“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, She stands ups for all women” -Maya Angelou
They say when women support each other, incredible things happen. And one such incredible thing just happened in our land of paradise; Dr. Mubeena Ramzan became the first Kashmiri women to feature among world’s 500 most influential Muslims. The above quote is absolutely true for her; she gave life to the quoted words.
Dr. Mubeena Ramzan created history and is truly inspiring for all the women in Kashmir. She was born in Sopore in district Baramulla and did her initial schooling from Islamia High School, Baramulla. There, she was taught Islamiyat, Arabic and Hindi which helped her to broaden her thought process. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies and after that she completed my B.Ed, Masters degree and Research from University of Kashmir (KU). As a scholar, her research on Kashmiri Society and its social evils made her realise she must do something to mitigate the crisis. And that’s when the idea of quitting lectureship came up. She then started Jamia Islamia Mahdul Muslimat under the aegis of Mahdul Muslimat Educational Trust in 2002. She has come a long way from a rented building in Sopore to purchase a land and built a proper girls-only seminary-cum-skill school.
She is a firm believer of ‘Empowered women empower women’ and real empowerment comes from imparting education and skills. This is the main objective she wanted to inculcating education with Islamic integration and imparting skills among women which will boost their confidence to face different realities of life. She had realised that women need to be aware why education is important and how it can help them to remove injustice and inequalities. Empowerment acts as a powerful tool especially for women to break the barriers that are made by the society. And the school that she has started is the perfect place to make it happen. Besides the teaching of religious text the school imparts worldly education too. In 2013, Dr. Muneeba called a meet of women from different walks of the life where they all decided to have some welfare initiatives and after a year in March 2014 “Ansar-un-Nissa” formed. This welfare body aimed to help the needy, would-be brides, widows, orphans, etc. This is one of the most remarkable work she has ever done.
The road to success is not a bed of roses, there are many challenges that she faced. She was opposed by so-called Moulvis for starting girls only style institute called Madrassa as it was destroying their ego that how a female can run a Madrassa. But all thanks to efforts now their perception has changed.
She has left no stone unturned to have a balanced approach where woman and man both would take care of their roles and responsibilities. We salute this lady for her outstanding contribution for our valley and inspiring all the young girls and women of Kashmir.