and Allah said "And proclaim the pilgramage among men; they will come to thee on foot and on every kind of camel. Lean on account of Journeys through deep and distant mountain highways" Surah 22 ~ Al Hajj Part 27
Shazia: Leyton, England
Dear Webmaster - Salaamwalakum
I am a young person (21), who has grown up in England . I don't think a lot of the older generation realise the fact that the younger generation who have grown up here have different set of problems that our parents did not. The whole environment and perceptions towards Islam made it very difficult for someone like me to practice Islam.
Maybe I am being naive in saying that in light 9/11, 7/7 and all that has been going on in East London under the pretext of Anti-Terrorist laws, it hard not to be looked at as a terrorist or even a criminal if you are a practicing Muslim irrespective of your love for this country and the desire to uphold its laws. More then the media, Tony Blair has a lot to answer for creating this Islamophobic society and it is hard not to ask yourself why?
Never the less I used to regularly pray Friday prayers (Juma) as most my other Muslim brothers and sisters will agree with; is generally the done thing. Than Islam channel happened - Duties to Islam and for the first time in my life I found out that all my juma's amount to nothing as I do not keep up regular prayer which is one of the five pillars and covenant with Allah that I as a Muslim have to abide by. This was a shock to the system to say the least. I started to find out more, which isn't easy as one is never sure if a website that you are reading is factual or not. Ask the parents and their answers contradict to what you read in books or what the scholars are saying. Whilst on scholars, is it only me or has anybody else noticed a funny thing about scholars; why do they always include so much Arabic terminology that makes absolutely no sense to someone like me, when the lecture is "supposed" to be in English? Does this fact, make them feel more intelligent and superior? Allah knows best.
I have started to wear the hijab and do keep up regular prayer. Most sisters who wear the hijab have a solidarity and will give salaam as prescribed to all regardless of colour or creed (Admittedly there are some who need educating), but the surprise came from a different quarter. I am now able to categorically differentiate without a problem, Asian brothers of Pakistani, Arab or African decent. The Pakistani and Arab brothers treat you as a “nobody” whilst the brothers who have come from Africa respect you and will give you their salaam WITHOUT a hidden agenda except for the fact that you are a sister in Islam. I wish all brothers were like that.
I hope and pray this website is more factual and to the point and on an ending note please keep the Arabic out or tell of a good and CHEAP place to learn it, for it seems that most Islamic places are only out there to make a quick buck when you actually start comparing prices. I wonder why, when the material is imported from counteries like Pakistan for next to nothing!
Asalaamwalaikum wa rehamthullah wa barkathu sister
It is with in our remit to keep this website simple and understable to all whose mother tongue is not Arabic. As far as being factual, all we can say is that may Allah subhanatallah guide our hands, minds and itentions as we present what we beleive to be the truth.
Whilst we appreciate that recent years have not been easy for Muslims, we all make dua that Allah give us patience and we always live in the knowledge that the truth has an uncanny way of presenting itself out in the open. As long as we abide our lives in the way our creator has adviced, no harm to you or anyone else around you will occur inshallaha. Remember what goes around, comes around...