This is one of the best lectures on a contentious issue in our community. Many people, usually men, go around trying to be the religious police and impose outward expressions of faith upon people who aren’t ready. The end result of their activism is people whose inner and outer states are in tension with one another. Shaykh Faraz’s calls for a correction in our perceptions of female virtue and modesty and he also calls for developing programs to promote female scholarship to correct this imbalance. This sort of sensible advice is a hallmark of the answers service and courses at SeekersGuidance (http://www.seekersguidance.org) which has just opened its Winter 2010 course registration.
Beyond Hijab – Women’s Virtue & Modesty in Islam – & the Urgency for Female Scholarship
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (SeekersGuidance)
In this talk, delivered at the RIS conference in Toronto, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani talks about who the best women in history were. He uses this as the means of talking about the bases of virtue, honour, and rank for Muslim women–going “beyond hijab” in this, while emphasizing the religious obligation (fard) of the outward observance of the limits of the Sacred Law. He also touches upon the urgent need for female scholarship in our times.