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Thursday, April 07, 2005

New Female Muslim Scholar?


Watch this clip of Fatimah Meer Lawhi of Iran as she literally wows the crowd of men in Lebanon with her extensive knowledge of the Qur'an. In the first half of this clip, she is given a verse of the Qur'an and required to identify where it is in the Qur'an. Fatimah even rattles off where the verse is located on its page. In the second half, she is given a topic and asked to find verses that fit the topic. She does so, once again with stunning quickness. If you know some Arabic, her performance is even more impressive than it first appears.

May God make her among the great Muslim scholars of our day.

4 Comments:

  • At 4/07/2005 01:56:00 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Quran is not a circus act, it is Allahs book! We should strive to incorporate the teachings of it in our life! The latest Qari, Quran cassettees and the ability to pinpoint an ayat on a page doesn't impress me but living its reality does. Let us work towards this!

    Salaams,

     
  • At 4/07/2005 02:29:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    May God help you.

    My advice is to watch the clip before judging it a "circus act". I think it is pretty clear this is no simple haafidhah, but rather a girl who has an impressive store of Qur'anic knowledge. We can only incorporate the message of the Qur'an into our lives if we have the knowledge, and at a very young age, Fatimah clearly does. I think we can show some appreciation for this gift.

     
  • At 4/07/2005 08:39:00 a.m., Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said…

    SAF,

    I'm fascinated by this, especially in the parallels with Judaism. In the Orthodox Jewish world, women cannot become Rabbis, though there are some excellent knowledgeable and respected female educators, and that will continue to improve.

    Couple of questions for an ignoramus as always (forgive me for hassling you):

    1) How much emphasis is placed on knowing the Quran in order to become a scholar, and knowing it off by heart, especially compared to studying the corpus of Islamic law?

    2) Are there/have there been accepted women scholars?

    TRK

     
  • At 4/13/2005 04:17:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    TRK,

    Too tired to come up with an intelligent response, but I would say there have been very few female Muslim scholars in history, although there is no religious reason preventing them from pursuing that path. The only controversy is around Muslim women leading mixed congregational prayer.

    Learning the Quran by heart by no means qualifies an individual to become a scholar. There are quite a few Muslim children who manage to memorize the Quran. One would have to have acquired a much greater breadth of knowledge to be seen as a scholar.

     

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