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Suspension of women’s education in Afghanistan is against Islamic values: Prominent Islamic Scholar

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 24 Dec 2022, 03:32 am Print

Suspension of women’s education in Afghanistan is against Islamic values: Prominent Islamic Scholar Afghanistan Taliban

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Kabul:  Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar University, has described the recent decision taken by the Taliban government in Afghanistan to ban women from studying in universities as against Islamic principles.

He said the move needs to be revised.

The grand Islamic scholar of Al-Azhar University on Friday wrote on his Facebook, stating the “decision has shaken the conscience of Muslims and Non-Muslims”, and no Muslim leader should order such a shameful decree, reports Khaama Press.

The renowned Sunni Muslim scholar added that the Taliban's latest decree suspending girls’ university education is extremely regrettable and contradicts the Islamic Sharia on all fronts.

He warned the Muslims and Non-Muslims that the decision should not be considered an Islamic order.

Thousands of women participated in Kabul city of Afghanistan on Thursday over the Taliban administration's decision to ban female students from attending universities.

The protesters called for women’s access to education and work, hinting that they would continue protesting until their wishes are fulfilled, Tolo News reported.

“Based on the statement of the Taliban, which they released yesterday, universities will be closed for an unknown period of time. We are protesting for this and we want to be the voice of the Afghan female students,” Julia Parsi, a protestor, told the news portal.

“We held the protest titled education for all, or education no one,” said Basir Hossaini, a protester.

Meanwhile, the UN family and the entire humanitarian community in Afghanistan condemned the Taliban’s decision to close universities to women and called on Wednesday for the de facto authorities to “immediately revoke the decision”.

In a statement, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also urged the de facto authorities to “reopen girls’ schools beyond the sixth grade and end all measures preventing women and girls from participating fully in daily public life”.

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Volker Türk described the ban as “another appalling and cruel blow to the rights of Afghan women and girls and a deeply regrettable setback for the entire country”.

Reminding that their systematic exclusion from virtually all aspects of life is “unparalleled in the world”, he upheld that banning women from tertiary education is “all the more heart-breaking” when considering their vital contributions over the years.

“Coming on top of girls being barred from attending secondary school, just think of all the female doctors, lawyers and teachers who have been, and who will be, lost to the development of the country”, said the senior UN official.

He stated that suspending women from tertiary and higher education is in “clear violation” of Afghanistan’s obligations under international law, adding that their rights to access all levels of education without discrimination is “fundamental and unquestionable”.

Banning women from attending university is a continuation of the Taliban’s systematic discrimination policies.

Since August 2021, they have barred girls from secondary school, restricted women and girls’ freedom of movement, excluded women from most of the workforce and banned them from using parks, gyms and public bath houses.

These restrictions culminate with the confinement of Afghan women and girls to the four walls of their homes, according to UNAMA.

“Preventing half of the population from contributing meaningfully to society and the economy will have a devastating impact on the whole country”.