RESPECT TO ALLAH

BY MOHAMMUD ABDILLA

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Islam  is  a  monotheistic  religious  tradition  that  developed  in  the  middle  East  in  the  7th  century.  Islam,  which  literally  means  “surrender”  or  “submission”,  was  founded  on  the  teachings  of  Prophet  Muhammad  as  an  expression  of  surrender  to  the  will  of  from  Allah  the  creator  and  sustainer  of  the  world.  Islam  expounded  beyond  its  birthplace  in  the  Arabia,  to  Africa,  Asia,  Europe  and  America.

The Quran,  the  sacred  text  of  Islam,  contains  the  teachings  of  the  Prophet  that  were  revealed  to  him  from  Allah.Essential  to  Islam  is  the  belief  that  Allah  is  one  and  true  God  with  no  partner  or  equal.  Islam  has  two  divisions  within  the  tradition  which  are  the  sunni  and  shia  of  which  they  follow  the  Quran  teachings.  Islam  is  guided  by  five  pillars  which  are  fundamental  practices.  These  five  practices  include  Shahad  which  is  the  declaration  of  faith  and  trust  that  prophases  that  there  is  only  one  God  and  that  Mohammed  is  Gods  messenger.  The  second  pillar  is  salat  which  is  the  Islamic  prayer  that  consists  of  five  daily  prayers  according  to  sunna  and  are  named  according  to  prayer  times  that  is  Fajir,  the  dawn  prayer,  Dhuhr  the noon  prayer,  Asr  the  afternoon  prayer,  Maghirb  which  is  the  evening  prayer  and  Isha  the  night  prayer. All  prayers  are  recited  while  facing  the  direction  of  the  quibla  or  kaaba  in mecca  and  form  an  important  aspect  of  Muslim  Ummah  or  union.  They  must  wash  before  prayer  which  is  called  Wudu  or  purification.  These  prayers  are  accompanied  by  a series  of  set  positions.  The  third  pillar  is  Zakat,  which  is  the  practice  of  charitable  giving  based  on  accumulated  wealth.  Sawum,  the  forth  pillar  is  concerned  with  fasting.  Fasting  during  Ramadhan  is  obligatory  but  forbidden  for  pre-pubicent  children,  the  sick,  elderly  people,  menstruating,  pregnant  and  breastfeeding  women.  Finally  we  have Hajj which  is  the  fifth  pillar  and  its  all  about  pilgrimage  that  occur  during  Islamic  month  of  dhur-hijjah  to  the  holy  city  of  mecca.

 

Muslim  also  celebrate  two  official  holidays  Eid Al-Fitr  and  Eid Al-Adha.  Muslims  are  also  required  to  dress  modestly  during  their  religious  practises.  Women  are  required  to  cover  their  breasts  and  heads  by  wearing  hijabs and men  they  commonly  wear  kanzus.  Muslims,  like any  other  religion  faces  various  challenges  in  their  day  to  day  life.

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WHAT’S TO A TITLE?

BY ARLENE AYIERA

The 2017 general elections are upcoming and many things are being discussed concerning who will take what leadership positions. A point to note is that many women have come up to vie for political seats. In the past this was not such a common happening because women were viewed as inferior and powerless. The fight for political seats and positions has been a battle that even women today have fought tooth and nail to win.

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Women have stood up for themselves and presented themselves as able to lead Kenyans. In this coming general elections women have been seen to be playing major roles. They have competed  equally with their male counterparts. They have done everything necessary to secure their slots in the incoming government. Some have been perceived as vocal and are able to confidently stand up for what they say in public meetings.

Despite the many challenges women face in the political arena, they have not given up. They are talking the talk and walking the walk. They have held their chin high and kept moving on to show their male counterparts and fellow women that being a leader with a voice is not only a mens’ affair but that even women can do that and even greater.

POWER OF INDEPENDENCE

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we have all heard of the single independent women who do not want men in their lives but rather they want to be career women. This is a mentality that mostly is found among women who did not have a father figure in their lives when they were growing up and so they did not get much to go by as far as getting direction is concerned. Such ladies grow up thinking that men are a liability and they have nothing much to offer. They block any form of emotional commitment to a man and refuse to be involved in any relationships. Mostly such people wallow in self pity and put all their energy to work and become materially successful.

It is not wrong for a woman to want success materially but it does not mean that a woman cannot have it all. It is possible for a woman to have very successful career and relationship at the same time. It is just a stereotype that women who have great careers cannot have good relationships.

The first step for women to be able to embrace both sides of the coin is to let go of previous hurts and learn to trust and love people around them without attaching conditions. Also they should define what they want in every relationship they form so as to avoid beong misinterpreted and misjudged. They can form business relationships without making men around them feel inferior and unable. They must also srive to be submissive partners to their spouses and not act as if they own the world even when they earn much more than their husbands do.

It is all a learning process and once you deliberately choose to be a good student, you are able to learn quite a lot and become a wonderful woman in all spheres and walks of life.

CAREER WOMEN

BY ARLENE AYIERA

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When women get pregnant and go to deliver their children, they face some kind of discrimination at their places of work. Some lose their jobs or get demoted from their previous work positions. Many times even the women themselves quite their jobs so that they can raise up their children. There is a thin line between career and motherhood and many times people have failed to balance the two. Many people wonder how they can be able to maintain their careers and at the same time have a good family that does not miss out on the things offered by mothers.

Women are advised to not rely on another woman’s experience because every experience is different in different people. It is important for women to know what works for them and work hard to maintain a steady and manageable pattern for their lifestyles. You don’t have to work as hard as you used to. For the sake of your children, one can tone down a bit so that they are not straining too much. Healthy careers are not measured by how much one makes but rather by how much one achieves. Motherhood is a difficult task and when one is able to pull through this task they are well successful even if they do not thrive too much in their career world.