I've been thinking all day whether or not to post something for #muslimwomensday and then if I did post, who would I post about. Not that I don't have an abundance of women I could pick from, but my late aunt, my Chachi jaan, has been coming to mind more than ever lately.
This woman was strong. So strong in her faith mashAllah, and as some call it "unapologetically Muslim". I don't mean she was an "activist" or calling people and systems out, but she was vocal and active in doing what she needed to do as a Muslim woman without hesitation about what others would think or say.
I remember I went on a trip from Michigan to Chicago with her and she stopped to pray at a rest area, like the whole get out of the car and put a rug down and prayed. Like it was no big deal. Because it's not... But as a teenager, I was mortified. And she didn't do it to spite a system or let others know that she had the right to pray where ever, or to prove that Muslims are American too. She did it simply because she thought she needed to pray, and she did it.
At her janaza, many people knew her in the community, but some who didn't know her by name, knew her by her actions. And again it wasn't the actions that would get her on a flyer or found through a Google search but she didn't need that to leave her mark. She would handwrite little duas and reminders in marker, laminate them, and pass them out to everyone as bookmarks, and I've seen one at almost all my relatives' homes. I still find so many different ones whenever I'm cleaning out folders that should have been recycled by now. This little book she gave me that has four surahs in it, is a great example of her life. That little deeds can have the biggest impacts.
As I grapple with what it means to be an American Muslim woman, I pray to be like her; a life long learner, unapologetically Muslim, clear heart, and knowing what the real purpose of life is, and what it really means to be a Muslim.
Please remember her in your prayers, that she is rewarded with the highest places in jannah. Ameen
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