Prelude

Women and their Primary Role and the Necessities

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We would be absolutely right when we say that the months of Jumada I and Jumada II are the months of the Muslim women role model, as these two months combine the birthday and martyrdom anniversaries of two women from among the Prophet’s Household.

On 5 Jumada I was the birthday of Al Siddiqa Al Sughra, Sayyeda Zeinab Al Kubra, the daughter of Ameer Al Mumineen. Allah Al Mighty has granted this great lady perfect characteristics that made her the witness who conveyed the stances of her mother – Sayyeda Zahraa – as per guarding Islam through manifesting the truth about Wilaya in her two immortal speeches. She played this role while she was not yet six years old what makes comprehending these deep concepts in such an elegant form an additional miracle to be added to the miracles of the divine household.

Later in her life, Allah Al Mighty singled her to assume the responsibility of reserving the morals of the Husseini uprising through delivering its statements and manifesting its goals and guarding the heir of the true religion – Imam Sajjad (PBUH) – and the other members of the Husseini procession until they returned to their haven in Holy Medina.

The 13th of Jumada I and the 3rd of Jumada II mark the date of the martyrdom of the Lady of World Women Sayyeda Fatima Al Zahraa (PBUH) according to two different narrations. Sayyeda Zahraa (PBUH) died while defending the values of the religion of Mohammad (PBUHH) and the righteous Wilaya of Ali (PBUH) while she was still at an early age.

Jumada II 22 is the anniversary of the birthday of Sayyeda Zahraa (PBUH). Her birthday brought delight and joy to the heart of the Master of Mankind – being his dear daughter and the mother of the Imams from among his Household.

These occasions bind everyone who felt the greatness of the religion of Prophet Mohammad to react with them with aspects of sadness or happiness accordingly.

They are stations that must motivate Muslim women in particular to be inspired and to derive the values and morals of which the role model aspect of these two great personalities are replete, and such an inspiration must be based on an objective reading away from biased deductions and endorsements.

The main characteristic in the role of these two ladies is performing their duty whatever it is and in whatever place it is recommended. This was in most of their lives based on the sacred roles of building the society: the role of servitude to Allah Al Mighty and getting closer to Him until reaching the solemnest statuses; the role of the good wife who provides her husband with the serene residence and consequently makes him face the society with the utmost power and affectivity; the role of the mother who offers to the world a generation of perfect men who are competent to dive in the midst of sacrifice-offering like Aoun bin Abdullah bin Jaafar the martyr of Karbala; and the role of the silent call in the society who embodies the premium ideals in an unequaled practical conduct. Still, when the need called and guarding Islam was limited to her, each of them rose to perform their great role in the best forms of uprising ever, so as to preserve Islam crystal clear, fresh, and intact.

Here the question posed is: Where is our female community from this ordered sequence and priority setting?

Is the family still a priority to the woman of which importance she is aware; she performs her duty fully towards the family then she moves to another priority after fulfilling all the family’s needs sufficiently?

Is motherhood limited to birth-giving, a brief period of breastfeeding, providing bodily care, and supervising school assignments, or is it a plan for building an integrated personality?

Is marriage just a mere biological relationship and sheer coexistence that lacks comprehensive interaction in the various fields?

Is the economic role the woman plays in the household equal to her pioneer role she plays in strengthening the family?

These questions need answers. Who is ready to answer them?

                  Noor al Islam

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