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Mubaarak Olayemi Ismail

When I read the biography of Muslim scholars, I realized that most of them would have  finished the memorization of Quran by 7 and many would have acquired a wide field of knowledge even before they reach the age of 20, Have you ever thought about this also? 

I was amazed when I studied the lives of those scholars and discovered that most of them were brought up by their mothers, it is either the father had died early or he was alive but has no hand in the scholarship of the child. 

Imam Bukhari for example, Imam Bukhari’s father died whilst he was an infant and thus he was raised by his mother. He became blind at the age of 12 and despite efforts by many doctors at the time, none of the treatment restored his eyesight. His mother prayed fervently for him and his eyesight was restored at the age of 16, I'm not discussing about how his mother prayed for him but what is incredible to learn, is that during the four years when he was blind, he memorised 500,000 Hadiths because his mother would read the hadith to him until he memorised it...yeah,  500,000 hadeeth! 

Likewise Imam Shafi' and Imam Ahmad bn Hanbal , their fathers also passed away while they were young, their mothers to it upon themselves to train them. 

And Imam Malik, though he was raised by both parent, but we all read about how her mum would dress him up and send him to learn from scholars. 

These are the mothers of yesterday, they were pious and knowledgeable and they were able to produce scholars. 

Where are the mothers of today, they are busy checking their facebook and Whatsapp messages with their phones on the left hands while they hold the TV remote control with the right hands... And you still wonder why this generation has kept producing vagabonds? 

Mothers had dropped the duty of teaching their children today, they are either ranting about polygyny on facebook or busy selling goods at the market while their children are now being taught by the X men on the social media.

If we wish for a generation like the past generations, our women should be ready to do like the past women.

Dear sisters, 
It's good that men should strive hard in seeking for knowledge but It is not an abomination for the women to also seek for knowledge of the deen, the past women were able to teach their children because they also had the knowledge, what will you teach your children when you are busy reading romantic novels in the morning, taking #CoveredPearl selfies and doing #hijabieGang on facebook in the afternoon, spent the whole evening watching Zee world and Korean soap operas... And the remaining of your night to discuss matters of other people. What will you gain with all these?

The womb of those women produced scholars because their brains were filled with piety and religion but the ladies of today, their heads were filled with gossips and nasheeds... Behold, if we don't change our attitudes towards knowledge, the next generation will be full of nasheed and spoken words artists.

There were two famous hadith scholars in the 13th century whose work of hadeeth are helping the Ummah till date, It's not what you are thinking - they were not females, they were Imam Adh dhahabi and Ibn Hajar Al asqolaani, but the interesting thing is that both were taught by a woman, a famous muhadithah of their time, she's Zaynab bint 'Umar b. Al kindi - Can we see a woman like her today?

The past periods produced women who were experts in the knowledge fields like Hadeeth, Usool, Tafsir, Fiqh and even in calligraphy, women scholars like Fatima Al Fudayla, Umm Darda As Sughara, Faatimah Al Samarqandi Nafisa bint Al Hassan, Fakhrun Nissa Shuhdah Al Bagdaadiyah ... These are the women of virtues of knowledge, What has befallen the women of today? 

These are Muslim female scholars who produced great scholars of the Ummah, they didn't achieve these feats by taking selfies and writing love poems, they sought for the knowledge - Search for the knowledge my sister, May Allah bless you. 

Know that when the women are good, the Ummah at whole will be good. 

May Allah ease our affairs 

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