Excerpt from the Book ” The Ideal Muslimah”
She takes care of her mind by pursuing knowledge
The sensitive Muslim woman takes care of her mind just as she takes care of her body, because the
former is no less important than the latter.
The Muslim woman is responsible just as a man is, so she is also required to seek knowledge, whether it is “religious” or “secular”, that will be of benefit to her. When she recites the ayah ( . . . But say, `O my
Lord! Advance me in knowledge.’) (Qur’an 20:114) and hears the hadith, “Seeking knowledge is a
duty on every Muslim,” she knows that the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah are directed at men
and women equally, and that she is also obliged to seek the kinds of knowledge that have been made
obligatory for individuals and communities (fard `ayn and fard kifayah) to pursue them from the time
that this obligation was made known to the Muslim society.
The Muslim woman understands the high value that has been placed on knowledge since the earliest
days of Islam. The women of the Ansar asked the Prophet (PBUH): “Appoint a special day for us when
we can learn from you, for the men have taken all your time and left nothing for us.” He told them,
“Your time is in the house of so-and-so [one of the women].” So he came to them at that place and
taught them there.”
The Muslim women had a keen desire for knowledge, and they never felt too shy to ask questions about
the teachings (ahkam) of Islam, because they were asking about the truth, and ( Allah is not ashamed
[to tell you] the truth) (Qur’an 33:53). Many reports illustrate the confidence and maturity with which
the early Muslim posed questions to the Prophet (PBUH), this great teacher, seeking to understand their
religion more fully.
Islam has made the pursuit of knowledge obligatory on women and men alike, as the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Seeking knowledge is a duty on every Muslim.”In other words, it is a duty on every person, man or woman, who utters the words of the shahadah, so it comes as no surprise to see Muslim women thirsting for knowledge, devoting themselves to its pursuit. Muslim women of all times and places have understood the importance of seeking beneficial knowledge, and the positive effects this has on their
own characters and on their children, families and societies. So they seek knowledge enthusiastically,
hoping to learn whatever will benefit them in this world and the next.
Xenia’s Note: Asalamu Alaykum. Just a thought on the matter of knowledge. We all get so busy sometimes and held back from our duty of seeking knowledge. But by acquiring the correct necessary knowledge we can do so much better as Muslimahs, mothers, wives, and we can share what we learn, hoping for the good pleasure of Allah (swt).
Knowledge is a stream that we should all be thirsty to drink from.
“Rabbi zidni ‘Ilma'”
” O Allah, Please Increase us in knowledge”. Ameen