In the movement of empowering women, zealous efforts have been made in the history of humanity. But still the goals of empowerment are unclear even to the feminist activists and organisations. Different people from different region, ideology, ethnicity etc have different connotation for the term, women empowerment. But all have one thing stranded in mind is empowerment. Millions of organisations conduct conference, talks, seminars, papers, research works etc. Eight March of every year has been celebrating as women’s day in all over the world. But, because of the unclear goal, results of these events are still blurred.
Generally in the prevailing history United State is considered to be the first country to give women the right to franchise, equality, economy etc. Countries like France feel liberty and equality in looking women without modesty. Many countries feel themselves developed as providing more space for women in parliament, organisations, institutions and other jobs. In this contemporary connotation of women empowerment third world countries and especially the Islamic countries are first from the bottom. The “imposition of modesty”, ban on driving, less space in political arena etc are the issues for which the Islamic countries are being criticised.
When we turn older pages from history we find the same Islam to be the first in empowering women. There is nothing new in the “Bati Bachao Andolan”, Save Daughter Movement. In 7th century when there was a tradition of burying female child’s alive, it was Prophet Mohammad who not only saved daughters but also provided respect and dignity for them. Prophet not only franchised but also gave a status of political advisor to his daughter Fatima Zehra. His revelation “Quran” carried a complete chapter on women.
Prophet Mohammad proposed his daughter as a complete role model for humanity. Every aspect of her life can be seen as a guide to human life. Her role as a daughter, than as a wife and as a mother are awe-inspiring. As a daughter her obedience to her father was unattainable for any other human being. After all Prophet Mohammad in praise of her said, “Fatima is part of my heart”. In the incident of Mubahila when Quran asked Prophet to bring their women (plural means asking for more than one, but) prophet did not find anyone better than Fatima.
As a spouse she was the bravest woman of history. She assisted Ali in his political affairs. She provided aid to the wounds of Ali, than she used to encourage Ali to go in field on the coming day. Her hand was the saviour of the poor in the city. She encouraged Ali to distribute their wealth among the needy. In all those days of tyranny from antagonist she did not drop her faith and passion for the path of justice.
In this era of 21st century women is still suppressed in the jaws of tyranny. The patriarchal thinking, using women as sex slaves by human traffickers and terrorists, taking hard work from women as workers, prostitution, dowry etc are the major concerns of women in all over the world. However the numbers of small but disadvantageous issues are inestimable. To cope up with these common concerns there is a need to follow the path of Lady Fatima Zehra. It is true that her era and issues were different from the contemporary one but the principles to tackle them never change. Her principle of morality, resistance against injustice, propagation of right and justice still urge humanity to follow the path. Secondly it’s well said that history influence the current issues. So to deal with them learning history of great personalities like Lady Zehra is significant.
On the birth anniversary of Lady Zehra let’s salute her, let’s salute all the women of our society. Let’s pledge to respect all women as Prophet Mohammad did to his daughter. Let’s make India and the world safe for women.