“Sometimes, when all seems lost and the temptations of madness and hatred are at their worst my advise is to turn into the quiet zones, to be grateful for every little good there is, and to build on this good and hold on to it for dear life.”
I have encountered a couple of female impersonations of dark female archetypes over the last years. All had much pain to carry and all had to endure much abuse by men and their legal, administrative and social systems, but also much pain and abuse through and by themselves.
They were lost souls indeed, living in psychic deserts, looking for a way out. One woman whose detailed story I do not know, but was briefly in contact with, was in prison for fleeing the UK with her own son, was arrested and returned to the UK, was imprisoned for child kidnapping, lost the child into forced adoption and was then deported from the UK to the USA in a wheelchair and ended up stranded in Washington DC airport (here is her story in the newspaper). It was rumoured she was later taken in by a gentleman in the US in return for certain favors, who she in return robbed and she is by now perhaps yet again arrested as a petit criminal somwhere in the USA. Such a lifepath does not only speak of tragedy and the spirals of madness abuse and injustice create in people, it is also a very typical tale of modern day mad women that are roaming this earth in increasing numbers. But no feminist speaks about them and they are treated like some prosaic collatoral damage, bereft of the most basic human dignity.
In juxtaposition to this I have encountered the spirit of Fatimah al Zahra (a.s), the prophets daughters as a leader to wisdom and unity. She too had to roam many deserts, and she too suffered under cruelty, hardship and injustice, inflicted by cruesome people and their cruesome idols, and she certainly had her own share of temptations to spiral downwards into madness and hate, but she was not taken.
Sometimes, when all seems lost and the temptations of madness and hatred are at their worst my advise is to turn into the quiet zones, to be grateful for every little good there is, and to build on this good and hold on to it for dear life. الشكور Ash-Shakur is “The Rewarder of Thankfulness”, as Thankfulness to God is heard and responded to. There is a path out of the psychic desert lands of humanity for women, but it is not the path of madness and yet more abuse, but a path of great focus, goodness and stillness that rises the person above certain death in the deserts of this world, into wisdom and seeing. Humanity may treat women appalingly bad, but God does not.
Another reference relating to this little story comes to us from the Tasbih of Fatimah, a divine formula that was first given to Fatimah when she asked her father for a kaneez (servant girl) in order to help her with household chores. Her father asked her if she would like a gift instead that was better than a servant and worth more than everything in the world. Upon her ready agreement, he told her to recite at the end of every prayer the Great Exaltation, Allahu Akbar 34 times, the Statement of Absolute Gratitude, Alhamdulillah 33 times and the Invocation of Divine Glory, Subhan’Allah 33 times, totalling 100. This collective prayer is called the Tasbih of Fatima.