The Taliban and the education of women.

“Oh My Lord advance me in knowledge.”  (Qur’an 20:14)

“Of all of Allah’s servants, only the knowledgeable ˹of His might˺ are ˹truly˺ in awe of Him. Allah is indeed Almighty, All-Forgiving.” (Qur’an 35:28)

And they followed [instead] what the devils had recited during the reign of Solomon. It was not Solomon who disbelieved, but the devils disbelieved, teaching people magic and that which was revealed to the two angels at Babylon, Hārūt and Mārūt. But they [i.e., the two angels] do not teach anyone unless they say, “We are a trial, so do not disbelieve [by practicing magic].”1 And [yet] they learn from them that by which they cause separation between a man and his wife. But they do not harm anyone through it except by permission of Allāh. And they [i.e., people] learn what harms them and does not benefit them. But they [i.e., the Children of Israel] certainly knew that whoever purchased it [i.e., magic] would not have in the Hereafter any share. And wretched is that for which they sold themselves, if they only knew.” (Qur’an 2:102)

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.

Source: (Sunan Ibn Mājah 224)

Without getting into the issue of rather or not it is permissible for a woman to travel a long distance without her Mahram, let us look at some of the aforementioned verses and lone narrator report.

Allah (swt) has clearly mentioned that there are things that people can learn that are not of benefit to them. In other words, what does it mean when we say, “Advance me in knowledge?”

Learning how to evade staff and security cameras in a store so that one may steal with greater ease? Is that what we are asking for?

Learning how to make illicit drugs?

It becomes very obvious that there is knowledge and information in which we are discouraged from learning. Muslims are not to seek out knowledge about magic, for example.

We do not have a statement in the Qur’an or the Sunnah that instructs to learn everything, and/or that it is an obligation upon every Muslim to learn everything.

What we do know is that there are the ‘fard al ‘ayn of the way of life known as ‘Islam’. We must learn how to pray, the rulings surrounding purity, what nullifies the prayer, when to fast, what nullifies our fast, how to perform the rites of pilgrimage and so forth.

There are also things in Islam that if someone in the community has knowledge of a particular skill set, or act of worship it lifts the collective obligation from the community. Learning how to properly slaughter animals, learning how to perform the funeral prayer, proper washing and burial of a body.

Thus, there is no such understanding in Islam, that every person is required to learn everything. What is required for every Muslim are the obligatory acts of worship. Beyond this, it has been left to the respective of societies and cultures where Islam thrives to determine what is best for that society or culture at a given time.

Afghanistan and the Taliban are no different. Afghanistan if memory fails us, was invaded in 1979 by the U.S.S.R. It has experienced internal conflict after the leaving of the Soviets. This was followed by the U.S and U.K invading in 2001.

The Taliban have been a pillar of stability in Afghanistan, rather it is the type of government secular liberals would like it beside the point.

The elders of that society have decided that for now, or the foreseeable future they do not need women to pursue university degrees. There is nothing, absolutely nothing concrete in Islam to say that this is wrong. For the time being or the foreseeable future women will receive an education that, the society there deems is appropriate and fits the needs and well being of their society as a whole.

It is possible they also do not want women and men competing in the work place and driving down wages. This is an unfortunate side of effect of women being in the work place in general, wages have been driven down as there was a surplus of labour.

Also, it is perhaps in their view more difficult for woman to see and appreciate a man as a bread winner and leader of the family if the women see’s the man as beneath her in any way shape or form. In fact it is a lesson that many men have awakened to in the West.

For better or for worse, MGTOW, Red Pill and other movements are a push back against a perceived overly aggressive feminism that seeks to demean men and undermine their roles in society. Certainly, the Taliban do not want that in their society.

Considering that their society has had military confrontations with Russia, and the United States, and considering that they border China, which has been abusing and oppressing Muslims, and that their is a rise of Hindu Nationalism in India, maybe the Taliban feel that at this present time the best place for women in their society, that serves the needs of the whole, rather than the individual, is that women are best to lead a more traditional role.

In other words, women are needed to be care takers, and mothers of children. In fact many women would love the opportunity to be a mother, and on a global scale we are now hearing discussions about depopulation of the earth.

For example has anyone heard about this facility? Go read the comments, by real people, from all over the world, that have no vested interest in telling the Taliban what to do.

Given the real possible dystopian future that this could bring in the hands of corporations, maybe what the Taliban is doing is a godsend compared to this? Just look at it. Is this not the beginning of the end of our humanity? We have to physically cut the cord that binds child to mother after birth. What does it mean to be raised in a pod? Having no real parents?

It’s hard to imagine the society in Afghanistan being maladjusted for asking women to due what they have been doing for the good part of human history, be housewives and mothers. I think the trend towards megalomania, massive self indulgence, putting one’s self before the whole, this leads to maladjusted individuals and possibly a maladjusted society.

Also, what would sanctions aim to achieve? Let’s hurt the women and children of Afghanistan by putting crippling economic sanctions in order to help them? Women in Afghanistan may not be going out and earning college degrees right now, but that doesn’t mean peppered all through every strata of society, are hard working women, raising children, rearing cattle and animals, teaching, being nurses, making amazing arts and crafts and the list can go on and on. So why would you want to weaken an economy that could in turn weaken their lively hood? What universe does this make sense in?

Lastly, ultimately it will be men that will be sent there, foreign men from other countries sent to die for the supposed “rights” of these women in Afghanistan.

If that’s the case good luck! Russia didn’t subdue them. The United States never fully occupied the county, this after being there since 2001. So my proposal is what ever left leaning liberal or right leaning neocon group who thinks it’s their duty to tell other societies what to do, how about you all go over there and fight the Taliban and leave the rest of us out of it.

Send a platoon or two of ultra feminist women armed to the teeth. Funded by U.S tax payer dollars. Send them over to tango with the Taliban.

Or better yet, why not leave them to manage their own affairs and decide what is best for their own society and their own future?

In summary from an Islamic perspective there is no 100% objective piece of evidence from the Qur’an or the Sunnah that states keeping women from going to college or university is anti-Islamic. There just isn’t.

What there is though is pandering, pandering to left leaning sentiment. Pandering to NGO’s and governments and think tanks that believe it is their business to tell other people how to lead their lives.

Now, obviously there is a collective obligation to have female doctors, and specialist who can look at and treat other female patients. This becomes a matter of modesty in the faith and Allah (swt) knows best.

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