A Tribute to my Sisters in Islam

We are an amalgamation of what surrounds us.

A lot of people may want to disagree but if you compare people who have grown up in city versus those who grew up in the country-side(rural areas), you will notice a difference in their attitude. Most often, the former end up being hasty and impatient and the latter end up being well-leveled and a bit more calm.

So society and the lifestyle of the people around you does affect your attitude…that attitude that sticks with you for life. However, despite the negativities around, some people do grow up to be like flowers from whose scent not only people near them benefit but also if their scent is stored, it can be benefitted from by a variety of people far from them.

The sister of our beloved Shaykh Muhammad al Shareef: Heba Al Shareef. Not that she needs to lean on her brother’s identity to be actually identified but most people don’t know much about influential Muslim women. She did visit Cow-town but I didn’t get the opportunity to meet her. She blogs and has written a wonderful book which I plan on completing once I buy one of my own. She’s an amazing story-telling style with which 90% of the readers can easily identify with. And I love her for the Sake of Allah SWT because she’s helping lost Muslim women to tap in their potential and release their inner Queen. Yes! Please check out her website : IamSheba

There’s another person that I am fond of and I love her for the Sake of Allah SWT because of the energy she has despite studying, being married and what not. She’s none other than, Kannika Aggarwal, who runs Habibi Halaqas and has given several online seminars dealing specifically with women’s issues. If you know her, she’s always traveling and on the go. Allahu ‘Alam how she manages everything but she’s an inspiration because she’s my peer. May Allah SWT preserve her and her family for the Sake of this ummah.Ameen.

Another daai’yiahah (Sister Megan)with a different yet very intriguing project: to help sisters find good husbands and help them overcome barriers that prevent them from pursuing this specific Sunnah of the Prophet SAW. She runs the ‘Find Your Mr. Right’ program and is the Faculty member of the Practimate (halal matrimonial website), along with Shaykh Yasir Birjas. Again she’s a married woman, a mother…who’s managing everything beautifully mashaa’Allah. May Allah SWT always bless her.Ameen.

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Finally, the most influential of them all has been Dr. Farhat Hashmi, who’s a scholar. As usual, there are a lot of people against her just because of the Barakah Allah SWT has given her in the way she speaks. SubhanAllah, no wonder jealousy corrupts one’s heart from seeing the Noor of Islam! A human who advocates in the light of Quran and Sunnah is frowned upon nowadays. But Mashaa’Allah I love her ‘just-do-it’ attitude. I admire her and her dedication because she’s brought a lot of people, including me, close to the Quraan by the Taufeeq of Allah SWT. Households have changed over-night just because her innovative style has brought the knowledge of Islam on desktop. May Allah SWT have mercy on her on the Day of Judgement.Ameen.

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There are many women out there secretly doing Dawah, some to their kids, some to their parents…it doesn’t really matter who you are, how you look and what you were. What really matters is that you continue on regardless of what you face. Allah SWT has exalted you, therefore go ahead and help in achieving this Ummah what it has lost: strong households which are only concerned about their Lord.

“So their Lord accepted of them (their supplication and answered them), “Never will I allow to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female. You are (members) one of another, so those who emigrated and were driven out from their homes, and suffered harm in My Cause, and who fought, and were killed (in My Cause), verily, I will expiate from them their evil deeds and admit them into Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise); a reward from Allâh, and with Allâh is the best of rewards.” [Surah Ale Imran, 3:195]

May Allah SWT preserve these women, their families and unite them amongst the Siddiqeen on the Day of Judgement. May we also become like them.Ameen.

And those sisters who have dedicated their lives to TV/fashion/career or husband-worship, please don’t be a burden on this Ummah because you’re responsible for those around you (and no I’m not talking in terms of finances):

On the Authority of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, the Prophet Mohammed SAW has said: “Each one of your is shepherd. And each one of you will be asked about your flock. A ruler also is a shepherd and he will be asked about his flock. And every man is a shepherd to his family. And a woman is the custodian of her husband’s house and his children. Thus each one of you is shepherd, and each one will be asked about his flock.” [ Bukhari and Muslim]

 Like Shaykh Muhammad Al Shareef says how each one of us is wearing a ‘leadership jacket’, it’s about time we realize that and assume responsiblity.

And Allah SWT knows best.

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