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Mother-the Spider Mother


Mother's day remind me the great mother of Bengal. She is none but our beloved Rokeya Begam. Rokeya is fondly called Spider Mother. The mother represented and still represents asylum for millions helpless,oppressed & repressive women. Mother stood against all odds,challenged orthodox people and led Muslim Women to empowerment.
She was born in a conservative,affluent family. She was denied education in schools.She was barred in reading Bengali as well as English. However ,she manged to learn both the languages by her own in a hidden manner. She became prolific writer. I her later life she wrote many drawing attention of the society. Her English novel; Sultana's dream is a slap to the male dominated society. She opened school for Muslim girls.She realized Education can change the mindset of muslim women. She organized Anjuman-e-khawatin-e-Islam- a Muslim women's association.She correctly diagnosed in those days that scientific thinking and education will give women self-realization and translate women's potential. I could recall her famous speech" We are half of the society and if we are left behind,how can the society progress? If a person's one leg is tired,how far can he go? The interests of men and women are the sme,the goal of life is the same for both".

She daunted to speak " Although Islam has successfully prevented the physical killing of baby girls,yet Muslims have been glibly and frantically wrecking the mind,intellects and judgement of their daughters till the present day. Many consider it a mark of honor to keep their daughters ignorent and deprive them of knowledge and understanding of the world by coping them up within the four walls of the house".

Mother Rokeya is the inspiration to the Muslim world. I regard her today.



mrushkin's picture

Hi there, I wanted to commend

Hi there, I wanted to commend you on such an insightful post. I had never heard of Mother Rokeya until I read this. She sounds like an amazing voice of reason and gender equity. That quote speaks volumes about the heinously hypocritical treatment of women all over the world. Thank you for your thoughts, keep it up.

mitraprof's picture


thanks for your comments. Mother Rokeya is indeed a grt, personality. Thanks again for ur interest.Regards,

kirthijay's picture

What a beautiful set of

What a beautiful set of thoughts! I am inspired by Mother Rokeya, and your own story in sharing about the inspiration you derived from her!
In Peace,

mitraprof's picture


i am elated to have ur nice comments. Thanks

hanasazi's picture

I had not heard of Mother

I had not heard of Mother Rukeya before reading your post either. What an inspiring woman! And what a beautiful thing you have done by lifting her up on Mother's Day so we all can learn of her and the many things she has done to empower Muslim women.

"We are half of the society and if we are left behind, how can the society progress? If a person's one leg is tired,how far can he go? The interests of men and women are the same, the goal of life is the same for both."
She said it all in her simple and beautifully worded statement. Thank you so much for sharing the story of this strong, determined and compassionate woman. May we all learn from her shining example!

mitraprof's picture


i love ur effusive admiration for the post. Thanks that u read between the lines. really Royeka is great.
mitra prof.

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