THE IDEAL MUSLIMAH
The believing woman needs to acquire much knowledge about her religion.
A Muslimah needs to know how to read the Qur’an properly with tajweed, and understand its meaning.
Then she should learn about:
The sciences of hadith
The seerah (biography) of the Prophet PBUH
History of the women of the Sahaabah and Taabi’een (generation of Muslims after the sahaabah.
Then she should acquire much knowledge of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) in order to ensure that her worship and daily dealings are correct. She needs to have a firm grasp of the basic principles of her religion.
The gates of knowledge are open to the Muslimah as long as it does not go against her feminine nature.
Foremost among them is the Mother of the Believers, ‘Aa’ishah rAa. She was the primary source of hadith and knowledge of the sunnah and was the first faqeehah (female jurist) in Islam.
Imam az-Zuhri said: “If the knowledge of ‘Aa’ishah were to be gathered up and compared to the knowledge of all the other wives of the Prophet PBUH and all other women, ‘Aa’ishah’s knowledge would be greater.” [Al-Istee’aab 4/1883]
‘Aa’ishah rAa had a curious mind and was always eager to learn. Whenever she heard about something she did not know, she would ask about it until she understood it. Her closeness to the Messenger of Allah PBUH meant that she was like a vessel full of knowledge.
So inshaAllah my fellow Muslimahs, let’s strive to gain knowledge as ‘Aa’ishah rAa did.