What Islam Says About Educating Women

“Seeking knowledge is obligatory to every Muslim male and female”- Prophet Muhammad.

Ignorance is a disease which does not know gender and Islam is a religion which has to be learned and practiced by every believing man or woman. The argument that Islam prohibits the education of women is lame because there is not a single verse in the Quran and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad to support this claim.

Allah the Almighty said in the Quran, know me before you worship, if you do not know me how can you worship me. All the commandments of Allah in the Quran does not discriminate against gender. Women should equally worship Allah like men. Females are supposed to memorize the Quran, fast, pray, perform hajj, give zakat, wear hijab etc. How are we supposed to know all these things if we are not educated?

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In Islam we were taught that if you educate a man you educate an individual and if you educate a woman you educate an entire nation. Basically, the entire existence of a woman is solely depending on education from the cradle to the grave. Aisha the wife of Prophet Muhammad was one of the greatest scholars Islam has ever had. She had a profound ability to memorize and she memorized the entire Quran and more than two thousand Hadith. She also conveyed the teachings of the Prophet to a lot of Muslims at that time.

According to the Prophet, Muslim men should marry righteous and knowledgeable women because she is the woman who is going to raise your children. A mother is a school and she is the first teacher of her children. So how can people say that Islam does not encourage the education of women? This is a very big misunderstanding. It is true that some Muslim communities do not allow their females to go to school but that is their culture and society; Islam is not to be blamed for it.

Why must each and every woman stay home and do chores every single day for the rest of their lives? That is not part of the teachings of Islam. The kind of education I am talking about does not only entail religious education; it is equally important to have secular education. The entire Muslim community cannot be made up of Islamic scholars. If need be, why can’t we learn and become engineers, female gynecologists, midwives, nurses, business women etc?

Girls all over the world, who know the beauty of education, are struggling to get educated and even with that struggle, they are not encouraged because of the lack of incentives and equal paychecks like men and this stereotype should end because women are equally putting in the same work as men.

The impact an educated woman has on the society is tremendous because whatever a man can do, a woman can do better. Seeking education is a responsibility to every Muslim whether you are a male or female. Thus, seeking knowledge is a fundamental right for every Muslim woman.

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