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Islam is popularly known as a religion. It is not only a religion but also a complete philosophy of life that is why it is called ‘Deen’ (Qur’an, 3:19). Islam does not only talk about worshipping one God and offering prayers but it tells each and every thing related to life. The status of women in society is neither a new issue nor is it a fully settled one. For many people oppressed, inferior, and unequal, weak etc. are the words that first words that come to mind when thinking about women in Islam. These stereotypes confuse Islam with cultural practices and fail to recognize that Islam has empowered women with the most progressive rights since the 7th century. In Islam, women are not inferior or unequal to men. Islam places great stress on seeking knowledge and education. Generally speaking, one can't find the proper right path in this world without education; this is true in all times and places. In fact, Islam called upon seeking out knowledge on all the levels. The first word of the Qur`an, revealed by God to Prophet Muhammad was Iqra meaning ‘read’ (Qur’an, 96:1) which highlights the importance of science and learning. The second revelation talked about God who teaches the people by the ‘pen’ (Qur’an, 96:4). Qur'an encourages the pursuit of knowledge by all Muslims regardless of their sex. Prophet Muhammad said: whoever follows a path seeking knowledge, God will make his path to paradise easy. In either case no gender is advocated, the order is for everyone. Islam does not put any limit on the kind or field of education a woman may choose. This paper is intended to provide a brief and authentic exposition of what Islam stands for in this regard.
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