Speaker: Maulana Ghulam Bashir Naqshbandi
Place: Masjid Siddiq Akbar, Baoli Sharif, Gujrat
Time: April 2010
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Those who believe in the Hereafter are not perturbed by the birth of a girl child, but are happy. Because rearing a girl child is rewarded by Allah. The Prophet PBUH said that the man who reared two daughters will ‘walk with me’ on the Judgment Day like fingers of a hand. Allah too promises Paradise to such parents.
In this world a son confers honour on us and supports us financially, but a daughter gives us reward in the Hereafter. Thus, those who don’t believe in the Hereafter don’t like bringing up daughters and become disturbed on the birth of a girl child. Hadith says angels come to the house of the new born daughter and caress her and bestow financial support on her from Allah.
The first point is that Islam has ordained the daughter a blessing and not ill fortune. Before Islam, Greek and other civilisations had wondered if women had souls. Most thought only men had soul (ruh). According to them a woman was a human animal given to man to serve him. They were unwilling to call her a human being because she was without a will of her own. They thought that on the Day of Judgment only men will be raised and women will not be raised just as animals would not be raised. They sold their daughters like cows and buffaloes. Two hundred years ago in America too women were bought and sold. In Japan, till 1875, daughters were bought and sold freely.
In France, writings show that some believed that women were animal, like human beings without a soul. But the Quran says that woman too is human and on the Day of Judgement she will get her share of the blessings. In Sura Nisa first verse Allah says fear your Lord created you from one soul and that man is born from the same womb of the mother as the daughter. So if the man is human and has soul the woman too is human and has a soul. Allah has not only raised the status of woman to the level of man but has also condemned those who deny it. I have put before you three references from the Quran and Hadith.
The Prophet PBUH said Heaven has eight doors. A good man may go through one door or have two or, in the case of the high quality of the man, three doors. Listen to me carefully, O women! The Prophet PBUH said that a woman who has four qualities or attributes she will have all the eight doors open to her: she must say namaz five times, keep the fasts of Ramadan, obey the husband, look after the house and guard her modesty. Each door would want that she enter through it.
Remember this hadith. If you give your daughter Rs 20 lakh as dowry but not this hadith then you have given her nothing. This hadith tells us that the Final Day is not only for men but also for women.
Most of the men sitting in front may remember the name of their grandmothers but not their great-grandmothers. On the other hand they will remember the names of their male ancestors. But 13 hundred years later people remember the name of Hazrat Rabia Basri. Islam has bestowed honour on Rabia Basri that we who don’t remember our female ancestors, do remember her. One reason her name remains alive today is that she observed the Sharia.