Tag Archives: Society

Shemagh – Why do non-Saudis wear one when wanting to appear Scholarly?

Assalaamu Alaykum,

First off, I don’t hate Saudi, the land and especially not the people there. I’ve had wonderful experiences with many Saudis, met a few bad ones but generally very good brothers and sisters Masha’Allah, and I have genuine love and affection for them.

But I am not Saudi myself.

Therefore it would seem silly to wear the Shemagh / Keffiyeh on a daily basis when walking around the west even though I’ve worn one myself when on Umrah (paid for and arranged by a Saudi Sheikh studying in the UK, may Allah reward him, ameen), it’s extremely practical when in a desert climate but why would I wear it here in the UK unless it’s an extra hot day and needed a little neck as well as head protection?

Yet, again and again, Indo-Pakistanis, Somalis and reverts when wanting to appear knowledgeable in the deen, when giving talks or reminders don the Saudi style Shemagh but I just can’t help but see this as a negative, a sign of a lack of confidence in our own culture or that Islam could ever gain influence or even dominance over this culture as surely we want?

Assalaamu Alaykum,


Dr Bilal Philips – Practicing Islam in Modern Society

“There is no such thing as modern Islam, liberal Islam, Islam is Islam.”

A brilliant talk by Dr Bilal Philips on how in reality, the problems faced by the Muslims today are the same as those faced by the Muslims in the past, that the answers to our problems are in the Quran and the Sunnah, just as they have always been.

One of the best speeches from one of the best speakers out there, who has not compromised on the message in all his years calling to Allah, unlike so many other du’at in the English language.

Tim Wise – Pathology of White Privilege

This is it… this is the video that finally helped me ‘get it’ when it came to the subject of white privilege a few years ago.

I know Tim Wise has done other later talks in more recent years, continues to address issues of race and inequality from a white perspective but this for me is my favourite, most powerful speech of his I’ve listened to. Maybe as it affected me so much.

And yes… I know he is a non-Muslim, and will occasionally say things as a Muslims we will not agree with but on the subject of racial inequalities, white privilege and the massive problems built up into modern day societies around  these issues he speaks the truth and we should respect that.


big beardHow come most of the brothers we hear going on about polygamy being their right, and it being part of the sunnah cannot even establish the sunnah over their own chin and cheeks and grow a beard?

(I’m talking about those who can grow a beard of-course, no blame is attached to those who cannot in Islam)

Actually the beard is wajib, according to the strongest evidence, however this only reinforces the point.

Islam Q&A – Is the beard obligatory or just a sunnah?

Yes brothers you claim polygamy is the sunnah, and you are right, it is, but so are many other things which are easier to practice which you miss out on.

If in this society all the pressure from cultures – east and west, society, family, career and education is to shave and you cannot even grow more than a few days stubble on your cheeks how can you seriously expect to cope with all the pressures when it comes to a much more difficult matter like polygamy?