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Editorial

Islamic teachings: Education the rights of everyone

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epaselect epa09844329 Afghan girls of up to primary grades attend a class at their school in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 23 March 2022. The Taliban on 23 March barred girls of grades seven to 12 from attending schools pending a decision on their uniform designs according to Islamic law, in a sudden departure from their earlier announcement that all Afghan females would be allowed to attend classes this week. Allowing girls of all ages to attend schools has been one of the most crucial demands set by the international community after the Taliban, came to power. EPA/STRINGER

Some social media users have recently launched campaign asking for the reopening of girl schools across the country.
They called education the rights of everyone, including women and called on the Islamic Emirate to reopen girl schools above 6 grade countrywide.
Some said why should be women beg along the streets and should not be allowed to educate.
Girl schools above grade six remained closed, after the return of the Islamic Emirate to power in mid-August last year, as the authorities said discussion has not still finalized about the type of girl students’ clothing while rejoining schools as well as about segregation of their classes.
Head of Religious Scholars for the Islamic Emirate, Faqirullah Faiq said that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlavi Hibatullah Akhundzada, was not against reopening of girl schools above grade six.
According to him, the only reason for delaying the reopening of the schools was the need to segregate the classes of male and female students.
He made the assertions in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) that girl schools will be reopened soon.
“All cabinet members of the Islamic Emirate and the leaders agree that the schools for female students will be reopened soon and the only reason for not reopening the schools is that the classes should be separated,” according to him.
Indeed, education is the right of everyone; women are not excluded under the Islamic teachings and the Islamic Emirate will never prevent girls of their rights of learning knowledge. But this is the most important that in an Islamic society, how to manage schools for boys and girls and how to popularize Islamic culture and the accepted tradition of the country.
The issue of how to reopen girls’ schools is not a matter of politics on which politicians or some so-called human rights advocates should decide, but a matter of our own religion, own noble culture and our own accepted traditions on which the religious scholars can decide only.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate is himself a great religious scholar and mufti and understands how to decide on his nation, their right and education. He will never oppose education for girls and work for women, rather support and defend them.
As the most important body of an Islamic community, all women and girls should be confident that education is their right and that the Islamic Emirate support it. They should also be confident that schools for girls above grade six would be reopened soon after the plan by the related organs is finalized.

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