Sunday, January 29, 2006

Shifting Gears

I have decided to shift gears a bit in my blog. I mean really, how long can one talk about a hair style? I have decided to tackle social and cultural issues facing Muslims in the western world. I figure this should tie in with my original subject. Think about it for a second, you have a hair style which is not very common among the wider body of Muslims and many Muslims look down on it or discriminate against those with it, simply because it is not prevalent in THEIR culture. In the end my goal is and has always been to open the eyes of my fellow man.

So in the coming week(s) I will start to move toward issues which I have found to be worrisome among the Muslim body as a whole. I hope as a result it will open the eyes of my fellow brothers and sister, and if not at least I hope it starts some sort of feed back in the comments section. With that I bid you adieu until next time.


At 4:12 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

"Shifting Gears" ! lol, same exact words I used when shifting gears in my blog :D Can't wait to see your opinions about the issues the Muslim world needs to tackle.

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Alo Tsum said...

Yeah I stole your wording. Anywayz give me a week im doing research now on a few things. I am going to try to make it VERY interesting in sh'a Allah.

At 4:13 PM, Anonymous rafidite said...

youre still brown though

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Alo Tsum said...

that was random

At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Batool said...

Salaam alaykum
Good, maybe you'll get some comments now. Anyway do muslims really look down on you because you have your hair locked? odd, are you sure they're just not interested?.
Ok if you dont mind, here are some social/cultural issues that I think need tackling amongst muslims:
1: Gender equality. In all the Islamic lectures I've ever attended I've NEVER heard any Alim give examples of how men should treat their wives and the rights of a wife. I've only found out these things from my own research but they never get mentioned. However in almost half or more lectures I hear various hadiths about women's duties and mens rights over them. Hadiths are mentioned like the woman who got told that a womans jihad is in the home, or the one about the woman that never visited her dying father because her husband was away and told her not to leave the house and how the Prophet said Allah was pleased with her. Now I'm not against women being given such examples but I question why a balance is never made and men who need telling ( unless the alim thinks all the guys are giving their wives their haq) about their duties and good akhlaq are never told these things.
2: Spouse selection. I think it really needs a contemporary approach without losing touch with Islamic values.
3: Raising children. I really thinks its harder than anything else I've experienced: raising children to be healthy, stable and good muslims. People just say that do your best and the rest is down to them, but I think thats being flippant, each and every issue that you tackle needs to be carefully thought out and there are issues that just get swept under the carpet in islamic discussions.
4: Racial/ethnic integration. Dont be afraid to integrate, OMG its meant to be that way, but, and i'm guilty of this myself we tend to be lazy about seeking out muslims of all ethnicities to form ties with. I personally find it hard to find them...if I knew any I would be their friends.
5: Good Akhlaq: Its just taboo to say Bismillah hir rahmaanir Raheem aloud before beginning anything. Its taboo to pray for each others success, to keep a lid on our anger and to discuss something politely. To wish each other well, say salaam to strangers,e.t.c....why's that? What has happened to good old fashioned akhlaq?
6: we're too busy telling other people their mistakes and fighting with them then we are setting our own houses in order.
7: I think I'll leave it now , the list is too ,long....

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Alo Tsum said...


We are currently in the progress of launching a dedicated site and it will be up in a month to a few months. We need people willing to write articles who are extremely serious about provoking change among the muslim ummat for the better. If you are interested please email me

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

soooo, where are the new posts man!!

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Alo Tsum said...

I just posted a new one. That is going to be it until we get the new site and crew rollnig

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous shujaat said...

Salaams bro,

i personally dont like using gel or wax in my hair, a bit infantile. and it gets in the way of wudhu. a little bit is fine, but today ppl walk aroudn with wet hair.

i simply keep my hair short and in a position fixed with the handy hair drier.



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