By: Mian Waqar ul Islam


By: Mian Waqar ul Islam

In the name of Allah, the most merciful and the most beneficent!

Girls are better than boys!
Because the winners are better than the looser!
Result speaks for itself, what else…

Respected president (name) honorable panel (names) and valued guests, before going to the thick of the things let’s see the significance of education in Islam…

The Significance of Education in Islam

Education has been greatly emphasized in Islam. The first verse of the Qur’an to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) indicates the importance of education in Islam; the verse started with the word “Iqr’a”, it is a command that means ‘read’ in Arabic, and that implies the concepts of ‘learning’, ‘exploring’ and ‘seeking enlightenment’. This demonstrates that reading (knowledge) is the way to approach the Creator of all that exists. Verse 96/1-5 states:

“Read! In the Name of your Lord who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not. “

The importance and excellence of knowledge has been highlighted both directly and indirectly in over five hundred places in the Holy Qur’an. Indeed one of the essential duties and responsibilities of Prophet-hood was the dissemination of knowledge and wisdom to all. Allah Almighty says:

﴿كَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولاً مِّنكُمْ يَتْلُواْ عَلَيْكُمْ ءَايَــــٰـــتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ ٱلْكِتَــــٰـــبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُواْ تَعْلَمُونَ﴾

“Likewise, we have sent you (Our) Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him) from amongst yourselves who recites to you Our Revelations and purifies and sanctifies (your hearts and ill-commanding selves) and teaches you the Book and inculcates in you logic and wisdom and enlightens you (on the mysteries of spiritual gnosis and divine truth) which you did not know.”
[Al-Baqara, 2:151.]

﴿هُوَ ٱلَّذِى بَعَثَ فِى ٱلْأُمِّيِّـينَ رَسُولاً مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُواْ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَــــٰـــتِهِ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلْكِتَــــٰـــبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُواْ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِى ضَلَــــٰـــلٍ مُّبِينٍ﴾

“He is the One Who sent a (Glorious) Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him) amongst the illiterate people from amongst themselves who recites to them His Revelations and cleanses and purifies them (outwardly and inwardly) and teaches them the Book and wisdom. Indeed, they were in open error before (his most welcome arrival).”
[Al-Jumu‘a, 62:2.]

The Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) said:

﴿ طَلَبُ الْعِلْمِ فَرِيضَةٌ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ ﴾

“Acquisition of knowledge is binding on all Muslims” [Narrated by Ibn Maja in al-Sunan, 1:81 §224.]

He (blessings and peace be upon him) said at another place:

﴿ مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللهُ لَهُ بِهِ طَرِيقًا إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ ﴾

“Allah Almighty makes the path to paradise easier for him who walks on it for getting knowledge.” [Narrated by Muslim in al-Sahih, 4:2074 §2699.]

The importance of education has been emphasized repeatedly in the Qur’an, which is the ultimate source of guidance for Muslims. Verse 20/114 says, “My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” This verse indicates that whatever we know is limited as we need to keep asking Allah to increase our knowledge. Therefore, a Muslim should constantly be seeking more knowledge (ilm). The Qur’an treats knowledge as a means to reaching iman (faith) for all Muslims, males and females, to becoming true believers.

Does Islam Give Priority to Males or Females in the Search for Education?

From the foregoing, we can see clearly that education and knowledge in Islam apart from being obligatory and therefore a form of worship is full of benefits, firstly to the learner, then to the teacher and even to the society.

Moreover, knowledge can be classified as good for its own sake and not for its connection with other qualities. It is then appropriate to pause and ask a pertinent question- when Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala)) and his noble prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) proclaimed knowledge and its benefits were they referring to males or females.

The first and most crucial obligation on all Muslims, male or female is to acquire knowledge. This is so because all actions of a Muslim must be based on correct knowledge. The Muslim cannot worship Allah in ignorance and his action should not be based on blind imitation for this is not the mark of a thinking, sensible human being.

It is impossible to be a Muslim, to live according to the requirements of Islam, and at the same time live in a state of ignorance.

The whole Qur’an refers to both male and female in its call:

“O you who believe; those that believe in Allah and do good deeds. Likewise, both Aljannah and Jahannam are either promised to men and women who believe or who disbelieve. There is no distinction between male and female in acts of worship or reward. Allah says; “So their Lord accepted of them, never will I allow the work of any of you to be lost, be you male or female, you are one of another.”
( Qur’an 3;195)

Women just like men are enjoined to compulsorily seek for knowledge for the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.) said;

“Seeking of knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim” (both male and female).

A large number of Muslim scholars were women, such as Aishah wife of the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), Amrah Bint Abdur Rahman, Mu’aadhah Al – Adawiyyah and the wives of the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Other women worthy of mention are Jawzdaniyyah, who had the best knowledge of chain of transmitters of traditions of the Prophet and who had the best memory in her time; Ajeebah Al – Baqdariyyah, who was the only one in the world in her time to narrate certain ahaadith.

Nearer home, Asma’u Bint Fodio daughter of renowned scholar and reformer Shaykh Uthman Bn Fodio was as great a scholar as any of the contemporary students of her great father as evidenced by the many books, poems, pamphlets and treatise on a wide range of subjects which she left behind.

The Mufti of the Ummah, Shaykh ’Abdul-’Azeez Ibn ’Abdullaah Ibn Baaz (d.1420H, rahimahullaah) when asked ‘What do you say about the woman’s role in calling to Allah?’ He answered that;

‘‘She is like the man, she should call to Allah, and order the good and forbid the evil, since the texts from the Noble Qur‘an and the Pure Sunnah prove this, and the words of the scholars are clear about this. So she should call to Allah, order the good and forbid evil in accordance with the manners prescribed in the sharee’ah (revelation) that are required from the man. She should also take care of another matter, which is that she should be an example of chastity and cover herself with hijab in front of males who are not mahram for her and she should avoid mixing with men.”

It is equally important to educate the girl child for the following reasons;

Education is one of the fundamental rights of individuals as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 26 stipulates. It is very important to educate the girl child especially so she can play the role that Allah has ordained for her and be a true and faithful believer thereby attaining paradise.

Education for girls leads to less domestic conflict in the family. Education leads to common understanding and better communication.

The Prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be on him) has said: whoever is not concerned with the situation of Muslims is not one of them. Concern is born only out of education, knowledge of the needs of the Ummah and its environment.

Muslims today, live in a complex and difficult world dominated by systems of knowledge, technologies and economics, which have marginalized them. The uneducated girl will not be able to impact on the development of the Ummah with the men unless she attains the right education.

Moreover, the prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be on him) said: “Whoever dies while seeking knowledge in order to revive Islam, will be in paradise and nothing would be between him and the prophets except one degree.”

Women owe the Ummah a duty to know the contemporary world intimately, to be able to analyze it using principles and concepts from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and to offer alternatives for the future direction of man.

The prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be on him) has said; the best of mankind is he who is beneficial to others. Good education leads to strategies in bringing about a better, more just, caring and a safer world.

Khilafah and Amanah mentioned in the Qur’an as expected of mankind can only be realised with education. Concepts are supposed to shape our attitude to economic development, politics, environment and ecological balance e.g. the saying of the Prophet (May the peace and blessings of Allah be on him) “Purity is half of faith” and “cleanliness is part of faith” – how does this affect health and sanitation requirements of people living in crowded cities and slums?

Education for the girl promotes a reduction in poverty. She will be less dependent on either her family or husband. This will also give them a more productive life.

Education gives her the power to attend to other women’s problems as a doctor, nurse, teacher etc. The woman has a better understanding of her fellow women’s problems.

Why girls are better than boys!

Mainly because girls are delivering far better results!


We know that both gender kids are equally blessed but there are factors which may affect their learning abilities. However, if we see educational success for both in terms of attaining good marks and grads, today girls are performing far better than boys.

Why are girls succeeding at school?

There are many varied reasons and theories to explain why girls do better in the educational system when compared to boys. Girls tend to outperform boys in school when results are analyzed. The reasons why girls do better than boys include:

1.    Changing Attitudes: Girls attitudes towards education have changed dramatically over the last 15 to 20 years and corresponds to the involvement women have in society. Today girls are more confident, more assertive, more ambitious and more committed to gender equality.

2. Changes in the Adult World: There are an increasing number of girls in the work place; therefore girls are more likely to work harder to achieve their ambitions.

3. Changes in Schools: Over the past 20 years there has been a growing proportion of females choosing to study in further or higher education than in years previous.

4. Changings in Society: Parents, families and societies are now recognizing and preferring to teach their girls.

5. Changing Trends: Around twenty years ago it was the norm to expect young intelligent females to leave education at the earliest opportunity (age 16) to prepare them for marriage and motherhood.

6. Changing Aspiration: Recently, improvements of choices for many female students have increased considerably. The aspirations of many young females now concentrate on education and employment.

7. Changing Opportunities: There are now more appealing routes available into employment for females, these include areas such as, the service industries, media jobs and information technology. These new opportunities provide a ‘workplace paradise’ for the young women of today who are no longer discriminated against as much as before.

8. Changing Work-environment: There are widening opportunities in a new improved genderless, barrier-free world of employment and no preference for a fully-male employment system.

9. Changing Male-Dominancy: Male Dominant world is dying out. The influence of ‘Girl Power’ drives women on in their quest for equality and identity in education and profession. Iconic female figures are being considered as a strong, independent, role model in today’s society.

10. Changing Curriculum: Governments have introduced girl-specific courses into schools to encourage their interest in subjects that were seen as being traditionally for boys. Research clearly indicates that girls are better at coursework at a general level when compared to boys.

Girls mature faster than boys!

Girls on average mature faster than boys, the male advantages in intelligence do not appear until after puberty, when boys and girls finish maturing and growing. Until then, girls are on average always more mature than boys at any given chronological age.

So comparing boys and girls, say, at age 10, is like comparing boys at age 10 and girls at age 12. Naturally, older and more mature children have greater cognitive capacity than younger and less mature children.

So if you compare boys and girls at the same chronological age, girls on average are more intelligent than boys. In other words, the sex difference in the rate of maturity masks and drowns the sex difference in general intelligence.

Girls have few in-built advantages!

  • They have more choice of colors and clothing.
  • Girls are better at showing emotions and are more sympathetic.
  • They are generally neater than guys.
  • Girls are not afraid to speak out, and tend to socialize more.
  • Girls are more organized, and are more logical than guys.
  • They are deep thinkers and are very imaginative.
  • They think before they do, unlike guys, who want to do whatever comes first into their mind.
  • They work harder than boys; they are more patient and tolerant.
  • They are less likely to compline, they are better problem solvers.

Boys have few in-built disadvantages!

  • They think education is a girlish thing.
  • They are experts in wasting precious time.
  • They hardly become serious in their studies.
  • They are always over confident.
  • They believe in short cuts.
  • They are in superiority complex
  • They are less obedient