What you are reading is a shortened version of a poem by a lovely woman: thealgerianbrit.
The full poem:
“Mother of the children they called her.
Fatima Al Fihri was a woman with a vision.
The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Fatima and her sister Mariam were children of the Maghreb.
The Ancient land of Numidia.Their family travelled from modern day Tunisia to Fes, Morocco.
The deserts of North Africa were not the only thing making them reach out in thirst.
These sister countries engulfed the Al Fihri sisters with passion and a thirst for knowledge.
Shoes, handbags nor celebrity gossip drove Fatima.
She smashed all stereotypes of women of the Orient.
Islam was her religion. Spouse-hood was not her goal just yet.
There was a depth in this woman.
A depth that matched the deep maroons of the Fes hats.
Her vision was allowed to grow and become cultivated because of the Islamic society Numidia fed her.
Her father her biggest fan.
Fes, one the most influential cities in the Muslim world along with Tlemcen, Algeria, was renowned for centuries as the centre for religion and culture. Fatima was a beautiful catalyst.
859 rolled around like a Maghrebi carpet being laid out for royalty.
Fatima founded the oldest academic degree-granting university existing today, the University of Qarawiyyin in Fes.
Fatima inspires to seek for change.
To seek awareness of the world you live in.
Islam gives it to women and it leaves you spell-bound.
A foremother for all Maghreb women.
Daughters of Ancient Numidia.”
I personally believe in God, but not in religion, and I find this beautiful. Fatima was a muslima and it was part of her identity as to many muslimas today. She is a true rolemodel, whether you believe or not, and a good example of women being capable of being leaders. Dear Muslima, do not let anyone ever tell you otherwise :).
Also a quick reminder that muslims are welcome on this blog:)