Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Practical Advice for Sisters

Dear Sister,

Assalam alaikum

Looking for some practical tips to make your life easier?

Join in on the call!

You are invited to the LivingHalal teleconference series!

The first topic in this series is about practicing Islam in public for
sisters living in America. The purpose of this call is to simplify
common dilemmas faced by sisters living in the West.

Call in Sunday, January 27th, 2008
at 3 PM (EST/New York time) 12 Noon (PST/Los Angeles time)
Phone Number: 712-432-3900
Conference Access Code: (email livinghalal at gmail to get the access code)

Our guest speaker will be sister Umm Abdurrahman, who will be covering
topics such as:

-Figuring out how to pray outside of home.
-Hijab-related issues, ranging from dealing with people who stare to
finding hijabi clothes.
-Shaking hands with non-Mahram men.
-How to get a haircut as a hijabi…
…as well as other fascinating topics plaguing Muslim sisters in America!

We will have a short discussion for 20 minutes, and then we will open
up the floor for questions from the audience either by phone, or
through the Facebook LivingHalal group

Mark your calendar, THIS SUNDAY 3PM (EST), in-sha-Allah


Click here for the recording,

Or, here is the full recording

Tips for practicing Islam in public in America.


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At 1/26/2008 11:54:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can I pray at public school?

At 1/31/2008 08:25:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bismillah. Asalaamualaykum.

The conference call hosted by Living Halal called "Practical Advice For Sisters" discussed pertinent topics for the muslimah living in America. Umm Abdul Rahman addressed several concerns/questions Muslim sisters had such as:
"How do you handle negative comments made by people about your hijab?"
"How do you deal with finding a place to pray when your out?"
"What do you do when a non-mahram man wants to shake your hand?"
"Where do you get your hair cut?"
and my favorite...
"What do you do when you're making wudu in a public place and someone walks in when your foot is in the sink?"

I recommend all Muslim sisters living in the west to take advantage of these excellent tips and watch the 4 part video series inshaAllah.

At 1/31/2008 09:09:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, masha'Allah =) i like it.

very well put, informs listener of what islam is about=) good type of dawah. Jazaka'Allahu khair ameen. May Allah Swt bless you, ameen.

At 2/01/2008 06:04:00 AM , Anonymous UmmAbdurrahman said...

Assalaamu alaikum...
To the person asking how to pray at a public school, I think a good person to talk to would be the school counselor. She is there to help you deal with personal issues. She might let you use her office to pray or at least she can advise you on where to pray. Mostly it's just zuhr you have to catch during the school day, and you can do that in your lunch hour insha'Allah. If zuhr comes after lunch time, then wait until there is a break between classes and meet the teacher outside of classtime to let him know that you are going to be 5 minutes late to class each day because you have a required prayer at that time. If you don't feel comfortable having that talk or if the teacher refuses, use the school counselor as a resource again and ask her to talk to the teacher with you or for you. May Allah make it easy for you and bless you for trying hard in this deen as a young Muslim!

At 2/01/2008 08:57:00 AM , OpenID siratulmustaqim2 said...

Bismilaahir Rahmaanir Rahiim
Asalaam 'aleikum wa Rahmatulaahi wa Barakatu akhawat.

Three of my children are in public school. Two of them pray at school. In your parent/teacher manual there is a topic on this stating that concesions will/can be made for children who CHOOSE to pray. You need to talk to the PRINCIPAL about this.

They pray either at the end of lunch, beginning of PE or study hall or some non academic class depending on the timing of Thuhur. I have NEVER had a problem with them allowing them to pray, maasha Allah. The location of their prayers is once again based on the time and empty rooms at the time. They have even prayed in huge "supply closets" as long as the floors are "clean". There are so many concesions that we can get and have the RIGHT to receive in public school for our children. Some of them that I have gotten is certain ommisions in music class such as instruments, not standing for the pledge of "allegiance to the FLAG?", and uniform exemptions. These are all given with not much problems, maasha Allah, and are even stated in those manuals that conesions can be made for us. I think doing for our children also teaches them that just because we are at school/work does not mean that our Islam (WAY OF LIFE) goes on hold for those times. We have to teach them by example, insha Allah.

If someone wanted to know more about other exemptions, I would be happy to let them know my experience but I did not want to drag out this post.

Thanks for listening, maasha Allah.

Wa'leikum as salaam wa Rahmatulaahi wa Barakatu!

Your sister,

Umm Madiina


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