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A woman can change her family’s life.

There was a family in Afghanistan who had a terrible life. They were all illiterate, and although they tried very hard to change their lives, they couldn’t.

One day the mother said to her son, “Son, you have to get married.”

But her son had grown up with such negative thoughts about women that he told her, “No, I don’t want to get married.”

His mother said, “I am a woman and I am also your mother. Am I bad? You have to think about your future, and if you don’t get married, how will have a good family?”

So he decided to get married. His wife was a very good, smart woman. She knew that her husband was poor, so she decided to help him.

She had a good job as a teacher. She loved to teach, and her salary was enough to take care of her family. Her husband didn’t have a job, but when he saw how hard his wife was working for his family, he decided to work hard also.

When he worried that he didn’t have a job, she said, “Don’t worry, I am with you and we will help each other. Insha’Allah.”

His life began to change. He decided to study every night, and his wife helped him read and write.

He learned the difference between bad and good and how important women are in life. Now that this man understands that a woman can bring such change, he is happy and he and his wife have four children.

A woman can change the world. Every woman can do this.

The holy Qu’ran says to respect your mother because heaven is below a mother’s feet.

A mother does not eat, but gives food to her children. A mother does not sleep, but she lets her child sleep well.

Without women, the world will never improve. A mother raises good children, and then a child becomes a doctor, teacher, or king—all because of a caring mother.

By Mahbooba

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