Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم       

Bismillahir-Rahman-nir-Raheem   

In the Name of Allah The most Gracious The Most Merciful

 

It is incumbent on every Muslim man and woman to acquire knowledge. Ignorance is not an acceptable excuse. The biggest example for the Muslimah is Ayesha radiAllaah anha she has narrated approximately 2210 hadith. She used to teach the sahabah. The Prophet salllaahu alaihi wa sallam said: “To seek knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.”(Declared Authentic By Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani) “Whoever follows a way to seek knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a way to paradise.” (Declared Authentic By Shaikh Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen Al-Albaani). This is the knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah primarily and worldly knowledge too.

When a woman acquires knowledge her entire family benefits from her knowledge as she is in close proximity with them. She knows the rights of Allah az wajal on her, her husbands rights her children’s rights and she is well versed in her duties too. Throughout Muslim history we come across women scholars and teachers starting with Aishah radiAllaah anha and Hafsah radiAllaah anha, Shaykhah Umm ‘Abdillaah ‘Aa’ishah Bint Muqbil Ibn Haadi, Al-Wadi’eeyah, Umm Shu’ayb As-Salafiyyah Al-Waadi’iyyah (wife of the Shaykh) and others. The Muslimah can be a role model for most women, and should break the shackles of the stereotype image that most non-muslims have of her.

Most people think of the Muslim woman as a mysterious, veiled victim of male oppression, awaiting Western liberation or a slogan-shouting terrorist, this is the image that the media portrays of the her. To come out of this and acquaint people of what she really is not going to be easy asthis image is stamped on the minds of the majority. It will be a slow process but it will happen once she believes in the laws of Allah az wajal with complete certainty, this will come with knowledge. Once she gains knowledge she should share this knowledge with her children, her extended family and other sisters this will in turn enlighten society.

Say: “Are those who know equal to those who know not?” It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah’s Signs and Verses). (Az-Zumar 39:9)

Hadeeth of Anas ibn Maalik, who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.’” (220. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Maajah.

“Allaah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge” (Surah al-Mujaadilah 58:11)

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Some women requested the Prophet to fix a day for them as the men were taking all his time. On that he promised them one day for religious lessons and commandments. Once during such a lesson the Prophet said, “A woman whose three children die will be shielded by them from the Hell fire.” On that a woman asked, “If only two die?” He replied, “Even two (will shield her “A woman whose three children die will be shielded by them from the Hell fire.” On that a woman asked, “If only two die?” He replied, “Even two (will shield her from the Hell-fire).” (Sahih al-bukhari, Book of Knowledge, Hadith 101)

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