Asiya the wife of Pharaoh , “Die to live” ( Four great women Series part 1)

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We recite to you from the news of Moses and Pharaoh in truth for a people who believe.

Indeed, Pharaoh exalted himself in the land and made its people into factions, oppressing a sector among them, slaughtering their [newborn] sons and keeping their females alive. Indeed, he was of the corrupters.

And We wanted to confer favor upon those who were oppressed in the land and make them leaders and make them inheritors( surah 28: 3-5)


Society today has murdered the Muslim man via character assignation and wants to continue to do so and prevent what cant be prevented anyway.They want to keep The women alive under one condition “you stay weak and powerless”. In this article we will see with permission of ALLAH SWT how one women faced the same problems women are facing today, and how one woman became an example for mankind. There two key problems why we having this discussion. First of all The belittlement of the responsibility of the wife and secondly the jealously and envy of the women that stand against the norm. All these attributes we tend to lack in our society, Asiyah ( may blessing and peace upon her) had in much tougher times. She died to live but how is the are we going to keep the female alive ? let’s see.


Countless attacks on the Muslim woman. Her status, her reputation, her values, her being, as strong hold of the family all questioned and disregarded. The Muslima has been maligned and ignored. She has been pushed aside and strangers forcefully started representing her values, apparently. “We the authority will respond on her behalf, she needs our help, she is oppressed”. “We are the only people who can decide her fate and how she ought to conduct her life”. “If she goes against us without permission she must be destroyed”.

A familiar narrative, to be exact in the same command form used by Pharaoh the worst tyrant that ever existed in History. This reaction of the  Pharaoh and his people when Moses and Aaron  (may Peace be upon them )came to challenge the status Quo with a new ideal way of life. History rewind, a similar approach by a society full of Hedonism and cupidity ready to take up the challenge of the ideas. False Prophets and weak magicians.

The voice of western media has become a bully on the block. The media an institution that does not compromise. Its fruits materialized  in France with the  ban of the Burqaa. They want freedom  for “HER”  but how ? How when we all are slaves in  one way or the other. We are slaves with different masters. Liberation for the women when we are born to be slaves ? The Muslim women decides to enslave herself to the one and only Al AHAD. The Same way ASIYA decided to go  against the authority which lead to her death, what death really means in this context will be revealed at later stage . The Noble Quran tells us….

Pharaoh] said, “You believed him before I gave you permission. Indeed, he is your leader who has taught you magic. So I will surely cut off … I will crucify you on the trunks of palm trees, and you will surely

They said, “Never will we prefer you over what has come to us of clear proofs and [over] He who created us. So decree whatever you are to decree. You can only decree for this worldly life. (20 : 72-73)

Asiyah bint Muzahim or also know as the wife of the Pharaoh the tyrant, the worst disbeliever and claimant of godhead, is one of the four great Women that attains this status in a time similar to our yet not fully comparable. She makes two vital decision that change her life, and both decision against the social norm.Two decision that forced her to look beyond the material life. These two decision make her example for all generations. It’s ironical that the perfect balance of femininity and her bravery imparted her the privileged to be on the position of great esteem and be on the everlasting Pedestal of gold.

Asiya was the reason for the rescue of a nation. Her maternity instinct allowed her to save what really belonged to her. Pure Femininity, and maternity was the key in society where men were seen as Gods, a nightmare for feminist an reality for Asiya. Let us repeat it again she was the reason for the rescue of a nation because she took ownership over the situation.  She said to Pharaoh and the Noble Quran Tells us

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And the wife of Pharaoh said, “[He will be] a comfort of the eye for me and for you. Do not kill him; perhaps he may help us, or we may adopt him as a son.” And they perceived not.  (28:9)

This decision predestines her fate. The killing of newborn continues to take place in our modern society. The differences between the society Pharaoh was presence, and our is that the babies are not born at all. The woman has to compete with her career, and cannot afford to be pregnant therefore pregnancy is seen as weakness.

ishr-burka these are the tactics they try to distort the image of the Muslim women

Dr. Henry Makow mentions in his article ‘  ” Feminism teaches woman who feminine nature has resulted in “oppression” ant that she should convert to make behavior instead, The result a confused and aggressive woman with a large chip on her shoulder, unfit wife to become a  mother. This can be mirrored into statistics. For example in a research documentary by the title of “The world is Changing” world’s changing demographics is shown for various regions. According to this documentary if any culture wants to maintain itself more than 25 years then its fertility rate should  be at least 2.11 children/per family. Historically a culture has never reversed its dying process with a fertility rate of 1.9 children per family. This process is impossible to reverse at the fertility rate 1.3 children per family. The fertility rate or various countries in Europe were well all under 2.11 rate in 2007.In France the fertility rate was 1.8, 1.6 for England 1.3 Greece 1.3 for Germany 1.2 for Italy 1.1 for Spain and 1.6. The fertility rate for th entire European Union combined is 1.38.

The second decision, and out of the two probably the best decision was her decision to leave all worldly affairs behind for everlasting place in paradise. She left  power and  wealth behind. She was the Queen and had everything a woman could dream of. She recognized the opportunity to rescue the baby that turned to be her means of salvation. She ultimately embraced death in worldly sense to proceed to her real home. And The Noble Qur’an tells us

“God sets forth an example for those who believe — the wife of Pharaoh who said: My Lord, build for me with Thee a house in heaven, and save me from the Pharaoh and his doings, and save me from an unjust people.”(Surah 66:11)

Its only Jealousy

These are the verses and many more directed towards women, and men to follow. The manifestation of this Surah makes it even clearer. Many people don’t know but the reason behind  revelation of the Surah was due to a plot set by the two wives of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ) . Jealousy overtook them.

It is recorded in Sahih of Bukhari and in other collection of Ahadith on the authority of Sayyidah Ai’shah  that it was daily practice  of the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ) of  ALLAH  ( سبحانه و تعالى ) to visit each of his wives after Asr prayer for a short time inquiring about their welfare. Once he visisted Sayyidah Zainab( may Allah be pleased with her) and spent  more time with her than normal and had some honey offered by her. Sayyidah A ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) says ” I developed some envy and in consultation with Hafsah decided that when the Messenger() of ALLAH ( سبحانه و تعالى)would visit any one of us, she would say to him have you had `maghafir ( a herb that resembled gum with a slightly unpleasant smell)  They executed their plan.

The Messenger of Allah  said  “I have not  had any Maghafir. I only had some honey. “The Holy wife said: “It  is possible that the honeybee might have sat on the Maghafir shrub and drank its nectar. The messenger of Allah , because of his natural dislike for unpleasant odour, swore and promised not to take honey any more. However, he did not want the feelings of Sayyidah  Zainb (may Allah be pleased with her) to be hurt, and he said to his wife that the incident should be kept secret and should not be recounted to anyone else, But she told about it to another wife.

Some reports say that it was at the house of Sayyidah Hafsah( may Allah be pleased with her) that was served with honey, and that the wives who planned were recount the incident in other ways. It is possible that many incidents of similar nature might have taken place and these verses were revealed after them.


How are we going to connect the dots from here ?  let’s think about  what we discussed and the noble Qur’an says. Asiya is elevated as example for the believer through the her sacrifice she offered.However considering the context and the time the verse was revealed, Jealousy was the cause for these pious women( may Allah swt be pleased with them) to plot against another women that caught the attention of her husband (صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ ).

“Mothers, sisters and daughters, If that was a reality at that time what makes us think it’s different now ? ” Jealousy and envy is what drives them insane.It’s not because they want your freedom, its because they know that it is wrong to dress in a revealing manner is wrong. Its because they know that they are wrong for their choice of lifestyle. Shaytan indeed aim was to have a nude society from the beginning of time.

O children of Adam, let not Satan tempt you as he removed your parents from Paradise, stripping them of their clothing to show them their private parts. Indeed, he sees you, he and his tribe, from where you do not see them. Indeed, We have made the devils allies to those who do not believe. (7:27)

We live in times where marketing they direct towards nudity. it is is done in unprecedented fashion and a novelty to our brains.Women suffer at work places because of it and are sometimes discriminated if they don’t have the look or adhere to a more erotic dress code.


Carol Vorderman has revealed she was once told she would never make it as a TV presenter because “her boobs weren’t big enough”.l living in male dominated society. a society that claims to be so advanced and tolerated. These are the anecdotes that make a huge amount of women in the west and elsewhere.

They Proclaim” We  are modern people, in Modern times” but are they not the same people heralding “we progressed since the Neanderthal”. When Neanderthal themselves were wearing clothes. We live in a time where the women is only seen as commodity. A fraction of women refuse to lose the piece of cloth that connects them to their creator. As result of that the world turns against them. ” How can they refuse River island, Top Shop and Tyra banks in exchange for a veil” these are the sentenced whilst they plotting.

The same  way the magician were planning against Musa and Harun ( Aley Selam).  Asiya( may peace be upon her) in the midst of this trails exceeds most of the people and created an astonishing legacy. She died to live because she left this world behind and endured the affliction and decided with conviction what was the truth in a time where the truth became falsehood and falsehood truth. Internchange pleads the women of this nation, Muslim, non-Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Jew, Sikh and Buddhist take an example in this Great woman( may Allah  be pleased with her). Be inspired and follow. Be inspired and teach. Be inspired and be Great. A Great woman.


2 thoughts on “Asiya the wife of Pharaoh , “Die to live” ( Four great women Series part 1)

  1. Asalamalykum.Mashaa Allah,this is a nice article.women and men ought to borrow a leaf from this story.JazakumuAllah.

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