Bismillaahir Rahmanir Raheem
Asaalaamu aleykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu,
Now normally we post extracts from the main chapters of books but I really liked the introduction written by the author and so I thought lets be different and post it lol, truly inspiring women of the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam).
All praise is due to Allaah. We praise Him and thank Him. We repent to Him and seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evils of our own souls and from the consequences of our misdeed. No one can mislead whomever Allaah guides, and no one can guide whomsoever Allaah causes to go astray.
We testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah alone. He has no partner. His is the dominion and praise. It is He who gives life and death, and He has power over all things. Exalted and far is He above what they ascribe to Him.
We testify that our leader and model, Muhammad, is Allaah’s Servant and Messenger. Allaah sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that He may make it prevail over all other religions and make him erase the effects of the time of ignorance that have become oppressive and widespread. The messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) delivered the message, fulfilled the trust, wished the Ummah well and fought in the way of Allaah. He set us on a brilliant path whose night is as clear as its day. It is only the doomed who deviate from that path.
Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family, the Companions and their successors and all those who follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.
Indeed the first person to believe in Allaah as the Lord and in Muhammad (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam )as the Messenger and Prophet was his wife, Khadeeja (radi Allaahu anha). She was the first person to support the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam ). She strengthened him, assured him and consoled him. She received the Prophet and his message with her big heart.
After her, many women embraced Islam, not in compliance with their husbands’ wishes, nor out of tribal solidarity or in obedience to their fathers’ commands. Rather these women, in most cases, embraced Islam independently, out of conviction and in demonstration of their right of choice.
If there were men Companions, there were also women Companions. If there were ‘Men around the Messenger’ there were also ‘Women around the Messenger’.
Each of these women played her role in the best possible way and in the noblest way in the arena of faith and sincerity. These women strived to maintain a necessary balance between the two segments of humanity: male and female. They stand out as exceptional models in the history of humanity in a way that made them unrivalled in the history of nations from the time of Adam until Allaah inherits the earth and all that is on it.
The important and critical aspect in the life of Allaah’s messenger, the message he was carrying, the journey of Islam in its first step and the appearance of the dawn of Islam after the stark darkness in which the entire human race was living then, needs to be written down for many reasons.
One of the diseases of our contemporary age, with all its achievements and setbacks, with its scientific breakthroughs and cultural defects, is that a woman has been turned into a ‘doll’, or something like a doll, in all senses of the word. I do not think that I exaggerate in saying this.
Take, for instance, the advertisement of any product in any of the mass media: the woman is disgustingly, cheaply and flimsily dragged into this advertisement even if the product is just the necktie that men wear. This is in addition to her being used as an instrument of sexual arousal.
This is just one example of how the woman has been reduced to a cheap commodity. There are other uncountable examples of this, facilitated through Satanic hands.
It is distressing this horrible disease has, for various reasons, crept into the midst of the Muslim community under the guise of multiculturalism – in total disregard for the purity and distinguishing values of the Islamic culture and for many other uncountable reasons.
It is also astonishing that Muslims reawakening to the need to devote themselves to their Religion should dedicate a lot of their intellectual and practical efforts to help men develop their intellectual, spiritual and physical qualities, while little attention is paid to women. This is in spite of their sure knowledge that the woman is the foundation of the family structure and the indispensable factor in putting the next generation properly on the right path. If the family is endowed with a pious, believing, understanding and hardworking woman, it will produce a strong member of the Islamic Ummah.
Is there anyone who can answer this call? Is anybody paying attention? Is anybody ready to work?
Khadeejah (radi Allaahu anha) was the first Mother of the Faithful, and she was the first person to accept Islam. The first person to be martyred in the way of Allaah was also a woman: Sumayyah. She was crucified on a wooden structure along with her husband, Yasir, and their son, Ammar (may Allaah be pleased with them). They were persecuted for their unwavering belief in Allaah. They were bound and kept under the scorching desert sun that pierced their bodies as if it were arrows of fire. At the same time, their skins were subjected to lashes that struck like swords and pierced like spears. They bore all this with patience, hoping only for their reward from Allaah. The Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) would pass by them while they were in this state of persecution, and he would tell them sorrowfully and with tears in his eyes, “Have glad tidings, O household of Yasir, for Paradise is your appointed place.”
These words from the Prophet (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) bought relief and peace to their hearts, making them forget their suffering. While they were in this pitiful situation, Abu Jahl passed by, and he insulted and taunted them. To show that he was a worthless man , Sumayyah replied by spitting in his face. This enemy of Allaah then mercilessly struck her private parts with a spear he was carrying. She fell down and died as the first martyr among the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger.
This noble woman was patient and persevering in the cause of Allaah. She was soon joined by her husband, who died in a like manner. As for her youthful son, ‘Ammar, he feared death and preferred safety. He was given respite for some time, but he also later died as a martyr.
Another exemplary woman was Aishah (radi Allaahu anha). She grew up in a home where Islam and faith were practised, and she entered the home of the Prophet while still a youth. She was intelligent and full of knowledge. She performed her role in her marital home in a most wonderful world way that was full of love and tranquillity.
She conveyed the knowledge that she had comprehended and memorised. She directed people, taught them, guided them and gave them wisdom. She left a legacy that is rare to be found in others among members of the Prophet’s household. The knowledge that she taught formed a substantial part of the rules of Islamic Jurisprudence and its principles.
In addition to her erudition in knowledge and understanding, she was also a lofty model in her acts of worship and shunning worldly materials. She was once asked why she applied musk on her money, and she answered, “This money falls into Allaah’s Hand before it falls into the hand of the beggar.”
Though Aishah was never destined to bear a child, she was actually a mother. It was in her house that ‘Urwah ibn Zubayr, ‘Amrah bint ‘Abdir-Rahman al-Ansariyah, Al-Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr and others were nurtured. They all took knowledge from her, drew from her fountain, blossomed and produced the fruits of that knowledge under her generous love.
Though the examples of these women are many, we will, by the permission of Allaah, discuss those women who were around Allaah’s messenger (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) or those women whose lives are connected to that of the Prophet and played roles in his life.
In spite of the fact that we have written on this topic in the past, the former methodology is different from the present one in any aspects. Here we will Insha’ Allaah discuss these women sequence, and do so within the framework of calling to the path of Allaah, drawing from their examples the proper stands that a Muslim must take, and defining his or her responsibilities.
This is in order to make these women an example to follow in constructive Islamic resurgence, without resorting to any exaggeration.
Dear reader, it is with all love and sincerity to Allaah, the Exalted, that I am dedicating this book, Women Around the Messenger (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) to you, beseeching Allaah to accept from me and from every Muslim, male and female, our good deeds. All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds.
Taken from Women Around the Messenger (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) by Muhammad Ali Qutb.
Wasalaamu aleykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu.