women and poverty

Asmaa bint Abu Bakr رضي الله عنها

source: ‘ad-Da’wah ilallaah’ (The Call to Allaah), The magazine featuring Women’s Issues. (UK) Vol-1 Issue-5

Asmaa was a woman of great nobility, wisdom and patience. She was among the early converts to Makkah and being the daughter of the great Companion Abu Bakr, she was brought up in an atmosphere of purity and devotion and shared close ties with the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

When the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was about to secretly leave Makkah for his emigration to Madeenah with his close friend Abu Bakr, it was Asmaa who prepared the provisions for the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and her father. She said: “I prepared the provision bag for the Prophet in the house of Abu Bakr when he wanted to emigrate to Madeenah. We did not find anything with which to tie his bag or waterskin. I said to Abu Bakr: “By Allaah, I cannot find anything to tie with except my belt.” He said: “Tear it in two and tie the waterskin with one and the bag with the other.”” So that is what she did and since then she became know as ‘Dhaatun-Nitaaqayn’ [She of the two belts]. (Collected in Sahaah al-Bukhaaree (eng. Trans. Vol.4 p.141 no.222))

Asmaa was married to Zubayr Ibn al-Awwaam, the cousin of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. He was a very poor man, nevertheless Abu Bakr knew him to be a man of great piety, so despite the huge difference between their financial status, Abu Bakr married his daughter to him. In the initial stages of her marriage, Asmaa has to face a lot of hardship due to the extreme poverty they suffered. Suddenly, this daughter of a rich merchant found herself tending to the animals, kneading, grinding, fetching water and carrying huge loads on her head. She said about her situation: “When az-Zubayr married me, he had neither land, nor wealth, nor slave, nor anything else like it, except a camel to get water and his horse. I used to graze his horse, provide fodder for it, look after it and ground dates for his camel. Besides this, I grazed the camel, made arrangements for providing it with water and patching up his leather bucket and kneading the flour. I was not very good at baking the bread, so my female neighbors used to bake bread for me and they were sincere women. And I used to carry on my head, the date-stones from the land of az-Zubayr which the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam had endowed him and it was a distance of two miles from Madeenah. One day, as o was carrying the date-stones upon my head, I happened to meet Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, along with a group of his Companions. He called me and told the camel to sit down so that he could make me ride behind him. I felt shy to go with men and I remembered az-Zubayr and his Gheerah (Gheerah is the sense of pride that a man has which causes him to dislike his wives, daughters or sisters from being seen or heard by strangers. It is this gheerah which makes a man protective about his women) and he was a man having the most gheerah. The Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam understood my shyness and left. I came to az-Zubayr and said: “The Messenger of Allaah met me as I was carrying date-stones upon my head and there was with him a group of his Companions. He told the camel to kneel so that I could mount it but I felt shy from him and I remembered your gheerah.” Upon this az-Zubayr said: “By Allaah, the thought of you carrying date-stones upon your head is more severe a burden to me than you riding with him.”

I led this life of hardship until Abu Bakr sent me a female servant who took upon herself the responsibility of looking after the horse and I felt as if she had emancipated me.” (Reported in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (eng. Trans. Vol.7 p.111 no.151))

Look at the sense of dignity and modesty of Asmaa. See how she felt shy in front of men? See how careful she was about refraining from what displeased her husband? She knew that az-Zubayr had a lot of gheerah, so she didn’t want to upset him by accepting the Prophet’s offer of assistance, even though that meant bringing hardship upon herself. And what did az-Zubayr say when he heard of what had happened that day?…’By Allaah, the thought of you carrying date-stones is more severe a burden on me than you riding with him!” so even though az-Zubayr had a lot of gheerah, he did not wish for that to cause inconvenience to his wife. Isn’t this what the marital relationship should be like? One of mutual concern, corporation and compassion? Asmaa could easily have said: “I am the daughter of the noble Abu Bakr and so I shouldn’t be doing these jobs!” but she didn’t. she was patient and respectful towards her husband throughout her difficult period.

It is reported that once when she complained to her father about her hardships, he advised her, “My daughter be patient. When a woman has a righteous husband and he dies and she does not remarry after him, they will be reunited in the Garden.”(Reported in at-Tabaqaat of Ibn Sa’d)

And az-Zubayr was indeed a righteous man, as the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam himself testified when he counted him among the Promised ten of Paradise. (See Musnad Ahmad, Abu Dawood and others. Authenticated in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no.50)) He also said of him: “az-Zubayr is the son of my paternal aunt and my disciple from my Ummah.” (Saheeh – Narrated by Jaabir & collected in Musnad Ahmad. Authenticated by al-Albaanee in his as-Saheehah (1877))

In addition to her being the wife of such a righteous man, Asmaa was also the mother of ‘Urwah Ibn az-Zubayr, who became one of the scholars of Madeenah. His teachers included his parents as well as him maternal aunt, the Mother of the Believers, ‘Aaishah radhi’allaahu anha; from whom he learnt a great deal. ‘Umar Ibn Abdul Azeez said about him: “I do not find anyone more knowledgeable than ‘Urwah Ibn az-Zubayr, and for whatever I know he knows something which I do not.” (Reported by adh-Dhahabee in Siyaar A’laamin-Nubalaa’)

His son Hishaam reports that his father’s leg had to be amputated at the knee and was adviced to drink a narcotic, but he refused saying, “I did not think that anyone would drink something which would take away his intellect to the point that he did not know his Lord.” So they took off his leg with a saw and he did not say anything but “Ouch, ouch.” And in the same journey his son Muhammad was kicked to death by a mule and ‘Urwah was not heard to say anything about it but: “We have suffered much fatigue in this, our journey.” [Soorah Kahf 18:62]. O Allaah, I had seven sons and You took one and left me with six, and I had four limbs and You took one and left me with three – so if You have tested me then You have saved me, and if You have taken – You have left (more) behind.” (Ibn ‘Asaakir (11/287))

Her other son was of the Khaleefahs of the Muslims, ‘Abdullaah Ibn az-Zubayr, who was the leader of the Muslims during one of the most turbulent periods in Islaamic history. He was killed in Makkah at the hands of al-Hajjaaj on the 17th of Jumadaa al-Ulaa in 73H. a few days after the death of her sin, Asmaa bint Abu Bakr – ‘She of the two Belts’ – also died – radi’allaahu anhaa.

So many benefits in this narration الله اكبر!

Women sort red chili peppers to dry in the sun near Jamuna river, Gaibandha, Bangladesh on February 23rd 2016. Red chili is the main source of income in the area and it is mostly women who are engaged in its production and processing. They earn less than $1 for 10 hours of work per day. The area has some of the highest levels of poverty in the country. Credit: Getty Images/ Zakir Hossain Chowdhury#Bangaldesh #redchili #poverty

Men keep women oppressed with poverty, discrimination, lack of real equal opportunities, sexual cruelty, and reproductive enslavement because they want to.

It’s not that men don’t know any better. They do. But they don’t care because they don’t have to. They’re selfish and cruel. They don’t want to relinquish their power over the entire half of the population whom they’ve enslaved through compulsory motherhood. Power and privilege have never been ceded peacefully at any time in human history.

—  “Without Apology” by Jacqueline Homan

This map shows every state where women are more likely to live in poverty than men

Wait… hold up. Every state is colored in. That can’t be right… right? 

Unfortunately, the map is accurate. And it’s especially problematic for millennial women, who are much more likely to have a bachelor’s degree or higher than millennial men, but who are consistently earning less living and living in poverty more. 

Something that I feel like some radfems forget is that regardless of the fact that trans women are male, they still face an extreme amount of violence. Not from us, obviously, but the violence is there. And even though they’re not female, and therefore not first priority amongst our circle of feminism, we’re obligated to help our fellow human beings be safe and free of danger.

We have to get trans women of color out of the sex industry. We have to help build gender neutral bathrooms so that they can go to the bathroom safely without being harmed by men. Donate to trans women in poverty so that they can pass better. Lobby for their right to exist as a human being without living in fear. These are important things.

I know that the tumblr trans community is scary, and the headlines we see much too often about trans women being violent towards females is scarier, but humans are humans and trans women as a coherent group are not inherently bad. They deserve our help regardless of our biases, and I’ll never budge on this.

Now that I think about that part of my education, I often wondered what benefit my teachers thought I’d get from learning how to address a baroness or how to dance a late 18th century regency ball quadrille.

As it turns out, as I sit here writing a period style romance novel, quite a lot.

We need to make room in the reproductive justice movement for women who were harmed by adoption. Thousands of women have been forced to give up babies they desperately wanted because of their age, race, health status, or income level. 

Carrying and birthing a baby is a deeply emotional experience and we cannot continue to pretend that adoption is a completely neutral transaction. 

Adoption is not always a choice. Remember when teenagers were sent to homes while pregnant that forced them to give the baby away when it was born? Those things still happen. Young women are pressured into giving up babies. The state takes away babies from addicted mothers. Women living in poverty see no choice but to give their baby away. 

We acknowledge the hurt that forced abortion and forced birth cause, why aren’t we talking about forced adoption? 

I have seen, read, and heard about many women who were harmed by adoption. I would like the reproductive justice community to acknowledge that hurt. 

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
—  Ban Ki-moon

Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941) born to a Punjabi Sikh father and Hungarian Jewish mother is among the pioneering artists of the 20th century modern art. A highly eminent painter she is often regarded as ‘India’s Frida Kahlo’. Adopting the role of both muse and maker she depicted the plight of women and the troubling poverty in Indian society. She expresses her deep concern for this through the use of symbols of the human condition in her work. Although her life was short-lived, she left a prolific and riveting oeuvre/ body of art. Combining her distinctive post-impressionist style with her experiences and influences of her surroundings she quickly became one of the most gifted artists the pre colonial era produced. Through her defiance against social roles and norms Amrita inspired women to play a more prominent function in the art world.


Winnie Byanyima talks about combating poverty and injustice.

anonymous asked:

I'm having a hard time thinking on how I can be a real radfem activist outside of the internet, but I have a really bad fear of all people and can't really socialize at all. Can you guys think of anything I can do to help this movement? I feel like I'm not doing enough, but I don't even have the ability to talk to other people.

yeah, that’s definitely tough, anon. i feel the same way.

something i’m doing is giving money to organizations that prioritize females. if you can afford to do that, even small donations, it’s a good way to make a difference without having to actually interact with anybody. you can also buy products from companies that only employ women or that help women get out of poverty. if anybody has any suggestions for companies like that, please let us know!

another thing i’ve seen and thought about doing myself is putting flyers or pamphlets out in public places that give information about radfem beliefs, or doing graffiti or street art with radfem messages. (i know there’s a blog that follows us who is starting a street art movement but i can’t remember the name of the blog rn… please remind me in a comment or reblog?)

it’s also helpful to talk to kids. kids are usually easier to talk to, and if you have young family members it’s even easier. obviously you don’t wanna tell them stuff that’s beyond their maturity level, but uplifting girls by complimenting their abilities instead of their looks, encouraging them to get involved in the sciences, reading them books that have radfem messages, asking them to talk about their passions and knowledge and opinions… and then as they get older into middle and high school you can have discussions about how boys treat them, porn, their body image, stuff like that. and you can encourage boys to play with “girl toys” and hold them accountable for their violent actions even as little boys, and as they get older you can talk to them about how unfair beauty standards are, how harmful porn is, what they can say to their friends when they disrespect women, etc. obviously none of that is gonna prevent them from being influenced by society, but i think it gives girls self-confidence, can put cracks in boys’ entitled view of women, and can give both sexes the background of questioning and critical thinking to be able to wonder “why? how?” when they see sexism around them.

if you’re so talented, you can also work on making art that has radfem messages. books, music, movies, paintings and sculptures – anything that can get the message out. people are usually a lot more receptive to radical ideas in the context of art.

that’s all i can think of for now, but if anybody has any other ideas, please reach out! 💖

– mod alicia

The Republican Platform So Far

1.)  If you’re poor, stop being irresponsible and get another job.

2.) If you have kids, stop being irresponsible and stay home and raise them.

3.) If you go to work when you’ve got kids you’re an irresponsible parent.

4.) If you work and don’t make enough to feed your kids it’s because you’ve made irresponsible choices.

5.) Trying to control the number of kids you have is irresponsible.

All the work that women do on Earth, as a whole, is under-valued.

Globally, women are still paid less for the same amount of work than men. It’s not always a visible pay difference; women get raises and promotions less often than men. Women, worldwide, are significantly unrepresented in prestigious jobs, and there is a still an insidious attitude of “what did she do to get there” to dismiss women that do have prestigious jobs. Men control most of the media, money and property globally. And the argument that this doesn’t exist in first world countries is ridiculous, because presently and historically more industrialization means more women in poverty. All of this goes doubly for women of colour and triply for latina and indigenous women. And like one million times for trans women.

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