A narration attributed to ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) regarding teaching women to write

Question

Is this authentic?

روي عن علي رضي الله عنه: أنه مر على رجل يعلم امرأة الكتابة فقال: لا تزد الشر شرا

 

Answer

I have not come across this narration in any primary source, nor have I come across a chain of narrators. This narration appears in some non-primary sources attributed to Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Refer: Adwaul Bayan Fi Idahil Quran bil Quran, Surah ‘Alaq, Verse: 1)

 

The narration in question should not be quoted until it can be sourced and then verified. There are unreliable Hadiths reported from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wherein he forbade teaching women to write. See here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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كما روي عن علي رضي الله عنه: أنه مر على رجل يعلم امرأة الكتابة فقال: لا تزد الشر شرا.