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Is It Permissible for a Woman to Learn Islam From a Man?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Is it permissible for a woman to receive Islamic knowledge from a man?

Answer: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for reaching out to us.

Knowledge

It is obligatory for you to seek out answers, especially in regards to personally obligatory knowledge. Please observe the appropriate ettiquette while you send Whatsapp questions, voice recordings and so on. Strive to keep all interaction polite and professional.

Lady scholar

There is something very special about learning from a lady scholar. Shaykhas and ustadhas offer refreshing feminine wisdom and compassion.

I encourage you to perform the Prayer of Need in the last third of the night, and beg Allah to send you a lady teacher. If you cannot find one where you live, then consider trustworthy websites such as SeekersHub and Rabata.

I pray that Allah rewards you for your avidness in learning His Deen.

Please see:

A Reader On Gender Interaction
Can Muslim woman teach mixed class

Wassalam,

[Ustadha] Raidah Shah Idil

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil has spent almost two years in Amman, Jordan, where she learned Shafi’i’ fiqh, Arabic, Seerah, Aqeedah, Tasawwuf, Tafsir and Tajweed. She continues to study with her Teachers in Malaysia and online through SeekersHub Global. She graduated with a Psychology and English degree from University of New South Wales, was a volunteer hospital chaplain for 5 years and has completed a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. She lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with her husband, daughter, and mother-in-law.