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  1. Beautiful Muslim Women in History

  2. What is a beautiful Muslim woman? • Hijab? • Modesty? • Physical appearances?

  3. What does our religion teach us about beauty? • Inward beauty • Good character

  4. History of righteous women • Just physical appearance?

  5. A West African Beauty: Princess Nana Asma’u • daughter of Uthman don Fodio • born in 1793 in modern-day Nigeria • named after a hero in Islamic heritage—Asma, the daughter of Abu Bakr • memorized the Qur’an • extensively learned the Islamic sciences and four languages as well

  6. A West African Beauty: Princess Nana Asma’u • Mother • pregnant with her third child, Asma’u completed the translation of the Qur’an in her native tongue and also translated her father’s work into the various dialects of the community. • Asma’u saw a dire need for the teachings of Islam to reach the women in her community • Jajis

  7. A Beautiful Healer: Al-Shifabint Abdullah • was one of the early Muslims at the time of the Prophet • given name was Layla and she embraced Islam in Makkah • Al-Shifa (which means a healer by God’s permission) was the nickname given to her because of her extensive knowledge of ruqya • Did not practice until getting permission from Prophet Muhammed

  8. A Beautiful Healer: Al-Shifabint Abdullah • Literacy • learned to read and write early on in her life, she used this skill to help the Muslim community. She taught many of the Muslim women to read and write, including some of the wives of the Prophet • Hadith

  9. A Beautiful Worshipper: Mu’adha al-‘Adawiyah • Mu’adha, from Basra (Iraq), was from the generation of Muslims who were born during the era of the Companions. • studied with the major companions including Aisha radiAllahu `anha (may God send peace and blessings on her), ibn Abbas (ra), and Ali (ra). • Al-Tabi`in (those who followed)

  10. A Beautiful Worshipper: Mu’adha al-‘Adawiyah • SilahIbnAshim (husband) • Two things always mentioned about her • Worship • Marriage • “I do not wish to live a longer life in this world for the sake of pleasures or comfort; rather I wish to live longer to come closer to my Lord so that He may unite me with my husband and children in Paradise.”

  11. A Beautiful Worshipper: Mu’adha al-‘Adawiyah • known for her worship, especially the night vigils (qiyam al-layl) • “I am amazed at how I can sleep now while I know there will be a lengthy rest in darkness of the grave.” • “My dear daughter, be of those who worship Allah with hope and fear. Hope will fill us with serenity on the Day we meet our Lord, and fear will keep us safe on the Day mankind stands before their Lord.”

  12. A Beautiful Worshipper: Mu’adha al-‘Adawiyah • On her deathbed • Visit from student, who saw her cry and then laugh

  13. A Modern-Day Beauty: Bint al-Shati’ • from a more recent generation, close to our time • Aisha bintAbdulRahman, known by her pen name Bint al-Shati’, died in 1998 at the age of 85. She was born in Damietta, Egypt, in 1913 • memorized the Qur’an at age five • Education

  14. A Modern-Day Beauty: Bint al-Shati’ • Positive Muslim role models • Women’s rights • chose the pen name Bint al-Shati’, meaning “daughter of the riverbank” to pay homage to her childhood near the Nile delta • Social reform • Famous for writing about the wives of the Prophet, which was geared for her generation

  15. Mutual love • Husband • She won many awards during her life, including the prestigious King Faisal’s Award for Literature and Islamic Studies from Saudi Arabia in 1994 • over 40 books and hundreds of articles when she died in 1998

  16. Ottoman Women • Vakif Foundations • Hospitals • Nurseries • Charity foundations • Landowners • Controlled property

  17. Discussion Time • What makes a woman beautiful? • Physical appearances or inner qualities?