By Bint Hasan
Times have passed, the era has changed, people have gone and come, but what leaves an impression on our hearts is the imprints of the footsteps of our pious predecessors.
The women around the messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) have left a profound impact upon us as well as an ever lasting impression.
They stand out as outstanding models in the history of humanity in a way that made them unrivalled in the history of humanity from the time of Adam (peace be upon him) until the end of time.
Reflecting on their stories, we see their faith, their constancy, their heroism and loyalty to Allah and his Messenger (peace be upon him). We see the effort they exerted, the calamities they endured, and the victory they achieved. We also see the eminent role they played in liberating all of humanity from the paganism of conscience and the loss of destiny.
They embraced Islam not in blind compliance with their husband’s will or out of tribal solidarity or in obedience to their father’s command. Rather, they embraced Islam independently, out of conviction and in demonstration of their right of choice.
Playing major roles in the annals of history, Khadijah was the first woman to accept Islam. Sumayyah was the first martyr in Islam. Aisha, the hub of knowledge and wisdom, has reported considerable amount of pure and blessed knowledge. She memorized and transmitted over 2,000 sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) Fatimah, the Prophet’s youngest daughter and one of the four great women of paradise, is an epitome of patience, devotion, and generosity.
These are but a few of the many great women, who played a crucial role in the history of Islam. They are women of the best human examples, the most graceful and the most virtuous, the real diamonds of this ummah. But what do we know of the legacy they left behind?
Let us learn in awe and delight about those righteous women. They were great and wise women, true leaders.
We do not need so-called feminists, and liberators to rally our stance. We, as Muslim women, have had our standard-bearers in the Mothers of the Believers and the women living in the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). We just need to look back, and follow their footsteps.