Prayer

Sarah makes a bet with Rayyan that she can pray 5 times a day for an entire month. To accomplish this she prays at her work, in the morning at her house, and also at Fatima’s place.

Praying 5 times a day requires a great deal of commitment and discipline. You have to train yourself and with continual reinforcement it can become a habit. It may also be difficult when you are working full-time for someone else, but you can pray at lunch time and take the afternoon coffee break to perform salaat. 

Do you have obstacles when it comes to praying 5 times a day? What helps you overcome them?

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36 responses to “Prayer

  1. Sean

    Does Islam permit Muslims to gamble and place bets?

  2. Sean

    So it was wrong for Sarah to make any bet with Rayyan.

  3. Zaraf

    What was up with Sarah making the 5 prayers seem like some crazy, insane thing to do? Each prayer takes like 5 or 10 mins to do. Compare that with how much time a person spends eatting or just wasting time, and its nothing. They made it seem like that if you pray 5 times a day, you have time for nothing else, and you’ll be exhausted, etc etc. On top of that, Sarah starts praying without cleaning up first (wudu), and literally makes a mockery out of it. I prayer 5 times a day, and its not hard, and I don’t end up neglecting all of my other duties.

  4. ibrahim

    I think her role portrays what some muslims believe what it would be like when they start praying 5 times a day.

    On the other hand, Rayyan, prays 5 times a day and she is a doctor. She appears to be fulfilling her Islamic duties.

  5. Ethan

    A Doctor can structure her day to include her praying. Other people aren’t that fortunate as they have jobs where they have bosses, customers to serve, and deadlines to make.

    Rayyan is her own boss as a doctor. She can make the patients wait (as anyone who have ever been in a doctor’s office knows. Even when you are at the doctor’s office on time it seems that they are determined to make you wait.)

  6. Sean wrote: “So it was wrong for Sarah to make any bet with Rayyan.”

    I haven’t seen the episode yet, so I can’t speak definitively about what the episode shows. However, gambling is forbidden in Islam.

    From the first four episodes, Sarah’s character is the least Muslim of all the “Muslims.” She appears to be the weakest in her faith. She frequently does things wrong (i.e., against Islam), and doesn’t strive very hard to become a better Muslim. She strikes me as the type of person who met a Muslim man, fell in love with him, converted to Islam so she could marry him (not necessary for her in Islam, although she did it perhaps for the sake of his parents’ feelings), but took the idea of being a Muslim half-heartedly. She’s still very much wedded to her non-Muslim past.

  7. Aalia Canadian

    Asalaam alaikum!
    As a 18 year-old Muslimah convert myself (1 year and 4 months-Alhamdulillah) I find Sarah’s portayal of a convert very disgusting and they should fix her character. Whoever doesnt pray 5 times a day is a Kafir, whoever doesnt observe Hijaab is disobeying Allah SWT’s laws and whoever makes a mockery of Allah SWT’s Revelations, Prophets or Signs will be one of the Losers. Sarah makes a fool of herself ie. wearing inappropriate Hijaab during Salaat, interrupting her Salaat to answer the Mayor, and acting like a “loose” woman in front of other men. This show is a mockery to Islam and the woman who created this opposes some laws under Shari’ah IN FRONT OF KUFFAR AUDIENCES. Her documentary called “Me and my Mosque” is where she airs out her dirty laundry about her Masjid in public, because-OMG!- there is a barrier between the men and women! I wasnt raised Muslim and I learned everything from reciting my Salaat in Arabic to the Islamic manners of how a Muslim should behave. SubhanAllah. It makes me kind of sad that a woman such as Zarqa Nawaz who CLAIMS to be a Muslim would act like this. I’ll admit that some things in the show were funny (2 things) but the rest is…okay. Oops sorry this reply was about Sarah’s character. Final thought is that someone should take Sarah aside and explain to her what Islam is REALLY about.
    Salaam alaikum!

  8. Zaraf

    Ethan, I’m a field engineer, and I have no issues finding times to pray. If I’m at the office, I find a corner and pray when the time comes. If I have other things to do (which can’t wait), then I either MAKE time, or delay the prayer a little bit (within the allowable time frame).

    When I’m on the field at an oil rig or something, again, I just let a few people know that I’ll be back in a few minutes cause I have to go for my prayers. I have never had anyone make it an issue, and they are often very encouraging about it.

    Think of it this way, if you had a boss, or customers to serve, or deadlines to make, and you suddenly had an onset of BAD diarreha, what would you do? Would you just continue your job? Or would you MAKE time? It’s all about priorities.

    I agree with JDsg…she does seem like she did a “love conversion”.

  9. Zaraf

    Aalia Canadian, I am very happy to hear that you discovered the truth of Islam, and are as devout as you say, but you must be very careful with what you say.

    First off, don’t ever say that someone who doesn’t pray 5 times a day is a kafir (disbeliever). Yes, what they are doing is very wrong, and they will be questioned about it (first questioning is about the prayers), but that in itself doesn’t make a person a kafir. Even the scholars prefer to never say that a person who claims to be a muslim, but isn’t following Islam, is a kafir. Having this sort of arrogant attitude can lead people into a lot of trouble, and I think the character of Marlin in this episode drove the point in quite clearly…even if it was exaggerated.

    Remember, on the Day of Judgement, you will be asked about your own actions. Don’t let your actions become negative because you were too busy talking trash about how other “muslims” aren’t actually muslims, and you are. A very dangerous road indeed 🙂

    Alhumdulillah, you’re doing some fast learning, so keep up the good work 🙂

  10. leprechaunah

    Why did the show make it seem like Sara was praying every minute of the day? There are 5 prayers, and each take a maximum of 10 minutes to perform. That should not even exhaust the most obese person in the world nor hinder her from her ‘sexual’ duties. I also found it so very sad that Zarqa conveniently left out the whole wudu part – I thought it would have been the best oppurtunity to pick at the whole ‘why are they using the sink to wash their feet’ ; but I guess Zarqa doesn’t believe that sleep breaches the ablution – or maybe she belives that Salah doesn’t even require ablution!
    What kind of image of Salah does this give people? Forget non-Muslims who don’t need to pray (although they do need to be made aware of how quick the Salah really is so they can be easier on Muslims in the workplace who must pray) – what about Muslim youth who have a problem with prayer as it is? This show is a joke, and it seems that Zarqa has a very limited amount of knowledge about Islam herself. Sad – that’s the only word I have to describe the last episode. I don’t think I’ll be watching any more.

  11. Aalia Canadian

    Asalaam alaikum Zaraf

    I stand by my message:P But maybe I should have worded it a bit differently by giving some evidence. Again, the point I tried to make is that a person who does not pray and is Muslim and KNOWS they must pray 5x but doesnt (lazy, or some other excuse) is committing Kufr. I have the Qu’ran and Hadiths to back this claim up. I will post a few Hadiths because there are so many. Here is a verse from the Holy Qu’ran:

    “Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salaat (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salaat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times] and have followed lusts” [Maryam 19:59]

    The evidence of the Sunnah that proves that the one who neglects the prayer is a kaafir includes the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his neglect of the prayer.” (Narrated by Muslim in Kitaab al-Eemaan from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)).

    This was also the view of the majority of the Sahaabah, indeed many narrated that there was consensus among the Sahaabah on this point. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Shaqeeq said: the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not think that neglecting any deed made a person a kaafir, apart from neglecting the prayer. This was reported by al-Tirmidhi and al-Haakim, who classed it as saheeh according to the conditions of (al-Bukhaari and Muslim). Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh, the well known imaam, said, It was reported with a saheeh isnaad from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that the one who neglects the prayer is a kaafir. This was also the view of the scholars from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) until the present day: that the person who deliberately neglects the prayer with no valid excuse, until the time for that prayer is over, is a kaafir. Ibn Hazm said that it was reported from ‘Umar, ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn ‘Awf, Mu’aadh ibn Jabal, Abu Hurayrah and others among the Sahaabah. He said: “We do not know of any opposing view among the Sahaabah.” Al-Mundhiri narrated this from him in Al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, and added more names of Sahaabah: ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas, Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah and Abu’l-Dardaa’ – may Allaah be pleased with them. He said: apart from the Sahaabah, there are also Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Ishaaq ibn Raahawayh, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Mubaarak, al-Nakha’i, al-Hakam ibn ‘Utaybah, Ayyoob al-Sakhtayaani, Abu Daawood al-Tayaalisi, Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah, Zuhayr ibn Harb and others.

    The majority of Ulama agree he who denies the must of Salaat is without question someone who has commited Kufr (therefore becoming a Kafir and needs to take Shahada again.) After testifying that Allah is the One and Only, and Muhammed (SAW) is His Prophet, prayer comes next. It is one of the Pillars of Islam, to establishh 5 daily prayers. A person once asked that if someone only prays the Jumu’ah but not the 5 daily prayers, what is the ruling? The Answer: With regard to the ruling on one who prays Jumu’ah only, some of the scholars are of the view that one who prays Jumu’ah only is a kaafir, because he comes under the same ruling as one who does not pray at all, because he prays only one of the thirty-five prayers required each week, so he is like one who does not pray at all. Among those who expressed this view were Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz and Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on them). C

    This is how important the Salaat is. BTW the majority of scholars agree that someone who does not fulfill their 5 daily prayers because of laziness or some other lame excuse, they are commiting Kufr. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The difference between us and them is salaah. Whoever neglects it is a kaafir.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad and the authors of Sunan with a saheeh isnaad)

    Again I should have worded my message differently by not only saying that a Muslim who forsakes the 5 daily prayers is a kafir, according to most scholars and more importantly, the Prophet (SAW) himself, but also by giving evidence. This post was really good for catching up on how important the daily prayers are.

    Salaam alaikum!

  12. Zaraf

    Hmm…I just realized I’m neglecting my salams in text. Heh, and in reality, I’m the one always giving salams 😛

    Well then, assalamualakum and walakumassalam! 🙂

  13. M

    Salam Everyone,

    Aalia Canadian:

    No offense intended here my daughter, not sure if you have read this earlier post regarding new converts.

    Consider it soul food:)

    And re-read, reflect, on Sura al Asr, Inshallah.

    “Convertitis:”

    Convertitis – or the Case of the Insta-Scholar
    American convert Saraji Umm Zaid cautions new Muslims about the dangers of extremism and absolutism
    What is Convertitis?
    Convertitis is a highly contagious disease, which
    spreads rapidly among converts to Islam, particularly those who are experiencing great amounts of confusion, but who don’t think they are. (Also commonly known as The Case of the Insta-Scholar)

    The Case of the Insta-Scholar Jane who took her
    shahada last week. She was a “regular American” who studied a little about Islam, hemmed and hawed over the dress and dietary codes, decided it was the truth, and accepted it into her life. Many sisters in the community looked forward to helping Jane learn the basics of Islam, such as the salat, the five pillars, the six articles of faith, and so on. Now, this week, we see that Jane has changed her name to “Ai’sha,” is wearing full niqaab [black only], buying everything (even potato chips– which she may stop buying as it is “imitation
    of the kufar”) from the halal market, getting into
    interfaith debates at her job, using a miswak, telling the other sisters what they “ought to be doing,” and what they are “doing wrong,” and considering accepting a marriage proposal to be a co-wife.

    What Are the Symptoms of Convertitis?
    The new Muslim who is suffering from this terrible disease is easily recognizable within the community. You will notice a radical change in appearance, almost immediately: from “regular clothes” to full niqaab or kufi and thobe. Often walking around with a miswak. Starts peppering their language full of Arabic-isms they either don’t really know or can’t pronounce. Almost immediately, they talk at great length about their “Islamic Identity,” and their “Muslim-ness”. In every incident, they will see an “Anti-Muslim” bias
    that didn’t exist previously [and probably doesn’t
    exist currently]. They often argue points of Islamic
    fiqh with anyone and everyone– from the fellow new shahada to the valedictorian of Al-Ahzar. [of course, they don’t know what “fiqh” is…] The most serious symptom is that everything is black and white: what they view as good is truth, and what they don’t understand is bad, bid’a, haram, whatever. They view themselves as the sole practitioners of “True Islam,” and pass into judgement millions of others. AbdulHakim Murad explains here, the “serious side” of convertitis:
    “The initial and quite understandable response of many new comers is to become an absolutist. Everything going on among pious Muslims is angelic; everything outside the circle of faith is demonic. The appeal of this outlook lies in its simplicity. The newly arranged landscape on which the convert looks is seen in satisfying black and white terms of Them versus Us, good against evil.”
    Oftentimes, when approached by other Muslims about this behavior, they become defensive. Those suffering from Convertitis will exhibit a marked lack of interest in any lectures, books, programs, etc. having to do with Islamic history, Fiqh, or spirituality, while their interests in things like “The Hijab Debate,” and “Muslim vs. Christian” is noticeably high. Most new Muslims, however, soon see through this. Those individuals who adopt Islam because they need an identity will be condemned to wander the sectarian and factional hall of mirrors, constantly looking for the perfect group that will give them their desperately needed sense of specialness and superiority. …Those who come to Islam seeking an identity will find the multiplicity of traditional Muslim cultures intolerable. People with confused identities are attracted to totalitarian solutions. And today, many young Muslims feel so threatened by the diversity of calls on their allegiance, and by the sheer complexity of modernity, that the only form of
    Islam they can regard as legitimate is a totalitarian,
    monolithic one. That there should be four schools of Islamic law is to them unbearable. That Muslim
    cultures should legitimately differ is a species of
    blasphemy. What Are the After Effects of Convertitis? The after effects of this seriously contagious disease are many: ranging from sudden humility to disillusionment and ultimately, leaving the deen. Some people are able to get right back up again after being knocked off of their high horse, only this time, with the knowledge that they don’t know anything. Others are unable to dust themselves off, and are immersed in such a state of confusion that they may end up leaving Islam entirely.

    How Can I Protect Myself From Convertitis?
    Unfortunately, convertitis is so contagious and
    widespread that it seems that every shahada suffers from it at one point of another. For some, they recover almost immediately, while others live under the delusion of convertitis for the rest of their lives. If you are a new convert, the best way to protect yourself is to realise that you know nothing, and to remind yourself of this fact every day. All the Islamic knowledge that you initially gain is in English, and is by default, off-base. You are forced to rely on other people’s translations, which is also chock full of “opinion.” Until you have a working knowledge of classical Arabic and its grammar, you will not be able to even consider becoming a scholar, you will not be eligible to issue Islamic rulings, you will not be eligible to administer shari’a law, nothing. Force yourself to remember that such a state takes years, a lifetime, to achieve. Some people never recover from their initial “Insta Scholarliness.” They continue their entire lives like this, devoid of any real soul searching efforts to get “at the truth.” They depend so heavily on rule books to govern every part of their lives that the end up missing the essence of Islam, which can not be found in any book. Ultimately, they become convinced of their spiritual superiority, and dismiss all others. These young people, who haunt our mosques and shout at any sign of disagreement are either ignorant of Muslim history, or dismiss it as a giant mistake. For them, the grace and rahma of Allah has for some reason been withheld from all but a tiny fraction of the Ummah. These people are the elect and all in disagreement with them is a blasphemy against God.

    Convertitis or the “Insta Scholar” syndrome is a
    serious one. I’d venture to say that just about
    everyone experiences it at one point. Unfortunately, for some, they never realise that they know nothing, and walk around thinking they are scholars. This causes great problems, as it not only poses a danger to other new shahadas, but the ceaseless arguing causes great divisions within the Muslim community. For those of you who are currently experiencing said malady [but don’t think you are], please remember that
    any bad knowledge, any false knowledge, and any bid’a that you pass onto another Muslim, you are responsible for that. If you don’t want the misguidance of another person to bear on your record, then you take a second, and then a third breath before you tell someone what they “ought to be” doing.

    How Do I Handle the Insta-Scholar?
    The best way to deal with those suffering from
    Convertitis is gently. Arguing with the insta Scholar only reinforces in their minds that they are somehow, the sole guardians of the truth. If someone you know is suffering from this terrible disease, steer them away from interfaith debates as often as you can. And make du’a, make du’a, make du’a. All quotes in italics appeared in the essay “British and Muslim” by Abdul Hakim Murad. Everything else is Copyright, 1998-2001, Saraji Umm Zaid. Visit the website of Saraji Umm Zaid.
    Ash Shahada – helping new Muslims to live their lives Islamically.

    My apologies, again, for this lengthy post. Here’s hoping readers will not be ticked off by it, but receive benefit, Inshallah.

  14. I haven’t seen the episode yet, so I can’t speak definitively about what the episode shows. However, gambling is forbidden in Islam.

    Having just watched the show, the scene at the end where Yasir and Sarah are both playing bingo, yes, that’s definitely forbidden and Amar was quite right to chase them out. The pinky “bet” between Rayyan and Sarah, that I don’t consider to be a bet. (There’s no payoff. Had the loser have to pay something to the winner, that would make it haram.)

    To me, the pinky “bet” was more of a challenge and was obviously a motivational tool to help Sarah become better at her prayers. I would put it on a par with a “spreadsheet” I saw two years ago during Ramadan, where teenagers were given a sheet with 150 boxes or so, encouraging them to pray five times per day for the entire month. That would be a challenge (jihad) for them, for them to be able to do all their prayers in that time.

  15. From the first four episodes, Sarah’s character is the least Muslim of all the “Muslims.” She appears to be the weakest in her faith. She frequently does things wrong (i.e., against Islam), and doesn’t strive very hard to become a better Muslim.

    When I wrote this this morning, I had no idea that much of the show’s subplot revolved around how poor of a Muslim Sarah was. I was surprised at how well my analysis of Sarah’s character was (or so it appears to me 😉 ).

    Of course, Yasir’s not much better. 🙂

  16. As-Salaam wa-Alaikum Aalia Canadian,

    I’m so glad that you have accepted Islam. Allhumdulillah it is good to see people coming to the straight path. You seem very strong in your iman and very knowledgable in the teachings of the Quran. However, I would caution you not to judge your fellow muslims. It is very arrogant of anyone to think that they can take on the task of determining who is a good Muslim and who is a bad Muslim (if there is such a thing). Allah is the only one who can judge us as muslims… and as you know this will happen for everyone on the Day of Judgement.

    Instead I would encourage you and everyone else to support your fellow brothers & sister in Islam do not back bite or judge others for their outward actions.

    As-Salaam wa-Akaikum
    Amira

  17. Waleed

    leprechaunah,

    you have to realize that the show is a comedy and to make things funny, things have to be exaggarated. the purpose of this show is not to spread islam, its to make make people laugh, to clear up misconceptions and decrease gaps b/w muslims and the west. I do agree that they producers made it appear as if praying takes up forever. I don’t think u should be critisizing zarqwa nawaz for this. you have to realize that on the entire team of producers, directors and writers; zarqa is the only muslim. it is therefore hard for her to make the show 100% ‘muslim’. I recommend u read her interview on islamonline.net. We should be thanking, and not criticizing zarqa nawaz for being bold enough to create such a show and be able get it aired on national tv. thats a huge accomplishment.

  18. Waleed

    Aalia Canadian

    its great to know that you have all this great knowledge about islam , but all I am requesting you to do is to not pass judgement on people who don’t say their prayers. Its in God’s hand to judge and no man on this planet has been given the right to say who’s muslim and who’s not. we have the hadith and the quran which is accessible to everyone. they can read it and know it , but it’s no one’s responsibility to label people as muslims and kufars. That’s is Allah’s job which he will do on the last day. its our job to spread the word and show people who are wrong, the right way. but judging people and grouping them based on their devoutness is no one’s job. As far as Sarah’s role in the show is concerned, don’t take it too seriously. It’s a comedy and the purpose of her role is to show that they are muslims who are observant and those who are not (sometimes from the same family). I am sure it wasn’t intended to steroytype all female white converts to islam.

  19. …the purpose of her role is to show that they are muslims who are observant and those who are not (sometimes from the same family). I am sure it wasn’t intended to steroytype all female white converts to islam.

    I agree. The show portrays two people each in varying degrees of piousness: Baber and Fatimah, the traditionalists; Amar and Rayyan, the observants (“moderates”); and Yasir and Sarah, the lax, barely observants. (On this scale, I would place myself and other family members as being between the traditionalists and the observants.) The show is obviously looking at how the three groups react to the various issues presented.

  20. Asalaam Alaikum:

    Cut and paste dawah will be the end of us all.

    If could import hikma or even clone it into people I would.

    http://umarlee.com/2007/01/18/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-salafi-dawah-in-the-us-part-1/

    lets huh each other for peaks sake! lol

  21. Asalaam Alaikum:

    Cut and paste dawah will be the end of us all.

    If could import hikma or even clone it into people I would.

    http://umarlee.com/2007/01/18/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-salafi-dawah-in-the-us-part-1/

    lets hug each other for peaks sake! lol

  22. M

    Salam to Everyone,

    Not sure which category people have posted the issue of Sarah’s intent on converting so….

    Someone posted their thoughts that ‘Sarah’ converted more for love than faith.

    I agree. I think though that the faith does kick in for her gradually…at least I am hoping it does.

    Us “cons” put up with enough baloney as it is.

    Also, her character reminds me of the character, “Ian Miller,” from “My Big FAT Greek Wedding.”

    ‘Ian’ becomes Greek for the sake of love, family, etc. For some it may be of the same faith, (Christianity) but for many of my brothers and sisters in the Christian faith their beliefs do vary, i.e., Catholics, Baptists, Greek Orthodox.

    And my personal belief is to honor and respect their beliefs.:)

    Salam to All –

  23. FZ

    Aaliya Canadian-No one is questioning whether we should pray 5 times a day. But there is a hadith that says that if one Muslim calls another Muslim a kaffir, then one of them IS a kaffir. But the kaffir could be the one doing the name calling. So if you fear God, then calling another Muslim a kaffir is a big risk to take.

  24. FZ

    I don’t think they were suggesting prayer takes a lot of time. But in a long northern summer, it could mean that she had to get up early in the morning and stay up late at night to perform them on time, so she is tired during the day.

  25. americanmuslim

    I think everyone is challenged with praying 5 times a day at some point in their life, whether it is at work, at school, or when with a friend. I have faced many challenges, and I am sure there are many more. But, I have noticed, as America is more educated about Islam, things get a bit easier in certain circumstances.

    * AM *

  26. restoringtide

    greetings everyone!

    I think this show is having a positive impact within the North American Muslim community and without. At the very least it is asking all of us to look at ourselves more honestly, talking about the reality of living religion–not preaching it, and even teaching us a little about having good manners with each other and ethics of debate.

  27. RB

    about pray, i think the creators must add an ablution ritual before shalat, you can add a comedy within ablution, like the shower went crazy and make sarah all wet because of her rush and careless…

    about the convert, the imam must lecture the converter about the flexibility of islam, so wont make the converter so stiff about islam..

    the point is overall this sitcom is 4 thumbs up(including my toe), but you need to correct a few things, like you cannot open your hijab in front of public except your husband and children and father.

    i hope this sitcom will change opinions about islam

    GOOD JOB!

    Keep it coming..

    Salam

  28. Umm Haniyyah

    This is in response to Aalia Canadian.

    I want to second what Zaraf said. We should be very careful in what we say.

    Prophet Muhammad (saws) always was.

    In addition to the hadith someone already mentioned in which he said that someone who calls another a kafir is a kafir himself, there are several in which it is related that his Companions were quick to assign the label munafiq (hypocrite) to someone but that Prophet Muhammad refused to do so, citing the fact that he could not see inside that person’s heart.

    In other words he gave suspect people the benefit of the doubt.

    The issues you raised are important on a personal level – in terms of you guarding your iman and your islam but they are not meant in order for you/us to pass judgement on others.

    You may feel that someone is doing something wrong and (should) point out that thing to them for correction, but true judgement lies with God.

    There are hadith that speak to the situation in which someone is seen to do all of their religious observances correctly and another on the other hand does not appear to other people to be religious, but it is the seemingly pious one that will end up in Hell.

    One of the points of the hadith is that we cannot easily know who is a kaffir and who is not by observing others. True insight and judgement is with God.

    Even self-identification is not always accurate. See Surah 4, v. 135-136 addressed to a bedouin tribe.

    There is also the danger that if we go about labeling others kuffar that we are assigning a permanence to their state (lowly, as we judge it) that in reality is not there. Or worse, forcing them into a permanence that might not otherwise be there.

    Plus, if the world is neatly and obviously divided into good people and bad people, is their room for repentence, God’s forgiveness, self-improvement, heightening of iman?

    RE: Your comments about Zarqa Nawaz. Do you know her personally?

    Don’t we all “claim to be Muslim”? The judge of whether we really are or not is God.

    It’s important that we guard against back-biting. It’s one thing to say that you don’t like someone’s work, but questioning their character or religiousity…?

    Since you have recently embraced Islam you are very enthusiastic about it, mash’Allah, but please do not let that enthusiasm cause you to fall into back-biting or being overly judgemental.

  29. Sara

    Sarah is not like new muslim sisters, her character is wrong. New Muslim sisters are very Islamic. From first hand experience, I find that new Muslim sisters are more Islamic than Muslims born into Muslim families.

  30. Aalia Canadian

    Asalaam alaikum all:D LoL I came back to see any new replies to my posts and it seems everyone thought I was being too judgemental loooool oops that was not my intention:)Allah forgive me for any mistake or harm I caused ~*~ameen~*~

  31. Asalamu alaikum

    Aalia Canadian congratulations for accepting Islam. I share your views on the show. Please have patience with Muslims. We are living in an age where the ummah have neglected their duties to Allah. The symptoms are visible and all around us. The constant punishment of Muslims worldwide, no hijab, no beards little love for Islam. Sometimes these outward displays of iman are not even a guarantee of iman anymore. When engaged in a conversations with brothers and sisters negative attitudes towards the deen arise. Try to give them advice it is viewed negatively . After all who are we? We are just reverts to the religion. And guess what some Muslim take the time to write “Convertitis” and calls it “soulfood”. Although I love my brothers and sisters and encourage them to follow the deen and advise them if I can. We should do it with wisdom though. Like you I was a kafir and it pains me to see Muslims wanting, imitating and consider superior the “KAFFERIFIC” lifestyle. In the end we will all be resurrected with those who we love. That is the justice of Allah.

    As for praying I follow this rule. If I can chat with a coworker I can pray. If I can take a washroom break I can pray. If people at my work can smoke I can pray. If people at work can take a coffee break I can pray. If none of the above can take place then I can say “Oh Allah my circumstances did not allow me to.”

    But never be afraid to pray because of Creation.

    Aalia Canadian take a look at some videos I made. Here is Sura Ikhlas. From one Canadian revert to another.

  32. Raheel, I am not a Muslim, but may I offer some advice without it beeing “viewed negatively”?

    While you judge the outward appearances of faith (hijab, beard, lifestyles), are you tending inward? I am hesitant to tell you, but for your benefit alone–

    Your tone is a little judgemental of your peers. I suffer from this also, and I do my best to rein it in. Since I nor you can view the secret lives of our fellows, we must be content to judge only ourselves. I do not know if there is similar practice in Islam, but Jesus commands that all prayer and good deeds are to be done in secret, that no one may gather a good reputation but be rewarded by God alone. So I must remember to always give the benefit of the doubt.

    Also, your frame of reference for your practice in faith (from your language) seems to be other people, particularly your co-workers. One of my favorite poets, Rumi, says:

    “First, when I was apart from you, this world did not exist, nor any other.

    Second, whatever I was looking for was always you.

    Third, why did I ever learn to count to three?”

    There is no “other” or third person–that is, in our faith, the relationship is either between us and God, or us and another, but to be worried about individuals outside that relationship is wasteful of our thoughts.

    I don’t think you will listen to this, but I hoped you liked the Rumi quote at any rate.

  33. Habibah

    I can understand why they might not have added in a abloution [wudu] scene, due to short timing, having the follow her to the BR and all that…

    However, that would have given them the opportunity to somehow maybe at work, have the classic ‘foot caught in the sink’ act!

    This really did make people view the 5 prayers as burdening which it really isn’t. Tumbling outta bed and barely throwing on a scarf still asleep is not how these prayers are made and they could have fasioned it differently. Everytime Sarah was on camera she was praying…

  34. balmytigeress

    I have bad sleep habits, something I have struggled with for most of my life. Waking up for the first prayer is made really difficult. Even if I can go back to sleep afterward, my rest was broken up and this leaves me rather lethargic during the day (probably not as much a problem if I got regular 8 hour sleeps, but I don’t). So perhaps that could explain part of why she was so tired. Broken sleep.

    I think over time she could learn, with .good role models. that didn’t push faster than she was ready for. I converted about 9 months ago, and if I was pushed too quickly, too soon, to change the way I lived my life for so long, I could have seriously rebelled. It is better for me to accept little by little, as I am ready, than to be drowned in it all, all at once and have it be too much and I leave Islam. I think that happens sometimes. Some people are pushed too fast and become overwhelmed.

    I think there cannot be a character in the show who practices in a way that everyone agrees is the right way. A paragon of virtue. A virtually ideal Muslim. He would almost *have* to take over as Imam because I think his knowledge of things and ability to be a role model would be superior to that of Mercy’s current Imam. Then would he stay in Mercy? Sure would change our cast of characters.

    BTW, I enjoy this show simply because it is about Muslim characters and it does not center around terrorism. There are flaws, but it is all that is available. For that reason I would like to see a second season, but…if this was on TV in America, I don’t think it would be renewed for a second season. Of course, I would like even better to see something higher quality. Or to see correctly portrayed Muslim characters in programs with a mixed cast, where the plot line is not involving terrorism.

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