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1230 I have been deeply attracted to Islam during my childhood studies in Madrassa. There are classes up to tenth in our Madrassa. I learnt sixth and ended .I wish to learn .But my parents are against it telling that I have obtained the Fard knowledge . Its a fact which they told. But at the same time I have a brother whom they have selected to send till tenth. I too am a kid of my parents. Don't I have right to get equal treatment?
It is very upsetting to hear that parents even today differentiate differently when it comes to the gender of their children. Showing preference to a son over a daughter simply due to gender is totally unislamic.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) went to extreme lengths to teach us that a daughter is a great blessing from Allah (S.W.T) just as a son is, and to treat them on equal terms, son.

In the Qur’an, Allah (S.W.T) describes how the pregnant wife of Imran (peace be upon him) vowed that her child would be dedicated to the worship of Allah. She was expecting a son but instead Maryam (peace be upon her) was born. She kept her vow and left Maryam in the service of Allah (S.W.T). Maryam went on to become the mother of a famous Prophet and a Waliyya in her own right.

This shows that gender is not important. Both can excel to be great servants of Allah (S.W.T).

As for obtaining knowledge, it is a blessing for your parents as well as for you for trying to further your knowledge. Try explaining to your parents the following AHadith:

“Obtain Knowledge from Cradle to Grave”

In the above AHadith it is not specific for male only, but for male, female, young and old.

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
Category (Islam / Muslims)