Umm Salama and Feminism

Umm Salama was one of the wives of Prophet Muhammad and who he inherited from his friend Abu Salama. Umm Salama’s ability to recall numerous Hadiths led to her being considered the most influential wife of Muhammad. Part of this influence had to do with the fact that she, together with her former husband, was among the first people to convert to Islam. In fact, she had left her honorable life and left for Abyssinia after the persecution that followed the conversion to Islam (Jardim, 2014). After her husband’s death in battle, she was married to the Prophet. The influence that Umm Salama had is evidenced in how she influenced decisions and especially regarding the position of women in religion. In many instances, Umm Salama questioned the treatment of women in the religion. Essentially, Hind, as was her personal name, is seen as a feminist who advocated for the women in her days.

Feminism is the advocacy and support for the equality and rights of women. In her days, as narrated in the Koran, Umm Salama is seen as pushing for the achievement of socio-economic, cultural, personal and political rights of women equal to those of men. Umm Salama’s physical beauty guaranteed her the privilege of being consulted regarding matters that vitally affected the community. The Koran depicts Salama as a woman who never accepted that God required women to be subservient to men (Jardim, 2014). In her personal awareness, she questioned religious inconsistencies that were dominant in the early days of Islam. She raised issues that only mature women wo

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