The world media has just circulated the sad news about the death of Jehan Al- Sadat, the widow of the later Egyptian President, Mohamed Anwar Al- Sadat- Egypt’s First lady for 11 years, from 1970, till 1981, when Al- Sadat was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Jehan followed her father’s religion and was raised as a Muslim, and thanks to her both parents, she excelled the Arabic language and was brought up as an Egyptian girl, who understands the Egyptian society and belongs to it.
When she was a teenage girl, Jehan heard a lot about the heroism of an Egyptian activist and revolutionary named Anwar Al- Sadat, and started to look up to him as a real her who saved no effort in trying to save his country, fight for its rights and stand fearlessly in the face of the British occupation.
When Jehan and Anwar first met, she was 15 years- old, and when they decided to get married, she faced strict resistance from her parents, for Anwar back then was jobless and has no wealth or income to support a wife or have a family.
But none stood in the way of the strong love story of Jehan and Anwar and so they got married.
She joined his journey of life that took him from a man with no income to a state president.
Becoming Egypt’s First Lady, Jehan took it upon herself to help alleviate the status of Egyptian women, working on the betterment of civil laws that better served and protected their rights, especially the women’s right to custody of children after separation from the father.
She also engaged in amny aid and charity activities, especially in the aftermath of 1867 war, founding the famous charity organisation named Al Wafaa wal Amal, which worked on supporting soldiers who were harmed in the war and their families.
Among other humanitarian roles she engaged in is helping visually impaired children.
After the death of her husband, Jehan worked and did a great job supporting her family. She taught at the American University in Egypt and used her talent of drawing in holding many arts exhibitions.
She also taught at University of South Carolina and and Radford University in the U.S.
Facing many ebs and flows in the span of her life, Jehan never stopped being a faithful woman full of hope and energy and enthusiasm to lead a meaningful life and leave a good legacy behind.
Jehan Sadat died on July 9, 2021, at the age of 87, but her life is far more richer and longer than the number of years can tell.
She supported men, women and children in Egypt in various ways and through many civil and charity organisations, some of which she founded herself.
Her role didn’t stop with the death of her husband, she was rather determined to serve the Egyptian society, which she strongly belonged to in every way a person can serve his community.
Rest in Peace Jehan Sadat.
I’m not bound to win, but I’m bound to be true.