“Imaam al-Bukhaari (may Allah have mercy on him) reported in his Saheeh that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saying : ‘Souls are like conscripted soldiers; those whom they recognize, they get along with, and those whom they do not recognize, they will not get along with.’”—
“To me, a wicked man who is also eloquent
Seems the most guilty of them all. He’ll cut your throat
As bold as brass, because he knows he can dress up murder
In handsome words.”—Medea, from Euripides’ Medea (via myancientworld)
“I needed to realize that every day mattered, and that is very easy to forget when you’re in the midst of some trauma. It’s easy to forget all the time. And I find that I still have to remind myself that every day is like a little life.”—Novelist Alice Hoffman, talking with Radio Boston about her latest book “Survival Lessons.” (via wbur)
“If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you’re okay. Who watches out for you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don’t let them go. People like that are hard to find.”—Unknown (via cad-y)
“It is a very few number of people that do not fall into shirk ul-asghar (minor shirk). For this reason, the messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam taught us a dua with with we supplicate, an it is:
“When backbiting appears, brotherhood for Allāh will disappear; and at that time you will be like things plated with gold and silver: wooden on the inside, [merely] looking good on the outside.”—Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyād [Abū Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyā`, Vol. 3 p. 395] (via pearlsofislam)
And the statement of the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم:
"Women are the twin halves of men."
"And say: ‘My Lord increase me in knowledge.’”
(Qur’an, Ta-Ha 20:114)
"So know that there is no god save Allah, ask forgiveness for your sins and for the believing men and the believing women. Allah knows well your moving and your place of rest."
(Qur’an, Muhammad 47:19)
On the authority of Anas Ibn Malik the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim."
Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab At Tamimi said:
Know, may Allah have mercy upon you that it is compulsory upon every Muslim to know these four issues.
1. العلم Al ‘Ilm: “Firstly, the Knowledge.”
2. العمل به Al ‘Amalu Bihi: “and the actions (working) by it.”
3. الدعوة إليه Ad Da’watu Ilaihi: “Calling to it.”
4. الصبرعلى الأذى فيه As Sabru ‘Alaal Adhaa Feehi: “and to have patience with the hardships that come along that path (in the way of da’wah).”
Section Two: The Virtues of Seeking Knowledge.
"There is no one worthy of worship but He: That is the witness of Allah, His angels and those endowed with knowledge, Standing firm in Justice (or maintaining His Creation in Justice). There is no god but He, the Exalted in power, the Wise."
(Qur’an, Al-’Imran 3:18)
"Are those who have knowledge the same as those who don’t have knowledge"
(Qur’an, Al Zumar 39:9)
"Allah will raise up, to (suitable) ranks and (degrees), those of you who believe and who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is well-acquainted with all you do."
(Qur’an, Al-Mujadilah 58:11)
"It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah.”
(Qur’an, Fatir 35:28)
Meaning: Those who have knowledge of the Book and the Sunnah and act upon this seeking the face of Allah.
It is reported in Saheeh Al Bukhari on the Authority of Mu’aawyah that he heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم say:
"Whomsoever Allah wants good for he makes him understand the religion…"
And narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the Authority of Abi Hurairah, the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"Whomsoever proceeds upon the road to seek knowledge Allah will make it easy upon him the road to enter Jannah."
And Tirmidhi narrated in the Authority of Abi ‘Umamah that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"The preference of a scholar over a worshipper is like the preference of myself over all of you."
It is clear from these verses of the Qur’an and these Ahadeeth of the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم that a woman does not become one preferred by Allah because she has beauty, wealth or status. Rather, the sign that Allah prefers her over others is understanding and implementation of the religion of Islam. And knowledge of Islam is that which cleanses the heart, makes a person thread upon the road of guidance, raises the person in levels and has the person die upon a state which Allah is pleased with. However, ignorance of the religion with all the beauty, wealth and status one craves and desires, only leads to a road of destruction where one walks upon darkness until one dies in a state that Allah is displeased with. For how many women are amazed with their wealth, status and beauty yet these things do not quench their thirst for happiness and contentment?
Section Three: The Muslim Woman and Knowledge
Allah has said:
"The one who has succeeded has purified it (the self)"
(Qur’an: Ash Shams 91:9)
Narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Nu’maan Ibn Basheer The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"Verily there is a morsel of flesh within the body, if it becomes good then the whole body will become good and if it becomes corrupt then it will become corrupt, verily it is the heart."
It is narrated in Saheeh Al Bukhari on the authority of Abi Burdah that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"Three people have two blessings. A man from the people of the book who believes in his Prophet and believes in Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم, and a slave if he gives Allah and his master their rights, and a man who has a female slave, and taught her good manners and did his best in doing so, and taught her knowledge and did his best in teaching her, then frees her and marries her then he has two blessings."
And it is narrated in Saheeh Al Bukhari the statement of ‘Aisha:
"How virtuous are the women of the Ansaar, shyness never prevented them from learning their religion."
And it is narrated in Saheeh Al Bukhari that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم gave a specific day for the women to seek knowledge.
This shows that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم put great emphasis upon the education of Muslim women in the religion and has shown the immense reward of those who educate their wives and daughters and even their slave girls about the religion. The following sections will clarify to us as to why Islamic education for Muslim women is so important.
Section Four: The Muslim Woman is a Shepherd
"Oh ye who believe save yourselves and your families from the fire…"
(Qur’an At Tahreem 66:6)
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"Everyone is a shepherd and everyone of you will be questioned about his flock… and a woman is a shepherd over her husband’s house and she will be questioned about her flock"
This shows that the Muslim woman in her own right is a leader and hence is responsible for those who are under her authority. And as a shepherd has knowledge of what is beneficial and what is harmful for his sheep, so to the Muslim woman must know what is either beneficial or harmful toward her household and this cannot be attained except through knowledge of the religion. If she doesn’t have any knowledge of Islam she would be unable to teach her children and command them toward doing what is correct and prohibit them from what is reprehensible.
Section Five: The Muslim Woman Commands the Good and Forbids the Evil
"You are the best of people taken out of mankind, you command the good and forbid the evil and believe in Allah"
(Qur’an Ali Imraan 3:110)
Narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Abi Sa’eed Al Khudri the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"Whomsoever sees an evil then let him change it with his hands, if not let him change it with his tongues, if not let him change it with his heart and this is the weakest of Eeman"
Narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Tameem Ad Daari the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"The religion is advice (3 times)’. The Companions asked: ‘To whom O Messenger of Allah’. He said: ‘To Allah, the Messenger, the Muslim leaders and the rest of the Muslims’"
Advising, commanding the good and forbidding the evil is obligatory upon every Muslim male and female according to their capacity. Hence, she must command the good and forbid the evil with her husband, her children and fellow sisters. If she doesn’t do so she would be questioned for such on the day of reckoning.
Section Six: The Muslim Woman Knows Her Rights
"And for them (the women) are rights like that of the men, and the men have been raised above them with one level (in terms of responsibility over them’"
(Qur’an Al Baqarah 2:228)
And as narrated in Bukhari’s Saheeh where Salmaan Al Farisee told Abu Darda:
"Verily your Lord his rights upon you, and verily your body has rights upon you and verily you wife has rights upon you therefore give everyone their rights"
Shaikh Al Allamah Muhammad Ibn Abdul Qadir Al Hilali said:
"Verily Taqleed (blind following) is the worst of the diseases of the heart, for verily the sickness of the body prevents man from movement and action that brings one toward that which is beneficial, and taqleed is a disease of the heart that prevents him from reflection and research and evidences that brings one toward knowing the truth”.
Once a sister knows her rights as a daughter, a wife and a mother according to evidences from the Qur’an and the Sunnah she would neither fall short in giving the rights owed to others nor be abused in terms of her rights. She is not one who is a victim of mental enslavement which is imposed upon them by varying societies, her husband or her father. Rather, in Islam she has to freedom to express views, contemplate and reflect once they are within the bounds of the Qur’an, Sunnah and the consensus of the scholars.”
Section Six: The obedience of a Muslim Woman Only Extends to that which is Lawful
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"There is no obedience to the creation in disobedience to the creator"
And he صلى الله عليه و سلم said:
"Whomsoever pleases the people for the displeasure of Allah, Allah will leave him to the people"
A Muslim woman therefore has the right to disobey her husband and even her parents if they order her to disobey the laws of Allah. And she must not seek to please her family or her husband for the displeasure of Allah. In this case Allah will leave her to those she has chosen to please (they will not have the specific protection of Allah that he gives to those who are close to him).
"It is incumbent upon us to fear Allaah and to fear Him when it comes to the people, we shouldn’t oppress them with our hearts nor with our limbs, we should give them their rights. We shouldn’t fear the people over Allaah and…
‘Abd al-Malik (radhiAllahu ‘anhu) said: “When ‘Awf ibn Muhallim al-Shaybani, one of the most highly respected leaders of the Arab nobility during the jahiliyyah, married his daughter Umm Iyas to al-Harith ibn ‘Amr al-Kindi, she was made ready to be taken to the groom, then her mother, Umamah came…
“When Allah has previously decreed for a servant a rank which he has not attained by his action, He afflicts him in his body, or his wealth or his children then He makes him patient upon that until He makes him reach the rank which has already been decreed for him by Allah.”—The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa salam. [recorded in the Sunnan of Abee Dawud, 3090, classified: Sahih]. (via pearlsofislam)
Learn to know people. Watch their facial expressions, watch the way their body twists and bends. Listen to their laughter, listen to the way their voice cracks when they’re upset. Find their weakness, their broken points, their darkness. Find their light. Find the things unique to them. Ask them about their childhood, ask them about their favorite place to read, ask them what their last words would be if they could choose. Know them.