Look at Pakistan before the year 2000. Hardly would you find any lady in a hijab- forget the jilbab! Study and understanding of Quran was unheard of amongst the women.
Islam revolved only around having Quran Khwani at the death of a person and doing Quran khwani for obtaining blessings…fasting in ramadan- with no spirit. Wearing the abaya was uncool and un modern, praying 5 times a day? Impossible… life too busy in shopping and socializing… practicing Islam… uncool… impossible.. not for the present times. Reciting Quran? No just reciting punj soorahs for obtaining blessings… without understanding a word of it. In any trouble ? read some wazifiz.. and Allah will help you out.. even if u dont pray 5 times a day… This is all there was to Islam – amongst the general women population of Pakistan.
Roam around Karachi now, lots and lots of ladies are taking up hijab and jilbab. Roam around Defence and clifton now, the posh localities of Karachi, you will find many women in full niqab and jilbab driving cars and shopping around… so many darse Qurans and Quran study circles are being held for women in houses all over DHA.
It was the revival of study of Quran among women initiated by Dr. Farhat Hashmi that began this revolution among women. So much was said against her by people and even the molvis, so much false stories were spread against her. But it was her efforts and determination to make women read and understand Quran, that it is payig off now with her soo many students spread all over the country teaching Quran and changing people.
I have seen sleeveless wearing girls and women change and take up the full hijab. I have seen filthy rich fashion conscious ladies change and become simple and veiled and beautiful practicing Muslimahs…I have seen the rich donate money and their entire houses for the spread of deen. So much good has spread and a lot needs to spread further!It is a blessing of Allah – Study of Quran has revived and now many ladies are spreading the true deen Alhamdulilah. Some of Dr. Farhat Hashmis’s best students like Huma Najmul Hasan, Safiya Khan,Dr. Imrana and many many more are further spreading the true teachings…a still a lot more needs to be done.
Listen to Dr. Farhat Hashmi’s lectures online in urdu.
Listen to the latest Taleem ul Quran course held at Toronto
Various Lectures in Urdu
Explanation of Sahih Bukhari in Urdu