Of Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I have been thinking lately of the love and kindness of the women in my family, my long-deceased mother, and my daughter and wife and sister also. And so here is a fitting selection from the Miraaj: The Night Journey of the Prophet’s (pbuh) Ascension to Heaven.

THE FIFTH PARADISE: THE GARDEN OF BEAUTY AND FELICITY

Muhammad (pbuh) traveled for five hundred thousand light-years, after which he arrived at the fifth paradise which is called Jannat al Naeem: “the Garden of Beauty and Felicity.” Its door is made of mixed gold and silver from heaven. Jibraeel knocked at the door and a voice said: “Who is it?” “Jibraeel, bringing Muhammad (pbuh).” “Has he been sent for?” “Yes.” “Welcome, Beloved one, to the fifth paradise!” The door opened and Muhammad (pbuh) saw five beautiful ladies whose radiant light among their servants made them appear like diamonds surrounded by pearls. His heart was moved towards them. He asked Jibraeel: “Who are these ladies?” He answered: “This is Hawwa (Eve), the mother of human beings, this is the Virgin Maryam (Mary), the mother of Isa (Jesus), this is Musa’s (Moses’) mother Yukabid, and this is Assia, the wife of Pharaoh.” The fifth lady looked like a sun among stars. Her light shone over the rest of the inhabitants of that paradise like a gentle breeze passing through the tree-leaves. Jibraeel said: “This is an angel representing your daughter Fatima”

Muhammad (pbuh) asked: “Jibraeel, what is the secret of this paradise?” Jibraeel said: “Allah created this paradise to reflect the beauty and perfection of women. The light of this paradise is the source of the angelic lights of all women on earth. Women have been created to carry the secret of creation in themselves. Allah has honoured them greatly by making their wombs the repository of His word which represents the Spirit. He looks at the most sacred place and there descends His mercy and blessings. He perfected that place and covered it with three protective layers to shelter it from any damage. The first is a layer of light, the second a layer of love, and the third a layer of beauty. There he fashions and creates human beings after His likeness, as Muhammad (pbuh) said: ‘Allah created Adam after His likeness.’ He orders the angels of the womb to perfect His creation by giving the baby life, beauty, health, intelligence, and all kinds of perfect attributes that will make each one distinguished among human beings.”

“Women are not created weaker but more generous than men. They are created more beautiful and less fierce, as beauty hates to hurt and harm others. That is why they seem weak to people, but in reality they are not. Angels are the strongest of created beings, and women are closer to the angelic nature than men, as they are readier than men to carry angelic light. It is the good manners and ethics of spirituality which they carry which makes them less forceful than men. Even physically, however, they are extremely strong. They undergo great upheavals in their body without flinching for the sake of childbirth, and face the direst physical conditions more successfully than men because Allah has enabled them to insure the survival of generations.”

“Allah gave women five angelic qualities which men rarely have. They are the source of peace, as Allah said that He created them “so that you might find rest in them” (30:21). This is the attribute of the first paradise which is named “the Abode of Peace.” They are oasis of constancy in the midst of chaos and change. That is why they give birth as the mother nurtures and shelters the baby more reliably than the father. This is the attribute of the second paradise, which is named ‘the Abode of Constancy.’ They perpetuate generations. Through their offspring Allah creates angelic prophets and saints who establish His perpetual remembrance on earth as the angels establish it in heaven. This is the attribute of the third paradise which is named ‘the Abode of Eternity.’ They are generous and bountiful. They are described as ‘a fertile land’ in all Scriptures because they give without counting, including life. They sacrifice themselves for the sake of another creation, and this is the attribute of the fourth paradise which is named ‘the Sheltering Garden.’ Finally, they are the source of Beauty. Through their softness and subtlety, Allah has crowned the earth with the diadem of angelic grace. This is the attribute of the fifth paradise which is named “the Garden of Beauty.”

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Blessings and Peace on Muhammad, his Family, and his Companions.

Excerpt from the Waqf Ikhlas, by way of the Meem Connection.

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32 Responses to Of Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives

  1. diana says:

    That is nicely written and the imagery is pretty.
    Far too much contradiction with the tanakh to be believable.
    Still, a good read :)

  2. Irving says:

    Thank you for the kind words Diana :) The imagery of women at the center of love and creation is why I like it also.

  3. Stranger says:

    I am having problems accepting That God created Man from His own likeness, I haven’t come across any Hadith or Information for this in Islam. Yes the bible does mention this. But as far as i know the Quran does’nt! Please can you get a ayat that mentions this or a Hadith where Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has said this.

  4. Salaam Stranger:
    Here is an explanation from our friend Dara’s website, Untired with Loving. It is not in the Quran, but in a hadith, and depends on the meaning of the word.

    http://www.untiredwithloving.org/surat.html

    I personally believe that God is beyond all shapes and forms. The likeness of man to God is in man’s (human) consciousness, that can be both self-aware, and aware of the Creator.

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Stranger says:

    its not in the Quran,

    There is no mention of Who (the narrator) of the hadith is , What Imam collected that Hadith, Even if its Sahih/ authentic. I am greatly disturb at this post

  6. Please forgive me for upsetting you, brother. I would rather delete the post than cause you discomfort. Dara gave this reply to your further question.

    it is all there in Arabic SORRY
    By Imam Suyuti
    Sahih-ness of the Hadith established/authenticated by Suyuti
    Derived (Ikhraj) By Imam Ahmad, agreed upon by Bukhari & Muslim and it has been narrated by Abu Huraira
    Interpretation of the Tafsir and its linguistic research is by Imam Fakhred-din Razi.

  7. diana says:

    Stranger,
    the bible says God created man in his own image but it also says the image was distorted because of sin. Again the bible says God is spirit, therefore I infer that God made man in the likeness of his spirit, probably with the intention that man should have a similar spirit. I am christian and I believe that this purpose of being re-made in God’s image is fulfilled when Christ pours out life and spirit by our faith in his death and resurrection for God’s purpose.
    So in this manner we receive the righteousness that Christ attained on our behalf and are thus made right in the Spirit of God. so by that way we can have the exact same intention as God’s intention for everything– that is the glory of God.
    cheers :)

  8. Stranger says:

    I’ve been so restless for the past few days, my heart heavy by this issue
    My mind ponders on what to say or wither to say anything at all. :-(
    I shall put my trust in Allah (swt) that is enough for me, All Praise be to Allah who Created man, & Who instilled the seed of love within our hearts Ameen.
    Diana forgive me, your comments made me dizzy Even my Christian colleagues were surprised by them.

  9. saly says:

    Mashallah! This is a lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will be referring to this on my blog soon, Inshallah. This should make me sleep well:-)

  10. sf says:

    Assalaam Alaikum br. Irving,

    SubhanAllah! Thanks for this outstandingly beautiful post!!!
    Never heard something so very captivating regarding womenkind in reference to the Paradise……..
    May the five exemplarily holy women in Islam continue to inspire us. Ameen.
    For once, i will sleep well tonight, inshaAllah

    Jazaak Allah Khair

  11. MysticSaint says:

    so so so beautifuly compiled post. i loved it.

    Praise be unto God, for guiding me here!

  12. diana says:

    Stranger, I mean no offense and I know my response to this comment is a month or so late, please forgive me, but could you share with me your reasons for being dizzy at my last comment? I re-read what I wrote and if I had to write it again today I’d probably say the same. lol. God bless you :-)

  13. […] PS  On a related theme, please take a look at Mystic Saint’s excellent blog post on Sri Ramakrishna and the Secret of Male and Female. It goes well with the previous post on this blog titled, Of Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives, which you can read here. […]

  14. Yafiah says:

    Salaam Irving, thank you for this beautiful post. It is important for us all to reflect on the lives of these women. Too often women are not aware of the special strengths of being female, strengths that are very different to those of men but which perfectly complement each other. Alhamdulillah!

  15. Subhanallah amazing, makes me feel really good :p
    lol

  16. arfan says:

    Salam alikum
    First of all jakallah for a lovely post.

    Dear Diana, The position of the Muslims that Allah (Subhanu wa ta’ala) that creation does not resemble Creator in any way.

    Believing what you do, then how can you accept that you are different?

    Its like a Television trying to understand man, the one who made it. How can the TV do this when it doesnt have the capacity?

    I do not wish to offend, I merely want to explain.
    walikum salam

  17. sissusan says:

    ma shah Allah!

  18. Sumera says:

    Irving

    Do you have any reference from where this Hadith can be obtained? Book, hadith number etc? As i’m slightly perturbed at the mention of Adam (as) being created in the image of Allah (swt) and would like to look into this myself.

    Thanks in advance.

  19. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sister Sumera:

    Here is the reference to what I think is the thirty-eighth hadith, and an explanation.

    Abu Hurairah –may Allah be pleased with him- reported that the Prophet –Peace be upon him- said, “Indeed Allah –Glorified and Exalted be He- created Adam in his image.” (Muslim 4731, Ahmad 7941)

    It could mean that Allah created Adam in His own image, i.e. character, not the physical image, because Allah is not a male or female, tall or short, white or black, Arab or non-Arab etc. Or it could also mean, according to some scholars of Hadith, that Allah made a very special image for Adam and so all his children have that special image created by Allah.

    Men and women both are equal in this value and position. Women are not considered in Islam half of men, neither the better half nor the lesser half. They are like men in their spirit and in their humanity. Men and women both have some distinct roles and responsibilities in the family and society. Allah will give both of them their reward according to their deeds, not according to their gender.

    Source: http://www.isna.net/services/library/khutbahs/ValueandResponsibilityofIndividuals.html

    Ya Haqq!

  20. Maithri says:

    Blessed brother,

    You are a light to the world.

    Thank you for your message of hope and equality,

    May the Supreme love of God be your experience,

    Maithri

  21. Shahrzad says:

    Thank you so much dear Irving for such a beautiful piece you wrote for us women.. I enjoyed so much :)

  22. Rabu says:

    Alhamdulillah!

  23. RS says:

    Salaam,

    I would like to request the citation for the hadith that you posted that begins with “women are not created weaker but more generous than men”

    JazakAllahu Khair,

    Salaam

  24. Irving says:

    Salaam RS:

    I do not think the statement of women being more generous than men is a hadith. It is part of the Miraaj, the Night Journey depiction from this link, in the fifth paradise, as it says in the post.

    http://www.meem.freeuk.com/Miraaj.html

    Ya Haqq!

  25. RS says:

    i’m sorry but i’m not understanding how statements, for example “Muhammad (pbuh) traveled for five hundred thousand light-years”, hold up.

  26. S. Gabor says:

    “Allah will give both of them their reward according to their deeds, not according to their gender.”

    As a gender queer lesbian who has very little interest in organized religions I appreciate this article very much and the quote above especially. It makes me feel included in something that I am excluded from 90% of the time. Thank you.

  27. shakuka says:

    Salam alaikum, are the hadiths true/sahih? or are part of the imaginary of the author? because its the first time i come across them…… thanks & waiting for answer!

  28. shakuka says:

    and if they are true, please give a reference, thanks in advance!

  29. Bengt Erik Stendlert says:

    Thank you for sharing! Alhamdulillah.May Allah bless you!

  30. Irving says:

    Salaam and greetings of peace to all who left recent comments:

    Thank you for the kindness of stopping and taking the time to write. And to Shakuka, the quote is from a book by Waqf Ikhlas publishers of Istanbul. It is not a hadith, as far as I know, but a recounting of the famous Miraaj, the Night Journey of the Prophet (pbuh).

    I will search for further references, and let you know :)

    Ya Haqq!

  31. lumosnox44 says:

    Assalam-Alikum =)
    I’ve never come across this hadith before,it certainly is beautiful,but is it authentic?Could you possibly tell us who reported this hadith?
    That would be very helpful =)
    Thank you

  32. shahnaz says:

    salam dear…thank you

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