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Q.  In Pietermaritzburg centre Masjid, girls are sitting in the Masjid with boys and doing Hifz under male Ustaads. I don’t know whether these girls are baalighah or not, but if not they should be 8 or 9 years old. Should they be doing hifz under a male ustaad? Is this correct? Is there any concession for this in Shariah? There are so many Ulama in PMB and nothing is being done or said about this? Please comment urgently!


Acts which are glaringly haraam naturally agitate the conscience of those Muslims whose Imaan has as yet not been totally darkened and desensitized. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Sin is that which agitates your conscience.” Even if a true Mu’min is unaware of the mas’alah or ruling regard an act, his Imaani conscience will agitate and send up a danger signal, warning him to abstain if it is haraam. Thus Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said for our guidance and for our safety from the corrupt fatwas of corrupt jaahil muftis who halaalize haraam without compunction: 

“Goodness is that in which your nafs finds peace and your heart finds rest. Sin is that which agitates the nafs and the heart does not derive peace, even if the Muftis give you fatwas (of permissibility).”


Despite the many Molvis being silent on this grave issue, the practice of  intermingling of boys and girls and of a male ustaadh teaching girls agitates the conscience of all those whose Imaan has not been irreparably damaged by flagrant and reckless indulgence in baatil and sin. It is for this reason that the brother understands that there is something terribly amiss in the practice of males teaching girls. It is Islamically intolerable for a male ustaad to teach 8 and 9 year old girls. We can say with certitude that the presence of these girls incites the lust of the ustaadh. If the ustaadh has the temerity to deny this reality, then either he is a kath-thaab (a great liar) or an eunuch or completely impotent.  However, even if he is sexually impotent the Shariah’s laws of Hijaab are still applicable. 

The many Ulama in Pietermaritzburg who are silent despite being aware of this immoral haraam practice happening inside the Musjid have lost their Imaani bearings. Their Imaan has become so desensitized to evil that all inhibition for flagrant haraam, fisq and fujoor has departed from their hearts. 

Purdah is incumbent between males and girls from the age of six years. It is not permissible for a male ustaadh to teach 6 year old girls. This evil is aggravated by the girls being in the Musjid, and further aggravated by the girls mixing with the boys in the Musjid. Even the sanctity of the Musjid is defiled with this haraam practice. 

Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) has explicitly mentioned that there should be purdah between a man and a girl of six. This purdah has greater emphasis in these times of fitnah. A male ustaadh should not teach even girls less than 6. Shaitaan and the nafs are always lying in ambush for the male ustaad who teaches girls even if the girls are 5 or 6. No man can have confidence on his nafs. The danger of sexual misdemeanours is constantly present in the scenario of males teachings girls. There are numerous known cases of teachers sexually molesting the little girls they teach. This evil is common in both secular and religious institutions. 

The Ulama in Pietermaritzburg should terminate this haraam practice. Girls should be taught in a secluded home environment by female teachers. Whilst purdah has to be inculcated from early childhood, the very opposite, viz. shamelessness and immodesty are being instilled into the children from a tender age. The ustaadhs and the ulama in general have lost their Imaani conscience, hence they fail to discern the villainy and danger in this haraam system of imparting ta’leem to girls by males. Allah Ta’ala warns and commands in the Qur’aan Majeed:

“Do not come even near to zina.”

Males teaching girls is a shaitaani snare to entrap people into the evil of zina. While the ustaadh sits in the Musjid with the girls, his mind and heart dwell in different strata of zina – zina of the eyes, zina of the ears, zina of the mind, zina of the heart and  zina of even the hands. This reality is not hidden from the Ulama.  Nowadays the Ulama are unconcerned with the Deen. They are in fact the cause of much corruption in the Ummah. They have abandoned their primary obligation of Amr Bil Ma’roof Nahyi Anil Munkar.

14 Ramadhaan 1440 – 20 May 2019


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