So this is quite compared to what I usually post about but I really want to address this. First of all, thank you to Teensgate YA for the meet up in January that was set on feminism and the amazing goodie bag they gave us! It’s amazing and I’m slowly making my way through the big book! I would also like to thank DK for hosting it this time and giving us the amazing books to share.
The question was “Who is Your Feminist Icon?” And I know people probably picked characters on screen or people well known but I wanted to share those that aren’t as well known and who were held in such high esteem when Islam was first being spread around the 6th and 7th centuries.
So I have 3 answers for this question. I know feminism isn’t limited to women so you could also pick males who do a lot for feminism and the rights of females but here are my 3.
1. Khadija (RA)
Khadija (RA) was not only the first to convert to Islam, but she was also the first person the Prophet (pbuh) went to for comfort when he didn’t understand what was going on. Not only that, but she was a businesswoman who was supporting her family. She provided the income.
This is part of a misconception a lot of people have when it comes to Islam because they seem to think Muslim women are not allowed to work. Yes, they are and nothing in Islam forbids it. People confuse this with the culture of some countries and call it Islam because the countries seem to predominantly Muslim.
2. Aisha (RA)
Aisha (RA) was another wife of the Prophet. She is one of the greatest scholars of Islam, who is narrated in many of the Hadith books, including Sahih Al Bukhari, Sahih Al Muslim and Sahih Al Tirmidi. A Hadith is basically something that shares the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) alongside the Qur’an. So it covers the topics in depth and how we should handle certain situations.
Again, another misconception (by cultures) that women are supposed to be at home, cooking and cleaning. No, they are not. Islam does not forbid women from seeking an education, and it does not state that the woman must cook and clean. The Prophet (pbuh) used to help his wives with the household chores, so I’m not too sure where this came from.
3. Khawlah Bint Al- Azwar
Khawlah was a warrior. She fought in many battles alongside the army and held her own through several battles. Amongst these was the battle against the Byzantine Army in 636 AD. She continued to fight in a battle when her fellow soldiers and warriors began to turn. This more than anything, shows that a woman can be anything she wants.
This is it from me but I’d like to take this time to mention that there are many, many instants where Islam is thought to oppress women when Islam was the first to offer women these rights. Before Islam, people in Saudia Arabia used to bury their daughters alive because they weren’t considered useful. The Prophet changed this with the message of Islam and stated that any man who has 3 daughters, the doors to Heaven are open for him. This elevated the status of having a daughter in a world where people prayed for sons.
Thank you so much to anyone who’s read this far because I had to try and limit my words since I kept going on and on lol.