Till sometime back the very excellent schools in Tamil Nadu – India were Christian institutes. They are recognized for their high standards in education. Buts its different now, a lot of other institutes have occurred. One of the best schools here now is Dr.Zakir Naik’s Islamic international school in Chennai – Tamil Nadu, Alhumduleallah.

No matter how high an institutes ranks, nothing gives it the right to keep students from practicing their religion. The case being Christian institutes; why are they exploiting their own rules?

The Bible reads:

Genesis 38:14 And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
Genesis 24:65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
1 Corinthians 11:6-7 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 

On what footing do these institutes ask the Muslim girls to unveil them selves in the institutional premises when their own nuns try to veil themselves? When the students or parents try talking to them about the Islamic dress code, they are given a transfer certificate and kicked out of the institute. Most of their uniforms are a skirt around knee-length and a blouse usually with sleeves higher than the elbow. This very clearly breaches the modesty of a lady according to Islam.

The Qur’an clearly states: 

Quran (33:59) – “Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them…”
Quran (24:31) – “And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known.”  The woman is not only supposed to cover herself, except with relatives, but to look down, so as to avoid making eye-contact with men.
Qur’an (33:55) – “It shall be no crime in them as to their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their woman, or the slaves which their right hands possess, if they speak to them unveiled”  A woman is only allowed to present herself unveiled to family and slaves.

The Hadith says: 

Bukhari (6:321) – Muhammad (p) is asked whether it is right for a young woman to leave her house without a veil.  He replies, “She should cover herself with the veil of her companion.”
Bukhari (60:282) – After Muhammad (p) issued the command (Qur’an 24:31) for women to cover themselves, the women responded by tearing up sheets to cover their faces.
Abu Dawud (32:4092) – The Apostle of Allah… said: “O Asma’, when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, it does not suit her that she displays her parts of body except this and this, and he pointed to her face and hands”  This was according to Aisha.
Abu Dawud (2:641) – The Prophet (p) said: Allah does not accept the prayer of a woman who has reached puberty unless she wears a veil.

Education is no reason for a being to bargain on Religion. In fact there is nothing that can battle God. Education is important, it trains the brain to reason.

This is why Islam attaches great importance to knowledge and education. When the Quran began to be revealed, the first word of its first verse was ‘Iqra’ that is, read. Allaah says, (what means): “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” [Quran, 96: 1-5]A knowledgeable person is accorded great respect in many prophetic narrations.Because of the importance of knowledge, Allaah commanded His Messenger  to seek more of it. Allaah says (what means): “and say: `My Lord! Increase me in knowledge” [Quran, 20:114]

The Prophet  made seeking knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim, and he  explained that the superiority of the one who has knowledge over the one who merely worships is like the superiority of the moon over every other heavenly body. He  said that the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and that the Prophets, may Allaah exalt their mention did not leave behind any money, rather their inheritance was knowledge, so whoever acquires it has gained a great share. Furthermore, the Prophet  said that seeking knowledge is a way leading to Paradise. He  said: “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.” (Al-Bukhaari)

 Regarding this I had a few telling me, ‘You should always try to blend with the people around you’ and ‘There are much more things in the world’. The Hereafter is going to be extremely fierce in a manner that is out of human imagination. This is an ephemeral life. Do we wish to forfeit an eternity of Heavenly glee and enchantment for a few worldly decades?