When a Muslim woman starts practicing or renews her faith in Islam, the beautiful and divine bond of Islamic Sisterhood touches her soul forever.
Sisterhood in Islam
Sisterhood in Islam is something that is absolutely necessary for the prosperity of Muslim women, especially here in the West where large extended families may not be near.
When a Muslim woman starts practicing or renews her faith in Islam, the beautiful and divine bond of Islamic sisterhood touches her soul forever.
Essentially, all love is for the sake of Allah and can only truly be grasped when one experiences it and this is found with the enduring bond of sisterhood of Islam. When a Muslin woman loves her sister in Islam, it is for the sake of Allah which creates a special bond between them.
Here in our small Midland community, it doesn’t matter your skin color is, the language you speak, the status of your family, the life you lived before Islam, whether you are rich or poor, the country your family came from, in Islam we are all united like a single family. Our belief in Allah is what unites us.
“The Believers are but a single brotherhood…” [Noble Quran 49:10]
When one of us is hurting or suffering, we all feel it together, we feel it as sisters and we are here for you.
“The believers, in their mutual friendship, mercy and affection, are like one body: if any part of it complains, the rest of the body will also stay awake in pain.” [ Al-Bukhari, Muslim ]
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother (sister) what he wishes for himself.”
~Bukhara and Muslim
A Message from Muhammad Ali
The following incident took place when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were not modest. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:
When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.
My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.”
He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”
Source: Taken from the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes.
Rest assure that at the Islamic Center of Midland, our prayer area is partitioned from the men for the comfort and ease of all our sisters. We have a separate closet area to place shoes and hanging clothes , as well as full cleansing facilities. We also are handicap accessible and have chairs at the back of the room for those who are unable to pray on the carpet.