Although the Taliban banned girls’ university and primary education citing Islam, many Muslim organizations and Muslim countries have criticized the decision. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Taliban’s order to ban girls’ education is against Islam. On Wednesday, he said in a televised speech that the Taliban would keep an eye on the issue until it allowed girls to get an education.
According to a statement, Erdogan said, ‘It is inhumane and anti-Islamic. Nothing like this is said in our religion. No prohibition should be defined in terms of Islam. Islam does not accept such things. Instead, we belong to a religion that claims to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.
The Taliban banned university education for women at the end of December last year. The Taliban has imposed a complete ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan. Only a few girls’ schools are functioning in the country.
Islamic organizations, including Muslim countries, have criticized the Taliban’s decision, but the Taliban’s restrictions on women’s education and work are justified in Islam, and Muslim scholars from many countries support the decision.
On Wednesday, Turkey also called for a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the issue of women’s education in Afghanistan. The 57-nation organization expressed concern over human rights in Afghanistan. The organization called on the Taliban to reconsider its decision to ban girls’ education. The Taliban have also banned women from working in education and non-governmental organizations. It was also urged that the ban should be reconsidered.
The OIC also decided to send a religious delegation to Afghanistan led by the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA). Girls should be encouraged to receive all levels of education described as a fundamental right in Islam.
Erdogan has said that he will closely monitor the state of women’s education in Afghanistan in collaboration with Turkey’s foreign ministry.
Many Turkish schools offer education in Afghanistan
Turkey runs 80 schools in Afghanistan through Maarif Foundation. The Taliban closed 14 girls’ schools in Turkey last month. Turkish authorities opened some primary schools for girls after great efforts.
After the Taliban came to power in August 2021, all NATO countries closed their embassies in Afghanistan, but Turkey’s embassy still operates there.
Some time ago, the Taliban had banned some girls from leaving the country who were going to Qatar for higher education. On the other hand, these Taliban leaders send their girls abroad to study.
After the Taliban came to power, they promised to allow women to study and work. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said, ‘We are going to allow women to study and work. There will be active participation of women but within the boundaries of Islam. But the Taliban quickly retracted all these promises.
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