After reading about some of the woman scholars in Islam, I couldn’t help but contemplate on how much wisdom women have brought to Islam. The prophet (sallaahu alaihi wasalam) did not only respect women but he also use to seek their council.
Seeing as though its hard to find quotes by Muslimahs, I thought I would compile some quotes/ sayings by not only the greatest woman in Islam (Sahaabiya, Taab’iya *Successors) and mothers of believers but also the respected sisters/muslimahs of our time.
Aisha Bint Abi Bakr (radiyallahu anha- May Allaah be pleased with her): “The best women are the women of the Ansār, for their modesty does not prevent them from learning about their religion.”
Umm Sulaym (Radiyallahu anha): The Mother of Anas Ibn Malik, (radiyallaaahu anhu). When Umm Sulaym (Radiyallahu anha) lost her son , she was so patient and had such great faith that she told her husband, “O Abu Talhah, do you think that if some people lent something to some others, then they asked for it back, do they have the right not to give it back?” He said, “No.” She said,“Allaah, may He be glorified, lent your son to you, and now He has taken him back, so seek reward with Him and have patience.”
Asma bint Yazid Ansari (Radiyallahu anha) came to the Prophet (sallaalhu alaihi wasalam) and said:
“O, Prophet of Allah! You are dearer to me than my parents. My Muslim women have deputed me as their representative to talk to you on their behalf. Verily you are the Prophet of Allah for both men and women. We stay for the most part of our time within the four walls of our houses. We remain pinned to our duties of fulfilling the sexual desires of our men, bearing children for them and looking after their homes. Not withstanding all this, men excel us in getting rewards for things which we are unable to do. They go and say their daily Salaat and weekly Jummah in the Masjid, visit the sick, attend the funerals, perform Hajj after Hajj and, above all, fight in the way of Allah. When they go for Hajj or Jihad, we look after their property, bring up their children and weave cloth for them. Do we not share their rewards with them?”
The Prophet (Sallalaahu alaihi wasallam) addressing the Sahaba sitting around him, said:
“Did you ever hear a woman asking a better question?”
Tawakal Karman: When asked about her hijab by journalists and how it’s not proportionate with her level of intellect and education she replied:
“Man in the early times was almost naked and as his intellect evolved he started wearing more clothes. What I am today and what I am wearing represents the highest level of thought and civilization that man has achieved and not regressive. It’s the removal of clothes that is regressive back to ancient times.”
Yasmin Mogahed: “My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist or the number of men who like me. My worth as a human being is measured on a higher scale: a scale of righteousness and piety. And my purpose in life-despite what fashion magazines say-is something more sublime than just looking good for men.”
Do you have a favorite quote/saying by a Muslimah?
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