The status of Women in Islam can not be doubtful as Islam has given privileges and rights to women which they never had in any other religions. But still nowadays the most frequent attack on Islamic values and morals is to question the status of women in Islam. The status of women in Islam is unique and matchless does not have any resemblance with previous religions or systems. Let us talk about the status of women in Islam with view to the history of Safa and Marwa. Safa and Marwa are two hills near to Holy Kaaba in city Makkah. Muslims who perform the Hajj and Umrah should run between the hills of Safa and Marwa. This is in the memory of a mother’s sacrifice for her son.
The great woman was Bibi Hajra (May ALLAH Almighty be pleased with her). She was the wife of Hazrat Ibraheem (A.S). Bibi Hajra was the Mother of Hazrat Ismaeel (A.S). Bibi Hajra’s sacrifice took place when She was left alone with her baby Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) in the valley of city Makkah all for the sake of ALLAH Almighty.
Verse 14:37 of Holy Quran;
Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer. So make hearts among the people incline toward them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful.
When Bibi Hajra became thirsty and Her Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) child also became thirsty. She started looking at her baby tossing in agony. She left him, for she could not bear looking at him, and found that the mountain of Safa was the nearest mountain. She stood on it and started looking at the valley enthusiastically so that she might see somebody, but She could not see anyone. Then she descended from Safa and when she reached the valley, she ran in the valley like a person in trouble and distress, till she crossed the valley and reached Marwa where she stood and started looking and expecting to see some water or someone help, but she could not see anybody. She repeated that act (running between Safa and Marwa) seven times. This act of running between the hills of Safa and Marwa by Bibi Hajra was so much loved by ALLAH Almighty that ALLAH has made running between Safa and Marwa obligatory for every man and Woman who performs Umrah and Hajj.
Verse 2:158 of Holy Quran;
Indeed, as-Safa and al-Marwah are among the symbols of ALLAH. So whoever makes Hajj to the House or performs ‘umrah – there is no blame upon him for walking between them. And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, ALLAH is appreciative and Knowing.
Today we drink from Zamzam water and it is ever flowing water, when you go for Umrah and Hajj. What a beautiful example of Status of women in Islam!!
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