By Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi. Translated by Shakhsiyat al-marah al-Muslimah. The Ideal Muslimah is proud of the great position that Islam has given her among humanity. She performs her duties knowing that her role is clearly defined and that her rights are still, even today, greater than any other ideology has provided. She is a woman of moral excellence, true to her nature, not confused by alien and morally bankrupt ideas. She preserves her self-respect and dignity through her piety in obedience to Allah (SWT) and His Messenger (PBUH). She is the role model that every true believer hopes to emulate. A true Muslimah is the one who is alert, knowledgeable, true to herself as well as to others. She is righteous, and faithful. She balances her obligations to Allah (SWT), her parents and children. She does not excel in one thing and neglect the other. She is a Qur'anic example to follow-, she is a woman whose examples to follow are the she-companions of the Messenger (PBUH). Her ideals are the wives of the Messenger (PBUH). This comprehensive work by Dr. Al-Hashimi is a valuable contribution for our English readers who will find the knowledge contained therein truly beneficial and inspiring. The translation of this book into English will render this valuable information more readily accessible to all the Muslims whose mother-tongue is not Arabic. International Islamic Publishing House (1998), English, Hardcover: 495 pages.
Publisher's Note. At a time when Muslim and Non-Muslim women are being harshly attached and attracted by the "feminist theories and studies" this book is a good approach and a reminder that Islam has held women as highly esteemed and respected. It is enough that the Holy Qur'an contains a full chapter on women. The sources of Islam i.e. the Holy Qur'an and the Prophetic Traditions have always spoken of the women's rights and made them full partners in the human venture of history more than any other religion or thought. Women in Islam are; mothers, sisters, partners, workers, scholars, business owners and managers and more. Though this book outlines the ideal Muslimah personality as it should be according to the Qur'an and Sunnah Husbands, sons and daughters will also draw very much benefit from it.
About the author. Dr. Muhammad Ali Hashmi is a well-known writer in the Arab world. Born in Syria, he is the author of numerous books on Islamic and literary topics.