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Women in Dawah: Its’ Significance to the Community & the Women Themselves

I dream of a place, I dream of rest. I dream of laughter and no more tests. But I am still alive and I must not stop. I have to redeem the hours lost. The trials of holes in pockets and moments very few, how can my savings overcome these two?

Astaghfirullah.

~

وَٱلۡعَصۡرِ

إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى خُسۡرٍ

إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ

وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ

وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ

وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلصَّبۡرِ

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I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

George Bernard Shaw

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Sh. Bin Bâz(R):

On the same way as it is necessary for the men to do Da’wah, to call to good and forbid evil, so it is for the women (i.e. necessary to do Da’wah).

[Min Aqwaal Samaahat-ish-Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez bin Baaz feed-Da´wah, pp. 98]

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From an insightful article, ‘Women in Da’wah’ , by the Jumua’h Magazine: (please click here to read the rest of it)

  • Indulgence in luxuries, even if they are halal things, usually force women to devote more time to them and less time to doing da’wah. This also happens when they find it difficult to balance rights with duties. Sometimes women lose perspective, forgetting that the work inside the home is the core of their mission. By neglecting this role, or when they fail to arrange their priorities, and get tied to a job that distracts them, they ultimately fail at fulfilling their da’wah roles both inside and outside the home. “For many women, their jobs as wife, mother, cook, and teacher, inside their homes, are so time consuming, that the main barrier to engaging in da’wah work is oftentimes, a lack of time itself,” said Dr. Hamdan. “This is why it is so important for husbands to be supportive to their wives in fulfilling their obligations both within and outside the home.”
  • Of course women can go out for salah in the masjid, participate in any other activities she may need and to do da’wah. However, none of these activities should conflict with her essential duties at home as wife and mother. In many cases, it is this balance between the woman’s essential duties and the requirements of da’wah work, that have caused problems and misunderstandings in families and communities.
  • The work of the Muslim woman in the field of da’wah strengthens the man’s work, and it expand it into areas where her effectiveness supersedes that of the man. It is sad that this role is so grossly overlooked and underestimated. By her nature as a spiritual and psychological comforter of man, the woman can play an important role in da’wah, for a man cannot -if his mind is preoccupied with works and goals- cope with his own problems, let alone undertake the burdens of giving da’wah. Many have failed on the path of da’wah for this very reason. Khadija’s comfort, help, and support of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, offer the greatest proof of the vital importance of this role. The Prophet’s companions who left their homes to go places that were thousands of miles away to take the new religion to people also had the support and the backing of their wives.
  • Very few women today understand or are aware of such a role, let alone carry it out. A woman may think that the marriage home is a place of rest and ease. They have yet to realize that marriage is the starting point of struggle, sacrifice, giving and responsibility.
  • The woman’s role does not end at door. She can be greatly effective by being a good example to others, by being good-hearted, kindly spoken, and of friendly conduct. She can offer assistance, and share concerns as well as joys. She can also use all appropriate opportunities to educate, guide and call others though observing the conditions of those whom she addresses.
  • The fact that we stress the importance of women’s role in Islamic da’wah should not lead us away from keeping the women’s creation, nature and priorities clear in mind.

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It is a tall bill to fit in order to be a strong practising Muslimah nowadays. However, we must not forget that Jannatul Firdaus al ‘Ala is not going to be for just anyone. Rasulalah salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam has asked us to make duaa to achieve Jannatul Firdaus al ‘Ala and consequently, we must work extra hard to be eligible for Allah SWT’s Mercy so that we can reach that place inshaa’Allah…even if it involves not having enough sleep or time for personal interests at times.

And Allah SWT knows best.

May Allah SWT guide us and prevent us from feeding our Nafs all the time. May Allah SWT help us discipline our lowly-Nafs so that it allows us to achieve His Pleasure and leave traces in this dunia which shine on the Day of Judgement as a witness of our love for Him. May Allah SWT make us sincere for His Deen and prevent our deeds from being lost. Ameen.

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