The Muslim woman and her Lord
The Aqeedah (faith) of the true Muslim woman is pure and clear, uncontaminated by any stain of ignorance, illusion or superstition. This Aqeeda is based on faith in Allah, (SWT) the One, the Most High, the Eternal, Who is able to do all things, Who is in control of the entire universe, and to Whom all things must return:
( Say: `Who is it in Whose hands is the governance of all things – Who protects [all], but is not protected [by any]? [Say] if you know.’ They will say, `[It belongs] to Allah,’ Say: `Then how are you deluded?’) Qur’an 23:88-89)
This is the pure, deep faith which increases the character of the Muslim woman in strength, understanding and maturity, so that she sees life as it really is, which is a place of testing whose results will be seen on the Day which will undoubtedly come:
( Say: `It is Allah Who gives you life, then gives you death; then He will gather you together for the Day of Judgement about which there is no doubt’: but most men do not understand.) (Qur’an 45:26)
( Did you then think that We had created you in jest, and that you would not be brought back to Us [for account]?) (Qur’an 23:115)
( Blessed is He in Whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things has Power – He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed; and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.) (Qur’an 67:1-2)
On that Day, man will be brought to account for his deeds. If they are good, it will be good for him, and if they are bad, it will be bad for him. There will not be the slightest injustice:
( That Day will every soul be requited for what it earned; no injustice will there be that Day, for Allah is Swift in taking account.) (Qur’an 40:17)
The Balance (in which man’s deeds will be weighed) will measure everything with the utmost precision, either in a person’s favour or against him:
( Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.) (Qur’an 99:7-8)
Nothing could be hidden from the Lord of Glory on that Day, not even if it were as insignificant as a grain of mustard seed:
( We shall set up scales of justice for the day of Judgement, so that not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least. And if there be [no more than] the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it [to account]: and enough are We to take account.) (Qur’an 21:47)
No doubt the true Muslim woman, when she ponders the meaning of these ayat, would think about that crucial Day and would turn to her Lord in obedience, repentance and gratitude, seeking to do as many righteous deeds as she is able, in preparation for the Hereafter.
She Worships Allah (SWT)
It is no surprise that the true Muslim woman enthusiastically worships her Lord, because she knows that she is obliged to observe all the commandments that Allah (SWT) has enjoined upon every Muslim, male or female. So she carries out her Islamic duties properly, without making excuses or compromises, or being negligent.
She Regularly Prays Five Times a Day
She offers each of the five daily prayers at its appointed time, and does not let domestic chores or her duties as a wife and mother prevent her from doing so. Prayer is the pillar of the – whoever establishes prayer establishes faith, and whoever neglects prayer destroys the faith.2 Prayer is the best and most noble of deeds, as the Prophet `Peace and Blessing be upon him’ (PBUH) explained in the hadith narrated by `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (RAA):
“I asked the Messenger of Allah (PBUH): `What deed is most beloved by Allah?’ (SWT) He said, `To offer each prayer as soon as it is due.’ I asked him, `Then what?’ He said, `Treating one’s parents with mercy and respect.’ I asked him, `Then what?’ He said, `Jihad (fighting) for the sake of Allah (SWT).'”3
Prayer is the link between the servant and his (Rabb). It is the rich source from which a person derives strength, steadfastness, mercy and contentment, and it is a means of cleansing the stain of his or her sins:
Abu Hurayrah (RAA) narrated:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say: `What would you think if there were a river running by the door of any of you, and he bathed in it five times every day, would any trace of dirt be left on him?’ The people said: `There would be no trace of dirt on him.’ He said:
`This is like the five daily prayers, through which Allah (SWT) erases sins.'”4 (Sharh al- Sunnah 2/175).
Jabir (RAA) said:
“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: `The five daily prayers are like a deep river flowing by the door of any of you, in which he bathes five times every day.'”5
Prayer is a mercy, which Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon His slaves; they seek its shade five times a day and praise their Rabb (Lord), glorifying Him, asking for His help and seeking His mercy, guidance and forgiveness. Thus prayer becomes a means of purification for those who pray, men and women alike, cleansing them from their sins.
`Uthman ibn `Affan (RAA) said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say: `There is no Muslim person who, when the time for prayer comes, performs wudu’ properly, concentrates on his prayer and bows correctly, but the prayer will be an expiation for the sins committed prior to it, so long as no major sin has been committed. This is the case until the end of time.'”6 (Sahih Muslim 3/112).
There are very many Hadith which speak of the importance of salah and the blessings it brings to the men and women who pray, and the rich harvest of benefits that they may reap thereby, every time they stand before Allah (SWT) in an attitude of humility and repentance