• Sakina Binterik

Empower Yourself in 3 Steps

The word empowerment is used a lot these days. While it could mean giving power, Islamically to empower your sister is to remind her of her rightful place, a place of strength and support.

The last couple of hundred years has been hard on the Muslim woman. Due to the distortions created by colonial powers, and other internal factors, less and less women occupied scholarly positions as they had in the past.

Strange, sexist ideas began seeping into Islamic culture, to where now a woman’s role has been reduced to cooking, cleaning and raising children.

While there is great merit and so much blessing in these important duties, you can do more.

Here are some steps to empowerment that you can start today:

Seek Knowledge

Starting right from Aisha bint Abi Bakr and the other Ummuhat al Mumineen and Sahaabiyaat, female scholarship was consistent through the ages of the Muslim ummah.

Where female scholarship waned, the strength of the ummah waned. So where does that leave the Muslimah of today?

How much do you know about your deen?

Even if the only students you will ever have are your children, you must learn enough so that you can give them a good base in Islamic knowledge.

Begin today a program of listening to lectures and enrolling in classes. Review what you know already, and begin a path to learn more.

Volunteer Regularly

No matter where you live in the world, there should be some opportunities for you to spend time each week volunteering.

Even if there isn’t a mosque with programs you can participate in, or organized food banks or soup kitchens, you can begin preparing a little extra food, and offering it to those you know who are in need.

Bring your friends and family with you to tidy up an outdoor space near your home. Pick up the trash and garbage to clean the earth. If you think on it, you can come up with any number of ways that you can offer your time and energy for the sake of Allah.

Good Manners

There is nothing more empowering than uplifting others. Remember to be kind to your sisters in Islam, the young and the old.

Rasul Allah was so mild and kind and patient with others. He was the best example of great manners, and he always dealt with mercy and gentleness with others.

Our sisters in Islam around us need our support and our help, not our judgement. Although it can be hard to tolerate a sister who makes mistakes, we must remember the example of Rasul Allah and show compassion and love.

You attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar. Don’t be the reason your sister in Islam turns away from the deen.

You could bring a sister closer to the deen and through that, closer to Allah. Then you would get the rewards of whatever she does after that.

Abu Mas’ud reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “My animal has died, so help me.” The Prophet said, “I do not have anything.” Another man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I can show him someone who can help him.” The Prophet said, “Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 1893

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