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How the First Lady of Islam has set an example for all women

By Moin Qazi
In his own words, Prophet Muhammad sws paid tribute to his first wife, Khadija: !“God Almighty never granted me anyone better in this life than her. She accepted me when people rejected me; she believed in me when people doubted me; she shared her wealth with me when people deprived me, and God granted me children only through her.”

The First Lady of Islam

By Dr Moin Qazi
“Contrary to general belief, Muslim women have held the flag of enlightenment all through the historical ages. The early Muslim community recognized and honoured a wide spectrum of female roles and responsibilities. A mother was considered the first school for her children. In Islam, a woman is seen as an individual in her own right, an independent entity, and not   a shadow or adjunct to her husband or any other man.  Islamic history abounds with abundance of women, both past and present, who have achieved and contributed significantly to intellectual and cultural life in the Islamic world..”

The Islamic Jesus

A Christmas Day Tribute
By Moin Qazi
“The Qur’an does not believe that Jesus is divine but it devotes more space to the story of his virginal conception and birth than does the New Testament, presenting it as richly symbolic of the birth of the Spirit in all human beings (Q 19:17-29; 21:91). The Quranic writings say Jesus was betrayed and sentenced to die on the cross. According to Islamic narrative, Jesus was not crucified; instead, a man who looked like him was. Muslims believe Jesus did not die but risen bodily to Heaven by God, from whence he will return to Earth before the Day of Judgment to restore justice and to defeat al-Masih ad-Dajjal (“the false messiah”), also known as the Antichrist.”    

Prophet Muhammad’s Farewell Sermon

By Moin Qazi
“As you read these lines, 1.6 billion Muslims across the world, from Morocco to Jakarta, will be paying homage to the Prophet Muhammad on his birthday.

This day, 1,428 years ago, Prophet Muhammad delivered the historic Last Sermon (khutabat al-wida) on the parched terrain of Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat, 20 kilometres east of Mecca. It was precisely  on the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah(12th and last month of the Islamic year -6 March 632)) in the tenth year of hijrah(migration from Mecca to Medina )   that  the Prophet addressed 1,44,000 pilgrims  The sermon , though seemingly addressed to a Muslim gathering, had a universal message…”

Islam enjoins modesty for both men and women

By Moin Qazi
“Outward modesty means behaving in a way that maintains one’s own self-respect and the respect of others, whether in dress, speech or behaviour. Inward modesty means shying away from any character or quality that is offensive to God. ..”

Islam is moderate. Some clerics have made it harsh.

By Moin Qazi
“The theme of moderation in religious practice has been the leitmotif in Islamic literature from the time of Prophet Muhammad. In the Quran and the Prophetic traditions that amplify it, Muslim women and men are called upon to exercise moderation in all aspects of their religious life.  The Prophet confirms the essence of Qur’an’s message: “Make things easy, do not make them difficult.”

FORGIVENESS: ISLAM’S PATH TO PEACEFUL FELLOWSHIP

By Moin Qazi
“There are few virtues which have as powerful an aura of divinity as forgiveness. Forgiveness is an opportunity to adorn our souls with Godliness. Forgiveness can take many forms, but at its most basic, it is the offer of goodness to the one who has hurt you…”