Knowledge for men and women
Knowledge for men and women:
ALLAH has sent his messenger to convey to mankind his message which assigns to them certain duties. everyone who fulfills his duties and works with diligence to fulfill what ALLAH requires of his promised the reward of admittance into heaven. this applies to both men and women. one basic requirement of Islam is that which we inadequately translate as” fearing ALLAH”.this “fear”actually means to be always conscious of ALLAH and to remember our duties toward Him at all times. it is a fact of life that the closer our own concepts of ALLAH to the concept laid down by Islam, the more God-fearing we are and the more likely we are to win admittance into heaven. fearing ALLAH does not entail a relationship of fear and enmity. indeed , the Islamic concept of ALLAH is that of a supreme Being who is kind, merciful, gracious, dispensing His grace to believers and to non-believers. when we work to please Him we experience a life of happiness that is incomparable to any other type of happiness.it is pure and sublime. At the same time. we always guard against incurring His displease. That comes only as a result of disobeying Him.we, therefore,need to try always to be conscious of what may displease ALLAH and avoid it. That is what is meant by fearing ALLAH all the time. it is,then, appropriate to ask how do we develop this sense of fearing ALLAH.
there is a Quranic statement , which is highly relevant in this context. ALLAH says: ” Those among ALLAH’s servants who truly fear Him are those endowed with knowledge.”(35:28) knowledge is then essential to develop a true sense of fearing ALLAH. indeed , the wider a person’s knowledge, the more likely he is to be ALLAH-fearing,provided that his knowledge is based on sound faith. it is certainly true tha both men and women need to fear ALLAH, and to develop that sense. Hence, they need knowledge. moreover ,people need to know what duties are required of them and how to discharge these duties. To do so , they need knowledge. in this , men and women are equal. to start with , they have been required to fulfill the same duties. as such they stand in the same position with regard to their needs of knowledge. anyone who thinks that a woman could fulfill her duties which ALLAH has imposed on her without knowledge, while man needs such knowledge for fulfilling his duties,does not know what he is talking about.