In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so – for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.
I would like to set of this month with a few words. Over the last couple of years, I have found myself looking more and more into how women are viewed in Islam and in the world. Islam came around a time when women were not viewed as individuals, they were objects that could brought shame to fathers and were used to solidify deals. During its inception, a significant shift in women’s rights took precedent and to this day are of huge historical significance. Women were no longer subjected to infanticide, they became a huge part of society and are to this day some of the most revered individuals in Islam. But we must understand that respect of women is still a struggle due to cultural and societal norms, that in no way has the world embraced the full respect and equality for women that Islam preaches. This month is a way for us to understand and to work towards changing ourselves and our various communities towards creating a society that truly embraces and acknowledges women.
The Prophet (SAW) would consult women on many different matters, they were given special status in society and were in no way disregarded. One of the first Muslims was a business woman who provided for the Prophet (SAW). One of the people most beloved to him was his wife above his friends. Women worship, pray, give charity, gather knowledge and struggle for the sake of Allah (SWT) all the same.
This month is an incredible opportunity to delve deeper and learn different lessons from the multiple perspectives provided, from biographical works to experiences in the modern world. I hope that over this time you will learn, question, discuss, and simply just ponder over many of the ideas you will see. I ask that you all be respectful of everyone and encourage you to also contribute to this month by tweeting and sharing posts on Facebook.
May Allah (SWT) reward you with goodness