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    Our Women: The Essence of the Ummah

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    السلام عليكم


    Our Women: The Essence of the Ummah







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    “…It is not a coincidence that the Qur’ân tells us in ‘al-Qasas’ about the conflict between Musa and Fir’awn (Moses and Pharaoh), and the Qur’ân’s focus on this conflict is the verse: {“And We wished to do a favor to those who were oppressed in the land, and to make them rulers and to make them the inheritors.”} [al-Qasas; 5] So, this transferal of power began with a woman, as Allâh Said: {“And We inspired to the mother of Musa: “Suckle him. But, when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear or grieve…””} [al-Qasas; 7]


    So, the woman is the focal point of our conflict with our opponents, and the outcome of either victory or defeat will come through her. These are not words for a speech or poetry. Rather, it is the reality that we must all pay attention to.


    So, you see today the best of this Ummah – where are its men? They are either in prisons, kicked out of their countries, or occupied with this struggle. So, who will protect the family and raise the children and see to the daily affairs of life? It is none other than the woman. And thanks to Allâh, the Islamic Da’wah has won the battle until now when it comes to the woman despite the presence of some shortcomings in her being violated, corrupted, and turned into a source of corruption.


    The conflict has begun in that the situation of the woman in our Ummah is not purely Islamic, as many social restrictions placed around the woman contradict the Sharî’ah of Allâh. For example, preventing her from education, preventing her from her right of ownership, looking down on her, and the spread of jahilî practices against her – this reality gave a chance for the modern liberal jahiliyyah to gain acceptance with some of these poor women. With the help of their filthy devils, their goal is to transform the woman into a product to be displayed. Because of this, those of us involved in this da’wah have to free ourselves from these two forms of jahiliyyah – the first jahiliyyah and the second jahiliyyah; the corrupt jahiliyyah of the people and the jahiliyyah of liberalism. The correct path is with Islâm, which is to respect the woman and appreciate her and to protect her rights to education and work that is within the guidelines of the Sharî’ah, in addition to her rights of ownership, inheritance, etc.


    And from the things we must struggle against in order to tighten the way for Satan to spread his message are high dowries in marriage, and to raise the excellent Islamic slogan of “The lesser your dowry is, the more your blessings will be,” as the presence of unmarried men and women who are at the age where they should be married is a hidden evil that can destroy every good. So, lowering dowries will end this, without a doubt. Also, we should break the shackles of this evil jahiliyyah such as the requirement of equal social status between spouses. This is a baseless condition, as Zaynab bint Jahsh – who was from Quraysh – married Zayd bin Hârithah, who was a slave…and I have seen those who prefer that their daughters remain unmarried than to marry her to a Muslim who is not from the same country or tribe, and such people are described in the Sharî’ah as oppressive caretakers, and their position as caretakers is nullified due to their inappropriate actions and foolishness.


    The woman is the essence of our Ummah, and any shortcoming from her is a true defeat. Therefore, we have to take care of this aspect and to give it its proper attention. We see failure coming from some men who are on this path. However, until now, we have not seen failure from our sisters. Rather, we have only seen patience, resolve, faith, and true determination. Our sisters and mothers in Palestine are miracles of Allâh in all of this, and some of them are unequaled by hundreds of Mujâhid men in their struggle, patience, and resolve. Likewise, we saw in the Gulf countries awareness among the women that was much stronger than what was with the men, and purity of heart in supporting those struggling for this religion that we did not see from the men. So, all praise is for Allâh, the Lord of the worlds. As for the West, the wives of the non-Arab brothers have Islâm, faith, and awareness that we rarely see with the men. As for the wives of the Arab immigrants, they are generally much better and purer than their husbands. I heard many complaints from the Muslim women about the weakness of their husbands in regards to their religious practice, and this criticism proves the high status that our sisters hold and that they are better than the men, by the favor of Allâh.


    The attention that Satan and his soldiers give to the religious woman in her Hijâb shows us the importance of this conflict. Therefore, it isn’t strange that France – with all of its problems – would turn its attention to fighting the Hijâb and legislating laws to ban it, and to have many European countries imitate it in this devilish move. Likewise, if you follow what goes on in many conferences and the attention and effort given to destroy the family structure and the woman, you will come to realize that the woman is a fortress that is quite significant. So, this battle is one that we cannot ignore.


    We have to teach our women, because education is what will protect her from failure. The ignorant woman is an enemy to herself, her husband, her household, and her society. And we have to defend her rights, and it is upon the propagators and scholars and religious people to distinguish true Islâm from jahilî social customs, because baseless social customs are the weapon that the modern jahiliyyah uses in its battle against the woman.


    Why do we hear today of misyâr marriages? I am not discussing the ruling on it here. Rather, I am discussing it as an unfamiliar social phenomenon, because the norm is that marriages are announced and known to all. The reason it now exists is because of the social deviation that is manifested in high dowries and the existence of the baseless condition of equal social status between the man and woman. So, the youth are turned off from marriage and remain unmarried, and the natural result is this sick, twisted form of marriage. This twisted form of marriage is what takes place when the woman is conscious of her Lord.

    However, if she is like other women, the result will be that she falls into a great offense, without a doubt…


    We have the utmost love, respect, and appreciation for our believing mothers, sisters, and daughters. And for our patient wives, we have all the love, prayers, and gratitude. Were it not for them, we would be nothing, and there would be no future for our children…”

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    By Shaykh Ab
    û Qatâdah (may Allâh preserve him).

    Source: iskandrani.wordpress.com



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    “Your soul is just like your enemy; if it finds you serious, it will obey you. But if it finds you weak, it will take you as a prisoner.”

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    Mothers: Producers of Heroes


    “…Mothers play a great role in building a generation. The better a mother is at raising her children, the more successfully the Ummah is built and the more successful it is at producing heroes. You hardly ever see a great man except that a great woman is behind him who left some of her traits in his personality by way of the milk from which he was fed and the warm embrace in which he sought refuge.


    Most men find it hard to remove these shining images from their minds that they retain of their mothers. These outstanding images that ran through his veins from a young age remain engraved in his mind, and he cannot help but to remember them with veneration and pride. He recalls the simple, clear words that his mother left his spirit with, and these words grow to become milestones on his path and guiding lights on his quest.


    He cannot help but to place himself under the vast shade that his mother provided for him throughout the long course of his life, nurtured by the pleasant emotions and mixed with the eternal days of his life. These realities grow in his spirit and become an inseparable part of his personality that he cannot let go of without letting go of his humanity.


    This is why preserving this affection and repaying this kindness with kindness is an obligation in Islâm that is directly partnered with Tawhîd: {“…and your Lord ordained that you worship only Him, and that you treat your parents with excellence…”} [al-Isrâ’; 23] And disobedience to them is directly partnered with kufr.


    Respect for mothers occupies a very high position on the ladder of Islâm, and is very heavy in its scales. It is reported in the ‘Sahîh’ that a man came to the Messenger of Allâh (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and said: “O Messenger of Allâh, who is most deserving of my kind treatment?” He replied: “Your mother.” The man asked: “Then who?” He replied: “Your mother.” The man asked again: “Then who?” He replied: “Your mother.” The man asked again: “Then who?” He replied: “Your father.”


    I once said to Ibrâhîm al-Akhdar – the imâm of the Haram in Makkah – “Why do you prevent your sweet voice from being heard by the Muslims who come from everywhere to hear it? How can you request to return to Madînah when some people say that hearing you recite the Qur’ân is like hearing it descending fresh from the heavens?


    So, he replied: “My treasures in this world are my grandmother and mother, and I must fulfill my responsibilities to them and treat them well. Nobody can do this but me.”


    I said: “Why don’t you bring your grandmother here?


    He said: “She refuses to leave Madînah out of fear that she might die outside of it, and her greatest wish is to be buried in the graveyard of al-Baqî.”


    And indeed, Ibrâhîm actually left the Haram in Makkah and went back to leading a small mosque in Mad
    înah, sticking to the Paradise that is at the foot of his mother and grandmother…”


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    Shaykh Abdullâh Azz
    âm (may Allâh accept him), Majallat al-Jihâd’; #36, Rabî’ al-Awwal 1408.

    Adapted from iskandrani.wordpress.com




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    Re: Our Women: The Essence of the Ummah

    The experiences of Muslim women (Arabic: مسلمات‎ Muslimāt, singular مسلمة Muslima) vary widely between and within different societies.[2] At the same time, their adherence to Islam is a shared factor that affects their lives to a varying degree and gives them a common identity that may serve to bridge the wide cultural, social, and economic differences between them.[2]

    Among the influences which have played an important role in defining the social, spiritual, and cosmological status of women in the course of Islamic history are Islam's sacred text, the Quran; the Ḥadīths, which are traditions relating to the deeds and aphorisms of Islam's Prophet Muḥammad;[3] ijmā', which is a consensus, expressed or tacit, on a question of law;[4] qiyās, the principle by which the laws of the Quran and the Sunnah or Prophetic custom are applied to situations not explicitly covered by these two sources of legislation;[5] and fatwas, non-binding published opinions or decisions regarding religious doctrine or points of law. Additional influences include pre-Islamic cultural traditions; secular laws, which are fully accepted in Islam so long as they do not directly contradict Islamic precepts;[6] religious authorities, including government-controlled agencies such as the Indonesian Ulema Council and Turkey's Diyanet;[7] and spiritual teachers, which are particularly prominent in Islamic mysticism or Sufism. Many of the latter, including Ibn al-'Arabī, have themselves produced texts that have elucidated the metaphysical symbolism of the feminine principle in Islam.[8]
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