Syedna Aali Qadr Maula TUS , during the Ashara waaz, asked women to consider their home as Maula’s TUS home. Maula TUS lives in every Mumin’s home. And he asked that they look after their homes with that tasavvur.
When Aqa Maula TUS cautions us to pay attention to the demands of creating a good home, MaulaTUS is asking us to reorient ourselves towards our primary focus, which is, protecting and nurturing our families. They must not suffer as a consequence of the choices we make because the potential for damage to our culture is huge. These words of counsel apply to all women, irrespective of whether they earn a living or not. There are those that stay home and leave the care of their families to servants while they immerse themselves in watching television and socializing. And there are those that are too wrapped up in their careers to pay proper attention to their homes. The majority of women lie between these two extremes and work hard at meeting the demands of both home and work.
Once again, a brief look at history helps put things in perspective. Maulatana Khadijah binte Khawlid, Rasulallah’s SAW wife, had her own business. The ‘ajoozah’, the old lady who gave the khalifa the dinars required for ziyarat of Imam HussainAS, had earned and saved the money herself. Aqa Maula Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has repeatedly done doa and accorded much respect to the ladies who make their living selling rotis – Aqa Maula Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has given so much dignity to the labor of these women who were otherwise considered to be carrying out a menial task.
Dawoodi Bohra women today can be found in many fields and we have a proud tradition of excelling in all our endeavors. And we achieve all this with Aqa Maula Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS doa Mubarak, while following the guidelines that Aqa Maula Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS has set for us – we will and we must meet the requirements of appropriate Rida, we will and we must stay away from professions and jobs that put our modesty and self-respect at risk, and we will and we must give primary attention to our husbands and our children. Our homes must be infused with the fragrance – the raihaanat – of our love and care and the ma’arefat that our Aqa Maula Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS is ever present in our homes and shelters us from all trials and tribulations and holds us safe in His benevolence and His abundant love.