OF MUSLIM WOMEN IN EDUCATION
Final Testament, Holy Qur’an regards man and woman equal
in terms of piety, uprightness and accountability. However it
demarcates the work fields for them. All the financial responsibilities
of the family are laid down on men while women folk have been
entrusted with looking after the homely affairs and upbringing
of the coming generation.
my view, education does not mean only schooling, but inculcating
high values and decent manners in children. A child needs nursing
and the best nursing can be had from the mother. In the Final
Testament, good manners, etiquettes, established good social
norms and moral obligations are given priority in all human
dealings. It states in chapter 4 verse 36:
worship One and the Only GOD and do not associate anyone with
HIM, and behave nicely to parents, to nears, to deprived ones,
to needy, to your neighbors, to even strange neighbors, to the
person beside you, to the way farer, and to your subordinates
Holy Qur'an 4/36)
Muslim mother should educate, rather inculcate in the younger
generation the qualities enumerated by the Holy Qur’an.
Of course a mother is the first teacher of a child and she should
make all out efforts to educate her children in line with the
divine commandments. Only admitting the child in the best school
will not serve the whole purpose. A Muslim mother should serve
the society by providing well mannered future citizens.
educated women can serve the society in different capacities
if required. According to one tradition as mentioned in the
collections of Qadama Ibne Ja’far, Prophet Muhammad soon
after he migrated to Madinah, appointed a lady, Shifa Binte
Abdullah on an important post to look after the market affairs
of Madinah as she happened to be a literate.
is a mother who happens to be the first teacher of any child.
The affection, service, nursing qualities are the specification
of women folk. There are faculties where women can play a better
role than men. It seems to me that education and medical helps
can be handling more smartly by women. Of course she is the
one who delivers the humanity. GOD Almighty enjoins to be very
kind with parents, whereas the mother scales high as she carries,
nurses and educates the humanity. Mothers should play this role
for the larger interest of the humanity.