MUSLIM WOMEN GOING TO COLLEGE


Education, Women & Family / Sunday, August 17th, 2008

The one and only purpose for which Allah has created us and sent us here for a temporary stay on earth is for His Ibaadat. The Quran states: “I have not created jinn and man, but that they render Ibaadat to Me”.

There are many categories of Ibaadat. All aspects of a Muslim’s life must operate within the borders of the Ibaadat that Allah has created for him/her. This Divine Ibaadat regulates the entire life of a Muslim. Since the purpose of the creation of mankind and jinnkind is to worship Allah the Almighty, and since our stay here on earth is but for a short while, it is only intelligent that we do not lose sight of the onward journey, the goal of which will be Jannat where the total and perfect victory and prosperity will be attained. Hazrat Usman (ra) said in this
regard: “Verily, Allah Ta’ala awarded the dunyan to you so that you may search for Aakhirat by means of it. Allah Ta’ala did not give the world to you so that you incline towards it. Verily, the world will perish and the Aakhirat will endure forever. Therefore, do not let this world that will perish one day, reduce you to transgression nor permit it to divert your attention from the everlasting abode. So give priority to the everlasting over the perishable”.

The dunya is the means of attaining the Aakhirat, the success and prosperity of Jannat. It is not the end of our life. It is not the purpose of our life. It is only the vehicle that will transport us to the next phase of our march to Jannat. Therefore we should not put all of our energies and efforts into trying to achieve perfection in our material life of this world.

Since the dunyaa is not our end and goal, we are required to take from it only that much which is necessary for our stay here and take from it only that much which will be beneficial in our attainment of Jannat.

The Shariat has assigned the development of the home unit, the internal affairs of the home to woman. This is her primary function. It is of the utmost importance that she guards and protects that fortress, for she has been appointed by Allah Ta’ala to be in charge of that part of society which is a vital aspect of Divine Ibaadat for which we all have been created and sent here. Any weakness, fault, or defect in this area (i.e. the Muslim home) will also bring about a weakening of the entire Islamic social structure.

Nowadays we are witnessing this very thing happen throughout the Muslim world. A healthy social structure can only be achieved when it operates under the limits and commands of the Shariah. The part of the Shariah that
relates to the home life is left in charge of the Muslim woman. The success of an Islamic home life depends on the Muslim woman discharging her role of ibaadat. Any interference in this divinely assigned role will be unlawful. Any act or activity which diverts her attention from the carrying out her primary function of developing her home along the pattern commanded by Allah Ta’ala will be un-Islamic.

Now we have to look and see if by going to a secular college or university, would it help or hurt the divinely assigned role of woman. That very important role which is necessary for our journey from this temporary world to our homeland, Jannat. Worldly education is pursued for purposes of livelihood, attaining good and high-placed employment which promises high salaries and position in worldly society. Looking at worldly education from this purpose, it is totally unnecessary for Muslim girls to pursue such education. This is true even if the chasing after this type of education did not involve any conflict with any of the principles, teachings and commands of Islam. But in reality pursuit of Western education in the secular colleges of today both in the west as well as in Muslim countries are littered with dangers which are most destructive to Imaan and Hayaa. Allah Ta’ala has not assigned the role of earning a livelihood to woman. The quran states: “And men have a rank above women”.

The Shariat has made men responsible for the maintenance of women. The duty of earning the livelihood according to the quran is not the obligation of the woman. It is the farz obligation of the husband and the father. Now since earning a livelihood is not her responsibility, it is not at all necessary for her to explore and pursue avenues of livelihood. It says in hadith: “Halaal earning is the compulsory duty after the compulsory duty of Salaat”.

Despite this importance, Islam has not made livelihood obligatory upon women. The obligation of earning has been decreed on men because involvement in this pursuit leaves no time for attending to the affairs of the children and home affairs. Another purpose of acquiring worldly education is not for livelihood, but for the attainment of some fame, glory and position in society. This purpose is un-Islamic. It is haraam for both men and women to pursue worldly education for such a purpose..

The Shariat commands that women do not appear in the presence of even pious and mut-taqi Muslim males. If this is the Divine ruling pertaining to female presence in front of pious Muslim male company, then what do you say about your daughter appearing everyday in front of faasiqs and kuffar, drunkards and fornicators etc.?

Hajj is a duty obligatory upon both men and women. But, in the absence of a mahram it is not lawful for a Muslim female to go for even this great Ibaadat of Hajj.

We see that some forms of Ibaadat that require one to emerge from the house have not been made obligatory for women (for example the five times salaat in the masjid and jehad, etc). This is because emergence from the house by the woman impedes the orderly operation of the home affairs and it destroys the natural hayaa of women. This is a choice that Allah has made that the man will do much of his ibaadat outside of the home and the woman inside.
So what does Islam think about female emergence from the home to pursue worldly education for which means the destruction of her hayaa and leads her towards immorality?

The modern woman, the product of secular institution of “learning” has become a stranger to the home, for she has been schooled to detest the role which Allah Ta’ala has suited and equipped her for. She thus detests children and regards her natural role of rearing children as a detestable burden. This is your daughter the modern woman, the graduate of secular colleges, universities and other institutions of “learning”.

PARENTS THE ENEMIES OF THEIR DAUGHTERS

Parents in their ignorance, labor under the notion that they are rendering a great service to their daughters by sending them to schools and colleges. But, in fact, they are the number one enemies of their daughters. In sending their daughters to secular institutions, parents are destroying the Akhirat of their daughters even though they think they are really only trying to benefit their daughters. In sending their daughters to colleges and universities, parents are digging the grave of the iman of their daughters.

There is absolutely no doubt in the fact that schools and colleges eliminate the Hayaa of women. The danger of the elimination of their iman is thus grave and real. Are parents then to be considered the friends or enemies of their daughters? Allah Tal’ala commands parents in the quran: “Save yourselves and your families from the Fire”.

Are parents saving their daughters from Jahannum by sending them to schools and universities? On the contrary, they are hastening the headlong plunge of their daughters into Jahannum. You can save your children from the Fire by guarding and developing their Iman, not by destroying their iman in the guardianship of Kuffaar tutors and faasiq instructors operating on a syllabus impregnated with kufr.

We parents must be aware. We are paving the way for the destruction of our daughters’ iman and akhirat. We will be answerable to Allah Ta’ala, but before having to answer to Allah, most of us parents will witness the spiritual disaster which school and university education will bring upon their daughters.

Hazrat maulana Masihullah (ra) said: I take oath by Allah and say: Give women Deeni education and then see their superiority. You will then witness in them intelligence, understanding and even accomplishment in such worldly affairs which pertain to them. Women who possess degrees of B.A. and M.A. cannot compete in understanding and intelligence with women who have acquired Deeni knowledge. Yes, in deception and schemes the Western educated woman may be ahead. But, remember that words of intelligence will only come from a woman of piety.”

9 Replies to “MUSLIM WOMEN GOING TO COLLEGE”

  1. salaam, Iam so happy to read this article it really made me think, because iam a student at community college and i always had the feeling of i wasn’t feeling right. But i have a question persuing a degree just for incase something happens to your husband so you wont have to bother people can you go and to university?

  2. Dear Writer,

    There is no doubt that Deeni education is superior and polishes the intelligence.
    But I have few questions, kindly reply if possible.

    1- Where it is written in the Quran or Hadith that modern education is not good for women?
    2- طلب العلم فريضة علي كل مسلم ومسلمة and فضل العلم أحب إلي من فضل العبادة , do these Hadiths mention that women should be excluded from the modern education?
    3- How do you say that physics, chemistry, math, etc, is western education. All their knowlege was transferred from Islamic books, that is known to all.
    4- Where it is written in Holly Qur’an or Hadith that Muslim women can not do a job or business? or look for wordly betterment?
    5- For the sake of bad culture prevailing in the modern universities, why do you want to sacrifice our women? Cant you try to better the culture of universities or open new Islamic universities?

    6- Have you made any arrangements for divorced or widowed women, thrown out of house and rejected by her family? or you are not aware of it?

    7- You want to kill half part of the society just for Haya, inspite of thinking and making arrangements for better women education wherein they can also maintain their Haya.

    8- Do you know how many illeterate women are being burnt due to dowry or get old without marriage, what is the solution for that?

    For Allah’s sake, make me understand why only women have to make sacrifices for upholding the society?

    Have you seen hopelessness on the face of an illeterate woman, beaten up by her husband?

    Have you noticed them falling prey of un-social and un-Islamic mathods of earning money due to not having ability of getting a job?

    Islamic mu’ashrah starts only from women? She is beaten, thrown, killed, for upholding a family? Is there any commandments for men too?.

    We all have to face Allah, one day. In Sha Allah.

    Any way, I will not take your much time.

    Ahmad Suhaib
    asnadvi2001@gmail.com

  3. mr,ahmad suhaib,i highly highly appreciate your thinking,in this modern world,where the problems faced by us are entirely different from the ancient time,the education of women is far more important than that of the men.
    and when women are more competent,and more in number,then why cant they take up the control of this world.

  4. Dear Ahmad Ali,
    I am no scholar.. But somewhere between the Public mass and the scholarly level. But i will try to answer your questions in the best of my ability:-

    1. Where it is written in the Quran or Hadith that modern education is not good for women?

    Ans:- The Quran does not state each and every of our issues explicitly… One cannot understand the verses of the Quran until one glances into its tafseer for a deeper analysis… THE QURAN CLEARLY STATES THAT WOMEN MUST STAY IN THEIR HOMES AND NOT MAKE A DISPLAY OF THEMSELVES… HOW CAN YOU EXPECT THAT WOMEN WILL PRESERVE THEIR CHASTITY IN THE MODERN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHICH IS FILLED WITH LEWDNESS, SHAMELESSNESS AND LACK OF MORALITY..?

    طلب العلم فريضة علي كل مسلم ومسلمة2. and فضل العلم أحب إلي من فضل العبادة , do these Hadiths mention that women should be excluded from the modern education?

    Ans:- Again the question of wrong understanding.. These Hadiths talk about the education of Quran and Hadith, not the modern secular education. from the incidents of the companions of the Prophet, nowhere can we see that the Prophet(pbuh) ordered women to leave their homes in pursuit of education. Instead he said that the most Honorable women are the ones who stay within the boundaries of their houses…

    3. How do you say that physics, chemistry, math, etc, is western education. All their knowlege was transferred from Islamic books, that is known to all.

    Ans:- Well, not really.. there are some renowned theories like Darwin’s evolution, which can misguide youth into abandoning their faith…!

    4. Where it is written in Holly Qur’an or Hadith that Muslim women can not do a job or business? or look for wordly betterment?

    Ans… Again the same thing bro! The Quran does not state everything explicitly. You have to use reason and logic and derive rulings from it… Moreover the Quran states that men are the caretakers and maintainers of women. The Hadith is clear about the fact that a women must not leave her home unless there is a dire necessity…
    Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam honoured Hadhrat Fatima Radiallahu anha because she said that the best conduct of a woman is: “They (women) should not look at men and men should not look at them.” Now can u imagine this level of chastity in a modern job-business scenario???

    5.For the sake of bad culture prevailing in the modern universities, why do you want to sacrifice our women? Cant you try to better the culture of universities or open new Islamic universities?

    Ans. It’s not practically possible to better the culture of the modern universities owing to the poison injected by the notions of the western culture with their destructive propaganda… Lewdness, fashion, immorality, intermingling of sexes is everywhere! And yes, a University can only be Islamic when it adheres to Islamic values and traditions and that’s what Quran and Hadith schools are! Plus, a women is not sacrificed by staying at home and being a homemaker(which is a huge task).. From your logic, all the Sahabi Women(who achieved education from their husbands and fathers; not from any university or college) were sacrificed… Even our Mother Hazrat Aisha(RA) who is regarded as one of the most intellectual and wise women in the history, was home educated….

    6- Have you made any arrangements for divorced or widowed women, thrown out of house and rejected by her family? or you are not aware of it?

    Ans:- Allah in his infinte mercy and wisdom has made an arrangement for everybody, and especially for the divorced men and women as mentioned in Surah Talaq(divorce):-
    And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things. HOLY QURAN
    An important part of keeping Allah’s duty and fearing him is adhering to the natural roles that Allah has assigned to the women i.e managing the home…

    A worldly educational secular degree does not stand a guarantee for fulfilling sustenance needs; strong faith and trust in Allah does!…..

    7. You want to kill half part of the society just for Haya, inspite of thinking and making arrangements for better women education wherein they can also maintain their Haya.

    Ans:- My dear, Haya is the foundation on which the house of Imaan stands! If the foundation is gone, the house will also collapse. The Prophet(pbuh) said:-
    Imaan and Haya are tied in a knot with each other. If one goes the other will also go…. The best of the better women’s education is the one which was portrayed to us by the mothers of the Ummah, the pure wives of Rasullallah(pbuh)… and that was the enlightening education of Quran and hadith… which in itself is very fast and deep… A lifetime is not enough to explore the ocean of Islam.. So what’s the fun in running after the worldly whims and fancies??

    8. 8- Do you know how many illeterate women are being burnt due to dowry or get old without marriage, what is the solution for that?

    Ans:- THE SOLUTION: Prioritizing Deeni education over the worldly education and strong faith in Allah that finding a spouse is not upto your status, fame, or education but Allah had pre decreed it before hand…

    Secondly, one who is well versed in Quran and Hadith cannot be called illiterate.. If such an act happens, then all the classical Scholars of Islam like Abu Hanifa, Qatada, ibn Majah, Bukhari and Muslim were illiterate Nauzubillah…
    the most important role in society is the role of a good wife and mother. A mother is a nurse, a psychologist, a teacher, and countless other crucial functions for a family.

    Unfortunately, many women have been tricked into believing that it’s better to devote their time to earning money in a job while neglecting to raise their children or deciding to let others raise them. This has disastrous consequences on society, but people continue to make this trade-off due to their love for wealth and luxury. Of course some people are forced into such situations, and we don’t blame them for what they can’t control.

    AND Yes, even if a woman was to work all day and all night, and devote all of her earnings to charity, she would not be able to match the virtue of a good wife and mother. God has promised the virtuous wife and mother the highest levels of Paradise. He did not make this promise to people who neglect their families in order to earn extra money which the family does not even need.

    JAZAKALLAHU KHAIRAN,
    I hope i provided satisfactory answers to your questions from the Quran and Hadith viewpoints… You can consult me at ibrahim931@yahoo.com, in case more clearance is needed,,… ALLAH BLESS.. Fiamanillah..

  5. We WILL NOT educate our women in the matters of the world.If a Muslim woman falls sick, we will shamelessly send her to a male doctor.A male obstetrician will conduct deliveries for our women. Our women , who cover even their hands and feet from stray gazes will be forced to submit to male doctors (muslim or otherwise) for the most intimate of physical examinations.
    And we will wax eloquent on how HAYAA is so integral to ISLAM!!(It indeed is..but you can do so much within the bounds of Shariah)

    O you Muslim women, wake up!!
    “We can climb mountains and cross the seas;
    Expand our minds in all degrees.
    For ALLAH Himself gave us LI-BER-TY
    When He sent Islam to you and me”

  6. What happens with a new Muslim wife when she wants to go back to college or further education so later when she has children she can educated them so they are ready for the responserbillity outside the family home and when she wants to take the children to see other family members when her husband is working ???

  7. it should be noted that for everyone it is compulsory to seek islamic knowledge. If a woman has to seek help such as sickness then she should seek it from a female doctor. Certainly the woman’s role is at home. If she has to seek an education let it be of benefit for women e.g nurse at women’s ward, madressah teacher 4 girls. Let knowledge be sought to please Allah and do not transgress the limits. Allah knows best.

  8. I am in a world religions class and I have to write a report pretending that I am a Muslim woman. I have to write about the importance of the religion, what it means to me and all the good it has brought me in my life. I am doing research in order to write this, and I must say, writings like this one above make it VERY difficult for me to even PRETEND to enjoy being a Muslim woman. I am trying to be open minded. I truly WANT to be understanding and accepting of other religions, but this writing by Hassan Sulaiman is very disturbing to me. Sad.

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