A Woman…


In this simple but beautifully written piece, guest writer Aamir Shamsi shares his answer to the question of “What is a Woman?”

What is a Woman…?

A woman is one of the most beautiful creations of Allah. A woman is the jewel of mankind. A woman is the shining star of the moonlit sky.

She is the foundation of our houses, the honour of our souls, the carer of our children, and the guidance without which we would stumble.

Our Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said, “[Women] are your partners and committed helpers.” [Sahih al-Jami’]

You can see their innocence in the form of a daughter, their care in the form of a sister, their warmth in the form of a beloved, their dedication in the form of a wife, and their unconditional love in the form of a mother.

But most of all, you can see their shame and modesty in the form of a Muslimah, subhanAllah. Their heads are covered, their beauty saved only for their husbands and their actions are pure. They only associate with decent company that is the best for their deen, and absent is all lewdness, vulgarity and shamelessness.

They do not belong to the world of other women where free-mixing, promiscuity and boldness reign supreme. Gentle, humble and sweet are they. Their values differ so greatly from such an ugly society. Such is their dedication and belief in Islam. And some pious women are even lucky to have Khudah-se-Noor (light from Allah) bestowed upon them.

The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said “The whole world is a provision, and the best object of benefit of the world is the pious woman.” [Saheeh al-Jami’]

We men are truly blessed by Allah to have them among us. Their love can make our world, and their rejection can destroy our world; we men are truly nothing without our women.

The Final Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam said “Hayaa (shame and modesty) is a branch of imaan.” [Bukhari]

May Allah guide all our women to have as much Hayaa as gifted to them by ar-Rahman ar-Raheem, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. And may Allah grant me and all other men with a life partner that has Khudah-se-Noor, both outside and inside. Ameen.

Aamir Shamsi, 20, wrote this while he was missing his mother who was abroad at the time. He is studying Medicine at Imperial College London and is a part of IC Islamic Society and ICSM Muslim Medics, as well as heading Islamic Relief’s ULU Charity Week for his university in 2010. He has been a fan of IGIC since January 2009.