World has gotten to know so much about “Taliban”, especially after the horrific tragedy referred as 9/11 that served to perish the lives of more than 3000 innocent human beings in the United States of America. Ever since then, world media highlights any news about “Taliban”, a regime that operated in war-torn country of Afghanistan at the time United States of America in particular and the world in general was awestruck with the tragedy of 9/11.
III-intentioned Western Media – Portraying Taliban’s View About Female Education As That Of Islam’s
It is very unfortunate that western media is portraying the atrocities committed by Taliban as that of Islam, making it look like; perhaps Islam is responsible of all the absurdities committed by Taliban and their allies, particularly banning of education for women. Every now and then, media reports highlight torching a school (targeting girls’ educational institutions in particular), or bombing it, or harassing or terrifying school going girls in some other way; unfortunately again, all in the name of Islam, in a stark contrast to the actual teachings of Islam.
Islamic Concept Of Education
In fact, Islam is a religion that flourished because of knowledge; knowledge about oneness of Allah Almighty, and seeking knowledge of everything Allah wants humans to know.
The following verse from Holy Quran text serves as a proof enough about the significance of knowledge and learning in Islam
“Are those who have knowledge and those who have no knowledge Alike? Only the men of understanding are mindful.” Al Zumar, 39:9.
Does it seem logical to you that a religion whose Scripture literally serves to encourage people to become knowledgeable, can ask its followers to ban education for women. This assumption goes as absurd as it can be. In fact, it questions the ranks of those who lack in knowledge as compared to the ones who acquire knowledge and apply it to reach the conclusion that there is no might, but Allah (SWT). Knowing about true teachings of Islam is not possible with detailed Quran education, which is why it is held mandatory for every Muslim irrespective of their gender.
Islam’s Viewpoint Regarding Education Of Females
Islam is a religion of logic and reason. Do you think a society as stubborn as Pagan Arabs could have been forcefully converted to a new religion with teachings totally different from what they had been practicing for centuries? It was made possible simply because of educating those people. It is a fact that females constitute the very basis of any society and discouraging them from education is like disregarding the future of your next generations.
The following hadith shall serve as one of the best examples of how significant Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) deemed the education of females:
Manumission of Slaves [46:723] Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ashari: The Prophet said, “He who has a slave-girl and teaches her good manners and improves her education and then manumits and marries her, will get a double reward; and any slave who observes Allah’s right and his master’s right will get a double reward.” (Sahih Bukhari)
This hadith not only informs us about Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) view about female education, but also indicate the fact that how he (PBUH) encouraged eradicating the practice of slave keeping that was so dominant in those times.
The fact is that males and females both serve their part in completion of humanity and keeping one half of humanity deprived of the blessings of knowledge is an unjust act, which would be far from Islamic teachings, since Islam does not promote any prejudice against group of humans. So, those sharing the viewpoint of Taliban shall reconsider their standing in perspective of true Islamic teachings.