Prominent Islamic scholar Taqi Usmani calls on Taliban to ensure education for girls

Mufti Taqi Usmani suggests constructing different school buildings, holding classes at different times for boys and girls

Prominent Islamic scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani has called on the Taliban in Afghanistan to allow girls in the country to get education.

In a letter addressed to the Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the president of Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia said that girls in Afghanistan should be allowed to pursue education while remaining within the limits of sharia law.

He said it was necessary in order to deal with many issues faced by women in the country, such as medical treatment and social work which required educated and trained women. In doing so, the Taliban would be successful in eliminating the intermingling of men and women in the society, he elaborated.

The scholar, who is also the vice president Darul Uloom Karachi, added that in doing so, the Taliban regime would dispel the notion that its government opposed women in general. Mufti Usmani said that the West had used the issue of women education to spread propaganda against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

He suggested that separate buildings be constructed for educational institutes for boys and girls. In the event that it was not possible, Mufti Usmani suggested holding classes at separate timings in schools or dividing the school buildings into two areas, for boys and girls.