The Great Women of Islam

The Great Women of Islam

The contributions of women in Islam is indisputable. Some women have had a great role and status in Islam and are, therefore, revered and appreciated in Islamic history.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Sufficient for you among the women of mankind are Mariam bint ‘Imran, Khadijah bint Khuwailid, Fatimah bint Muhammad and Asiyah the wife of Fir’awn.”

Al Tirmidhi (Sahih)

The Prophet has also mentioned a fifth woman and that is Aisha, whereby he ﷺ said:

“The superiority of ‘Aishah to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (the most popular signature dish at the time) to other kinds of food.”

Al-Nisai (Hasan)

Here are some of the greatest Muslim women in Islamic history in more detail.So who are these women and why are they so special?

1. Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“The best of its women is Khadijah bint Khuwailid, and the best of its women is Mariam bint ‘Imran (Virgin Mary)”

Al-Tirmidhi (Sahih)

Khadijah was the first wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. She was a wealthy merchant and was able to successfully run the business her late father left her. Despite her wealth, she always helped the poor and made sure to support all her family. Khadijah was the biggest advocate of the Prophet ﷺ. She was there for the Prophetﷺ when the revelation came to Him for the first time. She always stood by Himﷺ, despite people going against his message of Islam in the beginning.

Following the Prophethood of Muhammad ﷺ, she went through a great amount of suffering and undertook many sacrifices to support his mission. The Prophet never forgot her great service to himself and the Islamic faith. He would in fact always remind others of her great favor years after her passing.
Aisha says in a narration:

“….The Prophet (ﷺ) used to mention her (Khadija) very often, and whenever he slaughtered a sheep, he would cut its parts and send them to the women friends of Khadija. When I sometimes said to him, “(You treat Khadija in such a way) as if there is no woman on earth except Khadija,” he would say, “Khadija was such-and-such, and from her I had children.”
Bukhari

2. Aisha Bint Abu Bakr

Aisha was the wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the daughter of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq. She is one of the most renowned Mothers of the believers and is considered one of the greatest scholars of Islam.

Many narrations of the Prophet ﷺ are narrated by Aisha due to her proximity to the Messenger and her great understanding of the Quran and Islam.

The Prophet ﷺ was once asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! Who amongst all the people is the dearest to you?”He replied, “Aisha”.
The Companion then asked, “Out of the men?”
He replied: “Her father.”
Sahih Muslim

Many companions would always go to Aisha for consultation in religious matters, her intellect and scholastic abilities are a role model for women. Aisha’s status in Islam breaks the stereotype that only men can be scholars of Islam.

3. Maryam Bint Imran (Virgin Mary)

Maryam, the mother of Jesus, Eesa, is one of the most revered women in Islam. Her story features in detail in the Quran, and she, in fact, has an entire chapter named after her.

The Quran actually sheds light on the story of Maryam prior to her birth, whereby we learn of her mother’s supplication for a righteous child.
“But when she delivered her, she said, “My Lord, I have delivered a female.” And Allah was most knowing of what she delivered, “And the male is not like the female. And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah ].”
(Quran 3:36)

And surely Maryam lived on to dedicate her life to worshipping Allah. Her immense piety is in fact reiterated in the Quran on multiple occasions.
“So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zechariah. Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, “O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah. Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.”
(Quran 3:37)

“And [the example of] Mary, the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity, so We blew into [her garment] through Our angel, and she believed in the words of her Lord and His scriptures and was of the devoutly obedient.
(Quran 66:12)

Despite all the hardships she faced from people accusing her chastity she remained steadfast and obeyed Allah with unceasing faith.

4. Aasiyah the Pharaoh’s wife

Another woman who is given great stature in Islam is the wife of Pharaoh, Aasiyah. Despite being the wife of one of the greatest tyrants, she still believed in Allah. She chose leave all the wealth and accepted to be tortured by the Pharaoh for believing in Allah.

In the Quran, Allah refers to her as an “example for the believers”. Allah also makes mention of her supplication for a Palace in Paradise near Allah.

“And Allah presents an example of those who believed: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, “My Lord, build for me near You a house in Paradise and save me from Pharaoh and his deeds and save me from the wrongdoing people.”

(Quran 66:11)

5. Fatimah Bint Muhammad

Fatimah is the daughter of Prophet Muhammadﷺ from his first wife Khadijah. She was known to be the biggest supporter of her father and she accompanied him from the beginning of his journey as a Prophet. She is a role model of faith, humility, purity, sacrifice and patience. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to stand up when she’d come into the room and kiss her forehead.

He ﷺ said:
“Fatimah is a part of me, and he who makes her angry, makes me angry.”
(Bukhari)

She was nicknamed “Al-Zahra” by the Prophet, which means “The Splendid One”. She also married the cousin of the Prophet, Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and gave birth to four children, Hassan, Hussain, Zainab and Um Kulthum. She lived a life of simplicity and often experienced great hardship and poverty.
The Prophet also informed her on his deathbed that she would be a leader of the women in Paradise.
These were women distinguished by sabr who found the true friendship of Allah through their unfailing steadfastness in the face of grinding sacrifices.

May Allah elevate the ranks of these great women and guide us to follow in their noble footsteps.

Louisville Airport renamed after Muhammad Ali

Louisville Airport, Kentucky, USA has been renamed after the late champion boxer Muhammad Ali. The move was made in honour of the legacy he left behind in the city of Louisville, his hometown.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news conference that Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is a reminder that while Ali belonged to the world, Louisville was his home.

“Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people,” Fischer said. “It is important that we, as a city, further champion the champ’s legacy. And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step.”

The Mayor also cited the fact that Ali’s name had become more recognisable than that of the city, hence making the name choice far more befitting.

The Louisville airport board said the decision came after a working group studied renaming the airport for more than a year. The board released this statement in regards to their choice of naming the Airport after him.

“On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Board of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority voted to meaningfully recognise the legacy of the humanitarian, boxing legend and Louisville native, Muhammad Ali by renaming the airport in his honour.”

Muhammad Ali was a proud Muslim and would often cite Islam when asked about his source of inspiration. He once said:

“I conquered the world, and it didn’t bring me happiness. The only true satisfaction comes from honoring and worshipping God. … Being a true Muslim is the most important thing in the world to me. It means more to me than being black or being American.”

May Allah have mercy on our brother Muhammad Ali who lived a life in service of Allah and left behind a legacy of goodness. The late boxer passed away in 2016, he would have been 77 on Thursday.

There are Two Types of People: The Salih and the Muslih

There are Two Types of People: The Salih and the Muslih

There are two kinds of righteous people in this world.

One is a صالح and the other is a مصلح.

One is a righteous person while the other is a reformer who aspires to bring about righteousness in others.

They might sound the same, but the truth is they are worlds apart. For starters, righteous people are loved, while those who try to reform society are quite often despised.

Just look at the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Before Prophethood, he was loved by all and praised for his righteousness, but the second he became a Prophet and attempted to bring about righteousness amongst others and called them away from evil; his people started to turn against him.

Nevertheless, the truth is, reformers who establish righteousness will always be far greater in the eyes of Allah than those who restrict their righteousness to themselves.

In fact, Allah in the Quran states:

وَمَا كَانَ رَبُّكَ لِيُهْلِكَ الْقُرَىٰ بِظُلْمٍ وَأَهْلُهَا مُصْلِحُونَ

“And it is not for your Lord to destroy the cities in oppression while their people were reformers.”

Quran 11:117

Allah specifically makes mention that so as long as reformers are present amongst a disbelieving people; they will not be destroyed.

He didn’t say so as long as there are righteous people صالحون, but rather reformers of righteousness مصلحون.

For this reason we should always aspire to be of those who are not only righteous, but also those who bring about righteousness amongst those around us.

Tips on how to make your iPhone kid-friendly

How to set up your iPhone to be kid-friendly

Kids today have access to more phones, tablets, computers and other tablets that have access to the Internet than any other generation. Babies can navigate their way through a tablet device better than some adults. Although children use these devices on a daily basis, they still do not know how to handle them responsibly. Here are some tips on how you can set up your personal iPhone device so that your children may use it safely without any worries giving you peace of mind.

Setup YouTube for safe browsing

No doubt our children spent a large portion of their time on YouTube browsing through their favourite content. So it is important for parents to make sure that their kids are not exposed to any harmful content. Here are the instructions on how to properly configure YouTube for your children’s iPhones or other mobile phone devices:

  • Open the YouTube App.
  • Tap the ‘Account’ icon on the top right-hand corner.
  • Tap ‘Settings’.
  • Turn ‘Restricted Mode’ on.

Setup Safari for safe browsing on iPhone

Safari is the iPhone’s main Internet browser. Parents need to pay close attention to what their child browses on the Internet as many of us already know the potential dangers on there. These are the steps to configure your iPhone device for safe Internet browsing:

  • Go ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Screen Time’.
  • If you don’t have ‘Screen Time’ then turn it on and set up the iPhone either as your’s or your child’s.
  • Go into ‘Content & privacy restrictions’ and turn it on.
  • Move onto ‘Content Restrictions’.
  • Tap ‘Web Content’.
  • From the three options, ‘Unrestricted Access’ is the default mode. Switch this to ‘Limit Adult Websites’.  ‘Limit Adult Websites’ option is the fastest option from the three as it allows automatic restrictions on adult-oriented websites.
    • If you want to allow only certain websites and block everything else switch to ‘Allowed websites only’. However, if you want to allow everything else and block specific websites then type it in the ’Never Allow’ section.

Disable In-App purchases on iPhone

This is very common for every parent with an iPhone. Sometimes kids purchase things in the apps that use without even noticing. This can lead to enormous credit card bills that you plain and simply cannot afford. Here are some simple instructions on how to set up your iPhone to avoid this:

  • Go ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Screen Time’.
  • Go into ‘Content & privacy restrictions’ and turn it on.
  • Now to go the ‘Itunes and App Store Purchases’.
  • Tap on ‘In-app Purchases’ and switch it to ‘Don’t Allow’.

Restricting App downloads and deletion

Kids may sometimes delete or downloads apps on your personal iPhone device which is very frustrating for parents. This can either lead to full storage memory consumption or just losing that favorite Islamic prayer app. In order to prevent this from happening, here some simple instructions on how to do that:

  • Go ‘Settings’.
  • Scroll down to ‘Screen Time’.
  • Go into ‘Content & privacy restrictions’.
  • Tap ‘Itunes and App Store Purchases’.
  • You can choose to not allow ‘Installing Apps’ and ‘Deleting Apps’.

Now you have your personal iPhone device setup to be kid-friendly.

Enjoy!

Water, The Most Vital Resource

Water is an essential aspect of our life in this world

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As one of the most common and ubiquitous elements of human society, it is very easy to take water for granted. We very rarely take the time to think about how much we rely on water, and how catastrophic it would be if it were taken away from us.

This is one of the reasons why water is a very common example used in the Qur’an, which emphasizes water as an essential part of our existence. It also establishes an awareness of our use and relationship with water which can contribute to better management and preservation of our water resources.

Here are a few ways in which the Qur’an emphasizes the importance of water.

It was the starting point for every living thing

“Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?”

Qur’an 21:30

It is a resource we get directly from Allah

“Have you seen the water which you drink? Was it you who sent it down from the rain cloud, or did We send it? Were it Our Will, We could have made it bitter; why then do you not give thanks?”

Quran 56: 68-70

“Have you considered: if your water was to become sunken [into the Earth], then who could bring you flowing water?”

Quran 67:30

Its use carries many spiritual and legal responsibilities

Ali ibn Abi Talib said,

“Partake of it gladly, so long as you are a benefactor, not a despoiler, a cultivator, not a destroyer.”

Moreover, statements from the Prophet ﷺ such as,

“There shall be no harm, nor reciprocating of harm,”[49] are used by Bāqādir to support the belief that precautionary measures should be taken in protecting water.

It should not be hoarded or used to hurt others

“And tell them the water should be shared between them.”

Quran 54:28

It should never be wasted

“Even if you take ablutions in a flowing river, do not waste water.”

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Read more in 

When the Earth Speaks Against Us: Environmental Ethics in Islam by Afsan Redwan