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The Beauty Of A Pure Soul – A Woman



A woman pure as a dew drop, delicate as a silk string, pretty as a butterfly, strong as a tide. A woman was made out of a rib yet she stands strong. If only she understood her own value she wouldn’t be in pain.
She feels that she ain’t someone special; she doesn’t realize that she does not need anyone to make her see herself as a great person. The moment she starts believing in herself and respecting herself enough, she would rise above all and against all odds.

A woman so strong, so polite, so caring, she’s often equated to an angel of this world. She is a daughter, a sister, a mother, a companion in happiness and sorrow.

Throughout her life she goes through a number of phases that help her grow, make her strong when she’d lose confidence somewhere in between, and the moment she breaks down into pieces, she’s got enough strength to get up by gathering all those broken pieces of her, glue them together and get back with her life.

God has given her such a pretty stature; if only she saw herself as God had made her, she would realize how precious she is, how beautiful she is from inside no matter how she looks or what color of her skin she may have. Woman in every form is God’s handiwork.

She starts her life in this world first as her father’s princess, the coolness of her parents’ eyes and later as a lady as she thinks.
She is her daddy’s little treasure of her house, a precious gem of her family.
In olden days, one used to think it is the son which carries the pride of family, where as now people have come to realize that what is true is really the contrast. A girl in actual terms carry the pride and respect of her family, most of the girls know not or might realize this much later.

Her journey continues as daughter alone with few more titles such as sister, friend, best friend, special friend, soul mate, wife, mother, daughter-in-law, etc. The list goes on. And in all of these, she is tested every step of the way in terms of her kindness, strength, patience, confidence. If only she would value herself more she would be unstoppable. She is that pearl which is held down in a strong shell until it is discovered and out in the world where nobody knows its true value. And even then, she cannot be given a value. She’s priceless!

She is that unstoppable force of nature that stays calm for an incredibly long period of her life, even in trying times, but when the she loses it, that would be the end of your story. She can be pushed to her maximum threshold and she wont utter a word, but when time comes, yes, she will rise above everyone and teach you how to behave. You wouldn’t want to push her that far cause it might get real nasty at times.

God has given her a special place.
Paradise lies beneath her feet; what else could a woman want?
They deserve respect in every way. But respect is earned when you learn to respect your own self first to set the norms of how you want to be treated. Only then will others know how you want to be dealt with. If you degrade yourself in any way especially in the name of liberalization, so will the rest of the world.

All she need to do is-

Firdos Rahman
MGM Institute of Health Sciences.

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The Second Wife



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The words reverberated through my brain. Why? Am I not good enough? Never! I will never accept a second wife! If you want a second wife you can go out and get one as long as you know that I will not be here when you come back! Those were my words to my husband a few years ago when he mentioned to me that he is intending to marry again a second time. It was a woman recently divorced, 4 children.

She is having a hard time, he said, she don’t know where the next meal is coming from or how to provide adequately for her children. “Where is their father?” I asked, “Can’t he take care of his own kids? Why do you a strange man have to carry another man’s burden? Surely there are other ways that you can help her out financially without having to marry her! I could not imagine myself in a plural marriage. Sharing my husband with another woman. Sharing his love, his smiles, his jokes with a woman other than myself. I could not fathom him holding her close and whispering loving words in her ears. It was unacceptable.

An outrage. After all I have been to him. Wife, lover, mother, doctor, housekeeper. I raised 3 of his beautiful children. How can he insult me by marrying another woman as if I am not good enough. Not pretty enough. Not young enough or just plain not ENOUGH! NO! I could not accept that and I vehemently made my stance clear to him. If she walks in, I walk out! Plain and simple. If he is willing to risk our marriage, our life, our children for another woman, then he must go ahead. I will not stand for it! It all seems so many years ago now. When I thought that life would last forever and that nothing will ever change.

But it did.. My husband did not get married to a second wife. After all my warnings and threats of leaving he abandoned the idea. I don’t know what happened to the women and children. My guess is that they moved on to another town. He never mentioned a second wife again and I was happy with that. I managed to hang on to my husband but I didn’t know that our time was running out. His last words to me were that he had a headache and is going to lie down till Esha. He never read Esha namaaz that night, because he never woke up. I was devastated by his sudden death. The man whom I have spent my life with, snatched away from me in a second. I mourned him for a long, long time. Neglecting my children and the business. Soon all went to waste and we started losing everything one by one. First the car then the shop, then the house.

We moved in with my brother and his family. My 3 children and I crowded the house and my sister in law soon became annoyed by our presence. I needed to get out, to work and find a place of our own instead of living off the leftovers of others. But I had no skill. When my husband was alive we lived comfortably. I had no need to go out and work or-or equip myself with a skill. Life was very difficult for me and my children and I wasn’t young anymore. I missed him everyday with every beat of my heart. How could ones condition change so drastically? One day my brother told me that someone he knew is looking for a wife.

He was a good person, good akhlaq and very pious. Perfect for me, but he wants me to be his second wife. It’s the second time in my life that the word second wife was mentioned to me. But how different the circumstances. He came to my brothers house to see me. There was an immediate connection between us. I liked him and I liked everything about him. He told me that his first wife knows that he is intending to marry again but that she is obviously not supportive of the idea and that he doesn’t know what her reaction will be when he tells her that he had found someone. His answer he said, will be dependent on her acceptance of Polygamy.

I started reading Istikhara that night. I so desperately wanted it to work out. I remembered so many years ago when the life of another woman depended on my decision and what my decision was. I felt contrite, I felt that because I did not give another woman a chance, a space in my life, that Allah will punish me this time around. I repented, not once in my life did I think my action worthy of repentance because I had done nothing wrong. I only protected what was mine. Now that I am on the receiving end, I realized how wrong I was in denying another woman this privilege of a husband.

I prayed that she will accept me. He phoned me a few days later telling me that his wife is having a hard time accepting it but that she is willing to meet me. I was nervous the day of the meeting. I prayed a lot the day before and asked Allah to help me. When I met her, she was a person, a woman like me. A woman who loves her husband and fears losing him. She took my hand and with tears in her eyes said: ” This is very hard for me, but I hope that we can be sisters”. Her words broke my heart. All I needed in these dark days was a hand reaching out to me and embracing me, giving me hope and the will to carry on. His wife was to me, the woman that I could not be and I will be forever grateful for that. I thought that no one could love her husband the way I loved mine, but she taught me the true meaning of unconditional love…

by Wajeeha Naeem 
The City School

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Muniba Mazari wins Karic Award in Serbia



Muniba Mazari wins Karic Award in Serbia on Times of Youth

The most beautiful lady on the wheel who inspires millions around the World. If you feel demotivated & depress & now you can’t do anything, you are helpless then you must Google one name; The great Muniba Mazari. The biggest example of positive attitude, passion for life, passion for work and strongest willpower. The greatest example of courage & willpower that can even beat death & any disability!

Muniba Mazari wins Karica Brother Award. The Karic Brothers Award has been established as a result of a firm belief in the inexhaustible capacity of intellect and value, primarily of our own people. Its purpose is to stimulate and motivate all those who create and produce a value that will result in more pleasant living conditions. On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the BK Company, the Karic family and the Karic Foundation introduced the Karic Brothers Award.

It is presented for the highest achievements in the following categories: culture and arts, scientific research work, publishing and journalism, economy and commerce, humanitarian activity in support of peace, cooperation and amity amongst people. The award is presented annually. Individuals, organizations, and institutions all have the right to propose a candidate.

The proposal should be submitted in written form to the Karic Foundation. The Executive Board decides on the laureates. A team of experts proposes to the Board three candidates in each category of whom one is subsequently chosen. The award was originally presented in 1998 and the names of its winners best attest to the justified ambition of becoming, with time, the Serbian equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

“Thank you very much Karić Foundation for acknowledging the efforts and for giving this huge honor! While I am nothing without the support of my mother, family, and friends I’ll dedicate this award to all the people of the world who suffer discrimination of any sort. To all the people who are made to believe they are lesser of a human.

Let’s hope for a tomorrow free of discrimination be it gender, racial, religious or against people with physical or mental challenges. Let’s be there for one another, let’s embrace everyone the way they are. In the end, a little more kindness and a little less judgment are all we need to make this world a better place to live. So let’s be kind and be human!” – Muniba Mazari

Written by Rohayl Varind


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Opportunities For Youth

Women Deliver Young Leaders Program 2018



Applications for the 2018 class of Women Deliver Young Leaders are now open. Women Deliver will be accepting 300 young advocates for the next class of Young Leaders. The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is a two-year program that trains, elevates, and empowers youth advocates to catalyze action for gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women — with particular emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights and meaningful youth engagement.

The program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence and actively shape the programs and policies that affect their lives. Started in 2010, the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is comprised of 400 youth advocates from more than 100 countries, with 300 more scheduled to join in early 2018.

Benefits of Women Deliver Young Leaders Program 2018

The Young Leaders Program provides youth advocates with opportunities to build and strengthen their advocacy capacity and skills, through:

  1. Global visibility as champions for the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women.
  2. Networking opportunities with high-level decision-makers, stakeholders, media, private sector representatives, and other change-makers, including other youth advocates and activists working around the world.
  3. Digital University: Structured coursework led by a faculty of experts provides a solid foundation that enables each Young Leader to enact change and deliver for girls and women.
  4. Speakers Bureau: The Women Deliver Speakers Bureau identifies national and global speaking opportunities for Young Leaders while elevating them to positions of influence and power, including on panels, on commissions, and on boards.
  5. Seed Grants: Women Deliver provides seed grants to select Young Leaders to implement short-term advocacy and communications projects that they create in order to advance the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in their communities and across the globe.
  6. Women Deliver Global Conference: All Young Leaders receive a full scholarship to attend a Women Deliver Global Conference 2019 in Canada from June 2-6, 2019. Young Leaders attend at two-day Youth Pre-Conference, participate in sessions at the Youth Zone, and receive numerous media and speaking opportunities.
  7. Media Opportunities & Training: The program provides in-depth media messaging and engagement training, designed to provide Young Leaders with a strong foundation to work with the media as a successful advocacy tool.
  8. Direct In-Country Advocacy: In their respective countries, Women Deliver Young Leaders Young Leaders work on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the grassroots and national levels through partnerships with civil society organizations and other key stakeholders.
  9. Alumni Network & Mentorship Opportunities: Upon successful completion of the program, membership in the Women Deliver Young Leaders global alumni network for continued learning, networking, and support.
  • Individuals between the ages of 15 and 28 can apply. Applicants must have been born between December 31, 1989 and December 31, 2002; this is to ensure Women Deliver Young Leaders are under the age of 30 for the duration of the program.
  • All young people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national origin are encouraged and welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must speak, write, and read English with proficiency and have regular access to the internet.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.
Official Link to Apply for Women Deliver Young Leaders Program 2018

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