Muslim Female Hadîth Scholars

Browsing through WordPress’s tag surfer, I came across this blog entry by Alif Sikkiin and thought I’d share the article linked within it with you. The article is from the New York Times‘s online magazine and concerns Muslim female Hadîth scholars throughout Islam’s history. I found it particularly interesting because just a day earlier (on February 24th, 2007), a friend of mine in Florida, Ibrahim al-Koobee, had sent out an email on his Aqeedatus-Salaf YahooGroup mailing list with a PDF Article from the brothers at concerning this very same topic: female Hadîth scholars.

First, from the NYT article:

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the stock image of an Islamic scholar is a gray-bearded man. Women tend to be seen as the subjects of Islamic law rather than its shapers. And while some opportunities for religious education do exist for women — the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo has a women’s college, for example, and there are girls’ madrasas and female study groups in mosques and private homes — cultural barriers prevent most women in the Islamic world from pursuing such studies. Recent findings by a scholar at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in Britain, however, may help lower those barriers and challenge prevalent notions of women’s roles within Islamic society. Mohammad Akram Nadwi, a 43-year-old Sunni alim, or religious scholar, has rediscovered a long-lost tradition of Muslim women teaching the Koran, transmitting hadith (deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) and even making Islamic law as jurists.

Read on … A Secret History.

Second, regarding the aforementioned PDF article, it’s a translation of a chapter from the book ‘Inâyah an-Nisâ’ bil-Hadîth an-Nabawiyyah, by Shaikh Mash·hūr bin Hasan Âl Salmân of Jordan (one of the prominent students of Shaikh Muhammad Nâsir ad-Dîn al-Albânî). I have yet to read it, but it looks like it’ll be quite a good read (if Allah wills). From the PDF:

It goes without saying to indicate here the status of the women in Islaam as this topic has been researched in great detail by contemporaries and tens, or rather hundreds, of books and articles have been written regarding it. However, what concerns me is to indicate Islaam’s exhortation to educating women an dtheir good upbringing. This will be established in the preface to our subject ‘Women’s Concern with the Prophetic Hadeeth.’ Islaam obligated knowledge upon the woman and this obligation is taken from the pillars of eemaan and the knowledge of tawheed with a sound correct understanding free from any kinds of innovation or superstition that are connected to other than Allaah and are thus asked, wanted or sought.

Read on … The Noble Women Scholars of Hadeeth.


About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

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