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The women of islam wanted qur’an to address them too and here is that verse that can guide you to paradise and yes, they are achievable

by: Shaykh Zafar ul Hasan
Woman in Islam

Umme Ammarah (Allah be pleased with her) a very prominent Sahabiyat, once asked the Prophet (peace be upon him), “Why is it so, Allah addresses only men in the Qur’an, though we have also believed in Him?”  The women were worried why Allah was ignoring them and soon the following verse was revealed says Tirmidhi’s Sahih Hadith.

Indeed, the Muslim men and Muslim women, the believing men and believing women, the obedient men and obedient women, the truthful men and truthful women, the patient men and patient women, the humble men and humble women, the charitable men and charitable women, the fasting men and fasting women, the men who guard their private parts and the women who do so, and the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so - for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward (Al-Ahzab , verse 35)

 Another Hadith again from Tirmidhi and Nasai’:Umm e Salamah (Allah be pleased with her) said, “I asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) as to why are women not addressed in the Qur’an like the way men are? He was quiet so I went to my room and took a bath. Then as I was oiling my hair and combing my hair I heard a sound in the Masjid and wondered what would be the announcement? I came to the front room to hear it. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was announcing, “O women! Allah has addressed you too in his Book” and he recited the above verse.

Ten Greatest characteristics discussed in the verse that can get all the sins of believers forgiven:

‘Muslims men and Muslim women’ 

and Allah does not refer to those Muslims with identity cards as Muslims. The real Muslim is one who submits himself to the command of Allah and His messenger without any objections or doubts. It is an unconditional surrender to Shariah even if it appears that you have to lose something from your life, your wealth or children.

A very beautiful example of Ibrahim (peace be upon him) is narrated in the Qur’an where he says to his young and only son Ismail (Peace be upon him), that he had seen a dream where his is slaughtering him.Ismail (peace be upon him) did not hesitate even for a moment. He said to his father, “If Allah has commanded you then where is the need to consult me.”

  Both of them submitted themselves ( to the command of Allah) and went ahead with the sacrifice of Ismail. When the son was laid down for the sacrifice, Allah sent a sheep for slaughter and appreciated their Emaan and obedience. This is called a Muslim. Now we refer to the first characteristic again, “Muslim men and Muslim women,” means those Muslims who submit their will to the Will of Allah and His Messenger without any hesitation  even if it means to stand up again the rituals of forefather or our own desires.

Being a born Muslim is one thing and remaining a Muslim ( by submitting your will to the will of Allah ) is another thing. It was asked to the prophet (peace be upon him), “Who is a Muslim.” He replied, “ One from whose hands and tongue, other Muslims are safe.”

In another Hadith of Bukhari, Jibrael (Peace be upon him) asked the Prophet, “What is Islam?” He replied, “To bear witness that there is no deity worthy to be worshipped except Allah and to bear witness that Muhammad is His Worshipper and His Messenger, offering  five compulsory prayers, giving Zakat, Fasting in Ramadhan and performing Hajj if one has the capacity to.

Believing men and Believing women

  There is no shortage of so called Mo’min in our community.  Islam is connected to actions and Emaan is connected to Creed. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked, “What is Emaan?” He replied, To believe in Allah, His Messengers, the Last day, His Angels, His Books and Qadr. These are six pillars of Faith.Touhid is the first and foremost. It should be uncorrupted and saved from Shirk, Kufr, Biddah as well as Hypocrisy. The Prophet (peace be upon him)was asked, “Which is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Messenger.”

The Devoutly Obedient men and Devoutly Obedient women

It  refers to people who are constantly steadfast in obeying Allah. Obedience in Islam is not a part time work unlike some, who obey Allah in the month of Ramadhan and for the rest of the year they follow and obey Shaytan. Many brothers do not even care for prayers except on Friday and some are even extreme careless about personal hygiene too.