Prophet pushed for educating women

Originally Published in The New Haven Register

I was shocked to learn that 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was recently shot in the head by a Taliban gunman just because she advocated for a woman’s right to an education.

Did these trigger-happy extremists know or care that the Prophet Muhammad had said that educating your daughters will earn you paradise?

Based on this advice, my grandmother, a devout Muslim, was encouraged by her family to go on to become a physics professor.

Muslim women, young and old, who pursue higher learning, are an inspiration for all of us.

And unlike the Taliban gunman, they live out their faith.


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