UK Bids Farewell to Education Muslim Hero

SHAFAQNA - Bidding Farewell to an advocate of Muslim women’s education, family of Wahdani Sarwar Abbasi said they are immensely proud of their mother who passed away earlier this month.

“We are saddened by our mother’s passing but we focus on her great achievements in life,” the youngest son of Abbasi, Asad, told Liverpool Echo on Tuesday, June 23.

“She started life in some very tough circumstances and went on to be a role model for Muslim women.”

Asad was paying tribute for his late mother, Asad, who challenged the negative image of Muslim women in UK.

Moving to Liverpool in 1963 with her Pakistani husband, the Indian-born Muslim mother advocated education for young Muslim women and voluntarily taught many young women languages and Islamic studies.

“She encouraged development of women through education and always immersed herself into British life as well as practicing her faith,” Asad said.

“The role of the female in Muslim society is still being developed – people have a stereotype image of a ‘stay-at-home’ Muslim wife; my mother defied this and my father always encouraged her to do so.”

In the 1970s, Abbasi contributed in establishing the city’s first post-war mosque Ar Rahma Masjid, Hatherley Street, Toxteth.

The late grandmother was a treasurer for the Muslim Enterprise Development Service besides supporting the development of the Abdullah Quilliam Society and The Olive Tree on Renshaw Street.

Obtaining a college degree in sociology from the University of Liverpool in 1983, the Muslim mother worked as a probation officer working in Belle Vale, Wavertree and Toxteth.

Becoming a widow in 1986, Abbasi is survived by five sons, daughters, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

“As a family, we are immensely proud of our mother’s achievements,” Asad said.

Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.

Islam, as a divine religion, sets down rules that strike a balance between men’s responsibilities and women’s rights.

Woman is recognized by Islam as the full and equal partner of the man in the procreation of humankind.

By this partnership, she has an equal share in every aspect.

She is entitled to equal rights, she undertakes equal responsibilities, and she has as many qualities and as much humanity as her partner.


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