Islamic tradition praises Asiyah, Mary, Khadijah, and Fatimah as the four women who showed monumental examples of excellence in faith. While Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the only woman mentioned by name in the Qur’an, the other three are mentioned in the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Asiyah was the wife of Pharaoh and she was the one who protected Moses in the palace from the wrath of her furious husband. Mary is the epitome of purity and submission, who was miraculously blessed with Jesus, and she stood firm against all kinds of slanders and accusations. Khadijah was the first believer to the Prophet Muhammad. She spent all her fortune in her husband’s cause, including her life. Fatimah, the Prophet’s daughter, is the person through whom the Prophet’s generation still continues. This book depicts the lives of these four remarkable women of the human history.
Shahada (Sharelle) Abdul Haqq is an illustrator and the founder of the Huntsville Islamic Academy. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama.