Ramadan #02 – Women in the Qur’an – Intro & Eve Hawwa, the First Woman
Channel: Fatima Barkatulla
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Masha Fiona minutia, it hasn't, you know, we haven't seen a particularly
big improvement with regards to the status and the situation of women and some of the top feminists of our times and you know who, even feminists who were quite well known in the 60s and 70s
have said, you know that,
like, we mentioned Germaine Greer saying that liberation hasn't happened.
And she says that what happened was, commercial pornography was liberated Fantasy was liberated, but people weren't liberated. And she even says things have gotten worse for women since the 60s and 70s.
And we mentioned the quote from feminist cat Banyard, from her book, The equality illusion, which is a really harrowing read, actually, if you if you have a look at that book that the equality illusion, she says, Today, women's and girls bodies are widely denigrated as inanimate objects to be publicly scrutinized, judged, maintained, and manipulated for the benefit of others. They are shared public property, a female body is deemed an object that could and should be made beautiful at almost any cost for the benefit of those looking at it.
And anyone who's you know, online, especially on social media knows that that's true, you know, women are literally changing every single part of their body and not satisfied with any part of their body, whether it's their lips, whether it's their skin, whether it's the tone of their skin, whether it's,
you know, if they're white, they want to be tanned if they're, if, if they're dark skinned, they want to be light.
You know, there's all sorts of things going on, that show us that women have really taken in this, this brainwashing, really,
that deems them objects. Women objectified themselves. Men, objectify women and women objectify themselves.
So the question comes,
you know, for any thinking woman, that, you know, what is the purpose of life? What is the vision for womanhood, that God that the Creator gave? You know, it is, is that all we are as women, you know, a body is that what we are a body that is to be printed and perfected? And, you know, we have this fear, don't we have aging, of wrinkles of, you know, basically normal things, right? normal, everyday life? Aging, you know, is that what this life is all about? Is that what women are supposed to be pursuing?
Well, Allah Subhana Allah tells us in the Quran, why Mr. halacha tool Jinnah will incite OLALIA, Buddha want the I did not create the jinn or mankind, human beings, except to worship me. So the Quran has another vision for human beings a vision beyond this world, a vision beyond just the material.
And I think one of the things that's happened, you know, in our times is that because human beings have become so materialistic,
you know, in Europe, especially, we know that even mentioning Gods sometimes is, you know, taboo, right?
So people have moved away from God centric lives,
from believing in a higher power, from committing their lives, for something greater from believing that, you know, they are spiritual beings and not just material beings. Because of all of that, I think human beings have become more and more obsessed with the material. And of course, the material doesn't bring you happiness. The material cannot bring you happiness.
And that's because
As Allah has told us that the purpose of our creation is to worship Him. So the purpose of creation for women and men is to acknowledge God, the Creator, to know Him, and to worship him to commit their lives to Him. And we mentioned last time that the Islam in Islam, Allah is not male. God is not male, nor female. You know, God is above sex and gender.
We just refer to him as he because it's just the most appropriate thing. You know, it's like we use it as a neutral really. And even in the Arabic language, the word Hua doesn't denote maleness, you know, there are objects that are called Hua.
And here, but it doesn't mean that those objects are male or female. Right? So,
as Muslims, we don't worship a man, we don't worship a father, even we worship the Creator, the higher power, the force behind creation, Allah,
the Creator, who is, you know, beyond this world, beyond this, beyond creation beyond maleness and femaleness.
And that's incredibly liberating, because what that means is that we, you know, the word Muslim means one who submits to God, one who submits to God. And so we're not submitting to human beings, we're not submitting to men. We're submitting to the creator, the creator of men and women, that's who we're submitting to.
And Allah says in the Quran, we know who halacha Zhou, Janey vichara will infer that he created the two pairs, the male and the female, in chapter 53 is number 45.
you know, Allah is above maleness and femininity, and he created
male and female, and he made them distinct. And the beauty is in their distinct pneus. Right, in being distinct, we're going to look at the story of Hawa
with Eve, the first woman, the first woman to have been created. And as Muslims, we believe that of course, that human beings
were not created on this earth. We came from another world, right? You call it another dimension, you came from another world or dimension. And Allah subhana, Allah created Adam, he created the first human being Adam, and he created from Adam, his wife, her work, okay. And so how what was the word Eve was the first female human, and she is the mother of all of us. She is the mother of all of us.
And that's quite incredible. If you think about it, even that belief in itself, is incredibly unifying, because what it means is that we human beings, are one big human family. We're one big human family, we have one mother and one father that we all go back to, regardless of our skin colors, our culture's our backgrounds, every single one of us, if we, we would be able to treat to trace our families all the way back, if we had preserved that knowledge, all the way back to one father and one mother, and that's Adam, and her work. And in the Quran, Allah describes how he, when He created Adam, and he created Eve,
he asked Adam and Eve to live in paradise in the in the garden, right? And that's where they lived. And that's where that's what they were created for. Really, you know,
but then, of course, Allah was also testing them at the same time. And before this shaytaan or a bliss, the Satan or, you know, yeah, in Arabic, we call him a bliss. He had made a promise that he would do whatever he could to cause men and women to go astray to cause human beings and Adam and his wife and
The Children of Adam, to go astray. And so he was always on the lookout to find a way to cause them to go astray. But we see that Hawa and Adam, they lived happily in Jannah together in paradise. And there was a particular tree or a particular particular tree from which Allah told them not to approach and not to take any fruit and not to eat any fruit. And that was their test. But Shavon kept whispering to Adam and her work, and kept enticing them, and made all sorts of promises to them, to encourage them to eat from the tree. And in the Quranic story, which is different from the biblical story.
In that in the Quranic story, the responsibility for the sin for for eating from the tree actually falls on the shoulders of both Adam and Eve, both Adam and Hawa, not merely Hawa. You know, it's not how was the temptress
as is kind of
insinuated in the Bible, right? In the Bible, it's very clear that, you know, it was Eve who,
who enticed Adam is Eve who basically led him astray, right? who encouraged him to eat from the tree.
And because of that, in the Bible, Eve is you know, she has certain punishments and certain things that women have to endure until the end of time, because of this action of Eve, but in the Quran, in the Quranic narrative is very different in that Eve is not responsible for the downfall of man. If anything, you know, Adam being the man who's supposed to be the leader, right? He would be held more responsible. But actually in the Quranic narrative, they're both equally responsible. And they both asked Allah Subhana Allah to forgive them. And a lot of $100 accepts their repentance. But he insists that they must now live
on Earth. Right? They must now live on Earth. And so we're just going to listen to one of the ayat about this. So this is when Adam and Hawa are about to
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in the garden, you will never go hungry and you'll never feel naked. Okay, Allah says. So if you just live there peacefully you didn't you're never going to have any hardship and no difficulty.
and indeed, you will not be thirsty in the garden nor hot from the sun. So you know, the power of the paradise the garden that Adam and Hauer were living in, was just a blissful place, a place with no hardship, none of the kinds of things that we have on Earth that cause human beings to feel uncomfortable, right. Oh, what's up Shane on obala.
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So shaytaan he whispered to him, he whispered to Adam, and he said, Oh, Adam, Shall I show you the tree of immortality and a kingdom that does not fade away?
Right so you know, shaitan is up to his
Normal tricks and this is in this is a warning for us as well in our
times and in our lives. That shape on.
Even if you're in a blissful state, you're in happiness, you're in contentment, he will come to you. And he will whisper to you that actually, there's something better that you could be having, right? There's something even better, there's something that you're missing out on in life. And the nature of human beings is that they then start having these these kind of thoughts, right, these negative thoughts and start thinking maybe, maybe that's true, maybe, you know, even though a human being could be fully content. You see this in normal life, and you've probably experienced this yourself in your own life. There are times when you're you should be content. You know, everything in your
life is fine, you're not suffering. But there's a voice in your head that will tell you, you know, there's you're not good enough. Yeah, things are not good enough, you could be doing better. Or if you only did this, you would get that. Right. And of course, shaitan because he's our avowed enemy, he will promise us, the the universe, He will promise us the world, right in order to get us to, to go astray. And so here he is up to his old tricks, and he's saying, oh, Adam, Shall I show you the tree of immortality and a kingdom that does not fade away?
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So they both at and you see in the Quran it says For okay Allah, this, Kala means they both at right but I live means to two people, right?
So they both at from the tree, and then their nakedness was exposed to them.
prompting them to cover themselves with leaves from the garden.
So, you know, as a punishment, the clothes, whatever they used to cover their bodies were was removed from them. And so suddenly, for the first time, they became self conscious. And they became aware of, you know, of being exposed. And they went around looking for leaves and things that they could use to cover to cover themselves.
And Allah says, so Adam disobeyed his Lord, and so lost his way. Right? Well, also Adam or both of our
But in the Quranic story, you know,
of course, Allah
forgave him love forgive Adam and Hawa. Right? So we don't believe as Muslims in the concept of original sin. We don't believe that, you know, there was a sin that was committed by Adam and Eve and Eve was the one who caused Adam to go astray. And so childbirth and periods and pain and all of that is a punishment for Eve and for not just for you, but for for womankind, right after Eve. We don't believe in that. As Muslims, that's something
you know, that's from the biblical story.
We actually believe that God that Allah forgave Adam and Eve, He accepted the repentance, they repented, and he accepted their repentance. And so they, they no longer had that sin. Right? So as Muslims, we don't believe in original sin, we don't believe that the sin of a person can be transferred onto their child or, you know, in the case of Adam and Eve on to the rest of humanity, right until the end of time.
We don't believe in that at all. We believe rather that Adam and Eve the first man and the first woman, they, they made a mistake, they committed a sin. And they realized it was a sin and they became very sorrowful. They begged Allah for forgiveness, and Allah Subhana Allah forgave them.
Okay? And Allah says, then his Lord chose him. For his grace, accepted his repentance and guided him rightly. Okay, so Allah
It also gave him guidance.
But at the same time, Allah Subhana Allah made it ordained that Adam and Hawa would now no longer live in Jannah
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Yes, all. So here last month, Allah says in surah number 123. Allah said descend both of you from here together, okay. And this is with with SharePoint as well, right? enemies to each other, in other words, enemies to with SharePoint, then when guidance comes to you from me, whoever follows My Guidance will neither go astray in this life nor suffer in the next. So Allah is telling them and how go down to earth now.
And I will send my guidance to you. In other words, the prophets, the revelation, and whoever from your progeny follows that guidance will not go astray in this life, and nor will they suffer in the next life.
So that's the essential story of Adam, and how that we have. Of course, we know that Adam and Hawa as the first human beings went on to have children on Earth, right.
they also, they used to have twins, you know, these to have sets of twins. And because they were the first human beings, their children, one set of twins, was
kind of was allowed to or had to marry the other set of twins, right? Because they were the first human beings. So obviously, there weren't no other human beings on earth. And so if the rules were slightly different for them, and their families, and of course, we know that of their children were hobbylink, Kaabil, Cain and Abel. But that's another story, right? So today, we're just focusing on the story of how we're the first woman, the first human being, that was female, and that her womb was the womb from which all of us all human beings, until the end of time, originated, which is quite amazing. If you think about it, right? It's it's immensely unifying to know that Allah Subhana
Allah, Allah created us from one, one father and one mother. And of course, you know, we hear, don't we, in the hutzpah, we hear
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And through through both, he spread it spread countless men and women and be mindful of Allah, in whose name you appeal to one another. And
honor Family Ties were literally it says you know, and be mindful of the wounds, the wounds, right the wounds that bore you. Surely Allah is Ever Watchful over you.
So in summary, we just, you know, touching on the topic of women in the Quran, and in today's session, we just looked at the first woman, the first human being that was female, that was created by Allah, from the male from Adam, and her womb is the womb that we all originate from all of us human beings.
Regardless of our backgrounds, regardless of our skin colors and our nationalities, if we went back far enough, we all originate from that woman.
And so it's it's, it's a beautiful human story. And we should feel honored as women, you know, Allah Subhana Allah gave us a very special position. And we should also point out and be aware that Allah subhanaw taala did not punish
or hold Eve her worth more responsible
Well, then Adam, for any thing that happened, you know, if anything, you know, some of the scholars like Ibn assure, in his Tafseer he says that, actually women, you know, the man being the head of the house, he's actually more responsible, right.
And since women, the wife typically will follow the lead of her husband.
If anything, Adam was more responsible than, then how what, right. But of course in the Quran, Allah holds both of them responsible and also forgive both of them. So inshallah with that I'm going to wrap up these a half an hour sessions every day, touching on a topic related to women in the Quran. So we've got a lot of women to cover. Let me tell you what's on my list. And if any of you would like to make a comment or ask a question, then please feel free to make a request. But let me just tell you some of the topics that are going to come up in the next few days
as we cover different areas of women in the Quran. We've got
the verses of the Quran, about men and women being different. We've got the story of Maryam Alayhis Salam, the story of or the mention of Arusha, the wife of the Prophet SAW Selim in the Quran, the mother of Musa alayhis salam and her story.
What the Quran says about pregnancy and motherhood. What the Quran says about Bill feasts, the Queen of Sheba,
the wife of loot and the wife of Noah, those are two women mentioned in the Quran, their stories are mentioned in the Quran. We will also look at the wife of Aziz, who is Zulekha known as Elijah who is
you know, from the story of Yusuf Alayhi Salam. We'll also look at, in sha Allah Xena vintage Jash was, you know, also referred to in the Quran.
She became the wife of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, we will look at Elijah Dilla, who was chi, who we will look at the verses of Quran about female infanticide. And how Allah Subhana Allah forbid that
we will look at verses about men and women and not competing with one another but complementing one another. We will look at the wife of Musa alayhis salam, or the daughters of shape the Prophet shape, we will look at Surah, the wife of Ibrahim alayhi salam who is also referred to in the Quran, the wife of Emraan, who was the mother of Mary,
we will look at her as well. The wives of the Prophet SAW center they also mentioned in the Quran,
the daughters of the prophets of salaam are referred to in the Quran, the wife of Abu Lahab the prophets uncle is also mentioned in the Quran.
We will look at what the Quran says about women and inheritance about divorce and marriage, about their role in worshiping Allah.
Yeah, I think that's pretty much and we will talk about the vision that the Quran has for womanhood, I think through all of that the vision of Quranic vision for women will become very clear. So if anyone has any comments or any questions, and please do ask, otherwise, I'm going to wrap up this session and tomorrow in sha Allah will continue at 11pm. Once again, you know, I think it's time for us as Muslims to present the Quranic Islamic vision for womanhood to the world as an alternative as the alternative to you know, what is presented in our times as womanhood, which I believe is harmful to women. Right.
Shall we will talk about some elements of that as well. Last time, we already highlighted some of the statistics really that you know,
that really show that in modern times. Human beings are really lost when it comes to
gender relations, you know,
so if nobody has any comments, I'm going to finish inshallah and I'll see you tomorrow. Just like have a locker and please tell people about this two spaces and you
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