Eid and a Mother’s Woes


By Abdul-Malik Mujahid – General Manager, Darussalam Publishers and Distributors

The following incident has been related by Shaykh Abdul-Khaliq Al-Qarni, who is a famous Daee (caller to Islam) in Saudi Arabia. He says this incident was narrated to him by a jeweller:

A few days before Eid, a man entered my shop along with his wife, his mother and his child. His elderly mother, who was carrying the child, went to stand in a corner of the shop. The couple started browsing the different jewels and finally chose jewellery sets worth twenty thousand Riyals. In the meantime, the mother was also attracted to the priceless gems. She went over to the display of gold rings, where she found one she liked and placed it on her finger. That ring was priced at a hundred Riyals.

According to the jeweller, when the son went over to the counter to pay the bill, he handed twenty thousand Riyals to him. The jeweller requested him for another hundred Riyals. “For what?” The son asked. “We just agreed upon this price.”

“The extra hundred is for the ring that your mother has purchased,” replied the jeweller.

The son pulled a face: “Really! What use do old women have for gold?” He went over to his mother and asked her where the ring was. Realizing that she was wearing it, he wrenched it from her hand, placed it back on the counter, picked up his purse, and started to walk out of the shop. The jeweller was stunned.

The mother tried very hard not to show her emotions publically. She silently picked up her grandson and followed the son out of the shop. Once they had reached the car, the jeweller heard the son’s wife burst out in anger at her husband. “Why did you take the ring away from your mother? Why did you not let her have it? You broke her heart with this attitude. Now, if she leaves the house, who will take care of our son? Who will wash his feeder?”

Upon hearing this, the son re-entered the shop and asked the jeweller to give him back the ring that he had previously thrown onto the counter. The jeweller complied and handed it to him. He paid for it and came back outside. However, when he presented the ring to his mother, she replied, “By Allah, I will never wear gold again. I only wanted this ring to wear on Eid day. I wanted to celebrate Eid with other people. Now, I have no wish to join in the Eid celebrations. May Allah forgive you, my son!”

Adapted (with permission) from Waldain published by Darussalam. Translated and compiled for Hiba by Umm Ibrahim.

Shop for Hajj!


By Sabina Rizwan Khan – Freelance writer and certified Youth Trainer

“Umm e Tooba”

“Umm e Tooba” lives up to its tagline “Beauty of Modesty”. This fantastic shop is situated in Kurta Gali, Tariq Road. It is an optimum mixture of huge variety and fine quality. You can easily get all sorts of Abayas and Hajj products. Their price range is very reasonable. All products are of top quality. A huge variety of Abayas, scarves, Hijabs and Chaddars are available, from plain to coloured, simple to hand embroidered. Hajj products include Ihrams, belts, scarves, air pillows, and a two-function bag to carry prayer mat and slipper bag. Facility of alteration is offered and all products are available the year around.

Address: C-955, Zaidi Studio, Near Jheel Park, Tariq Road, Karachi.

Telephone: 34301023 / Cell: 0322-2223571

“Hijab ul Hareem”

Providing top notch quality is what “Hijab ul Hareem” believes in. Located at main Tariq Road, this shop offers all types of Abayas and Hajj products. A wide range is available in Hijabs, Abayas and scarves with discounts. Hajj variety includes Ihrams, belts, prayer mats, scarves, caps, travelling bags, etc. Prices are pocket friendly and alterations are available. However, the best news is that “Hijab ul Hareem” has five branches all over Karachi, so you can visit the nearest one any time. All products are accessible all around the year.

Products and price range:

Ihram for male: Rs. 1650/- (towel material)

Ihram for male: Rs. 1000/- (cotton material)

Belt: Rs. 200/- (parachute material)

Belt: Rs. 450/- (leather)

Ihram for female (cotton): scarf with head cap: Rs. 325/- to Rs.800/- (sizes from extra small to extra large)

Ihram for female (jersey): scarf with cap: Rs. 375/- to Rs. 775/- (sizes from extra small to extra large)

Plain Abaya (black/coloured): Rs. 3000/-

Email: info@hijabulhareem.com

Website: www.hijabulhareem.com

“Hussein Itar House”

“Hussein Itar House” serves with variety and quality. Placed in central Gulshan-e-Iqbal, it offers all Hajj products at easy prices. These items include Ihrams, belts, caps, etc. Though only plain Abayas are available for ladies, but one can get scarves, Hijabs, gloves and Chaddars very easily. Along with this, as their name suggests, you can get wide range of alcohol-free perfumes and Itars. All items are available all year. Bulk order should be ordered with delivery time period of at least 1 week.

Address: Shop no. 5, Royal Terrace, SB-4, Block no. 2. Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

Telephone: 34813662 / Cell: 0321-3932689

“Basic Hijab Shop”

“Basic Hijab Shop” depicts elegance and quality. Conveniently located at main Tariq Road, it presents huge variety in Hajj and Abayas. Products of high quality are offered at affordable rates. Hajj products include Ihrams, belts, scarves, travel bags, prayer mats, etc. Abayas range is good, with excellent material along with scarves, Hijabs, shawls, gloves, pins, etc. Other items exclusive here are Itars, beautiful Tasbeehs and travel soaps. Products are available the year round.

Address: Lavish Mall, Near Rabi Centre, Tariq Road, Karachi.

Telephone: 3858886

Website: www.basichijabshop.com

Why Zabeeha? Is There a Choice?


By Fahmida Abdul Sattar (IR Analyst) and Tasneem Vali (Architect, Academic Coordinator and Freelance Writer)

“Is this burger Halal?”

“Of course, it is beef!”

“No, I mean to say is it Zabeeha?”

“What is that? Allah (swt) has allowed us to eat beef, right?”

“Alhumdulillah, we are allowed to eat and drink everything, other than those that fall into the category mentioned in Surah Al-Ma’idah, verse 3.”

“Oh! And what is that, can you explain?”

Forbidden to You (for food) are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals – cattle-beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah, or has been slaughtered for idols, etc., or on which Allah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering…” (Al-Ma’idah 5:3)

The concept that chicken, beef, mutton and all types of meat ‘allowed’ in Islam are permissible (Halal) is erroneous. There is a simple clause, in the verse quoted above, about how that animal MUST be slaughtered.

The next logical question is: why this way and is it harmful to the animal? Most non-Muslims think this is a barbaric way of killing an animal in order to consume it. However, modern science and common sense proves the rationality of this approach. It is also harmless for the animal, which is treated with respect as per the Prophet’s (sa) Hadeeth: “Verily, Allah, has prescribed proficiency in all things. Thus, if you kill, kill well; and if you slaughter, slaughter well. Let each one of you sharpen his blade and let him spare suffering to the animal he slaughters.” (Muslim)

Science also proves that a swift incision at the throat causes severance of blood and oxygen supply to the brain. Hence, the animal immediately loses consciousness and sensation. Therefore, Zabeeha is the most painless method of slaughtering an animal, as it feels no pain after its jugular vein is cut swiftly. Moreover, the Islamic method promotes that the animal should be well-fed and relaxed prior to slaughtering. Amazingly, the condition that another animal shall not witness the slaughter is also mentioned.

In most of the slaughterhouses today, captive bolt stunning method is widely used, which is considered to be the most painful method. It causes no loss of consciousness and the animal feels a great deal of pain while being slaughtered. The animal loses consciousness due to extreme pain!

The second reason Zabeeha is the preferred humane method is that it causes swift draining of bacteria-hormone-carrying blood away from the body. The heart pumps longer, which is the sign of healthy and hygienic meat, whereas in captive bolt stunning, blood does not flow out rapidly – it settles in some body parts, as the heart’s pumping is affected after the spinal cord is severed. It must be kept in mind that, while slaughtering the animal according to Zabeeha rules, the cut should not be so deep that it severs the spinal cord or head.

Ultimately, for hygienic and healthy meat, Western countries are resorting to ritual slaughtering in the way of Islam. However, they do not pronounce Allah’s (swt) name and so are deprived of the blessings that are brought by one’s invocation to Allah.