Editor: Education is the only way to fight ignorance and increase opportunity in this world. One should always be given the opportunity to learn something they are passionate about to advance their skills. For the longest period of time, women were deprived of the opportunity to learn. Over the years in many countries this has of course changed, but still remains a problem in many nations.
Islam stresses that education for men and women is of equal importance. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him) stated that, “It is the duty of every Muslim man and every Muslim woman to acquire knowledge”. The Holy Qur’an also teaches us to seek the help of God in advancing our knowledge and teaches us a short prayer for this purpose, “O my Lord, increase me in knowledge.” (20:115).
On this day, we recognize Malala, who continues to set an example for many around the world to stand up for those who have been denied an education, and ensure that they receive one.
When we educate the girls of the world, we are not only educating the future leaders of the world, but we are educating the mothers of those future leaders as well.
May we all be inspired by Malala and work to ensure that all girls who wish to seek an education are given that right across the world.