The Islamic Garden
I Am Woman!
We are so much more special and important than the world makes us feel. Muslim women live in every country of the world. They face every imaginable dilemma and challenge. What do we see?
courageous women of Africa –
The patience and steadfastness of Palestinian women.
The fortitude and gentleness of Asian women.
The dedication and strength of women in the Russian states.
The staying power of Muslim women in Western countries.
We see women who make Allah the Almighty the center of life; struggle to keep balance, harmony, peace, and love in the family unit; strive to educate themselves and fulfill their individual potential; and bend in gentleness to the small and weak while speaking out bravely in the face of the powerful and oppressive.
Very often it is women who bear the brunt of the effects of war, earthquakes, famine, drought, and the unending disasters that affect the world. Yet they are often the ones who keep the family intact and the community filled with hope and direction.
All the elements that constitute the inner workings of life can be found in a woman. She holds the keys to insight, creativity, giving, and reaching within.
It's all about her capacity to love, to give, to forgive, to keep going no matter what surrounds her, and to struggle to fulfill her potential as an individual.
First and foremost, she is a servant of Allah the Almighty. In that alone, she is valued and revered even if the world fails to recognize her. She has intrinsic value, in a world that puts obstacle after obstacle in her way.
Celebrate the women in your life. Turn to your mother, your sister, your wife – to the women who seek to bring balance and harmony to the world.
“To every one there is a direction to which they turn. So hasten towards all that is good…” (Al Baqarah, 2:148)