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This is the stories section. Here, we bring to light the stories of Muslim women of the past.

On the Agency of Muslim Women: Visiting the Life of Aisha Bint Talhah bin Ubaydullah
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On the Agency of Muslim Women: Visiting the Life of Aisha Bint Talhah bin Ubaydullah

In our modern world, this incident would have an entire community swearing and condemning a woman for daring to leave her marital home in a state of anger, let alone staying at her aunt’s for a period of four months. Muslim women today, are told that to step foot outside their matrimonial home without their spouse’s permission is tantamount to stepping into the fire of hell. There is a lot of oppression and spiritual blackmail going on in our communities against women and if these issues are not addressed, they’re going to have a devastating effect on our ummah.

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Lady Hind bint Abi Umayya: The Fierce Woman Who Asked the Difficult Questions
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Lady Hind bint Abi Umayya: The Fierce Woman Who Asked the Difficult Questions

Hind bint Umayya asked questions that God responded to by way of revelation. She once asked the prophet why men were always mentioned in the Quran and not women, and God answered her question by revealing the famous ayah 35 of surah Ahzab.

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Zainab Cobbold: The First Scottish Muslim Woman
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Lady Zainab Cobbold: The First Scottish Muslim Woman

It seems that Zainab’s relationship with, and conversion to, Islam had an effect on the relationship with her family and more specifically, her marriage. She and her husband separated in 1922. Following his death in 1929; she began seriously pursuing the prospect of being able to perform Hajj. Zainab became the first Muslim woman born in Britain to perform Hajj; not only this but she also wrote a book of her accounts and this was published — Pilgrimage to Mecca. Zainab was aged 65 when she performed Hajj in 1933.

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Revisiting History: The Pre-Islamic Arab Story of Queen Al-Zabbāʾ of Tadmur
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Revisiting History: The Pre-Islamic Arab Story of Queen Al-Zabbāʾ of Tadmur

From, Al-Tabari’s account, Al-Zabbāʾs all-consuming quest for revenge renders her a tragic character, which is evident towards the end of the play when ʿAmr captured Tadmur and walked into Al-Zabbāʾs room. However, in Maḥmūd Diyāb’s very recent account of this history, although al-Zabbāʾ is perfectly resigned to her fate and is ready to poison herself, ʿAmr refuses to kill her for one reason.

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Celebrating Women's History: 5 Historical Muslim Women You Need to Know About
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Celebrating Women’s History: 5 Historical Muslim Women You Need to Know About

It is more heartwarming that we are taking ownership of our past and present narratives and allowing the phenomenal women of the past to shape our present and future. According to Arzoo Ahmed, founder of Muslim Women Histories, “The story of Islamic scholarship is a story of men and women, in which women were left unacknowledged.” TMWT is committed to unearthing and spotlighting the stories of these women and while this is fundamentally the goal of this platform, we will be more focused on producing content centred around celebrating women’s history in women’s history month.

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The Rising Tide of Female Scholarship: Ribaat Academic Institute Produces its First Set of Graduands
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The Rising Tide of Female Scholarship: Ribaat Academic Institute Produces its First Set of Graduands

Having fulfilled all the requirements for the Ribaat Teacher Certification, sixteen women from diverse parts of the world graduated from the Ribaat Academic Institute, a women-only madrasah that offers a comprehensive curriculum of courses in traditional Islamic Sciences, the Arabic language, and the Tajwid of the Holy Quran to women around the world.

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Queen Bilqis of Sheba: An Powerful Black Muslim Leader Exemplified in the Qur'an
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Queen Bilqis of Sheba: A Powerful Black Muslim Leader Exemplified in the Qur’an

The Qur’an’s description of Queen Bilqis is undeniable proof that a woman can be a head of state and that her femininity would rather serve her well by bringing her closer to her people and their daily realities. In Queen Bilqis’ example, her logical reasoning prevailed in managing the affairs of the state.

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Jackie Yi-Ru Ying: First Scientist to be Elected as a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering
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Jackie Yi-Ru Ying: First Scientist to be Elected as a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering

Today, Jackie has more than 190 primary patents, 41 of which have been licensed to multinational companies and start-ups in the field of nanomedicine, drug delivery, medical implants, cell and tissue engineering, and medical devices. She remains a powerful inspiration for Muslim women everywhere in the field of science and technology, encouraging many more women to study and work in the ever-growing and important field of STEM.

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Three Muslim Women Listed on TIME Magazine's 2021 Next 100 Leaders of the Future
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Three Muslim Women Listed on TIME Magazine’s 2021 Next 100 Leaders of the Future

It is essential to spread more success stories of Muslim women to not only end misconceptions and damaging stereotypes but to reinforce the truth that Muslim women have the unfettered freedom to be whoever they want to be. This month, Time Magazine announced the Next 100 leaders to watch in the world, amongst which are these three powerful Muslim women.

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Hajiya Gambo Sawaba: Activist, Philantropist and the Most Jailed Politician in Nigeria
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Hajiya Gambo Sawaba: Activist, Philanthropist and the Most Imprisoned Politician in Nigeria

In the early years of her activism, many women in northern Nigeria observed purdah, a form of social seclusion, Gambo went from house-to-house to speak to them. This displeased the Native Authority in Kano and, in 1952, she was hauled before the conservative Alkali (Magistrates) Court, on charges of “drawing out women who were in purdah”. The court sentenced her to three months in prison; the first of 16 prison sentences she would serve during her lifetime.

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