Islam not averse to girls’ education
THE argument that Islam prohibits the education of women is lame because there is not a single verse in the Qur’an to support this claim.
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, came at a time when the Arab society, like so many patriarchal societies at that time, was rife with abhorrent practices against girls. He preached Islam, liberating women and girls in every walk of life, education being a prime aspect. In modern times, those who disapprove of girls’ education are not speaking from a sound religious perspective, but rather a limited and extreme political view that does not represent all Muslims and in no way represents the position of Islam itself.
The media often shows a poor village in a Muslim country, where girls are not allowed to seek education. Then, they connect it to Islam. Critics need to stop mixing culture and religion.
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 existence of a woman is solely dependent on education from the cradle to the grave. Seeking education is a responsibility to every Muslim, male or female. Thus, seeking knowledge is a fundamental right for every Muslim woman.
For the Muslim woman, education is empowering. It removes the shackles of ignorance. It builds self-esteem and confidence. Education is the gift that keeps on giving. Morningside, Durban