The definition of the word “widow” is one whose spouse dies and as a result of this, she loses the father of her children, her soulmate, financial support, and the guardian of her home. As a result of this loss, a widow is now supposed to take full responsibility for her role as a single parent and look after her children. This leads to her suffering both emotionally and psychologically and plays a big part in her mental health. The rights of women are well documented in the Quran and the Hadith.
Helping the widows is a Jihad
Abu Haraira radi Allah anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace, and blessings be upon him, said, “One who lends effort to the widows and the poor is like one waging Jihad in the way of Allah, or one who regularly prays at night and fasts during the day”.
Source: Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim