International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS)

Formerly known as International Journal of Muslim Unity (IJMU)

Building a Strong Ummah: Muslim Women in the Twenty-first Century

 

 

[1]Belayet Hossen

[2]Dr. Noor Mohammad Osman

[1] Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences. International Islamic University Malaysia, E-mail: belayeth.bd@gmail.com

[2] Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, IRKH. International Islamic University Malaysia

 

 

ABSTRACT

This paper argues that women are part of society same as men and both male and female are complementary to each other. In Islam, beside male’s role, the role of female is very significant from various dimensions, in order to build a sound and a strong Ummah. For example, a mother can take care of house chores and fulfill her family responsibilities. Similarly, she can contribute in building a dynamic and stronger community striving together along with men. This paper emphasizes that woman can play a crucial role as an ideal mother, ideal wife, ideal educator, ideal doctor and an ideal leader. In addition, this paper presents the example of Khadijah (r.a) – the first wife of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – who was a successful businesswoman, and on the other hand, Prophet’s youngest wife ‘Ayishah (r.a) did not stay back from leading in the battlefield of Camel. During the reign of Caliph Omar (r.a), he appointed a woman as an invigilator for the monitoring of a market. Moreover, this paper undoubtedly acknowledges that if Muslim women are fostered properly, they will be able to contribute more in building a strong Muslim community as they did during the time of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).

Keywords: Strong Ummah, Muslim women, Education, Training and 21st Century.

 

[1] Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies, IRKH. International Islamic University Malaysia