The Eternal Legacy of Asiya
by Nasiba A Nizam – Young Islamic Studies student
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Time is measured by a believer in seconds. Each second is precious and deserves to be spent on a moment that has equal significance. Life is given then taken, so what significance does this Dunya hold for such people who don’t take this life as an important part of the Hereafter? It’s easily said but uneasily done. Society’s role may have changed between sunrise and sunset, between daylight and twilight, between twilight and midnight, but materialistic needs have not changed even through the decades and centuries and millenniums.
As the seconds pass a daughter is born in a believer’s house. Is her destiny decided once she feels the quantized air outside her mother’s womb? Before, it certainly was. Her destiny was to get married and tend to her husband and their children. But who would’ve ever thought such a daughter would be born to first rule along with the most arrogant and selfish tyrant of the world and then against him. There was however, the one who tends the weak and heals, Asiya Bint Muzahim who belonged to the Israelites. She measured her seconds against her husband and ruler.
Asiya’s life depended on one choice. Pharaoh had asked her hand in marriage as easily as a bee pollinates. Nobody in their sane mind would turn down such an infamous proposal, but Asiya would have. Except she couldn’t, her whole family was on the tip of the scale. A girl’s life walks along her family’s side and stops when her family loses the power to walk. Asiya’s family no longer had the strength to carry on down the long road, their daughter was the only hope that they depended on to continue from the stop sign. Asiya had accepted the proposal with denied obligation, and her family was able to continue their path once again.
Asiya had acquired all the levels of materialistic happiness. But money can’t buy the world’s happiness. Asiya couldn’t conceive and that deception was what kept her ten steps behind the world’s grand tour. Then, on a bright and luminescent day by the Nile River, came the coolness of her eyes, Musa (AS). She adopted him wholeheartedly gathering him in her arms, taking his pure soul as her own. The only problem was acceptance from Pharaoh. “[He is] joy of the eye, for me and for thee: slay him not. It may be that he will be use to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” (28:7)
Asiya raised Musa (AS) as her own born son. She cared for him and dedicated her devotion to him as well. Their relationship became an unwanted jealous spark in front of Pharaoh’s eyes. He despised and aggravated with each of his seconds plotting against them and then believing with envious eyes. As Musa (AS) began to preach ceremoniously, Asiya began to holily believe that there was no God but Allah (SWT). “Nor sleep nor slumber takes over Him,” so how could one mistake her husband as one who has attained such manner? Mistake and unintelligence rang in front of her fovea. She realized that without faith in God, humans were nothing. Wealth, fame, beauty, and status meant nothing to her. Asiya began to believe after witnessing Musa’s miracle and also after witnessing the death of a believing woman in torture’s vain.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said that she will be among the first women to enter Paradise as she accepted Musa’s belief in monotheism over Pharaoh’s scattered and unattainable beliefs. Asiya had the highest rank with glorifying position but she traded conceited power for spiritual nobility. Asiya had reached the true valued level of perfection. Wisdom and faith was reached in her most authentic way of self-perfection; a life of intense stages of spiritual and political turmoil bind into stages of spirit-bound hierarchy all the way to Jannah. Material sustenance no longer had value in Asiya’s life whatsoever. She was enchanted within the dimensions of a great religion that no other could perceive any higher. She was blinded within the levels of freedom, justice, peace, and love. All these characteristics declared forever for her.
Asiya questioned society’s structure and the construction that determined rankings of humankind. She rejected conformity as a ludicrous way of psychological way of thinking. Not only that, but to her conformity was foolishness. Pharaoh had set forth the consequences and Asiya obliged with her head held high like a true wife of a deceitful ruler. Asiya’s punishment resulted to her death. Her hands and feet were tied to four stakes that dug holes for her all the way to Jannah. A large millstone sat fastened on her breast, and her face had been exposed to the scorching sun. However, Allah (SWT) had mercy on her and the angels shaded her with their glorious, radiating wings. “My Lord, build for me a house with You in Paradise. And save me from the Pharaoh and his deeds. And rescue me from the wrongdoing people.” (66:11)
“And Allah sets forth, as an example to those who believe, the wife of Pharaoh.” (66:11) Asiya may have been domesticized brutally to her death but she walked into the open arms of Jannah leaving behind the importance of unmeasured seconds. One of the most important women in Islamic history leaves her spark among the hearts of many believers. Her radiance and grace to this moment, leaves an unutterable memory. Muslimah: daughter, wife, mother, ruler… believer.
Females of today’s society have every envious want in materialism but forget what the actual importance of this world is and how the Dunya reflects the Hereafter. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years pass as each phase of time takes their own spatial orientation in the infinite levels of life. Rain will continue to fall, the sun will continue to rise, and the moon will continue to protect the rain and let the sun take time to rest. But is there ever an end? A second of our life may concede providing mankind with no such sign along with no rain, no sun, and no moon. And on that day we must have ourselves prepared to provide our own souls with priceless drops of rain, the blissful sun, and the forging moon.
As women in the 21st century, we forget what our roles are. It’s not just to provide for your family and live as a strong wife and build our homes with jewelry, it’s also to aim for the very Hereafter. Society isn’t just a show for the outside world, but a way of life. We must brace ourselves from the very beginning to make ourselves as close to the Islamic female role models such as Asiya. The beauty isn’t always the main purpose of life, but to grace that beauty in a dimension that is perceptible is. Women today don’t take the other half of life as seriously as it should be. Caring and intelligence are just the basic roots of building on the tower of success. Every individual’s tower should be able to reach Jannah. Insha’Allah may Allah (SWT) give every human that has graced the lively dirt of this world with that immense fortune. Money can’t be the World’s Fair. Dedication to loved ones means much more than the materialism that floats around in the much polluted air. Caring for them and building them along with one’s tower of success grows the heart much fonder. This isn’t the end. The long stretch of land continues to deceive us and longs in the levels of discontinuity.
Believe in one’s goals. Count each second of life as if it were the last. Make mistakes over and over again but reflect on them with pure innocence. Arrogance will blind and take away certain privileges, and those may just keep any believer or disbeliever ten steps behind the level of true happiness. Give in sometimes but know the consequences. Strive for excellence and build one’s tower of success with wisdom. Take all those moments for granted and remember to construct oneself into the Muslimah that knows where she belongs.