On March 19th & 20th 2016, I had the opportunity to attend an Al-Kauthar course taught by Sheikh Daood Butt called The Forgotten Jewels, Great Women of Islam.
The course could not have come at a better time. I was feeling a dip in my imaan (faith), which I’m sure some of you can relate to. Those periods of time that you get really busy and start to feel disconnected, purposeless, and yearn for some light. This course was my light, alhumdulillah.
Here are a few sprinkles of light from my notes:
- As a Muslim you should be a great example for society. This includes, among other things, adab. Adab refers to Islamic etiquette: refinement, good manners, morals, decorum, decency, and humanness.
- Allah does not like the person who others are scared to come and talk to. There is a hadith of the Prophet SAW narrated from Aisha RA where she described how the Prophet SAW was nicer to the evil person than the liked person. Don’t be that “scary” person or “evil” person. And be kind to those who are evil to you and act with adab. It’s tough, I know, but we have to try.
- Sheikh Daood discussed a particular story that stuck with me. He talked about a man from our community who had recently retired from his 9-5 job. This man decided that instead of staying home for retirement, he would go to the masjid from 9-5 instead and attempt to memorize the quran (at his old age). Subhanallah, he memorized the quran in 11 months! He is now 82. This man is a member of our Salam Shop community and lives in Mississauga.
This story really motivated me to use my time wisely and never underestimate Allah’s power to help us learn – Rabbi Zidni Ilma (Oh Allah, increase me in knowledge.
- Hold female Muslims up to higher ideals. It’s not just about our hijab styles and makeup. It’s what’s inside. Let’s all set our standards higher and stop judging everyone based on their appearance. There’s so much more women do and they should be recognized for it…instead of focusing on their outward beauty.
- Those who worship their desires, end up worshipping themselves. Food for thought! It’s so easy to fall into the trap of materialism – the newest iPhone, branded clothing, fancy cars, etc…All of which are ok, as long as you’re not worshipping them. And as long as they don’t define who you are.
- Don’t let your mind stop you from reaching your goals and use your strengths to achieve what you want. Get over your fears, because Allah creates those fears for a reason – and He can remove them as well
- Accept what Allah has given you and don’t put that much pressure on yourself. It’s so important to accept that everything that happens in this life is only by the will of Allah. So, be content with what you’ve been given and accept your life and all the ups and downs it comes with.
We wrapped up the course by listing amazing Muslim women of our time:
- · Anse TamaraGray
- · YasminMogahed
- · FarhatHashmi
- · RukhsanaKhan
- · Naima BRobert
- · Carol Czerpinsky
- · Zarqa Nawaz
- · Dr FarihaKhan
- · AsmaaHussein
- · Naila Kibria
- · IngridMattison
- · Haleh Banani
- · Farheen Khan
It’s been over a month since I attended the course, and since that time I have decided to continue sharing my learnings. I started a networking event series for women called #SociaLight, which acts as a meaningful venue for people to share their light with one another and make meaningful connections. We had our inaugural event this past Saturday, and it was an illuminating event. To hear more about our future events, subscribe to our mailing list at salamshop.ca.
I hope this blog inspires you to share YOUR light with your community.
“What’s beautiful is that you have been chosen by Allah to have imaan (faith)”