It is said that the lap of the mother is the best field of instruction. Our history books are replete with examples of the courage of women in Islam.
It is reported in the Book Fazail-E-A’maal : Stories of the Sahaabah by Shaikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kaandhlawi that “shoulder to shoulder with their menfolk, the ladies of those times, imbued with the same spirit of sacrifice, were striving heart and soul in the path of Allah.”
In the same Book, Umme Zyad said : “In the Khaibur campaign, I along with five women, reached the battlefield. The Prophet (SAW) said with anger : Who brought you to this place? We said : O Prophet of Allah, we know knitting and we have some medicine. We will help the Mujahidin by supplying them with arrows and attending to them when they are sick and by preparing food for them. The Prophet (SAW) permitted us to stay”.
In Islam, men and women are equal. However, their roles are different. Men and women are to complement each other and not to compete with each other. It therefore follows that the rights and responsibilities of a woman are equal to those of a man but they are not necessarily identical.
Women play an increasingly important role in society and, accordingly, the Alipur Muslim Association recognized the need to establish a Ladies Forum. In this way, our womenfolk will have a platform from which they can co-ordinate their activities – religious, social, welfare – for the betterment of the Ummah in general and the Alipurians in particular.
The current chairperson of the Ladies Forum is Mrs Zarina Mayet and she can be contacted on telephone numbers 011 832 2932 and 082 875 9510 or on email firstname.lastname@example.org