In this Women’s History Month, Perfect Muslim Wedding would like to recognize a few of the many distinguished Muslim women of the past and present. These are women of character, courage and commitment who have made or are making differences for the greater good of humanity in education, social-issues, politics, arts,  sports, fashion, science and more.

Women's History Month

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The Quran says: “O people, we created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into tribes and nations so that you may know each other. Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is the one who is most righteous of you.” (Quran 49:13)

In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to bring together the rich history of culture and contribution from a faith that has so much to offer not only Muslims but humanity at large. Below is the list of 40 women, feel free to share.

  1. Ā’ishah bint Abī Bakr, First female scholar who memorized more than 2210 hadith.
  2. Aida Hadzialic, First and youngest Muslim ever to serve as a minister of education in Sweden.
  3. Amani Al-Khatahtbeh , Founder of MuslimGirl becomes first Muslim company in Forbes annual 30 Under 30 list.
  4. Ameena Jandali, Co-founder Islamic Networks Group, dedicated to educating the public about Islam.
  5. Anousheh Ansari , First American-Muslim woman in space.
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  1. Ayguel Oezkan, Germany’s first Muslim woman minister.
  2. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi , Youngest member and Muslim of House of Lords in England.
  3. Benazir Bhutto, First Muslim female head of state, served 1988-1990 and 1993-1996.
  4. Bilquis Edhi , Co-Founder of Edhi Foundation, largest welfare organization in Pakistan.
  5. Dalia Mogahed , First Muslim woman in President Obama’s administration.
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  1. Dian Alyan , Founder Givelight Foundation, building beautiful homes for orphans around the world.
  2. Suzanne Barakat, Muslim Activist, Doctor, and sister of Chappell Hill, North Carolina Victims.
  3. Eqbal Asa’d, A Palestinian Muslim woman who at age 20 became youngest doctor in the world.
  4. Farkhondeh Sadegh and Laleh Keshavarz, First Muslim women to conquer Mount Everest
  5. Fatima al-Fihri, Founder of the oldest degree-granting university in the world (Morocco, unknown-880 C.E.)
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  1. Hanan Al Hroub, First Palestinian Global Teacher Prize 2016
  2. Ibtihaj Muhammad, First Muslim woman to compete for the United States in international competition in her sport.
  3. Ingrid Mattson, First Woman President of largest American-Islamic Organization Islamic Organization (ISNA).
  4. Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, First woman to accept Islam.
  5. Lubna of Córdoba, First Muslim Andalusian intellectual and founder of the famous library of Medina Azahara.
  6. Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
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  1. Mariam Sultana, First Pakistani woman to earn a doctorate in astrophysics.
  2. Mehreen Saeed Faruqi, First Muslim woman to be a member of any Australian parliament.
  3. Merve Kavakçı, First elected Turkish First Muslim MP with hijab prevented from taking oath, 1999.
  4. Nadiya Hussain, First Muslim winner , “The Great British Bake Off.”
  5. Nana Asma’u, Princess, poet and teacher fluent in multiple languages and in 1830 formed the first mobile school educating women in poor and rural areas (Nigeria, 1793-1864).
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  1. Nusayba bint Ka’b Al-Ansariyah, One of the first advocates for the rights of Muslim women (Arabia, unknown-634 C.E.)
  2. Nzinga Knight, First Hijabi American-Muslim featured on  Project Runway and featured designer at New York Fashion week.
  3. Rab’ia al-Adawiyya, Rab’ia was an eighth century Sufi saint who set forth the doctrine of “Divine Love,” (Iraq, 717-801 C.E.)
  4. Rima Fakih, First Muslim to win the Miss USA title, 2010.
  5. Saarah Hameed Ahmed, India’s first known Muslim commercial pilot.
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  1. Salma Yaqoob, Co-Founder and First chair of UK’s Respect party.
  2. Samina Baig, First Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest.
  3. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, First Pakistani to win an Academy Award.
  4. Shirin Ebadi, Iran’s first female judge and winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 2003
  5. Sultan Raziyya, First women Sultan of Delhi from 1236 to 1240.
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  1. Tahrir Hammad, First woman permitted to perform Muslim marriages in the Palestinian territories.
  2. Tawakkol Karman, Human rights activist and first Yemeni and first Arab woman to win Nobel Peace Prize.
  3. Wafaa Yaakoub, First hijabi Muslim to win, Miss Arab World 2007.
  4. Yasmin Mogahed, First American-Muslim Woman Spiritual Teacher and Author.
  5. Yasmin Ratansi , Canada’s First Muslim Woman MP, 2004.
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