Category Archives: Islam

#My Instagram Share#: My Hijab

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Salam dear friends,

This is to share with you what I often post in my Instagram.

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#HijabToMe ⏩⏩⏩ I’m posting this to support @huffingtonpost initiative to introduce hijab, its diversity, and its beauty. Why do I wear hijab? Why am I so proud of wearing it? And what does it represent to me? Hijab is my way to show that I am a Muslim, and that I am proud to be. #Hijab is my way to show that modestey does not limit creativity, intelligence,  and confidence.  What really limits those is ignorance. My hijab is my way to fight against stereotypes. My hijab in an everyday reminder of who I am, and why I’m Muslim. It’s even a daily reminder of the reasons of my existence. Hijab is my way of showing my respect and love of my #religion and my #identity. Wearing hijab does not mean ’oppression’. On the contrary, it’s a very high/beautiful form of liberation. It’s part of my confidence and personality. I love wearing hijab. I love being a Muslim, and I will always be a proud to be one. Being a Muslim means that I respect my Islamic believes, values, and way of living. It also means that I respect/accept every other human in this earth, their believes, and ways of living. That’s what wearing hijab means to me. I don’t normally post my pictures,  but this is an exception, and it’s for a beautiful reason. The picture is a #tbt to my graduation day last #summer #2015. #me #being #muslim #muslimah #islam #morocco #marrakech #hijab #love #reading #books #bookstagram #photooftheday #photography #المغرب #اسلام #الحمدلله #women #حجاب #beauty #salam #kaoutar_chahbane

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I will try to post more often insha’ALLAH, after finishing the exams and the endless tasks and presentations 😉 I have many posts that are already written, but for some unknown/known reasons, I was not able to post them.. It will happen, I promise, insha’ALLAH 🙂

Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

Things to do after Ramadan

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Salam dear friends,

Happy Eid to all of you 🙂

Another Ramadan has gone, but the blessings and the benefits of this holly month stay always with us 🙂

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So, what can we do, as Muslims, after Ramadan to keep the spirit of this month??

Here are six things you can do to keep that spirit  🙂

Fast Six Days in Shawwal.

It’s a beautiful way to maintain the spirit of Ramadan and to gain Ajr

Make Up for Missed Fast Days

It’s very necessary to fast the days you weren’t able to fast in Ramadan. I do advice you to do it immediately after Ramadan, in Shawwal.

Observing optional fasting after Ramadan

It makes you ready for the next Ramadan, and it’s also good for your health and soul.

Keep on Reading, Reciting, and Reflecting on the Quran

One of the best things ALLAH gives us is the Quran. It’s a beautiful gift. Try to read it, understand it, and apply it.

Take a Good Care of the Poor and the Needy

One of the purposes of fasting Ramadan is to feel what the poor people feel, and to be able to help them. Make it your goal for this year. You’ll feel so much better.

Keep On Performing Dhikr a Lot 

There is nothing better than being and feeling close to ALLAH, talking to him, and remembering him.. Do not stop this after Ramadan. Ask Almighty Allah for forgiveness. Optional night Prayer is also a good way to keep your heart and mind close to ALLAH.

Ramadan is a new chance for you and me to start over. Try to use this time to be a good human, and to do good things.

Talk to you very soon insha’ALLAH 🙂 🙂 🙂

To Deah, Yusor, and Razan..

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Salam dear friends,

I couldn’t write before about this.. First, because I did not think that I have enough words; and second, I was really shocked about what happened..

Today, I decided to finally write about it .. Today, I write this to the memory of Deah, Yusor, and Razan..

About nine days ago,three beautiful brilliant human beings were killed, as simple as that.. They were killed because of the cruelty of another so called ” human”.

They were young university students, Muslims of Arab descent, and high achievers who regularly volunteered in the area, a newlywed couple and the woman’s sister.

The Media did not cover the news as it should be covered.. Maybe because they’re Muslims, Arabs, minorities. Maybe because no one’s really care. Maybe because their death is not that important.. Well, It is, they were and still highly  important.

“To have him come in here and shoot three different innocent people in their head — I don’t know what kind of person that is,” said Namee Barakat, the father of the male victim… What kind of humans are you??.

Weather the shooting was a hate crime or “an isolated incident”, nothing will bring them back to their families.. But, they will always be remembered by everyone who knows them.

I don’t know them, never meet them, haven’t encounter their activities before knowing about their tragic death; But still, I’m feeling really sad about what happened to them, and I can’t bear thinking of what their families might feel at the moment.

I’ll not talk a lot about the shooting or the victims. I’ll be just repeating what has already been said. If you want to read more about it ( and I think you should) just click Here. If you want to see what close people of the victims feel, go to this heartbreaking article My best friend was killed and I don’t know why.. We don’t WHY.

They were good Muslims, and I wish we have many people like them in our societies.

انا لله و انا اليه راجعون

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#NotInMyName: Islam and I.

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Salam dear friends,

This post is for all the people who want to know the real Islam, the real Muslims…#NotInMyName.

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When I was a kid, I knew I was a Muslim. Of course, when you’re seven (or less), you don’t really understand what does it mean to be a Muslim. I started learning what my religion is about, and what ALLAH asks me to do. I feel blessed for the fact that I was born and raised in a Muslim family.

My father taught me how to pray, he taught me that a part of being a Muslim is praying 5 times a day, and I got used to it. In fact, it’s a daily habit that makes me feel blessed, and happy. My mother gave me the Quran, and told me that this book that I’m holding is my way of living, my constitution, and since then I made it my companion… I’m not saying this to convince anyone of the reality of Islam… Islam talks for itself. It does not need me or you to make it “good” or “pretty”.

Why I’m telling you this ??

Again, I’m not here not to convince you, or make you accept me as a Muslim… No, No.

I’m telling you this to make you know that as a Muslim, I was raised in a very normal way… To make you aware of the real Islam, the real Muslims.

As a Muslim, I was taught to believe in Adam, Jesus, Ibrahim, Moses, Lot, Mohamed ( and the list is long), and that without believing in them my Islam is not complete.

As a Muslim, my father did not ( ever… never) make a difference between me and my brother.

Islam gives me as a girl all the rights that I need and want… I don’t need no one to tell me what my rights are, cause I already know them, I already have them.

Don’t bother yourself and feel sorry for this poor Muslim girl who lives in a “prison” as you call it, who suffers, who’s been treated as a ” slave”, and who can’t go the school, or work or even talk, isn’t that what you’re trying to convince every single person in your society, in my society, in the world ?? Well, you did it, congrats.. But, I don’t think that people will keep on believing you anymore.

Do not judge Islam and say that it is a religion where women don’t have equal opportunities (equal rights);  just because some countries don’t give women the right to study, to work, to drive, to vote, or simply to choose… This is that country’s problem, Islam has nothing to do with it.

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As a Muslim, I was taught that killing is a crime.

Why should I be punished for the things that some ignorant nonhuman -who think they’re Muslims- did.. I don’t think I should.

I take my religion very seriously, I consider it as my way of living.. But you don’t see me killing people… This is because that as a Muslim (a real one) I was taught that if I killed one person it”s like killing the whole nation, the whole world.

There are people who make “the hate of Islam” their career; they keep all day talking about the same old topic: Islam is danger. What they mean is that if I saw a christian or a Hindu passing by,  I’ll change the way, I’ll curse and I’ll even kill… Really ?? Well, thank you for making me know that deep deep inside me, there is a criminal, a monster, a nonhuman.

And what Makes it even worse is that people believe them, people are now afraid of Muslims. What they forget is that Muslim are ordinary people who live in an ordinary way..We don”t have a different blood color.  Our prophet Mohamed (peace be upon Him) dealt with other people from other religions in a beautiful way that can be described in this verse of the Quran “To you be your religion, to me be mine.”  Just take a look at the life of the prophet, and you can draw a picture on how he dealt with different religions, You’ll see that “tolerant” is the perfect word to describe it.

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As a Muslim, I start the day by saying: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم  ” b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi”, meaning: In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, we say that too if we want to eat, to go out, or to do any other daily activity… Our whole life is based on mercy.

As a Muslim, I’ve learned that respecting others is an obligatory.

As a Muslim; I was taught that smiling to other people is a charity.

As a Muslim, I was taught that we all have equal right.. There is no difference between black and white; woman and man; rich and poor.

As a Muslim, I was taught that I have to treat others the way I want to be treated.

As a Muslim, I was taught to love my parents, my sisters, my brothers, my neighbors, my whole society.

As a Muslim, I was told to read, to collect information, to have an open mind.

As a Muslim, I was taught that I should not talk about a person behind his back.

As a Muslim, I was taught to not spread information, before making sure it’s right, and true.

You made it a fact that Muslims are terrorists, that Islam is a religion of terrorism; and it’s wrong.

Before saying that Muslims are terrorists, read the Quran, understand it, then talk.

Before telling me that I’m a terrorist, ask terrorists to which religion they belong.

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Do not judge Islam based on the actions of some Muslims.

Not because some people who call themselves Muslims commit such horrible crimes that I should be seen as a criminal.

My name is Kaoutar, I’m a Muslim, I want peace, tolerance, and respect… No war… No violence… No terrorism.

My name is Kaoutar, I’m a Muslim… When I meet you, I’ll begin with saying السلام عليكم:  As-salamu alaykum… This is our way of greeting, and it literally means: “peace be upon you”.

My name is Kaoutar, I’m a Muslim, I’m proud to be a Muslim, and I’m NOT a terrorist.

I’m ashamed that still in the 21th century, where information is more available than anytime before, I’m still defending and explaining my way of living to others… I’m still explaining what the second-largest religion in the world is all about.

I wonder when it will come the day where I will say the word “Islam”, and every one will get it with no need to explain it…

Maybe, someday, maybe, one day…

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5 things to know about Eid al-Adha…

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Salam dear friends,

Today, we celebrate a very important Islamic day: It’s Eid al-Adha, meaning “Festival of the sacrifice” or “the Feast of Sacrifice” , also called as the “Major Festival”.

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A lot of you won’t understand what this Eid is all about.. I’m going to share with 5 things you need to know about Eid al-Adha… Enjoy 😉

I’ll begin by saying: Eid Mubarak to all of you… What I just said is routine greetings used during the observance to offer best wishes 🙂 😀 🙂

1)_ Eid al-Adha begins on the 10 day of Dhu’l-Hijja, the last month of the Islamic calendar. It occurs at the conclusion of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.

 

2)_ Muslims all over the world who can afford it , sacrifice a sheep (sometimes a goat) as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to ALLAH.

 

3)_ Eid al-Adha commemorates when ALLAH appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son.

A version of the story also appears in the Torah and in the Bible’s Old Testament.

 

4)_ This festival usually starts with Muslims going to the Mosque for prayers, dressed in their best clothes, and thanking ALLAH for all the blessings they have received.

 

5)_ We share out the meat among us, family, and the poor, who each get a third share.

 

This Eid is an occasion to share love and care between all the Muslims 😉 Enjoy the rest of the day, visit your family, and be happy…. Happy Eid to all of you 😉

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Give your blood

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Salam dear friends,

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It’s been announced that The National Center for Blood Transfusion has made an urgent request that Moroccan citizens volunteer to make blood donations.A lot of people need our donation, so it’s our duty to donate to meet the increased need for blood in certain cities of Morocco.

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So, if you want to donate, you can go to the closest blood transfusion centers from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM… It’s open from Monday to Friday 🙂

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Remember that your donation can save lives… Be there if you can, and give your blood 🙂 🙂

You can add it to Things to do before the end of this summer 🙂

If you can’t, you can tell people about it, inform them, and make them aware of their duty as human beings 🙂

” من أحياها فكأنما أحيا الناس جميعا ”

You need to know: Laylat Al Qadr

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Salam dear friends,

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Laylat Al Qadr is a very important night in Ramadan… It is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims. Today, I want to share with you 10 things you need to know about Laylat Al Qadr.

1)_  It is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan.

2)_ The Prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon Him) did not mention exactly when it would be.

3)_ This night is told to be around the last ten days on Ramadan, mostly in on one of the odd nights (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th).

4)_ It is variously rendered in English as the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures.

5)_  It is the  night when the Quran was revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon Him)  from ALLAH.

6)_ Laylat Al Qadr is a good time for prayers to be answered. Muslims welcome this occasion with study, devotional readings, and prayer.

7)_ Good deeds performed on that single night are equal to those performed over a thousand months.

8)_ It is the holiest night of the year, so believers are encouraged to stay awake the entire night, and pray for blessings and forgiveness.

9)_ Muslims will take advantage from this night in different ways. Some will pray as much as they can, others  will read the Quran all night, while some people will sit with their hands raised, and with  their tears falling from their eyes as they ask ALLAH forgiveness… If you want my opinion, do all those things: pray, read Quran, and ask forgiveness 😉

10)_ Some Muslims participate in a spiritual retreat called itikaf, where they spend all ten days in the mosque reading the Quran and praying.

For us, Muslims, the month of Ramadan is a  particularly spiritually important time. I think one of the reasons why we don’t have a specific time for Laylat Al Qadr is to make the whole month of Ramadan a time for forgiveness, changing, and caring.

Hope what I just said or wrote was useful… Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

 

 

Ramadan in pictures

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Salam dear friends,

Today, I want to share with some pictures that my brother and I took in the previous days of Ramadan… Enjoy, and… leave a comment 🙂

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The nights of Ramadan… 😉

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A beautiful view of the Koutoubia mosque 🙂

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Days of Marrakech, and Ramadan… What could be better ?? 🙂

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The feeling of being so close to ALLAH 🙂 What a bless 🙂

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Morocco, traditions, and what ?? … Ramadan 🙂

 

 

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My brother took this picture after praying in this beautiful mosque in Qasba, Marrakesh 🙂 ❤

 

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Whenever I see this kind of zelij, I think of Morocco 🙂

 

 

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Beauty itself ❤

 

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❤ what do you think ?? ❤

 

Hope you liked them… More to share soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

Ramadan: To do list

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Ramadan: To do list

Salam dear friends,

More than 10 days have gone away, but you still got time. The time to do great things… Ramadan is the right time to make life worth living 🙂

So, here are 10 things that I think we should do in Ramadan…

1_ Read Quran daily…. It’s the best thing you can do.

2_ While reading the Quran try to understand what it is about, learn lessons, and remember the greatness of ALLAH.

3_ Make Duaa, a lot of Duaa… Remember your loved ones, people in your entourage, and people who really need our help. 

4_ Forgive, Forgive, and Forgive: this is the right time, if you couldn’t do it now, you’ll never do it.

5_ Keep relationships stronger… Check on your relatives, friends, and neighbors. 

6_ Give in charity.. It does not need to be huge or even money… Give clothes, books, do some volunteer work, and remember even your smile is a charity on itself.

7_ Give an advice to someone, a good one… They will need it.

8_ Don’t watch movies, series, soap operas… Watch programs that will give you a push, make you learn, and help you.

9_ Take a good care of your health… Don’t eat a lot, and do some physical activities.

10_ Improve yourself. Make the change you think you need. 

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 Ramadan only comes once a year, make sure you make use of it.

If you think that we should add something to this list, share it in the comments. 🙂

Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Ramadan: my favorite time in the year

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Ramadan: my favorite time in the year

Salam dear friends,

It’s Ramadan,and I’m so happy for having the chance to spend it with my family, in my country at home…It is the month of forgiveness, sharing, loving, and caring … It is simply my favorite time of the whole year 🙂 🙂 🙂

Today, I want to show you why I consider Ramadan as the best time in the year 🙂

The ninth month in the Islamic calendar is the time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship… Muslims have been fasting throughout it for more than 14 centuries. In this month, we as Muslims observe a lot of changes. In this month, we focus on the soul;trying to be more spiritual and more close to ALLAH.

 

In Ramadan, people try to change as far as they could. We try to do things in different ways; we like to have different attitudes; and we act in a very positive way, you can notice that in our streets and even in our houses, and neighbourhoods. We also try to think in a way that helps us to improve ourselves. Ramadan makes me more proud to be a Muslim.

    Ramadan is the month of second chances, we as Muslims try to forgive others, forgets what they did to us in the past and all the conflicts that we had with friends and family. We want in this month to turn the page; forgive and ask forgiveness.

When you think of Ramadan; you think of organization. We organize our life in a beautiful way. There is a specific time for everything. Ramadan is also a month of development, we think in how we can change our society and make it a better place to live in.

I wish every month of the year was Ramadan; or was like Ramadan. It will be nice to see people act like they usually do in this holly month. It will be great to see family gather together and forget all kind of problems they have as they usually do in Ramadan.

In this month, Muslims actually feel as a unit. We all want the same thing and we all celebrate it in almost the same way. We like to be with each other and be a part of this big family that we all dream of. Muslims all over the world fast with a heart full of faith and a mind full of hope.

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The month of Ramadan is the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. We should take the chance to be better, act better and think better.

Ramadan Kareem everyone ❤