Islamic Perspectives

Eight Reasons Why I’m Grateful to Be a Woman

Hasnaa Hassan

The basis of my marriage has always been to help each other please Allah. Some days we are better at this than others. But one thing we have really excelled at is helping each other improve our character.

Have you ever thought about the blessings of being a woman? Sometimes we just take things for granted without stopping for a while to think about very important things in our lives; one of such important things is being a woman! I’ve thought about it and found my own reasons.

I Am Emotional: I am free to cry and have insecurities without caring much about how others would see me. I’m better than men expressing my feelings and emotions. I get to indulge my weakness and celebrate my strengths in full glory and appreciation to what God has given me.

I Am Beautiful: All women are beautiful, no exaggeration. Beauty is not just in our faces. Just try to know yourself and definitely you’ll get to realize where your beauty lies.

I’m The More Delicate Yet, The Stronger Gender: Yes, it’s true that women are delicate, soft and tender creatures, but they are much stronger than men. Women work longer hours during their lifetime than men. Women have less leisure time, let alone pregnancy, labour and child rearing.

I Am The Mother: I’ve to admit that being a mother is not an easy job. Mothers suffer a lot of pain, stress; they are 24 hours/ day on duty!  Yet, the experience of having grown a child inside of me is an incredibly amazing experience. It’s common but no less incredible.

I Can Easily Make Friends: Women are better at social thinking & interactions than men, while men are more abstract and task-orientated. This is why women are normally better at communication and making new friendships.

I Am The Source of Love on This Planet: Talking about love, one would automatically think of women. The woman is the loving wife, the kind mother and the caring friend. This world cannot survive without love; without women!

I Have Female Intuition: Life experiences and scientific researches show that Women have an instinctive understanding about life, love, and the dynamics of personal relationships. Women tend to be the core of family interconnectivity and the rock that supports in times of great need or sorrow.Women can hear what is not being said and feel what is not being expressed.

I Am The Precious Jewel, Protected By God: Being a Muslim woman, I love how God protected me and granted me all rights as an equal person. Islam appreciates women and puts them in an elevated position contrary to what non-Muslims claim about women’s oppression In Islam: “Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did." (An-Nahl 16:97)
 Hasnaa Hassan is the managing editor of Aboutislam’s Family & Society. She holds a B.A. in English literature from the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University and is currently a post graduate student at the American University in Cairo. Hasnaa is interested in family and social issues, especially those related to youth, marriage and children. You can reach her at: hasnaa.hasan85@gmail.net.
References
http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2012/09/19/why-are-women-more-social-than-men-by-erika-salomon/
http://www.dightonrock.com/Woman%20stronger.htm
http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/shariah-and-humanity/shariah-and-life/418671-eminence-islam-gives-women.html?Life=
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2016 on page no. 20

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