Niqaabi Cobbler: My Only Hope

Monday 27-Jul-2020, 8:11AM / 1405

Bismillaahir Rahmanir Raheem 

O Allaah save me from acting to please anyone but You.

I hope my piece on the Niqaabi Cobbler will catch up with the reverberating effects of the BBC Video, Inshaa Allaah.

As for the sordid, temperamental, and negative reactions, they are not disappointing, I did expect them. Read the piece again, I did say it that some  people would call for my head. I did not even exempt any quarters. 

Yes, some people appreciated it too. Even that some appreciated it does not matter, what matters is that my Lord should appreciate it. 

And I read the defences too especially from some of our modern classy sophisticated sisters; salafiyaat and hizbiyyaat combined. It was a war of ahzaab against me and some other brothers. 

And our our educated brothers reacted too. Some of them were very vicious in their reactions. One of them even painted our own wives black. That's nothing. May Allaah reward those who rose to our defence among them. You are not defending us, I know, but the Deen of Islam. 

Just know that this Deen is nobody's property; not mine and definitely not yours. And we have said it miraaran that nobody is greater than this Deen, and nobody is immune from being corrected. Yes, agreed, the manner and how matter.

I am not immune from being corrected neither are you. Please take note. 

Go and know that we live in a dangerous time where heresies and waywardness spread with all ease. The mulhidoon, of different attires, are on the prowl, to at least confuse unsuspecting Muslims, if not robbing them of their faith. So the matter is not an easy one as many of you brothers there, yes you brothers, think. I am afraid you are not victims already. I am afraid. Wallaahi I am afraid. You can say it again that I am apparently judgemental and hasty, if you like say I am foolish and crazy! 

Some people were 'foolish and crazy' too in the past. But their 'foolishness' and 'craziness' gave us a better Deen till date. May Allaah reward them for 'that.'

Some of you think we got nothing doing, that we have made criticisms of 'striving Muslims' our hobby. That we wake up and sleep criticizing others. You yourself know that you have sounded unreasonable and ridiculous.

Wait a minute! What do you want? That we all keep quiet why Islam turns Christianity before our very own eyes so that you would come round to blame some people for not talking. That's prettily impossible. Alhamdulillaah, Allaah sent the Qur'aan and Sunnah to us, your wish will not see fruition, Inshaa Allaah.

Lastly, again, to our sister who made that mistake, they said we should have sent a direct message to you before we came online. You are not the real target of the piece but your actions, you would recall I didn't mention your name throughout. Sincerely speaking, the effects of that video will go a long way to wreak havoc in the minds of some Muslims until Allaah will decree otherwise. Sister, you made a public mistake that requires a public correction before we are all led into perdition, may Allaah save me and you from being causes of people's misguidance. Alhamdulillaah that you have realized your mistakes, that's one thing, the effect of your action is another thing. So far the video is continually shared and people are misled by it...May Allaah forgive me and you. Please, don't mind those saying it is nothing, don't mind them please. It is something big, sister. May Allaah forgive me and you. Those forming defence and counterattack on your behalf will not be there again... May Allaah forgive me and you.

I will stand to face my judgement, you will stand to face yours, and they will stand to face theirs, individually.

وَكُلُّهُمۡ اٰتِيۡهِ يَوۡمَ الۡقِيٰمَةِ فَرۡدًا‏ ۞
Every one of them will come before Him all alone on the Day of Resurrection.

(Maryam: 95)

Nobody said you can't work, in fact, leatherwork is one of the good areas of handiwork for Muslims, men and women. But as a woman, it's your work we want to see not yourself. Please take that.

As for the effects of the video, which is the major concern of the piece, we hope it will be forgotten soon when Muslims don't share it.

So we advise our sophisticated, motivational, educated sisters, stop promoting the video, stop cheering sinfulness, may Allaah forgive me and you.

And do you know? I am a slave full of errors, mistakes and sins too else Shaytaan whispers to you that a super Muslim is talking. Our collective success, as Muslims, lies in our mutual correction of one another, in appropriate, effective and circumstantial ways.

وَمَاۤ اُبَرِّئُ نَفۡسِىۡ‌ۚ اِنَّ النَّفۡسَ لَاَمَّارَةٌۢ بِالسُّوۡٓءِ اِلَّا مَا رَحِمَ رَبِّىۡ ؕاِنَّ رَبِّىۡ غَفُوۡرٌ رَّحِيۡمٌ ۞
But I do not wish to absolve myself, for the soul is prone to evil, unless my Lord have mercy. Indeed my Lord is forgiving and kind.\" --
(: يوسف Verse: 53)

I hope again that Allaah will use the piece to catch up with the BBC video running at a fast speed. 

That's my hope, Inshaa Allaah. 

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Name: Abu Haleemah
Monday 27-Jul-2020, 8:19AM
Comment: Baarakallaahu fiik. If only they knew..
Name: Hakim Alani
Monday 27-Jul-2020, 8:20AM
Comment: BaarakaLlaahu feek!.
Name: Abdussomad Pa-aranti
Monday 27-Jul-2020, 8:26AM
Comment: BaarakaLLAHUfiikum.
Name: حمزة عبدالرزاق أولومدي
Monday 27-Jul-2020, 9:32AM
Comment: May Allah rectify our souls and affairs.. To Him alone we direct our prayers to to remove us from transgressions, obvious and hidden. Jazaakallohu khayran for speaking up against this wilful but oblivious whisperings of Shaytaan. May He, Subhaanahu wa Ta'ala, rectify me, you, the sister and all Muslims. Baarokallohu feekum Akhuunaa....
Name: Al-Luthee
Monday 27-Jul-2020, 9:55AM
Comment: BaarakaLlahu feekum. Here's my comment on one of the platforms of a sisters clarifications: JazaakumuLlahu khayran for sharing this. It clarifies all arising matters about the clip. AlhamduliLlah that she also admitted the mistakes in the clip and she clarified other points of misconceptions, though when most people see not much in it. AlhamduliLlah she saw them. May Allah forgive us and her and protect us from demoralizing mistakes. Aameen About people's criticism: While the whole thing is sad, we should also be moderate about blaming those who criticized her. About being a constructive criticism or destructive, I believe that is relative. Only that once you criticize people they call it destructive. In addition, we judge people by what is apparent. Who would know that the turning around was kind of "engineered"? Same as where her shop is located. Even her intention for going into it is now it's not all the faults of those who criticize her. Many people would actually be aware of her and her shop, yet no one has brought it to social media for discussion. I do see some of people's criticism as a way of protecting Islam. If not, everything will be lumped together. Whenever I see a Muslim woman been celebrated by the media or the secularist, I always withdraw first and look out for grey areas they might want to mislead the Muslims. Or do you think that's how they like Muslims and want to propagate the message of Islam? They have infused alot into our ideology and mindset through such inconspicuous ways. Now the niqabite who was thinking to go and open roadside shop in mushin because of the video now knows she's running it from home and the one who also wants to go and become a Muslim female pilot because no Muslim females has done it now knows that she did that because she did not want to become idle and bored in a distant relationship. Although there would not be harm in it if she was to have an attendant at the roadside shop. All these have been discussed. It's not Haram for a woman to work, but the way she goes with it is what matters. The main evil that we are trying to avoid is for muslim women to think they are being oppressed by their husbands or by Islam by not allowing them to do like the disbelieving women who cry for gender equality and female liberation and leaves her home empty while running after work/job to show that what a man can do, a woman can do better! If we aren't careful, we would all be injected with feminism in a well packaged bottle with Islamic labeling. Allah knows best..
Name: Jibril
Monday 27-Jul-2020, 9:57AM
Comment: How has she misled mulim women? I would like to know.
Name: Abu Aisha
Monday 27-Jul-2020, 12:17PM
Comment: JazakAllahu kairan for the admonition.May Allah make a source of goodness of you all in both worlds.
Name: Salmon Multi-Ventures
Tuesday 28-Jul-2020, 7:41AM
Comment: Baarakallahu feekum.
Name: Is-haq Lawal
Tuesday 28-Jul-2020, 10:55AM
Comment: Sallam aleikum waramotulahi wabarakatuh I'm personally at a loss on why anyone will feel the viral video of a Niqabi Muslim Sister cobbler should draw so much negative connotation. Because having read your article I really didn't see your cogent point of criticism, other than the fact that the lady allowed herself to be broadcasted to the world. To quote you "Nobody said you can't work, in fact, leatherwork is one of the good areas of handiwork for Muslims, men and women. But as a woman, it's your work we want to see not yourself". How would anyone see her work if it isn't publicized? For me, I see this as an avenue to correct the wrong impression in the western Media that our sisters in Niqob are being subjugated, oppressed and add no value to themselves or their society. This is as long as the body was not exposed in any form. This will also serve as motivation to our younger sisters at home and abroad that they can be a Niqojite and still display their talent, follow their passion and explore their creativity. This is not different from the other Niqobite or Hijabite sisters who had been publicized in the media for achieving academic excellence and other career accomplishments. May Allah guide us..