Foodie Lesson 7 – Special Ramadhan Series – ‘Fast with your heart’
In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy
My apologies… For the lack of a lesson yesterday.
Today I want to talk to you about the atrributes of two female role models of Islam.
Now before I continue I want to mention that sometimes it feels like the amazing superstar companions of the time of the Prophet SAW, and the Prophets before him, are of a distant time. It’s hard to think about how we could ever compare to them…How is it possible for us to learn from their biographies, when our realities are so different? It is true, we are people of a different time: our difficulties are different, our lifestyles are different, our hobbies are different… We are world’s apart. But we cannot forget that the Islam is the same. Our religion is made for all kinds of people, of all times and all ages. The same Islam in the time of the Prophet SAW is the one we have today. So even if we may not be able to commit the same sort of worship or acts of obedience as the fantastic female Muslimas of the past, we can certainly learn from their character and take a little insight into their lives and bring it into ours in a way that’s adapts to our reality.
For example, when we hear the story of pious Maryam AS and how she would receive from Allah fruits that were out of season. When Zakariya AS asked her where she has received this from, she did not say “because I am a very good Muslim.” No! She said “Allah provides for those who he wills without account.” This inspired Zakariya AS to ask for a child from Allah because he realised that even though it may be impossible biologically for his wife to conceive, nothing is beyond Allah’s power. Allah will give us something if he wishes too whether we deserve it or not. Therefore if we want something we should ask The Provider to grant us it whatever it may be, no matter how farfetched it seems. Allah loves those who ask. Aside from this we can also see that our ‘daily bread’ is from Allah. He gives to whom He wishes so we should be grateful for the everyday living he gives us.
Another inspiring woman was Hadrat Ayesha RA. We know about how she was the youngest wife of the Prophet SAW and her life as a mother of the belivers. Did you also know that she was a teacher after the Prophet SAW’s demise? About 2010 hadith (sayings of the Prophet SAW) were narrated from her. She was knowledgeable in Islamic rulings, medicine and poetry. She taught hundreds of Muslims after the demise of the Prophet SAW. We can learn from her that we can make a lasting difference in the community, help and educate others and ourselves without losing our modestly. She remained modest yet Musa Al AshAri RA says that whenever we were in confusion about a ruling (masaail) we would go to Hadrat Ayesha RA and she would give us with true precision, a justified ruling, clearing and confusion. The simple lesson is that a woman can be whatever she wishes as long as she keeps her modesty.
So today let’s try to read more about the great role models of the past and try and find the little wisdom they can give us through their life stories.
May Allah bless us with knowledge (because knowledge is power)! And may the Almighty bring the good qualities and brilliant thinking of the superstar Muslims into our lives. Ameen
🌼 Happy 8th Ramadhan 🌼