بِاللَّهِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ الْمُنْكَرِ عَنِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ تَأْمُرُونَ لِلنَّاسِ أُخْرِجَتْ أُمَّةٍ خَيْرَ كُنْتُمْ
“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.”
Allah(swt) praised us Ummat Muhammad as the best nation by our attribute of enjoying what is right and forbidding what is wrong. Allah (swt) did not make this praise specific to a male or a female but to all Muslims. Having this in mind, women were not left behind with the responsibility of propagating da'awa by forbidding evil and enjoying good.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) in his Da’wah to bring change, he practical involved women too in taking part in the noble cause of calling for Islam. That is why we find unique women with exemplary qualities like Khadija (ra) who was not only a wife to the Prophet (saw) but also the 1st convert to Islam, 1st supporter to the call of Islam by providing support to the Da’wah including but not limited to financial support and Sumeiya (ra) the 1st matryr who stood steadfast in the eyes of atrocious torture from the kuffar in the Makkan phase of Da’wah; those are some examples in an endless list of courageous women in the history of Islam. Not forgetting that today and time the situation across the globe is synonymous with the Makkan situation almost 14 Centuries ago where the world is led by kufr capitalist ideology that distances itself from the Creator of Man and the State. This provides an opportunity for women to be written in the books of Khair of Allah (swt) by taking part in the global struggle to liberate humanity from the shackles of worshipping creation/capitalists to worshipping the Creator of Man, Universe and Life. The women can exercise this noble cause by engaging in the call for ideological Islam with or in their respective families, children, brothers, sisters and friends whenever they meet or an opportunity provides itself for interaction.
Despite a woman being given her primary obligation i.e. as a mother taking care of kids, she is still obliged as a Muslim to propagate Islam. As she is indulged in breastfeeding her kids, she is as well obliged to teach them with the best moral so that they grow up with an Islamic personality so as to carry out the religious duty in future.
The sahabi women understood their responsibilities as Muslims and that is why they participated in Da’wah and were able to defend it by all their means. These righteous women pleaded with the Prophet (saw) to teach them Islam so as to enable them to abide by it. They were jealous of their husband when they were seen on the forefront in seeking knowledge from the Prophet (saw). But the Prophet (saw) accepted their pleas and allocated a day to teach and guide them on Islamic matters. These women sacrificed to learn, understand and act based on Islamic teachings. Muslim women who came before us taught their children Islam. For example, Ummu Sulaim taught her son Anas ibn Malik, Aishah (ra) was a good teacher not only to women but also to male companions of the Prophet (saw) both during and after his death.
The modern Muslim women have forgot these roles, we've left the responsibility of enjoin good and forbidding evil to men only while we have a bigger role in it. We have a good opportunity with our kids and our fellow ladies. We can fulfill this responsibility on the roads, market, weddings, funerals and wherever we meet as ladies.
On the authority of Abu Saeed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say, “Whoever of you sees an evil must then change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then [he must change it] with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then [he must change it] with his heart. And that is the slightest [effect of] faith.” [Recorded in Muslim]
This hadith is no longer being acted upon by women. When we congregate as women we end up closing our eyes before sins. Our sisters walk naked under the slogans of ‘my dress my choice’ but instead of forbidding them but we want to emulate them. Riba eaten but not stopped, fornication and adultery not forbidden but worse of all even hating these which is the slightest of Iman we don't.
The problem we are facing in our lives won’t end if we don’t implement this responsibility. It’s not an easy task hence needs a lot of dedication like the way those before us dedicated themselves to this task. Righteous women who came before us brought up their children and produce Mujahidin, Answars and Muhajirin who brought up the Muslim army. But due to our negligence, we produce children with mysterious behaviors! Oh Allah (swt), guide us Ummat Muhammad.
We have been neglectful of this role of enjoin good and forbidding evil and jumped into democratic kufr politics thinking the light from the darkness of the problems clouding us is coming from. If we only followed what Allah (swt) has commanded us, then the women’s dignity will have been recognized in contrary to the way it has been disremembered.
Oh, Muslim Women! Let’s not yearn for opportunities in kufr democratic politics but let’s return to our Ideological Islam politics laid to us by Allah(swt), lets attend to our political responsibilities like the responsible Muslim women who came before us, surely we are among the best nation.
From UQAB Magazine Issue 3