International Women’s Day

It’s international women’s day! A day in which we celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. So many inspiring women throughout history and all over the world.

But on this day we should also take a moment to remember all those women who may none be as lucky, who are oppressed and abused and treated unfairly. And we, as the lucky ones, should not just be inspired by others achievements but also take a stand and take action to help our sisters. Whether it’s raising awareness, volunteering with a charity that helps women or speaking to someone you know that may be in a bad situation. We should stand together in solidarity with our sisters.

We should also realise that every single woman is different and whether she is the head of a company, a doctor, a teacher, a housewife, a mother, a wife, a daughter. Each and every role is as important as the other. We should not look down on one another, we should encourage and help each other.

Looking at women throughout history we see that they all achieved great things but their roles in life were very different from each other. Marie Curie was a gifted scientist who made huge contributions to helping fight cancer. Fatima al-Fihri built the worlds first university in Morocco. J.K. Rowling who taught us to persever despite your circumstances. The mother of Imam Bukhari who taught us the importance of being a mother and how much we can impact our children’s lives. Amelia Earhart showed us that we can achieve great things and we should always aim high. Khadijah taught us that we can be successful in both work and at home, that we don’t have to choose between being a wife and mother or having a career. Rosa Parks taught us that we should not stand for injustice and discrimination and that one woman can make all the difference.

There are so many more women so many more amazing achievements and we should all take inspiration and try to be the best we can be not just in our career but as people too. We should strive to have the best character and the best manners. We should encourage and motivate each other not critise and bring each other down. We should be part of our community and support each other. We should work together to make the world a better place.

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Nusaybah Al-Ansariyah

Nusaybah al-Ansariyah is one of my favourite female companions. She was such an amazing woman, strong, confident, courageous and she didn’t let societal and cultural norms from achieving great things.
This was a woman who the Prophet (saw) prayed for her and her family that they will be his companions in Jannah.
She was an early convert to Islam, from among the Ansar. She was renowned for her courage on the battlefield and was present in many important events. She was at the pledge of Aqaba, battle of Uhud, Khaybar, treaty of Al-Hudaybiyyah and the battle of Yamama.
She was one of two women who pledged their allegiance to the Prophet (saw) at Aqaba, just like the men. The only difference being that the Prophet (saw) didn’t shake her hand. Once she became Muslim she dedicated her time to the education and training of women in Islam.
At the battle of Uhud she was one of the few companions who continued to fight when most started to retreat from the battle. She protected the Prophet (saw), fighting with a bow and arrow and then with a sword. Alongside her, her sons and husband also protected the Prophet (saw). During this battle she suffered from 12/13 wounds. She suffered from a similar number of wounds in the battle of Yamama. One of her wounds was so deep that it caused her to faint and took a year to heal. When she regained consciousness her first question was about the wellbeing of the Prophet (saw) even before asking about her family.
Speaking about the battle of Uhud, Umar (ra) said that he heard the prophet (saw) say “I did not turn right or left in the battle of Uhud but that I saw her fighting near me.”
After the death of the Prophet (saw) under the khalifah of Abu Bakr (ra) she fought against Musaylima and when asking for permission to fight, Abu Bakr (ra) said, “We know your worth in war, so go out in the name of Allah.” At this time she was around 60 years old. It was during this battle that her hand was cut off.
She was such a fierce, strong woman who even the most prominent companions respected and admired. She made such an impact that we still learn about her accomplishments today. For me one of the things i love about her most was that she didn’t allow culture to stop her from doing what needed to be done. She also didn’t allow her modesty as a Muslim woman from seeking knowledge and applying it in her life. She wasn’t afraid to go to the Prophet (saw) and ask questions or speak her mind about what was troubling her to gain clarity.
She was the one who went to the Prophet (saw) and to ask why the Quran only mentioned men and women were deprived of importance. This resulted in an ayah being revealed because of her.
Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward. Quran (33:35)
There are so many more amazing women throughout Islamic history and we should spend time learning about them, who they were, what they were like, how they interacted with society. By doing this we can see that we are far more capable than we are lead to believe today. Learn about these amazing women and become empowered.

International Women’s Day – My Inspirations 

So it’s international women’s day and to celebrate I wanted to share with you some of the most inspirational women I have learnt about. I mean what better way to celebrate than to learn and use their legacy to improve and better ourselves?

 

So the first woman who I absolutely love is the mother of Imam Bukhari, she as a single mother raised this amazing man who gave us the most authentic book after the Quran, Sahih Bukhari. But you know what makes her so special to me? When Imam Bukhari was a child he became blind and it was his mothers dua that caused him to get his eyesight back. Just wow, seriously, just wow! How amazing must her ibadah and dua have been that Allah restored her sons eyesight for her. So he would not have been able to become the amazing man he became without his mother. InshaAllah when I do become a mother I hope that I can even be half as good of a mother a Imam Bukharis mother.
This next woman is who I want to meet more than anyone else in the world. Her name is Khadijah bint Khuwaylid (ra), the first wife of the Prophet (saw). I can’t even describe how much I love her, her manners, her love, her patience, she was a business woman, a wife, a mother, and how she managed to do all of this to be so successful in all aspects of her life just amazes me. You know that she is such a special and amazing woman because Allah, himself sent her salaams through Jibreel and even Jibreel gave her salaams, what an honour subhanAllah! But what I love most about her is her relationship with her husband. The most amazing relationship, she truly was the coolness of his eyes. Forget Romeo and Juliet, I want what Khadijah and the Prophet (saw) had. I hope that I can be even a little like her as a wife, a mother, a working woman, inshaAllah.
The third I want to tell you about is Nusayba bint Ka’b Al-Ansariyya she was one of the women who became muslim early on in Medina. She is most remembered for taking part in the Battle of Uhud in which she actually carried a sword and shield and fought against the Quraysh. She was the one who shielded the prophet (saw) sustaining injury after injury as she used herself as a shield to protect him (saw). Eventually when she fell unconscious it is reported that once she awoke her first question was if the prophet (saw) had survived. She was this courageous and strong woman who didn’t let the fact that she is “only” a woman stop her from doing what is right in the face of great trial and hardship. She is the type of woman I hope I can be like, strong, courageous and not afraid to stand up for the truth and protect it even if it means that she will be injured in the process.
There are so many more women I could talk about, I could go on forever, there are so many amazing women in our Islamic history and we, especially as muslim women should learn more about them so that we can see what it truly means to be a successful and strong woman that contributes to society and still is able to fulfil all her roles as a daughter, mother, wife, sister etc.

#WhoIsMuhammad

How can I describe who he is? This man who came with a message from God and changed the world forever. How is it possible that I can have so much love for him without ever meeting him?
Do you know that the very people that hated him and wanted to stop him from spreading the message of God called him the truthful and trustworthy?
Did you know many people became Muslim just through his excellence in manners and noble character?
With all this hatred at the moment I wanted to clarify who Muhammad (pbuh) is. It is so painful to see all this hatred for someone so beloved to me especially when they don’t even know who he was. What did he spend his life doing? How did he live? What type of person was he?
He was a man that taught racial equality, social justice, economic equity and women’s rights.
He was kind and never harsh or rude. Despite others constantly insulting and being rude to him. He always took the middle path and was never extreme in doing too much or too little.
Even though he went through so many hardships in his life, he was known as the smiling one, who always laughed and made others laugh and smile too.
He was a man who never hurt anyone and cared so much for everyone around him, that he would pray constantly for them. His concern was always for others. He taught us to treat others how we, ourselves, would want to be treated.
Due to his character and manners those around him loved him and even those who were against him were only against him because they did not want to follow his message. His neighbour would throw rubbish on him when he walked past but when she was ill he went to visit her and treated her with kindness.
I can just go on and on about him but I would be here forever. He is so beloved by all the Muslims in the world, I love him more than my parents, my husband, my friends and all you have to do is read about him to know why.
I will leave you with this short video…