Book Review: The Ideal Muslimah

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The reason for writing this book, explains Dr Muhammad Ali in his preface, “stems from the inconsistencies I had noticed in the lives of contemporary women… (for example) she may be religious, but does not control her tongue in gatherings and refrain from gossip and slander.”

Thus, using the Quran and Sunnah as his sources, he seeks “to explain the ideal behaviour which the Muslim woman should adopt… setting out the guidelines for a balanced, upright and virtuous life which guarantees happiness and success in this world, and an immense victory and reward in the Hereafter.”

It is a comprehensive book covering the Muslim woman in relation to her:

• Rabb (Lord)
• Own self
• Parents
• Husband
• Children
• Sons- and daughters-in-law
• Relatives
• Neighbours
• Muslim sisters and friends
• Community/society.



The book serves as a good guide to help Muslim women to be those of virtue and moral excellence


Most of the Quran verses and hadith cited by the writer are actually applicable to both Muslim men and women, but he relates them to the context of the Muslim woman. There are some specifically for Muslim women, for example, hadith permitting women to attend congregational prayers – a number of hadith has stated the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) as saying: “Do not stop your women from going to the mosque, although their houses are better for them.”


The book serves as a good guide to help Muslim women to be those of virtue and moral excellence. The language is straight forward and the text is arranged under chapters and headings that are easy to follow. For example, under Chapter 2 on the Muslim woman and Her Own Self, the reader can find headings such as ‘She Exercises Regularly’ and ‘She Takes Care of Her Mind by Pursuing Knowledge’. It is therefore easy for readers to find areas of particular interest or concern to them.


The writer hopes that the Muslim woman, when she is aware of her role in Islam, will “contribute to the revival of the ummah to which she belongs and the development of the country she lives in.”

InshaAllah.

Author: Zuraidah Omar

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