Female Scholars? Heavens Forbid!

“For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the stock image of an Islamic scholar is a gray-bearded man. Women tend to be seen as the subjects of Islamic law rather than its shapers. And while some opportunities for religious education do exist for women — the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo has a women’s college, for example, and there are girls’ madrasas and female study groups in mosques and private homes — cultural barriers prevent most women in the Islamic world from pursuing such studies. Recent findings by a scholar at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in Britain, however, may help lower those barriers and challenge prevalent notions of women’s roles within Islamic society. Mohammad Akram Nadwi, a 43-year-old Sunni alim, or religious scholar, has rediscovered a long-lost tradition of Muslim women teaching the Koran, transmitting hadith (deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) and even making Islamic law as jurists.”

Continue reading here to discover a secret history. Also related: “Islam’s pioneering women priests”.

This made my day.

God Bless

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~ by usma on 26, February, 2007.

6 Responses to “Female Scholars? Heavens Forbid!”

  1. women… going to school??? getting educated???

    wow whats going on in this world?!?!?!?!

  2. why shouldn t women get any education? what u r saying there is disgussing…we re also human, we have needs as u, rights and so on…people like u shouldn t live in the same world as women…

  3. I’m pretty sure haseeb bhai was being sarcastic there. 🙂

  4. was i?

  5. you better have been.I ain’t having no nonsense on my blog : )

  6. ‘Aisha (RA) is cosidered one of the top scholars of Islam. You can’t consider any book of Hadeeth, Fiqh, Tafseer etc., as authentic if it doesn’t contain Hadeeth narrated by ‘Aisha (RA). The Scholars say that Allah commanded the marriage of ‘Aisha and the Messenger of Allah (SAW) at a young age so she could learn from him (SAW). Also, after the death of the Messenger of Allah (SAW), since ‘Aisha (RA) had no children, she could devote all her time to the teaching of what she had learrned. Her knowledge was vast and this is why MANY of the Sahaba (RA) came to her seeking knowledge and Hadeeth.

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