Bismiallah Ir Rahman Ir Rahim.
Abu Huraira reported that a person came to Allah,’s Messenger (s.a.w) and said: Who among the people is most deserving of a fine treatment from me? He said: Your mother. He again said: Then who (is the next one)? He said: Again it is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you). He said: Then who (is the next one)? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Again, it is your mother. He (again) said: Then who? Thereupon he said: Then it is your father.
In honor of Women’s History Month there are many readers out there who may not know of the contributions that women had made within the path of Islam and its formation from the very beginning until the formation of the Islamic Sciences of Tasawuuf (Sufism) which has affected the world up to the present day. If there is one thing that one must realize it is that no matter what present day media or literary circles may claim or even the acts of some so-called ‘honorable’ Muslim men; Islam places high honor and respect to the Woman and the feminine spirit throughout the world. The first proof of this was the abolishment of female infanticide by burying their daughters in the sand before they arrived to the age of puberty that was practiced in the Arabian Peninsula prior to the advent of prophet hood through Muhammad (s.a.w).
When the first revelation from Allah (s.w.t) was transferred to Gabriel (r.a) to Muhammad (s.a.w) the first to believe and support him was a Woman, who was also his wife who supported him under no compulsion or threat but out of sincerity; and her name was Khadijah (r.a.). Like many successful women in these times, Khadijah (r.a.) was successful in her own right by owning her own commercial trading business which was over 1400 years ago, thus crushing the stereotype that Muslim women are not allowed to work in Islam. It was an example in Khadijah that a framework for the feminine archetype within contributions to the realm of Islamic Spirituality would follow.
We can see how each of the wives of the Prophet (s.a.w) all brought something unique and timely to Islamic thought such as in the case of Aisha (r.a.) did as she was known for her sharp memory in relaying hadiths and having a deep understanding of the Qur’an. All of these Archetypes paved the way as the Islamic Sciences were being developed and it can be seen in the great mystic, sage and honored woman known as Rabia Al Adawiyya of Basra, Iraq. It is because of great women like Rabia, that people are aware of the concept of limitless Divine Love within the framework of core Sufi thought. Born into servitude, she was able to break all barriers of attachment to the physical world and left nothing in her heart but the true love and worship of Allah (s.w.t)
So it is in this month that honors Women’s history that it is encouraged that one take the time to understand the importance and high status to women in Islam; not from books or the movies, but from lively and happy Muslim women themselves. For it is for certain that contributions have been made by women from all the worlds honored Spiritual Traditions, and it is for certain that the same can be said with regards to Muslim Women as well. With Love, As Salaam Alaykum