Women and the Seeking of Knowledge

QUESTION
The Messenger of Allah saw used to set a special day for teaching the matters of the religion to the women. He also used to permit them to be behind the men on the mosque in order to seek knowledge. Why do the scholars not follow the example of the Messenger of Allah saw? Although they do fulfill some of those needs, it is not sufficient and we need more. May Allah reward you.

RESPONSE:-
There is no doubt that such was the practice of the Messenger of Allah saw, as well as the scholars. Indeed, I myself have done that here on a number of occasions as well as in Makkah, Taif and Jeddah.

I have no problem with setting apart a specific time for women in any locale if they want that from me. That is also the position of my scholar colleagues.

Furthermore, by the radio program Noor ala al-Darb[1], Allah has opened the way to much good. A woman can send her question to the program and during the program it will be answered. This program is aired two nights a week on the stations Nida al-Islam and al-Quran al-Kareem.

Simirlarly, women may write to Dar al-Ifta. In this case, a committee of scholars may respond to their questions. It has been designed for that purpose. In any case, knowledge is equally obligatory for both men and women. There is nothing to prevent a woman form attending lectures, with the condition that she is properly dressed and is not exposing any of her beauty.

Shaikh ibn Baz

Reference
[1] This is a radio program in Saudi Arabia that the scholars participate in. It is basically a forum for questions to be put and answered.

 

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