Category: Notable Muslim Women

Female Scholarship in Islam

Female Scholarship in Islam

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi Men and women are equal “O Mankind! Fear your Lord who has created you from a single soul, and from it He created its mate; and from them both, He brought forth multitudes of men and women. Be mindful of God through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and revere

Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr

Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr

By Sumara Khan Fatimah: A Widely Traveled Seeker of Knowledge The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom into the far reaches of the world is one of the jewels of Islamic civilization, and one of the most widely traveled seekers is a remarkable Muslim woman named Fatimah. Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr was born in 1130

Astrolabes and Early Islam: Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

Astrolabes and Early Islam: Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

By Nageen Khan What is an Astrolabe? An astrolabe is a historical instrument used to predict the position of the sun, moon, planet, and stars. It was perfected during the Islamic Golden Age and the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. Many prominent historical figures (including writer Geoffery Chaucer and possibly ancient astronomer Claudius Ptolemy) have

Know These Great Women of Islamic History

Know These Great Women of Islamic History

By Dr. Abu Nawaar   In the Quran, God declares: “For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for

Sumayyah Binte Khayyat

Sumayyah Binte Khayyat

By Farah Onaid     The first female martyr of Islam was a black slave in pre-Islamic Arabia. As we explore her story, one can’t help but wonder: What attracted her to Islam? How did she gather the indomitable courage to defy the norm and embrace change? Was the price she paid worth it? What

Al-Shifa bint Abdullah

By Sabeen Khan Al-Shifa: Knowledge and Healing Al-Shifa bint Abdullah al-Adawiyyah was born in Mecca; her real name was Laylah, but she was called Al-Shifa as tribute to her knowledge of and skill in healing. She was married to Abi Khaithamah bin Hudhayfah bin Amir al-Qurashi al-Adawi. She was an extremely intelligent and wise woman.