ABOUT THE SITE
Qur'an, the only true guidance for humanity, was revealed so that
people would know how to deal with all of the situations that they
may encounter while in this world. In addition, the Sunnah (example)
of our Prophet (saas) shows how to implement its teachings into
one's life. Allah even made it possible for people to understand
how to live the Qur'an's morality by giving examples from the Prophets'
and other Muslims' lives: "There is an excellent
example in them for you to follow, that is for those whose hope
is in Allah and the Last Day. But if anyone turns away, Allah is
the Rich Beyond Need, the Praiseworthy" (Surat al-Mumtahana:
6) and "We have sent down Clear Signs to you,
the example of those who passed away before you, and an admonition
for those who guard against evil" (Surat an-Nur: 34). In
these verses, He reminds sincere Muslims, who hope for the best
in Hereafter, that the people presented in the Qur'an serve as good
examples and guidance for them.
One of these sincere Muslims is Maryam, one of the two women noted
for their exemplary characters: "Allah has
made an example for those who believe: the wife of Pharaoh, when
she said: 'My Lord, build a house in the Garden for me in Your presence,
rescue me from Pharaoh and his deeds, and rescue me from this wrongdoing
people.' And Maryam, the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity-We
breathed Our Spirit into her. She confirmed the Words of her Lord
and His Book, and was one of the obedient" (Surat at-Tahrim:
11-12). Therefore, every believer is responsible for learning about
Maryam's good character from the Qur'an, which gives the most accurate
information, and trying to emulate her.
Allah introduces Maryam as having the ideal Muslim woman's
character. This character is completely different than the
common character of women in today's unbelieving societies, where
they usually share a common socially acceptable character handed
down from their ancestors. In these societies, men and women are
expected to conform to very different sets of character traits,
for men's ideals, worldview, lifestyle, and evaluation of events
are believed to be different from those of women.
According to the Qur'an, however, men and women have the same responsibilities
and characters, for Allah refers to an ideal Muslim character.
He defines the Islamic character in the following verse:
Men and women who are Muslims, men and women
who are believers, men and women who are obedient, men and women
who are truthful, men and women who are steadfast, men and women
who are humble, men and women who give charity, men and women
who fast, men and women who guard their chastity, men and women
who remember Allah much: Allah has prepared forgiveness for them
and an immense reward. (Surat al-Ahzab: 35)
As this verse shows, each person's character is not determined
by his or her society's values or continuing traditions, but by
the ideal Muslim character. Any woman who adopts this character
will have the strongest and the most solid personality possible.
And by implementing it in her life, she will win Allah's good pleasure
and love, instead of striving to attain status or superiority in
In this book, we deal with the common woman's character as seen
in unbelieving societies and analyze how this erroneous character
became established. In addition, we explore Maryam's character,
whom Allah raised above all other women, and thereby define the
ideal Muslim woman's character. As a result of this analysis, we
will see that this superiority is only in terms of faith, fear and
respect of Allah, and fine character, and that every man or woman
who does good deeds will be justly rewarded with Allah's good pleasure,
mercy, and Paradise, as mentioned bellow: "Anyone,
male or female, who does right actions and believes, will enter
the Garden. They will not be wronged by so much as the tiniest speck"
(Surat an-Nisa': 124).
Another aim of the book is to reveal the inconsistencies in the
common woman's character in unbelieving societies and to inform
people who are looking for the truth about a way of life and morality
that will lead them toward honor, respectability, and superiority
on Earth as well as in the Hereafter.