Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Dhu'l-Qa'dah / Zil-Hijjah 1423 H
February 2003
Volume 16-02 No : 194
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Women In Focus


How to Treat a Daughter
Two Voices Inside Me One Good, One Bad


How to Treat a Daughter

It was Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) who was the first to give women their rights.

No one in the history of mankind did for the improvement of the status of women more than Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). Islam has laid down the principle of total equality of men and women. The Qur’an makes its address to both in the same way, assigning to them the same religious tasks and promising the same reward. When there is something special, it makes its address to women only.

This represented a great leap in the Arabian society which was the first to receive the Islamic message. Like all human societies at the time, Arabs treated women as inferior to men and allowed few rights and no privileges. It was in that society that young girls were buried alive by their fathers for fear of poverty. By contrast, Islam considered the birth of a daughter as a joyous occasion to be celebrated by the whole family and also by neighbours. But the transformation needed a practical example to show those who were hardened in their old ways, how the change could be implemented. The best role model was the Prophet, because following his example is a religious duty which earns reward from Allah. Hence, Muslims look up to the Prophet for guidance on how to treat their women. The following Hadith describes how the Prophet treated his young daughter Fatimah.

Aisha, the Prophet’s wife, reports: “ I have never seen anyone who was closer to the Prophet in conversation, speech or the way they sat than Fatimah. When the Prophet saw her coming, he stood up to greet her and kissed her. He would then take her hand in his hand and seat her where he was sitting.”

“ If the Prophet went to visit her, she would welcome him and stand to greet him and kiss him.” (Related by Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Al-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood and Al-Nassaie).

We tend to think of a Hadith as giving instructions or pointing out practices to follow. Here we have a Hadith which simply tells us of the Prophet’s behaviour and his treatment of his daughter. It provides a practical example which we will do well to follow. When we follow the Prophet’s example, we ensure that our action is right and we earn reward from God. Nothing can be better than that.

And the example here is one that ensures family happiness. It is one of pure love between father and daughter. You read how the Prophet treated his daughter in front of other people and you wonder: could there be a more loving father? Who of us would stand up to greet his daughter, kiss her and sit with her in his position? And when was this? Shortly before his death, when the whole of Arabia had accepted the Islamic faith and he was recognised as Allah’s messenger and the undisputed ruler of the Islamic state.

This example, which Muslims would do well to follow, reflects the Prophet’s personality in two clear ways: Muhammad, the family man, who is full of pure love to his daughter and Muhammad, Allah’s messenger who gave women their rightful place as equal to men.

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Two Voices Inside Me One Good, One Bad

By Zenab Kasmani

Two voices inside me. What’s the difference between the two? One will make me happy. The other will make me sad. Two voices inside me. Which one should I choose?

As I walked to my bedside, A voice gently said: wake up for fajr and glorify your Lord. I set my alarm for fajr and then went to sleep. A few minutes passed, then the alarm went off. I awoke and remembered my fajr and to glorify my Lord, But then a voice whispered: sleep! sleep! The night is long, I lay in my bed, listening to the two voices.

Two voices inside me. One good, one bad. What’s the difference between the two? One will make me happy. The other will make me sad. Two voices inside me. Which one should I choose?

As I went to the masjid, I prayed two rakaaks, After the namaz, I would buy a gold set, I looked in my pocket, I found twenty-pounds, Oh no! I am six-pounds short, I looked around and noticed a box, it was labelled ‘charity box’ A voice strongly whispered: take the six-pounds from the charity box!, No-one will notice Another voice gently said: Allah is watching you from above, leave, the gold set- it’s a worldly thing, give the twenty-pounds in charity instead, you’re reward is with Allah in the next abode.

Two voices inside me. One good, one bad. Two voices inside me. What’s the difference between the two? One will make me happy. The other will make me sad. Two voices inside me. Which one should I choose?

I had tidied the kitchen, and finished my homework, I sat on the settee with nothing to do, my free-time had come, what could I do? A voice slowly whispered: watch the TV, everyone’s watching it, you’re left out. Another voice gently said: read the Qur’an, you’ll earn some reward, leave the TV, it’s a waste of time, you see it’s a worldly thing.

Two voices inside me. One good, one bad. Two voices inside me. What’s the difference between the two? One will make me happy. The other will make me sad. Two voices inside me. Which one should I choose?

At the end of the day before going to sleep I asked myself: what did I do today?

I woke up for fajr and glorified my Lord.

I went to the masjid and gave some charity.

I read the Qur’an and didn’t waste my time.

I kept away from the worldly things.

I learnt that inside me I had two voices, I learnt what was the difference from the two. One always whispered to me evil things - and that was the whisperings of the shaitaan, The other voice always gently spoke - and that was the Angel reminding me to do good.

All praise be to Allah, I chose the voice of the Angel.

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