She’s not dead yet…

24 Jan

In the name of God the Most Gracious the Most Merciful.

Peace be upon you.

I’ve decided to make this new post about sisterhood- in a way. I’ve been wondering about the way we communicate and the way we encourage each other regarding matters of deen (religion). Whether it be regarding prayers or hijab, behaviour with your parents or kindness toward strangers, we could all improve somehow.

So could the sisters around us, none of us are perfect.

The reason I’ve titled this post ‘She’s not dead yet’ is because I don’t want us to become sisters who look at ‘non-practicing’ (I hate that phrase!) sisters as just that and leave them to do whatever they want. We should always strive to encourage the best amongst our Ummah (nation). In one of the verses that drew me to Islam, God told us directly

‘The believing men and believing women are protectors of one another. They enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil’ 9:71

This is a verse in the Qur’an. There is no dispute or debate. It is a direct command, our duty as believers. We must always aid our sisters in their deen and just as we try to show the right way to non Muslims, we should do so with our sisters, too- through dawah. Dawah is calling people to the straight path and there are times our sisters need that same call and times we need it too. Remember dawah is to be done with good manners and sound knowledge that you can back up. If you don’t have the evidences to hand I would suggest making a note, finding the evidence and getting back to that person because it is better to give no advice than to give advice with no knowledge, and ‘I’m pretty sure it says…‘ is not sound knowledge, but Allah knows best and every situation is different.  My point is, none of us are dead yet and every day is another chance to do better and to enjoin good and forbid evil.

Never give up hope on a sister, just as you would hope she would never give up on you.

I’m reminding myself before anyone else. Peace.

~ Khalida bint John

Read more about Khalida here

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