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The Objective of the Essay is:
To educate women on the Islamic viewpoint of family ethics, to inculcate morals and spiritual values that form part of relationships between family members, and also to give an insight into the Life of our Role Models like the Lady of Light, Hazrat Fatima az Zahra (SA), daughter of the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAWW).
Your effort in attempting to write an Essay shall be highly appreciated. You already are a winner by attempting to write the Essay.
May ALLAH (SWT) increase our Knowledge and increase in Imáan, Ameen.  
Wishing you all successful accomplishment in this Competition!!!
Africa Federation Women’s Board (A.F.W.B.)


  1. This Competition is open for all ladies of ages 30 years and above.
  2. The word limit for this essay is 1000 – 1500 words.
  3. One entry per family.
  4. It can be written in either English or Gujarati.
  5. It can be typed or hand- written in clear writing.
  6. Quranic Verses and Ahadith (with reference) will carry Bonus points.
  7. Abbreviations or short way of writing will not be accepted (eg: u for YOU, r for ARE, Etc.)
  8. Copy pasting from sites and articles related will render the essay to be disqualified.
  9. References should be written at the end of the essay.
  10. On submission, all rights for the essay will be reserved with the Africa Federation Women’s Board (A.F.W.B.)
  11.  Deadline to Submit the Essay is on the Wiladah of Lady Fatimah (AS) which falls on 30th March 2016 (20th Jamadiul Akhirah 1437).
  12. Submit your Essay to the Women’s Board representative of your Jamaat or email it to
  13. Results will be announced on the Wiladah of Imam Ali (AS).

First Prize: Ticket for Ziyarat to Iraq during Ashura 1438 A.H.

All participants will receive Certificates of Participation.

Should you require further information, contact
NAME: ________________________________        JAMAAT: _________________   
D.O.B: _________________   (dd/mm/yy)                  AGE: ______________ Years.
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Family life plays a critical role in human civilization. It is a small world in that we are born, nurtured and brought up predominantly amid our families. Family ideals and traditions naturally leave an everlasting impression influencing our character and habits. These factors, almost always taken for granted, are in essence strongly responsible for our behaviors and developments.

The Holy Qur’an has laid immense weight on family life; touching on the minutest aspects (for guidance) in the most elaborate form.

The Holy Quran in Surah Furqan: Verse 74 says:
“And those who say: ‘O’ our Lord! Grant us from our wives and our offspring the joy of our eyes, and make us for the pious ones (their) Imams.”
And in Surah Rum: Verse 21 says:
“And among His Signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves that ye may dwell in tranquility with them and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts); verily in that are Signs for those who reflect.”
Keeping this all in mind, AFWB is pleased to announce an essay writing competition for women aged 30 and above.

The main idea of such an essay is to provide building blocks for sustainable marital relationships with the aim of having happy and healthy families that follow the footsteps of the Ahlulbayt (AS).
We hope many ladies will take part in this competition and share their experiences.

Therefore, please write an Essay on one of the three topics given below:

  1. "A good family order serves as a model for the society and its people determining the future of a nation".
  2. “DISCUSS an ideal family as preferred by Islam - distinguishing the different family structures, roles of men, women and children and the changes necessary to sustain in the developing world”.
  3. Imam e Zamana (atfs) says: “Bibi Fatima (AS) is my role model”.

Explain and discuss how one can implement it in their lives by giving practical examples.

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