Prophet pro­moted lib­er­a­tion for women

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THE Prophet Muham­mad (may 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.

All his wives were well ed­u­cated, cul­ti­vat­ing a cul­ture of in­tel­lec­tu­al­ism among all Mus­lim women. The study of the life of the Holy Prophet also shows that he him­self made spe­cial ar­range­ments for the ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing of women.

In mod­ern times, those who dis­ap­prove of girls’ ed­u­ca­tion are not speak­ing from a sound re­li­gious per­spec­tive, but rather a lim­ited view that does not rep­re­sent all Mus­lims and in no way rep­re­sents the po­si­tion of Is­lam it­self. In re­al­ity, there is noth­ing in the teach­ings of Is­lam that prevents the ed­u­ca­tion of girls – the truth is quite the con­trary, as we have seen.

When we think of Mus­lim women, the main­stream me­dia rarely cel­e­brates them as ca­reer-ori­en­tated. Myths abound of them al­legedly feel­ing too “trapped” to work or hav­ing to “pick” be­tween their faith and their ca­reer.

Is­lam has sanc­tioned the right for ed­u­ca­tion for all Mus­lim women. If some Mus­lims don’t be­lieve in al­low­ing their daugh­ters to go to school, to learn to read, to pur­sue and to suc­ceed in their re­spec­tive ca­reers, then it’s the be­liefs and prac­tices of such Mus­lims, and not Is­lam.

To the daugh­ters of Is­lam, I say to al­ways re­mem­ber Prophet Muham­mad’s (mp­buh) dec­la­ra­tion: “Ed­u­ca­tion is oblig­a­tory upon ev­ery Mus­lim man and woman” (Tir­midhi).

SHIREEN LAKHI

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