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Women’s day tribute

Publishing Date : 13 March, 2018

IQBAL EBRAHIM
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM



This article was written and has previously appeared some five years ago in this column, but we feel that it is important to bring back and repeat this message because of the very important message that it carries.



This past week the world commemorated International Women’s Day, as a tribute I would like to dedicate this week’s column to all women. Is it not a sad reflection on society as a whole that we still have to set aside a special day to honour our women, instead of giving them their due love, respect, dignity, honour and gratitude throughout the year?


This so much reminds of the ‘Mother’s Day’ and the other such commemorations that seem to suggest that we should set aside one day in the year when we can pay due honour and homage to our mothers by buying them a card, a bunch of flowers, some gift, or giving them a big hug – this when we should be doing just that throughout our lives, throughout the year and not only on this one day in the year.     


Women have a more delicate, sensitive, and emotional nature than men, and maybe because of these great attributes some of us mistakenly relegate them to the status of the weaker sex. Women in our society are being abused so much that many have come to accept this abuse as normal. Islam considers the honour of women sacred and insists that they be treated with appropriate dignity and respect therefore women have a special place in the life of a Muslim - whether she is your mother, your wife, your sister, neighbour or just someone’s wife. The soul of a woman is no different from the soul of a man.


The Qur’an and the Hadith have many verses and practices that show how we should honour, treat, respect and conduct ourselves in our relations with women. Not only that, Islam recognises that men and women are equal in the sight of Allah. In the Qur'an Allah frequently addresses both the man and the woman. In one passage Allah reveals:

"For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women who are patient, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise - For them all has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward." (33:35)

“O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul and from it its mate and from them both have spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty toward Allah in Whom you claim (your rights) of one another, and towards the wombs (that bore you). Lo! Allah has been a Watcher over you." (4:1)

"O mankind! Verily we have created you from a single (pair) of a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other." (49:13)
"And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may live in tranquillity with them, and He had put love and mercy between you; Verily, in that are signs for people who reflect." (30:21)



Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: ‘Women are the twin halves of men. Allah enjoins you to treat women well, for they are your mothers, wives, daughters and aunts’; ‘It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them’; ‘Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers’;


‘The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives’. And other Hadiths say ‘The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best and kindest to his wife’; ‘This world is nothing but temporary conveniences, and the greatest joy in this world is a righteous woman’. For the mother there is also special reverence; ‘Heaven lies at the feet of the mother’.


This column through various articles has tried to raise awareness and cover the issue of the abuse and violence that women suffer at the hands of their male partners and other such criminals. There is not a day that goes by without a report of murder, beating, rape and other such crimes of violence committed against women. These heinous actions destroy the very foundations of society because women are the bedrock of any community. I want to end with this tribute that I found somewhere that encapsulates some of the characteristics, idiosyncrasies and strengths that women have, that amaze men……

They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream, they sing when they want to cry,

They cry when they are happy, and even laugh when they are nervous.
They go without, so their family can have.

They will go to a doctor with a frightened friend, just to hold her hand.
They love unconditionally they are what keeps the family together.

They cry when their children excel, and cheer when their friends get awards.
They can be as tough as nails, yet they have the gentlest touch.

They are happy when they hear of a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies, and they grief at the loss of a family member.

Yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you, to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love. They have compassion and care.

Women have vital things to say and everything to give.
However there is ONE FLAW in women, it is that they FORGET THEIR WORTH.

To women and mothers everywhere, thank you for bringing us into this world, thank you for your patience and for being there for us in our childhood, raising and guiding us through our joys, sicknesses, disappointments, tears and happiness as we charted our courses to adulthood. We know that without fail there will always be a safe harbour during those stormy seas of life – in your arms and that there is nothing that a hug of a mother cannot cure.

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