I need to find a hadith about women and education. I think there is one that says something along the lines of ' it is the duty of every muslim (male and female) to acquire knowledge ' but if anyone knows it or could check it or something insha allah, that would be really good
I tried to searching but I couldn't find it...I'm sure I remember that from somewhere tho
I jus want it cuz my friend's world history textbook was implying that muslim sisters cant b educated and implied that we dont know anything except cooking / cleaning
I'm not sure whether you're asking about religious knowledge or what can be considered as 'worldly' knowledge, I guess?
"Iqra" as is well known was the first word of the revelation to our Prophet. Therefore we are all commanded to read and learn. However, this learning comes with a condition, "bismi Rabbika." We must learn in the name of our Lord, with the intention of becoming closer to Him and pleasing Him. Therefore both women and men are commanded to learn, so long as their quest for qnowledge is aimed at pleasing Allah and working for His pleasure for Allah created us for no other reason but to worship Him. It is in no way permissible for a Muslim woman to simply fulfill her chores as a housewife and remain completely ignorant of her religious duties other than the basic ones. Aisha (ra) was the greatest scholar in religion first, then in medicine and literature. Her knowledge exceeds that of womankind's combined knowledge. The ashab of the Prophet (saw) used to come to Aisha (ra) to seek knowledge, both religious and otherwise. As Muslim women we obligated to look upto the mothers of believers and follow their example. It is an obligation for every single Muslim, man and woman, to seek knowledge, first religious and then the sciences and such.
And since you asked for a specific hadith, I found two pertaining directly to women in Shahih Bukhari:
Volume 1, Book 3, Number 97g
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
Once Allah's Apostle came out while Bilal was accompanying him. He went towards the women thinking that they had not heard him (i.e. his sermon). So he preached them and ordered them to pay alms. (Hearing that) the women started giving alms; some donated their ear-rings, some gave their rings and Bilal was collecting them in the corner of his garment.
Volume 1, Book 3, Number 101:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Some women requested the Prophet to fix a day for them as the men were taking all his time. On that he promised them one day for religious lessons and commandments. Once during such a lesson the Prophet said, "A woman whose three children die will be shielded by them from the Hell fire." On that a woman asked, "If only two die?" He replied, "Even two (will shield her from the Hell-fire)."
Volume 1, Book 3, Number 103
Narrated Ibn Abu Mulaika:
Whenever 'Aisha (the wife of the Prophet) heard anything which she did not understand, she used to ask again till she understood it completely. Aisha said: "Once the Prophet said, "Whoever will be called to account (about his deeds on the Day of Resurrection) will surely be punished." I said, "Doesn't Allah say: "He surely will receive an easy reckoning." (84.8) The Prophet replied, "This means only the presentation of the accounts but whoever will be argued about his account, will certainly be ruined."
KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims should strive to acquire all kinds of knowledge and not just those pertaining to religion, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He said Islam demanded from its followers a comprehensive understanding of man, his environment and creator.
“Knowledge should never be limited to fardhu ain (knowledge about the faith) but should include science and technology, mathematics, astronomy, information technology, computer and so on,” he said at the opening of the national khat or Islamic calligraphy competition at the Islamic Arts Museum yesterday.
His speech was delivered by Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Abdullah said Islam placed knowledge as the foundation of its civilisation.
He said Prophet Muhammad urged Muslims to acquire knowledge even from faraway lands and “from the cradle to the grave.”
He said the Government encouraged Muslims to learn Arabic besides Bahasa Melayu and English.