Lucknow: After fatwas issued by Darul Uloom Deoband that it was un-Islamic for women to work in close proximity to men in offices and for her family to accept her earnings, an Islamic seminary here has said that education for Muslim girls is not only important, but also mandatory.
“Education is mandatory for every Muslim, whether male or female,” Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali of Darul Uloom Farangi Mahal said in a fatwa while quoting Hadees and Sharia. The fatwa was issued on a query posted by Huma Khawaja, seeking clarification on girl’s education, said Uloom’s secretary Naeemurrehman.
It stated that the man had come in this world for enlightenment and spreading knowledge in society. “Much emphasis is given on education,” it said.
“A man who gets his daughters and sisters educated, teaches them etiquette, treats them well and marries them off would go to heaven,” it added.
The fatwa said that Islam not only promotes education for one’s own children, but also for servants. “As the mother is close to her children, being educated is very important for her,” it said.
It said that from the quotes of Hadees it was evident that much importance had been given to women’s education in Islam. “It is mandatory for every Muslim to ensure proper education to his daughter at any cost,” it said.
The Darul Uloom said that illiteracy was a major reason behind the downfall of Muslims. “Women’s education is the first step towards progress and social reform. Any laxity would be considered as a big mistake,” it added.
On May 12, Darul Uloom Deoband has held as un-Islamic women working in offices in proximity to men and decreed that acceptance of her earnings by a family was against the Sharia.