So, I’ve been away for long and I feel this would be the perfect thing to write about seeing as it is International Women’s Day today!
As Muslims we often get asked ‘What is it about Islam you like?’
Well, for me one thing about Islam I hold very dear to my heart is the sisterhood. Everyone is your friend; every girl is your Sister and every woman is your Aunty. I love the feeling when you’re walking down the street and you see a sister you may never have seen before yet there is a mutual understanding amongst you, a sort of warm feeling. You smile, give each other Salam and then carry on walking.
Think of the feeling you get when a stranger smiles at you. Even when you’re having a bad day just for a moment that smile brightens it up.
The first time I realised the beauty of this sisterhood was in High school. Every day when I walked home from school I would see this Aunty with her two sons and daughter. Whenever I saw her I’d smile at her, say Salam and carry on walking with my friends. Of course, when I moved on to college I would no longer see this aunty, but I never gave it much thought. A few years later during Ramadan I went to the Masjid for Taraweeh and I noticed the Aunty, but I didn’t think she’d remember me, so I let it be. I never knew her name or the name of her children, so I didn’t really know what I’d go up to her and say. Just then her daughter ran over, and her mum followed. The aunty gave me the biggest hug and asked me where I’d been and how I was. I was so surprised that after so long she remembered me and so did her children. That was when I learnt about the essence of sisterhood in Islam. Just from acknowledging one another with a smile and Salam we had developed a friendship.
The sisterhood is not deemed by the colour of your skin, by the language you speak or whether you are rich or poor. The sisterhood is a unity amongst all the Muslim sisters around the world.
In this unity there is strength.