Greatness of Women

Posted by Tanzeel Chohan
3/8/2014 10:59 AM  RssIcon

Happy International Women's Day!

“O humankind! Reverence your Lord who created you from a single person and created of like nature his mate and from them scattered countless men and women; reverence God through Whom you demand your mutual rights and the wombs that bore you…” (Quran, 4:1).

The words that appear in the chapter on Women indicate two things. One that woman is an equal component in the creation of human beings and second that women are greatly respected for carrying the responsibility of multiplying men and women on God’s Earth.

“Whoever works righteousness --- whether male or female --- while he or she is a true believer; verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)" (Qur'an 16:97).

It is noteworthy that there is no blame in Islam on the woman for the initial sin. Adam succumbed to the temptation of Satan and he and his wife both ate the fruit of the forbidden tree (Quran, 20:120-121). Both were jointly wrong in their disobedience to God, both repented, and both were forgiven (Qur'an 2:36; 7:20-24).

Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎, also said, "Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, be a male or female. You are (members) of one another…" (Qur'an 3:195).

Human beings are God’s best creation and women are the equal members of the great partnership with men.

Who is she?

She is created to be a partner,
a friend and a peer
in health and sickness;
in prosperity and poverty;
in sorrow and happiness;
in success and adversity
like Eve in the Garden of Eden,
and on the plains of the Earth.

She is created to be a wife
to please and to comfort;
to give and to take;
to advice and to support;
to nourish and to cherish
a relationship into eternity
like Khadija in the days of Makkah
before and after the Prophethood.

She is created to be a mother
to feed and to nurture;
to watch and to fold;
to teach and to care;
to love and to hold
in her arms forever
like Maryam in a remote corner
raised Isa alone.

She is created for many other roles
to be a daughter like Fatima;
to be a sister like Zainab;
to be a scholar like Aisha;
to be a saint like Rabia;
to be a youth like Asma;
to be a warrior like Nusaiba,
and to be an adviser like Umm Salama.

She is created as God’s best creation
to perform a chosen task.
She is an epitome of devotion;
a pillar of patience;
a cloak of kindness;
a mountain of sacrifice;
a picture of piety,
and a mother of generations.

She is a woman.


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