Supporting the Rights of the Believing Women
Chapter: Women Seeking Knowledge
Only one of these many proofs is sufficient for the ruling that the following statement is false: “Reading and writing are not for women, they are for us. And for them from us is that they are the origin of impurity.”
It is also false when someone says that it is an innovation that women seek knowledge in the masaajid. Rather, I am amazed that the one who says this would prevent his wife from going to the Houses of Allaah to seek knowledge yet at the same time he allows her to go from house to house and from shop to shop!
The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Do not prevent the slaves of Allaah from the Houses of Allaah.” – Al Hadeeth
So, which proof establishes this ignorant person’s claim that it is an innovation for the women to seek knowledge in the masaajid, when its allowance in the Houses of Allaah is known?
Our scholars, the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa’ah, and we do not like that the masaajid are free from study circles and that they are instead established in the houses. We do not get the reward of knowledge and teaching except in the masaajid. This is for both the men and women, and whoever wishes to make a division between them, then he must present his proof and we seek aid in Allaah.
We ask Allaah, the Greatest, to establish us firmly in our religion and that He uses us to benefit Islaam and the Muslimoon.Verily He is the Guardian and Able to do that.
Umm Salamah bint ‘Alee as Salafiyyah
(Student of Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Haadee al Waadi-eerahimahullaah)
Supporting the Rights of the Believing Women – Chapter: Women Seeking Knowledge – Excerpt from Pages 175 – 176
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