Assalam o Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,
Dear Lajna and Nasirat
Knowledge is the food for the soul. Just as the body cannot develop without food, similarly- the soul cannot excel without knowledge. After the creation of man- the first thing which God laid the foundation was knowledge.
The difference between man and other creatures is knowledge. Other creatures cannot excel, while man by using different means can always increase his knowledge.
Whilst relating to Adam (ra)- it is stated in Verse 32 of Surah Al-Baqarah : وَعَلَّمَ َٰادَمَ الْاَسْمَآءَ كُلَّهَا. From the interpretation of this verse, we know that those who are engaged in expanding their knowledge remain in the place of humanity.
In the second era of the Khilafah Ali Minhaj-ul-Nabwaat, Hazrat Musleh Maud (RA) established Lajna Imaillah for the education and training of Ahmadi women. He worked tirelessly for the education of women throughout his life. He states that "I firmly believe that no nation can prosper without the education of women" (Al-Fadl vol. 19 dated 19 September 1931).
The important role women play in the creation and prosperity of a nation is evident in the revelation of Hazrat Musleh Maud which serves as the motto for Lajna Imaillah: "If you reform fifty percent of women, Islam will prosper". This sentence serves as the path of brightness which our well- wisher has selected for us in order to be successful.
Whilst, he emphasised the importance of education and training of women, he had also clarified exactly what is meant by reform and the type of education that can really lead to true reform. He had repeatedly said that if women gave preference to worldly degrees and do not understand the importance and necessity of attaining religious education, nor pay attention to their household affairs and the training of children, then who can call them wise or well learned individuals?
He repeatedly drew the attention of women that their aim should be to get religious education so that they can contribute to the propagation of the religion, raise their children in the right manner, teach them the Holy Quran, Hadith and the books of the Promised Messiah.
In one of his addresses he said: " Religion cannot succeed unless you make progress. Our progress, our sacrifices will last the most of only twenty or twenty-five years. However if you understand your responsibilities then you can sustain this progress till the Day of Judgment. Because you are the teacher of the future generations. Your influence is permanent and thus understand that it is a heavy burden. It is you who can maintain Islam, and cut off Satan's head. And you can strengthen the progress of your religion in such a way that all nations will be amazed to see. (Flowers of the veiled women, part one, page 62)
"Unless new generations practice the religion and the principles chosen by God and established on earth by His prophets and messengers, they will never be able to move forward in the true sense"
(Sermon delivered on Friday, April 1, 1938, published in Akhbar al-Fadl, April 10, 1938)
In the light of such need and to achieve these goals, a long-held dream became a reality in the by the establishment of the Ayesha Deenyaat Academy. May Allah Almighty grant the management and academic staff to provide all the possible help and guidance to those sisters who are on the journey to achieving this lofty goal. May they assist the Ahmadi women to become great scholars- and may this service of theirs become a bright chapter in the propagation and success of Islam. Amen
Lajna Imaillah Australia
8 March 2021