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Women's education is just as important as men's

What has happened in Nigeria with the abduction of the young women is totally unIslamic, immoral, and irrational. The first revelation brought by Archangel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) proclaimed "Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists). Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood-a wonderful secular and scientific fact that we discovered fourteen hundred years after the revelation)." "Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen"

Acquiring knowledge (religious or secular) is an obligation for all Muslims (paraphrased saying of Prophet Muhammad). In another saying, he said "go and seek knowledge (of all kinds) even if you have to go to China." Imagine, China is thousands of miles away. The religious knowledge was in Arabia so obviously he meant knowledge in general, religious or otherwise.

In the past, especially after Islam, women were encouraged to acquire all kinds of knowledge. Women ran their own businesses, and served as counselors, judges, etc. Alongside men, they were in battlefields nursing the sick, burying the dead, and at times even in combat. Women such as Ayesha, Umm Salama, etc (may God be pleased with them) have learned the entire Quran by heart, and thousands of the Prophet's sayings have been related by them.

At times, two of the great caliphs Abu Bakr and Omar (may God be pleased with them) would seek the advice of Ayesha whenever any confusion or disagreements about religious or other matters would ensue. In another saying, the Prophet (peace be on him) said "when you teach a man, you teach a person. When you teach a woman, you teach a generation."

So one can conclude from this that education for women (be it religious or secular) is as important if not more important than that for men. So, if there are so-called Muslims who deprive women of religious and secular education, completely defy the commandments of God and teachings of Prophet Muhammad; this is horrible and these people should be held accountable and brought to justice in this world; most certainly, they will face justice when they meet their Lord on the Day of Judgment.
Sheikh Rahman,Lawrenceburg

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