When I first thought of this evening and the theme we are presenting, I thought of my mother. I thought of her struggle to raise me and provide for me a moral, healthy foundation, and how difficult it was for her to do the job alone. I began to think that maybe we should consider womanhood first; when we begin to consider Muslim Women and the role they play in the scheme of our humanity. After all they are women first, and like my mother they represent all women and their struggles. She is why I stand before you today to pay tribute to the position women hold in our lives, whether we are male or female.
However Muslim women have acknowledged the Amana (the Trust) from Allah, and when they abide by it, it distinguishes them from other women. They know that Allah, the Sublime, exists and they have made the decision to commit their lives to His service. If they fulfill this trust, they stand as co-sharers, with Muslim men, of the honor and title, the best of all creation: as Allah, The Exalted has stated: “You are the best nation coming out of humanity, you command what is good, forbid wrong doing and believe in Allah. (Surah, 3; Ayat, 110)
I have witnessed the struggle of Muslim women, beginning with my mother, who took her shahaddah at 75 years of age, may Allah (T) grant her mercy, and I have observed, firsthand, the lives of scores of Muslim women over the last 34 years, that has left an abiding impression in my mind and heart of their sincere faith in Allah (T), and their commitment to serve Him. I’ve also had the privilege and honor to spend the last sixteen years of my life in the company of one of these handmaidens of God, my wife Sufia, and I am compelled to declare that the statement of our Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.): “The whole world is a provision (A Gift) and the best of provisions is a righteous woman”, is true, indeed.
With these thoughts in mind, I ask you to join with me tonight in honoring Muslim Women, and the Struggles and Contributions they continue to offer to improve our lives and make the world we live in a better place.
Sincerely your brother in Islam, Imam Abdullah T. Faaruuq
By Abdallah Faaruuq| October 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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