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Behind Close Doors - Afterword

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“Behind closed doors” is based on a series of articles done by the writer, commenting on what she observed in the community. Each one highlights a very disturbing trend in the way we live, and all of these incidents have been dealt with in my career as a community social worker. This book is a sincere and honest rendition of Islam’s guidance for mankind in all aspects of life.

In striving to provide solutions to these problems, the writer uses quotations from Quran and Hadith as a guide to the family, the teachers of religion, leaders, and the community in general. Her main aim is to get us to reflect and build a spiritually strong awareness and consciousness of Islam.

In her writing she highlights the danger of compromising on seemingly small lessons of Islam, which can lead to major catastrophes.

She points out the dangers of westernization and its influence on the vulnerable youth if they are left without guidance.

The writer also highlights the plight of reverts to Islam who struggle to integrate into the broader Muslim community.

 

“Lo, Allah changeth not the condition of a folk until they (first)

change that which is in their hearts…” Holy Quran: Surah 13. Verse 11

 

She points out that in spite of our weaknesses; we have the infinite mercy of our Creator, who is ready to forgive if we are truly repentant.  Through Allah’s mercy we are given the great gift of the pilgrimage and the opportunity of expiating our transgressions on Mount Arafat.  This serves to re-energize the Muslims with mental, spiritual and emotional healing.

 

Mrs. Nuroun Mintin

Community Social Worker

Founder of I.S.W.A. (The first Islamic Social welfare organization)

April 2012/ Jamadal-ulaa 1433

 

 

Behind Close Doors - Forward

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FOREWORD

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL

The Family Unit is The Axis of our society. A Healthy Family equals a Healthy Society. But, as Jasmine Khan so aptly portrays in this book, what’s happening behind closed doors to the families of today is leading to a moral breakdown in society.

Taken from a series of articles published by the author in the Muslim views, this book endeavours to unveil the ailments that plague the Muslim family of today and how to remedy them. The list of ailments is comprehensive and not exaggerated in the least.The solutions are taken from the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah [lifestyle] of our beloved prophet Muhammad (saw) and have been brilliantly contextualised for our contemporary society.

Jasmine Khan has written a refreshing book that has something for everyone in the family to reflect on. She has given us day to day life experiences that we can all relate to and clear advice on how to plot the way forward.

This book is a must read for every Muslim who seeks to improve their family ties, become a better parent, a more obedient child, a tolerant and respectful spouse, a compassionate sibling and just to be a good person that contributes to the moral upliftment  of the family unit.

It has been my honour and my pleasure to write this foreword and to recommend this book to our beloved community.

Riyadh Walls

Imam of Masjid Al-Jamiah

Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa.

April 2012/ Jamadal-ulaa 1433

Behind Close Doors - Preface

 

PREFACE

One of the major challenges facing communities is that of domestic abuse and violence. While governments and various agencies have instituted laudable programmes to combat violence against women and children – for example, the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign – one needs a sustained approach to combat the scourge of domestic abuse and violence.

As an editor, I often grappled with this question as well: is our newspaper providing a forum that will address the issue on an on-going basis? Does Muslim Views give coverage that will tackle the problem as part of a process rather than an event?

So, when I received a letter for publication in Muslim Views in October 2008 from author and community activist, Jasmine Khan, it triggered off a sustained campaign which went to the core of the challenge of combating violence against women and children.

 

Jasmine Khan’s letter was the answer to the question I had been grappling with for a long while. The letter, while focussing on a particular case of abuse of a wife, encapsulated what thousands of women face daily. When Jasmine Khan telephoned me to

Behind Close Doors Book Launch

Jasmine Khan, author of

“Experience the flow”

Will be launching her new book,

“Behind closed doors”

On Voice of the Cape,

on Monday 21stMay, at 19.20,

(after Esha),Insha’Allah.

Bookshop Launch at Timbuktu Books, Stadium on Main, Claremont,

On Saturday 2nd June, 2012,

At 15.00, Insha’Allah

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