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Lady Khadija was a great teacher; she has such a Maqaam in our religion. She taught the Prophet ﷺ who he was; she was the one who elevated him in his esteem. When he had self doubt she said no. You can see that when the Prophet ﷺ married Lady Aisha he had no fear of strong women. There are a lot of men who fear strong women, who want them to be wallflowers. Whereas with the Prophet ﷺ, that’s not the type of people he encouraged. His wives were women who talked back, and the reason he wasn’t afraid was because khadija was his first wife. She was a women of the world. She knew the world, and she was completely self confident. That’s a sunnah of our Prophet ﷺ, to elevate women.

--Hamza Yusuf  (via zuleikha)

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[A] woman who precedes both Rabia Al-Basri and Fatima Al-Fihri. Al-Shifa bint Abdallah Al-Adawiyyah was a reputable healer of her time. [T]he first Muslim woman in Islamic history to have received a public affairs office, as a market controller, in the time of Umar RA’s caliphate in the 7th century.

--Shifa bint Abdallah - First Muslim woman to hold public office. (via mehreenkasana)

Some people want to believe that race should no longer be an issue that because people of colour are afforded the same opportunities as everyone (in reality this is not the case). However, the reality is race does matter and it should be discussed, acknowledged and steps should be taken to balance the power inequalities. Race is a social construct, and racism is a social disease. There is overt racism which is continually being addressed but there is another form of racism – one that is normalised, it has seeped into society and is continuously being perpetuated and not being challenged which is causes more damage to society than overt racism. I particularly agreed with Love Isn’t Enough contributor Renee’s comments about “when children go to school and learn that white people are the only ones who did anything historically important, how is that not actively teaching children racism? When children turn on the television and see that white people are everywhere, whereas; people of colour are relegated to specific roles that are necessarily degrading, how is that not actively teaching them racism? When parents actively have to struggle to find books that have good representations of people of colour, how is that not affirming racism?”

--Julia - Oppressive Everyday Language. (via mehreenkasana)