For the Unsung Queens of the Ummah


In the Name of Allaah the Most Compassionate Most Merciful

We live in a confused world where falsehood spreads like the Australian bush fire; where the liar is believed as the most trustworthy on earth and the truthful one is avoided as a leper is.

When certain events unfold they show the mindset of the people. Many people are so much carried away by the events around them that they forget what is actually right from what is wrong. There is this band-wagon effect that beclouds an otherwise sound mind.

A drummer has just entered the village square; see the old and the young trooping in to catch a glimpse. Who will let them know, the drummer has only come to take them for a ride?

أَلَيْسَ مِنْكُمْ رَجُلٌ رَشِيدٌ

“Is there not among you a single right-minded man?" [Huud: 78]

That has been a parable.

وَتِلْكَ الأمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ وَمَا يَعْقِلُهَا إِلا الْعَالِمُونَ

And these similitudes We put forward for mankind, but none will understand them except those who have knowledge [Al-Ankabuut: 43]

The situation is sometimes so tensed that saying the truth will be seen a crime. Subhaana-Llaah, this is a terrible time. So terrible that a munkar goes on unabated and there is a pervading fear as to how to curtail it. Fear of blackmail and fear of wagging tongues. Allaahuma sallim. Indeed the Ikhwaanee Da’wah is fighting back. Anyway, this piece is for the righteous Muslim women who are not pushed by the societal circumstances to become overnight ‘muslimbrities’ around whom sensational reports are woven.

Best women in history have been Khadeejah, the first wife of the Prophet – salallaahu lahyi wa sallam; Aaishah, his only virgin wife; Faatimah, his flower-daughter; Maryam, the mother of Jesus; and Aasiyah, the wife of Pharaoh. And we have a host of Sahaabiyaat – other wives of the Prophet, Umm ‘Atiyyah, Umm Dar’daa, Umm Sulaym, Asmaa, Umm Ayman, etc, may Allaah be pleased with all of them.

They were all pious women – pious and pearls in the real sense.

The Shariah of Islam made it plain that the best place a Muslim woman can be is her father’s or guardian’s or husband’s house. Only a dire necessity can take her out; a dire necessity is a wide spectrum though, quest for knowledge of Islam is one out of many. That is the ideal Islam. Your wretched mis-education may teach you it is archaic, not compatible with the age, not assailable … not empowering the women, by Allaah, it is you that is bereft of sense; the Shariah is full of sense.

وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الأولَى

And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance. [Al-Ahzaab: 33]

Their Creator – the Mighty Lord – knows that is where is best for them.

وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتُمْ لا تَعْلَمُونَ

Allâh knows and you know not. [Al-Baqarah: 232]

Therefore any call, da’wah, campaign, agitation for women going out of their home to mundane fields and disciplines, at the expense of their primary duty as a daughter or a wife or a mother, and their actual best service for Islam via learning and implanting the ethos of the Deen; any call, whether subtle, implicit, explicit…is devilish, and is to perdition. Allahumma sallim. Allaah tells the women what to do at home:

وَاذْكُرْنَ مَا يُتْلَى فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَالْحِكْمَةِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ لَطِيفًا خَبِيرًا

And remember that which is recited in your houses of the Verses of Allâh and Al­Hikmah (i.e. Prophet's Sunnah). Verily, Allâh is ever Most Courteous, Well­Acquainted with all things. [Al-Ahzaab: 34]

You may choose to celebrate whatever you like, let us celebrate what we know down our hearts is pleasing to Allaah.

So for those Muslim women unsung, Allaah suffices you. Just carry on in obeying your Lord. Do not be swerved by the tide of dazzling ignorance breezing about. Learn the Book of your Lord, the Sunnah of His Messenger - salallaahu alahyi wa sallam, take after the best of the women – of the past, we do not vouch the present women for you. Do not throw away your niqaab to hearken to the callers to sufuur. Allaah will fight for your right. You do not have any other support beside Allaah. Bear the insult and the blame but look straight and do not derail.

وَأَنَّ هَذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ وَلا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ ذَلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُمْ بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

"And Verily, this is My Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become pious" [Al-An’aam: 153].

Oh Allaah make this pleasing to You Alone even if it is displeasing to all the world.

فيا رب أنت الله حسبي وعدتي ### عليك اعتمادي ضارعا متوكلا

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