Empowered Muslim women
Prophet Muhammad PBUH said, "Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every believer." [Ibn Majah]
It is clear from this hadith that the believing men and women are required to seek knowledge.
We have to capitalize on the potential of our valuable women; we should assist and support them in their pursuit for excellence in their careers and in their studies.
Prophet Muhammad PBUH said, "The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manners and kindest to his wife." [Abu Dawud]
Our Muslim women are contributing and achieving in many valuable ways, we have to encourag, support and help them in achieving more. The more our women achieve and excel, the more our Ummah (Muslim nation) will be revived. Our women are not only half of our Ummah, they are also the mothers who shape future generations. Prophet Mohammad PBUH valued them and gave them a special status.
Women now have higher IQ Scores than men, as researchers claim. Women are a precious gift to humanity and a source of kindness and compassion.
Prophet Muhammad PBUH said: “Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother.” (Ahmad, Nasai).
A man came to the Prophet PBUH and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship?' The Prophet PBUH said, 'Your mother.' The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet PBUH said, 'Then your mother.' The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet PBUH said, 'Then your mother.' The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet PBUH said, 'Then your father.' (Bukhari, Muslim).
Our empowered Muslim women have played an important role in the Arab Spring. They have been at the forefront in the fight for justice and freedom.There are more and more brilliant Muslim women whose contributions can shape the future. Here are some bright and promising examples of Muslim women today:
Aisha Mustafa is a young Muslim lady who creates next-generation Quantum Space Propulsion Systems, thus reinventing space travel.
Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad, is a 16 year old Muslim young lady who has worked out how to turn used plastic into biofuels.
Ms. Hayat Sindi is a Saudi Scientist who is changing the world, she has helped develop a life saving tool that is the size of a stamp and costs just a penny, which helps detect disease by analysing body fluids.
And here is Ms. Manal Alsharif, whose courage and struggle against the Saudi regime’s unislamic treatment of women has inspired many. She is one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Another one of the 100 most influential people in the world, is Ms. Samira Ibrahim who challenged the tyrannical Supreme Council of Armed Forces, aka Mubarak’s generals who are also considered America’s closest ally in the new Egypt when she was mistreated by their thugs because of her brave stance for freedom and justice.
Dr. Reshma Khan is another brilliant example showing the universality of the message of Islam, she is a Muslim doctor who opened a free clinic for the poor of South Carolina. As Muslims, we should help all, Muslims and non Muslims.
Prophet Mohammad PBUH said: “A believer is like rain, wherever he goes, he brings goodness.”
Allah confirms in the Quran, that men and women were created from a single soul, thus emphasizing the equality and appreciation that Islam has for women.
"He (God) it is who did create you from a single soul and therefrom did create his mate, that he might dwell with her (in love)..." [Noble Quran 7:189]
"Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily to him will We give a new life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to their actions." [Noble Quran 16:97, see also 4:124]
Abu Sa'id al-Khudri said that the Messenger of Allah PBUH, said, "No one has three daughters or three sisters and is good to them but that he will enter the Garden."
Musa ibn 'Ali reported that the Prophet PBUH said, "Shall I show you the greatest sadaqa (or one of the greatest forms of sadaqa)?" He replied, "Yes, indeed, Messenger of Allah!" He went on, "To provide for your daughter when she is returned to you and you are her sole source of provision." Sadaqa means charity.
A moment of introspection, have you supported and empowered the women in your life? Have you helped your sister reach her full potential? Have you helped your wife make her dreams come true? Have you helped your mother and taken some of her responsibilities off her shoulders? Do you treat women with the level of respect and appreciation that Islam requires? Have you reached out to do more for the women in your community?