Fatima Sheikh Birthday Anniversary: ​​Fatima Sheikh lit the lamp of education in the lives of the poor and downtrodden


New Delhi: Not only India, but the world is bowing down to Fatima Sheikh, India’s first Muslim woman teacher, who filled the light of education in women and the underprivileged community. Today i.e. 9th January is the 191st birth anniversary of Fatima Sheikh.

Fatima Sheikh was born on 9 January 1831 in Pune. She was always involved in education awareness campaign. She used to live with her brother Usman. Let us tell you that when social reformers Jyoti Ba Phule and Savitri Bai Phule were thrown out of the house by their father in protest against giving education to the downtrodden and poor, then Fatima Sheikh and her brother gave shelter to both the people in their house.

Fatima Sheikh is considered the first Muslim female teacher of India because she founded the Swadeshi Library in 1848 along with the great social reformers Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule. In which women and people from disadvantaged communities can get education and move forward.

The same library later became an example for girls, it was called the first women’s school in India.

Let us tell you that in these schools, the Mahayagya to provide education to those people who were denied education at that time on the basis of caste, religion, gender.

He also faced many difficulties in this mission. The influential section of the society was harassed by interrupting her work but Fatima Sheikh did not give up and accepted the women and deprived community of her country by giving them their due.

Fatima Sheikh established the library from home and after that she along with Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule started the work of educating the poor people of the society and Muslim women.

The most interesting fact is that Fatima Sheikh used to bring children from house to house to study in her house and used to teach those children. By doing this, Fatima Sheikh became immortal in Indian history forever and became an example not only in India but in the whole world.


Dr. Asif Umar, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

first published:Jan. 9, 2022, 2:47 p.m.


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