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Alimatul Qibtiyah: An inspiring woman

  • Cynthia Webb

    Contributor

Brisbane, QLD, Australia   /   Tue, June 7 2011   /  07:00 am

JP/Cynthia WebbAlim is quite a legend at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, USA.

The story of how she came to get her Master's degree and give birth to her second son, Zihan, on the same day, was reported in the campus magazine as “The Incredible day of Alimatul Qibtiyah”.

Alim, one of nine children was born in Ngawi, East Java, in September, 1971. When her mother was pregnant with a tenth child, Alim went to live with her childless aunt and uncle in Madura at the age of five.

They were kind, until about a year later when their own child was born. From then on, she had to do her own laundry and a lot of housework and they were strict on her.

Unhappy, she gathered her belongings in a sarong and left on foot to return to her parents. But not far down the road, she realized that Madura is an island and she had no money for the boat fare. She ...