The Heroine Rises – an experience

Taken from the FOSIS Midlands newsletter. By Zam’antha Akilah:

In 2012 we worked with the ‘I am Alima’ team to launch the first sister’s tour in FOSIS Midlands called -The Heroine Rises – Hawaa’ is back! The tour took place across four universities around the Midlands region. Our speaker, Sister Alima Ashfaq gave the sisters a fresh and inspiring perspective on an amazing woman lost in history, our mother Hawaa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him).

Our first day in University of Leicester ISoc was an exciting beginning introducing the topic:
‘The Forgotten Heroine: Have we forgotten our beloved?’- The workshop focused on Hawaa’ as the forgotten Heroine, deriving lessons from her lost legacy, and giving an insight into how we as women can rise in our own lives first and foremost and then in our communities, insha Allah.

Continuing the buzz towards Warwick University ISoc with the topic Sinful Slave: Rising up after every fall. This workshop focused on struggles; big and small, which we go through in this world, and how they can inevitably help us to rise towards the better. Truly we all do fall, at times more than once but everyone needs a turning point. This talk gave the sisters outlook on how one can find the sweetness in sorrow.

Following from the last topic we moved on to the University of Nottingham ISoc with ‘Rejected by Her Own: Her own son let her down’ . The workshop focused on Hawaa’ and her pain, as well as deriving practical lessons on how to deal with rejection proactively, insha Allah. Truly everyone faces rejection, you just need to learn how to deal with it and come out stronger, rising above every fall.

Finally, our last event was at Keele university ISoc ‘The Forgotten Gift: The woman of his dreams’. This focused on learning lessons from the relationship of Adam 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and Hawaa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) with each other, and how we can create a harmonious society if we followed their practice.

Sister Alima touched upon the roles and responsibilities of women, as well as making the most out of our responsibilities, insha Allah. Our speaker further analysed the concept of completion, rather than competition and how stereotypes have caused the demise of proactive women, even within the Muslim community.

Alhamdulillah within those two weeks we were able to share lessons about an amazing woman known as Hawaa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him), to a great audience – thanks to Sr. Alima. The tour was concluded with an exciting launch of weekly email reminders which we encourage you to sign up at so you can begin benefiting asap!

Biggest lesson taken from the tour – just like Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) created Hawaa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) for a great purpose, He has made you for a great purpose. And just like Hawaa 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) has been remembered once again, you need to ensure you are remembered for the greatness you do for this Ummah, insha Allah.


Stay tuned for the release of our next planned tour of The Heroine Rises! Insha Allah.

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1 Response

  1. Aaqib March 8, 2013 / 2:29 am

    May Allah bless you

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