The notion of privacy differs in a multitude of cultures, societies, and religions. The notion of privacy also changes with time based on the events or situations that occur. This, in part, may explain why there is no all-comprehensive meaning for privacy. There is no clear-cut definition for privacy that allows people, judges, and scholars to properly identify and recognize the boundaries of privacy. That being said, there were several attempts in defining “privacy” more generally. An American judge, Louise Brandies, defined the “infringement” of privacy as an “interference with another person’s seclusion of himself, his family, or his property from the public,” and to a certain extent, Brandies described privacy well (Kamali 159).
In Islam, privacy takes on a bigger role in a Muslim’s life and is viewed as one of main Islamic ethical principles. Because the “principles of Islam” exalt the “religious conscience of every Muslim”, Islam gives respect and rights to one’s freedom, privacy, and ownership (Hayat 137). Islamic law acknowledges the privacy of a Muslim’s home and private life, and there are severe exhortations against meddling into the affairs of others. The Qur’an and several hadiths of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) define the right to privacy clearly and thematically. For instance, Islam strictly prohibits the inquiry into the private matters of others without their consent. If one happens to “come across private information,” then one should stop immediately from getting involved any further (Hayat 137).
With the increase in the instruments of modernity, such as electronic devises, global communication and other advancements in technology, a modern Muslim has to be even more cautious not to cross the boundaries of one’s privacy and to secure his own, as well. Most, if not all, of the concepts of privacy in Islam revolve around the central idea of “invasion” or “reaching out” through something that does not belong to the same person, whether it is intentional or unintentional, be it entering a home without the owner’s permission or even reading a small of piece of paper that doesn’t belong to that person. Even though these rights and rules are put forth to make Muslims better individuals, are the rules of privacy in Islam obsolete? In other words, do these rules have any exceptions? The answer would be yes; they do have exceptions only in particular situations such as the “testimony of witnesses” or when asking for a fatwa or legal opinion (Kamali 162).
Hayat, Muhammad Aslam. “Privacy and Islam: From the Quran to Data Protection in Pakistan.” Information & Communications Technology Law 16.2 (2007): 137-48. Print.
Kamali, Mohammad Hashim. The Right to Life, Security, Privacy and Ownership in Islam. Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2008. Print.
Islam, you’ve colored my heart with all that’s good in this world. You’ve reminded me of what’s good, helped me differentiate between right and wrong, and you’ve made me stronger. You colored my heart white, made it pure, so I can pray with passion. You’ve colored it red, so I can feel the love of my religion. You’ve colored it yellow and helped me get lost in the beauty of everything I see. You’ve colored it green, and helped me become a cleaner person for the environment and myself.
You’ve infected me with bliss and I promise you, Islam, I’ll keep on coloring.
Always have a forgiving heart.
Realize that, to be able to forgive and be forgiven, you have to accept that you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes, just like anyone else.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once said;
"Allāh the Compassionate bestows mercy upon the merciful people. So, have mercy upon the inhabitants of the earth, the One in the Heavens will be merciful to you."
[ Abu Dāwūd ]
And we pray that our brothers and sisters who went for hajj are in good health and iman and that they are being forgiven like how they are being rewarded as well, and may Allāh accept it from them. Amīn.
Project: One Ummah
Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) was sent as a source of mercy and as Muslims we should follow in his footsteps, that is why for this month we will be focusing on unity. A very beautiful hadith: Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices by overbidding against one another; do not hate one another; do not harbor malice against one another; and do not enter into commercial transaction when others have entered into that (transaction); but be you, O slaves of Allah, as brothers. A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim; he neither oppresses him nor does he look down upon him, nor does he humiliate him. Piety is here, (and he pointed to his chest three times). It is enough evil for a Muslim to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother-in-faith: his blood, his property and his honor.”
For this coming month we will be posting challenges for you to take on and we want you to share your stories with us! We will also be holding an SMS campaign where we will be sending you daily reminders about unity for you to pass it on to your friends. (Note: Girls will be getting messages from girls and guys will be getting messages from guys)
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**Important Fasting Dates:
First 10 days of Zul-Hijjah: Sunday October 6th- Tuesday October 15th
- Every Monday & Thursday: October 7th, 10th, 14th,17th, 21st, 24th, 28th, 31st
قال صلى الله عليه وسلم : تعرض الأعمال يوم الإثنين والخميس فأحب أن يعرض عملي وأنا صائم
Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said: “Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.”
13th, 14th, & 15th lunar days: October 18th,19th, 20th
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and ayaam al-beed (Lunar days) are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.”