet, was the only thing on their mind
The Ansar or the “helpers”, welcomed the Prophet to their land
To him they pledged allegiance, for Islam they took a stand
 
They all sang songs of welcome – Men, women, and the youth,
For Islam brought to humanity – Justice, Peace and Truth
And from that trip in 622, Islam spread far and near
To every corner on the earth, to every hemisphere
 
Muslims standing together, with no cultural boundaries
It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, Arab or Chinese
The only thing that unites us, so beautiful and strong
Is the belief in the Shahadatain, and you cannot go wrong
 
The year is now 1429, after the Hijri year
And still we continue to grow in size – O Muslims listen here
Smile for this Ummah – Be proud of our Deen
The stronger we will stand, and more united we will be
 
Here’s a special message from our family
We’re thankful for the Hijra, a celebration of light and unity!

~ Um Yusuf as-Siddiq

My Hijab

What do you see when you look at me
Do you see someone limited, or someone free?

All some people can do is just look and stare
Simply because they can’t see my hair.

Others think I am controlled and uneducated
They think that I am limited and un-liberated.

                       

They are so thankful that they are not me
Because they would like to remain ‘free.’

Well free isn’t exactly the word I would’ve used
Describing women who are cheated on and abused.

They think that I do not have opinions or voice
They think that being hooded isn’t my choice.

They think that the hood makes me look caged
That my husband or dad are totally outraged.

All they can do is look at me in fear
And in my eye there is a tear.

 

Not because I have been stared at or made fun of
But because people are ignoring the One up Above.

On the Day of Judgment they will be the fools
Because they were too ashamed to play by their own rules.

Maybe the guys won’t think I am a cutie
But at least I am filled with more inner beauty.

See I have declined from being a guy’s toy
Because I won’t let myself be controlled by a boy.

Real men are able to appreciate my mind
And aren’t busy looking at my behind.

 

Islam is my way

 

Hooded girls are the ones really helping the Muslim cause
The role that we play definitely deserves applause.

I will be recognized because I am smart and bright
And because some people are inspired by my sight.

The smart ones are attracted by my tranquility
In the back of their mind they wish they were me.

We have the strength to do what we think is right
Even if it means putting up a life-long fight.

You see we are not controlled by a miniskirt and tight shirt
We are given only respect, and never treated like dirt.

So you see, we are the ones that are free and liberated
We are not the ones that are sexually terrorized and violated.

We are the ones that are free and pure
We’re free of STD’s that have no cure.

So when people ask you how you feel about the hood
Just sum it up by saying ‘Baby, its all good!’
 

-unknown

I am a Muslim Woman

I am a Muslim woman
Feel free to ask me why
When I walk
I walk with dignity
When I speak
I do not lie
 
I am a Muslim woman
Not all of me you’ll see
But what you should appreciate
Is that the choice I make is free
 
I’m not plagued with depression
I’m neither cheated nor abused
I don’t envy other women
And I’m certainly not confused
 
Note, I speak perfect English
Et un petit peu de Francais aussie
I’m majoring in Linguistics
So you need not speak slowly
 
I run my own small business
Every cent I earn is mine
I drive my Chevy to school & work
And no, that’s not a crime!
 
You often stare as I walk by
You don’t understand my veil
But peace and power I have found
As I am equal to any male!
 
I am a Muslim woman
So please don’t pity me
For God has guided me to truth
And now I’m finally free!

author unknown

Four Decades of Occupation

Four decades of occupation

Happening to the best of all nations

What will become of the new generation

O Allah grant them salvation

For them this is a dedication

A call for an end to the defamation

 

Don’t let go of your determination

Persist in du’aa in your prostration

This is only Allah’s preparation

For a great victory that follows tribulation

 

Continually make your invocations

He hears the call of all His creation

And better than that we are Muslims by identification

According to the Prophet’s narration

Our affairs are good for us – we will have compensation

From his words take inspiration

 

Picture this lovely illustration

A total change and variation

An end to the foreign occupation

Living in peace and relaxation

 

Brothers and sisters this is no falsification

Allah speaks the truth with no misrepresentation

Be steadfast and obedient and endure trials with patience

And the reward will bring you to total elation

Because Allah said we are the best of all nations

 

“Kuntum khayra ummatin”

 

~Um Yusuf as-Siddiq