The Qur'an, the only true guidance for humanity, was revealed so that
people would know how to deal with all of the situations that they may
encounter while in this world. In addition, the Sunnah (example) of our
Prophet (saas) shows how to implement its teachings into one's life. Allah
even made it possible for people to understand how to live the Qur'an's
morality by giving examples from the Prophets' and other Muslims' lives:
"There is an excellent example in them for you
to follow, that is for those whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day.
But if anyone turns away, Allah is the Rich Beyond Need, the Praiseworthy"
(Surat al-Mumtahana: 6) and "We have sent down Clear
Signs to you, the example of those who passed away before you, and an
admonition for those who guard against evil" (Surat an-Nur: 34).
In these verses, He reminds sincere Muslims, who hope for the best in
Hereafter, that the people presented in the Qur'an serve as good examples
and guidance for them.
One of these sincere Muslims is Maryam, one of the two women noted for
their exemplary characters: "Allah has made an example
for those who believe: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said: 'My Lord, build
a house in the Garden for me in Your presence, rescue me from Pharaoh
and his deeds, and rescue me from this wrongdoing people.' And Maryam,
the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity-We breathed Our Spirit
into her. She confirmed the Words of her Lord and His Book, and was one
of the obedient" (Surat at-Tahrim: 11-12). Therefore, every believer
is responsible for learning about Maryam's good character from the Qur'an,
which gives the most accurate information, and trying to emulate her.
Allah introduces Maryam as having the ideal Muslim woman's character.
This character is completely different than the common character of women
in today's unbelieving societies, where they usually share a common socially
acceptable character handed down from their ancestors. In these societies,
men and women are expected to conform to very different sets of character
traits, for men's ideals, worldview, lifestyle, and evaluation of events
are believed to be different from those of women.
According to the Qur'an, however, men and women have the same responsibilities
and characters, for Allah refers to an ideal Muslim character.
He defines the Islamic character in the following verse:
Men and women who are Muslims, men and women who are
believers, men and women who are obedient, men and women who are truthful,
men and women who are steadfast, men and women who are humble, men and
women who give charity, men and women who fast, men and women who guard
their chastity, men and women who remember Allah much: Allah has prepared
forgiveness for them and an immense reward. (Surat al-Ahzab: 35)
As this verse shows, each person's character is not determined by his
or her society's values or continuing traditions, but by the ideal
Muslim character. Any woman who adopts this character will have the
strongest and the most solid personality possible. And by implementing
it in her life, she will win Allah's good pleasure and love, instead of
striving to attain status or superiority in her society.
We have sent down Clear Signs to you, as well
as the example of those who passed away before you and an admorition
for those who guard against evil.
(Surat an-Nur, 34)
In this book, we deal with the common woman's character as seen in unbelieving
societies and analyze how this erroneous character became established.
In addition, we explore Maryam's character, whom Allah raised above all
other women, and thereby define the ideal Muslim woman's character. As
a result of this analysis, we will see that this superiority is only in
terms of faith, fear and respect of Allah, and fine character, and that
every man or woman who does good deeds will be justly rewarded with Allah's
good pleasure, mercy, and Paradise, as mentioned bellow: "Anyone,
male or female, who does right actions and believes, will enter the Garden.
They will not be wronged by so much as the tiniest speck" (Surat
Another aim of the book is to reveal the inconsistencies in the common
woman's character in unbelieving societies and to inform people who are
looking for the truth about a way of life and morality that will lead
them toward honor, respectability, and superiority on Earth as well as
in the Hereafter.