Pakistan has long witnessed a clash between the modern feminist values and the indigenous cultural norms of the society. This has paved way for a major debate regarding women empowerment in the country, and many feminists have contributed in this movement.
However, a large majority of modern upper-class feminists have increasingly linked the idea of feminism with a girl’s right to dress in a provocative manner disregarding all societal norms and cultural values. It must be clarified here that whatever a girl chooses to wear is based on her own personal preference, and no one has the right to justify their abuse of a female based on her views or dress code.
Amidst this situation, an activist named Saira Batool has provided us with a different perspective regarding women empowerment. CEO of TJ Shahee Foundation and a Master Trainer at “The Aims Training”, Ms. Batool has successfully carried out a number of projects for women empowerment in terms of skill acquisition for women. Projects such as “Mazboot Baba ki Beti” have provided a number of Pakistani women with a voice to put forward their problems and concerns in the Pakistani society.
The distinguishing factor regarding Ms. Saira Batool is that she has maintained a very modest and cultured image in the society. Having won the “Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal Award” by Istehkam Foundation, she has been struggling to take up issues faced by the female population in Pakistan. She has always propagated her narratives in a sound and modest manner, influencing thousands of people on social media platforms such as You Tube, Facebook, and Instagram as well.
With a massive magnitude of content related to personal ethics, love, and compassion, she can be considered as a quintessential example of Islamic Feminism.
No doubt, in Islamic History, a number of female scholars have made a difference in the Islamic societies. A majority of our female population is not aware of Fatimah Al Fehri who opened the first ever university in Moroco in 859 CE. She was the pioneer of Islamic Revolution in the field of research and development.
Other than this, the example of Rufaida Al–Aslamia can be considered as a major example for girls looking for inspiration in the medical field as she was the first ever nurse to perform surgery back in the 7th century. She was a brilliant personality who reached such as level of excellence hundreds of years ago.
And coming to our mother Aisha-binte-Abubakar who is considered to be the greatest female scholar in eternity owing to her greatest contribution in the science of Hadith. She contributed tremendously in communicating the life of our Holy Prophet to the generations passed till today.
Therefore, we can claim that examples such as Saira Batool are great sign for the Muslim Ummah that there are girls who are working tirelessly for women empowerment in the actual sense and not to propagate a western form of feminism that has done them no good at all.
With divorce rates increasing around the world, and small boys and girls growing up without parental nourishment, the world needs to come back to the Islamic ideals propagated by the female leaders of Islam in order to be successful in their endeavors.