Watch Your Thoughts, They Become Words; Watch Your Words, They Become Actions…
It is no more news that our Sister Firdaus Amasa was barred from the call to bar ceremony at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja-Nigeria for wearing Hijab under her wig. Alhamdulillah many Muslims and some conscious non-Muslims have shown concerns against disrespect and violation of her religious rights. But it saddens heart that when a Muslim start to practice true Islam, it is a Muslim that will be his/her problem.
Islam is not Christianity, and Christianity is not a Traditional Religion. In Islam, women are obligated to cover their hair, their body… which may not be so in another religion. Others may voluntarily put aside their religion obligations for an hour or hours of the ceremony but it is not allowed in Islam. But many Muslim women have been called to bar with their head uncovered, yes! Everybody is doing it does not make it right. You may also see it as intolerance, I may also agree with you if the hijab is merely a fashion but it is not. It is an obligation in Islam. Saturday and Sunday were not declared weekly holidays in Islam, and it is not an obligation to work every day also, in fact Allah asks us to go back to business after Friday Salat (prayer). Hence we don’t move against it… and many more.
Some have argued that Nigeria is a secular state, this is not a problem. A secular state needs to understand and respect the differences of her citizenry. Disrespecting the differences is an injustice, and injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Section 38(1) of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right, provide: “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance”. Knowing that this is manmade law; the right is not absolute and it takes not an ill-fated lawyer some hours to develop law technicalities against Sister Firdaus Amasa in the court of law. Soon, many law technicalities will emerge but word of Allah will prevail. So, it is better to talk to believers in the language they understand.
My brethren, manmade law has multifaceted defects that give headache to every believer in the field. And we don’t pray to continue like this. Man study manmade laws for different reasons.
عُمَرَ بْنَ الْخَطَّابِ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَلَى الْمِنْبَرِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ “ إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ”.
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Messenger (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) saying, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions.” Sahih al-Bukhari 1
عَرَفْتُ الشّرَّ لا لِلشّرِّلَكِنْ لِتَوَقّيهِ ** وَمَنْ لَمْ يَعْرِفِ الشّرَّمنَ الناسِ يقعْ فيهِ
I knew not evil for evil but to avoid it. And whoever know not difference between evil and good, usually falls into evil. We study interest (riba) to avoid it, if she studies manmade law to initiate change of those laws or avoid it or to understand the superiority of Shari’ah to these laws.. can that be an issue?! (Majmoo’ fatawa al-Shayk ibn Baaz, 2/325-331). It is a wake up calls for Muslim lawyers, and a step forward has reduced 100 years’ journey. We can’t sit down and expect miracle, we need to move then Allah will help. We should put ourselves in her condition as a Muslim who want to practice his religion or promote justice but barred and humiliated. Ibn Hazm writes:
مَن أراد الإنصاف فليتوهم نفسه مكان خصمه فإنه يلوح له وجه تعسفه
Whoever intends justice, then let him imagine himself in the place of his adversary, for he will be shown the manner of his own abuse. al-Akhlāq wal-Siyar 1/82. Conscious Muslims have not recuperated from the shock of inhuman done to human, and another Muslim is saying she should have complied because it was not stated in our constitution that she can put on hijab… Sudhaanallah! Please where was hour of praying Zuhr and Asr stated in the constitution as leisure time before Muslim civil servants stand up and pray?! And because it was not stated we will not pray again?!
As Hatim Al-Asam, may Allah have mercy on him, said:
معي ثلاث خصال بها أظهر على خصمي أفرح إذا أصاب خصمي وَأحزن له إذا أخطأ وَأحفظ نفسي لا تتجاهل عَلَيْهِ
I have three traits that give me an advantage over my adversary. I rejoice when he is correct, I am saddened when he is wrong, and I guard myself from insulting him. Tārīkh Baghdād 9/149. It is an urgency of now to remind our brethren the gravity of speaking against usage of hijab in our institutions or elsewhere. It is ruinous for a believer to move or speak against the commandments of Allah like hijab because
حديث أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ “ إِنَّ الْعَبْدَ لَيَتَكَلَّمُ بِالْكَلِمَةِ مِنْ رِضْوَانِ اللَّهِ لاَ يُلْقِي لَهَا بَالاً، يَرْفَعُ اللَّهُ بِهَا دَرَجَاتٍ، وَإِنَّ الْعَبْدَ لَيَتَكَلَّمُ بِالْكَلِمَةِ مِنْ سَخَطِ اللَّهِ لاَ يُلْقِي لَهَا بَالاً يَهْوِي بِهَا فِي جَهَنَّمَ ”.
The Prophet; said, “A slave (of Allah) may utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance, and because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward): a slave (of Allah) may utter a word (carelessly) which displeases Allah without thinking of its gravity and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-Fire.” Sahih al-Bukhari 6478.
May Allah grant us understanding and forgive me and you for what we know and know not on this issue.