Friday, June 3, 2011

Great Women in Islam

The answer to this time's quiz question (Which Great Woman was given the glad tidings by the Prophet (PBUH) of a home of Pearl in Paradise?) is:

  • She was the first person to embrace Islam and to believe in the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the Messenger of Allah.
  • Khadeejah (May Allah be pleased with her) had been in a previous marriage before she married the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
  • She was a wealthy woman who had high commercial holdings.
  • She was also a beautiful woman and she had high status in the community.
  • She was known for her pure manners, which gave her the title of “The Pure Woman”.
  • Many men sought her hand in marriage, but she refused all these proposals.
  • News had reached her of the man people called “The Trustworthy”, and she was impressed by what she heard about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
  • She sent someone to him to indirectly express her interest in marrying the Prophet (PBUH). She was 40 years old at the time, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was 25.
  • Both were delighted when the marriage took place because they shared the same morals and manners.
  • The greatness of Khadeejah (May Allah be pleased with her) showed the most when Muhammad (PBUH) was granted Prophethood.
  • She unhesitatingly believed the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when he came to her telling her about his encounter with Jibreel.
  • She was a model of wisdom and a source of great support.
  • When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told her that he was afraid that something might happen to him she replied with such amazing wisdom; she said “Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kin, serve your guests generously, help the poor and the destitute and assist people afflicted by calamity.”
  • Khadeejah was the one who calmed the Prophet (PBUH) and gave him strength in the most difficult of times.
  • Another great aspect of this amazing woman was that she invested all her wealth in the cause of Allah. She spent generously, without ever making mention of what she had spent.
  • She also showed kindness to weak and poor Muslims.
  • She passed away at a very difficult time in History for the Muslims and her death was a source of great sorrow to the Prophet (PBUH).
  • For years to come the Prophet (PBUH) would always remember Khadeejah (May Allah be pleased with her), he spoke about her nostalgically, wept when he was reminded of her and maintained close ties with her good friends.
  • For Muslims all over this Great Woman will always be remembered as the supporter of the Prophet (PBUH) in the most difficult of times.
  • Khadeejah (May Allah be pleased with her) was the first Mother of the Faithful in every sense.

I fear that I cannot do justice to this amazing Mother of the Faithful, or to all the other Great Women in Islam. These few words that I put down each time are but a mere glimpse into their amazing lives. I therefore urge you to read more about these women. They are an inspiration and I feel unworthy and extremely humbled to even be writing about them. May Allah Almighty shower His Peace and Blessings Upon them, eternally. Inshaa Allah!

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  1. Zarina,
    I really think your idea to write about these amazing women is a wonderful one and it's worth it. Be Proud.
    You introduce them to us the best way you can, with the help of God and it makes me want to read and discover more about them.
    I would have never thought about looking into the subject otherwise.
    And I'm sure I am not the only one!

    May God reward you for your humble nature and keep you well. take care

  2. Thanks so much Marie- This is really very encouraging!!!

    May you always stay as sweet as you are.

  3. dear sister. iloved your work and i m stealing it really and posting it on my wall on fb. hope you will not mind it. dear sis Jazaki Allah khairan jaza Aameen

  4. Assalamo alaik
    these are super dear sis. i m 'stealing' it and going to post on my wall on fb.
    hope u will not mind it.
    jazaki Allaho khairan jaza. aameen

  5. Dr. farzana

    wa-alaykum salaam

    Alhamdullillah I am glad that you like this and don't mind at all if you share it on your fb wall. The more people know about these amazing women, (may Allah be pleased with them) the better.