Author: Umm Mujaahid Khadijah Bint Lacina Al-Amreekeeyyah As-Salafiyyah
Publisher: Taalib al-Ilm Educational Resources (July 2012)
Pages: 400 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The stereotype of the Muslim woman is that of an oppressed, ignorant, repressed individual, confined to her house, shackled by her religion. This is blatantly untrue- but what, then, is the role of the Muslim woman in her family and society as a whole?
The answer is found in “My Home, My Path”, a compilation of writings and rulings chosen to highlight and explain the extremely important role and exalted position of the Muslim woman. There are treatises by such scholars as Sheikh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Utheimeen, Sheikh Saalih Fauzaan, Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Baaz, and Sheikh Muhammad al-Imaam, discussing the role of the woman in her family, household, and the larger society, as well as her position in Islaam as a leader, role model, teacher and caller, among other things. There are rulings regarding marriage, children, beliefs, and more, all carefully chosen to be pertinent to the Muslim woman living in the West or coming from a Western background. An entire section is devoted to the obligations of the women to her Lord, her husband, her children, and more, listed and explained with the proofs. The appendixes include valuable information on the importance and benefits of seeking knowledge, a list of some of the female students in the center of Sheikh Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee, practical advice on balancing seeking knowledge with other obligations, rulings regarding free mixing between the sexes, and a concise, useful listing of foundations for a successful marriage.
At a time when there are so many mixed messages and astray calls aimed at the Muslim woman, it is imperative that she arm herself with true knowledge of her position, role, rights and responsibilities in order to strengthen herself and strive to do that which is pleasing to Allaah.
Although this book is aimed at Muslim women, men can benefit as well from the information contained in it, including an explanation of the pillars of Islaam and Eemaan. In particular, Sheikh Muqbil’s khutbah concerning marriage, and Sheikh Muhammad al-Imaam’s khutbah on the rectification of the household, are invaluable; and the men’s role as the guardian and caretaker of his family puts him in the position of needing to know what he should be encouraging and assisting his wives and daughters to achieve in order to attain success in this life and the next. In addition, there are rulings and information concerning raising children, dealing with spouses, parents, neighbors and others, and general information which is pertinent to the Believing man as well as the Believing woman.
Sheikh Saalih Fauzaan, may Allaah preserve him says, “So how can one come and say that the woman is oppressed in the Muslim society, except that it is apparent that this speaker is ignorant, and does not look at the woman in the society of the disbelievers and how she lives now, and compare her place with the position of the Muslim woman, to understand the difference between the two, and to comprehend the state of ignorance,, until he does not pronounce the speech which he speaks, and which is heard and repeated without any chain of narration, and without any comprehension at all…”
“My Home, My Path” relies on the source texts of Islaam, the Qur’aan and the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah’s praise and salutations be upon him, according to the understanding and practice of the pious predecessors. It also relies upon the words of the people of knowledge to assist us in clearly understanding that which is meant in the texts, in order that we have a correct understanding of the information instead of one based on opinion and desire. It is the second in a series of books aimed at the Muslim woman of today, the first of which was “My Hijaab, My Path”. It is an invaluable resource for anyone striving to live Islaam.