Does Your Culture Define You?



Do you define yourself via your culture or do you define yourself via the aspects of the religion you practice? By which I mean, do you wear the hijab and you celebrate feminism? Do you wear the Abaya but love and validate nationalism?

Having experienced many aspects of my own culture mainly, I had come to an age where I became exposed to what the Somali culture entailed.

Thus having a thirst to quench and a burning curiosity. I went on a journey to discover my culture from supporting projects helping to build Somalia, to being around Somali women that were redefining activism.

Alhamdulillah at the same time I also started researching into Islam. I started looking deeper into my religion and realised that culture is celebrated but it is not used to define who we are, rather Islam defines us.

My identity comes from the beauty of Islam (the Quran and Sunnah, the way in which the Sahaba lived), the rich history Islam offers, and the rights in being a female not a feminist. Islam is a complete way of life that I am truly grateful for. I am truly grateful that Allah opened up a different path in which culture did not have to define me.

In the Quran it states:

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (49:13)

I can be with a Muslim woman from any country and we can be sisters because Islam is what brings us together. Islam is what ties us. Islam is what brings out the beauty in all of us, whereas culture is there to differentiate us but also to bring us together to celebrate the differences we have. I may eat halwa but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy samosa as well.

I want to help Somalis not because I am Somali but because I am Muslim, thereby I want to help all Muslims. I leave you with this.

It was related on the authority of Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: 
“Whosoever relieves from a believer some grief pertaining to this world, Allah will relieve from him some grief pertaining to the Hereafter. Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person who cannot pay his debt, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter. Whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults in this world and the Hereafter. Allah will aid a servant (of His) so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that tranquility descends upon them, mercy covers them, the angels surround them, and Allah makes mention of them amongst those who are in His presence. Whosoever is slowed down by his deeds will not be hastened forward by his lineage.” 

[Muslim]

By Sweet Sister


Edited By Copywriter: Sawiya Ali
 

41 comments:

  1. I dislike this type of mentality. No abaayo, I'm not only Muslim and I don't help Somalis because I'm muslim... that's so weird. You know so well that if we don't care for our own people, no one will. And I came to conclusion based on experience. Non Somali/non black Muslims don't have as much regards for Somali/black lives and social issues. When we used to suggest findings for Somalis, our pleas were always ignored, but mention an Arab or a Desi cause and you'll find them all becoming generous all of a sudden.
    It's extremely important to know and be proud of who you are in this world. You can't just pretend like culture/skin colour/ethnicity don't matter in this world or don't affect how you're perceived. Many young people abandon the community and go and work on other causes, while the Somali community is drowning in problems and is in dire need of the energy and effort of these youth. It's important to show up for Somali people, not only because "you're muslim" but also because we ARE your people and we need you more than those other ethnic groups.
    Sorry if this seemed harsh, but wallahi I find the attitudes similar to the expressed here upsetting... it's naïve and doesn't take into consideration the fact that Islam also says "al aqraboon awla bil ma3roof". Islam isn't against nationalism or even culture, he prophet loved his culture and he loved Mecca (his home town) and was so sad when he left and extremely happy when he came back to it. Loving your country isn't a sin. What Allah doesn't want us to do is being arrogant, looking down on other cultures and God doesn't want us to devalue other people's origin and cultures.
    I can't identify with this post....

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes well i do think every culture definies the person i mean i had academic papers and from it what i gathered it does define a lot of people !!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I don't think it's worth arguing about religion. For many of us this is very personal and, as it were, science did not explain everything that happens, we all perceive the higher forces in our own way.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have a similar interest this is my page read everything carefully and let me know what you think. Natural Food

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your texts on this subject are correct, see how I wrote this site is really very good. I Love You Quotes

    ReplyDelete
  6. Within this webpage, you'll see the page, you need to understand this data. Cocoa Butter

    ReplyDelete
  7. Listed here you'll learn it is important, them offers the link in an helpful webpage: quantitive analysis for management

    ReplyDelete
  8. You bear through a awesome vacancy. I sanity definitely quarry it moreover personally suggest to my buddys. I am self-possessed they determination be benefited from this scene. Solution Manual for Fluid Mechanics 2nd Edition by Hibbeler Chapter 4 not included

    ReplyDelete
  9. Initial You got a awesome blog .I determination be involved in plus uniform minutes. i view you got truly very functional matters , i determination be always checking your blog blesss. diploma in safety management

    ReplyDelete
  10. Interestingly you write, I will address you'll find exciting and interesting things on similar topics. text chat sites

    ReplyDelete
  11. Listed here you'll learn it is important, them offers the link in an helpful webpage: Warmtepomp verwarming

    ReplyDelete
  12. You bear through a awesome vacancy. I sanity definitely quarry it moreover personally suggest to my buddys. I am self-possessed they determination be benefited from this scene. Ristoranti cosenza

    ReplyDelete
  13. I wrote about a similar issue, I give you the link to my site. เว็บแทงบอล

    ReplyDelete
  14. Interestingly you write, I will address you'll find exciting and interesting things on similar topics. Stilltuch

    ReplyDelete
  15. Interestingly you write, I will address you'll find exciting and interesting things on similar topics. Zwembadbouwers Antwerpen

    ReplyDelete
  16. Such sites are important because they provide a large dose of useful information ... Zwembadbouwers West-Vlaanderen

    ReplyDelete
  17. I read this article. I think You put a great deal of exertion to make this article. I like your work. Beste zonnepanelen

    ReplyDelete
  18. Listed here you'll learn it is important, them offers the link in an helpful webpage: Zonnepanelen plaatsen

    ReplyDelete
  19. Interestingly you write, I will address you'll find exciting and interesting things on similar topics. Zonne energie

    ReplyDelete
  20. There you can download for free, see the first of these data. Omvormers zonnepanelen

    ReplyDelete
  21. Such sites are important because they provide a large dose of useful information. hope you will lie my site facebook video

    ReplyDelete
  22. Interestingly you write, I will address you'll find exciting and interesting things on similar topics.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I like this post,And I guess that they having fun to read this post,they shall take a good site to make a information,thanks for sharing it to me.
    Prijs airco

    ReplyDelete
  24. Me and my companions have completely appreciated this blog.
    Premies warmtepomp 2018

    ReplyDelete
  25. I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. Good day!
    Glaswand

    ReplyDelete
  26. An exceptionally complex method for composing, making impacts particularly in dialect and writing.
    Ramen en deuren Limburg

    ReplyDelete
  27. Loaded with superb and virtuosic words.Powerful is all that is in this blog.
    PVC ramen Limburg

    ReplyDelete
  28. wow this saintly however ,I love your enter plus nice pics might be part personss negative love being defrent mind total poeple ,
    Wordpress webdesign

    ReplyDelete
  29. I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.
    Webdesign

    ReplyDelete
  30. Great info! I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have.
    SEO

    ReplyDelete
  31. Very good topic, similar texts are I do not know if they are as good as your work out.
    Zonnepanelen

    ReplyDelete
  32. The blog has a to a great degree limit center that amplifies, shockingly into extensive variety of concerns.
    Zonnepanelen in 2018

    ReplyDelete
  33. This blog has left its gathering of spectators completely enchanted.
    Zonnepanelen installateurs

    ReplyDelete
  34. Make the most of mainly premium substances - you will find him or her for:
    Zonnepanelen plaatsen

    ReplyDelete
  35. I have a similar interest this is my page read everything carefully and let me know what you think.
    Zonne energie

    ReplyDelete
  36. I just thought it may be an idea to post incase anyone else was having problems researching but I am a little unsure if I am allowed to put names and addresses on here.
    Omvormers zonnepanelen

    ReplyDelete
  37. I use basically superior fabrics : you will discover these products by:
    Dallas Bail Bonds

    ReplyDelete
  38. Best Realtors in Surrey to list your home or condo. A Chinese speaking Realtor that can converse in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. A Top 1% PREC Team Member for over 10 years in a row Surrey Real estate

    ReplyDelete
  39. Vancouver SEO Agency offers complete business listings that let you have dofollow links. This is great for your business and drives up your sites rankings. free directory submission sites list 2018

    ReplyDelete
  40. I will be interested in more similar topics. i see you got really very useful topics , i will be always checking your blog thanks idol net worth

    ReplyDelete
  41. I use only high quality materials - you can see them at:
    synergiesnc

    ReplyDelete

 

Elmimag.com Mailing List