THE PERSPECTIVE OF ISLAM ON EDUCATION

Education plays a dominant role in an individual’s life, is a process of transferring various skills and knowledge from one generation to another with the help of training and teaching. It’s like a power which can be used to bring an actual CHANGE to the world.

Islam is a religion that has always supported learning and knowledge. It is compulsory for every Muslim, male or female to gain knowledge in order to survive in this society. The significance of education in Islam can be proved through these references.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 74

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be unto him) said: “Acquire knowledge and impart it to the people.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 107


A person who seeks knowledge has the ability to achieve anything that he or she wishes for. Knowledge completes the life of those confused individuals who are unsure about what they want.

IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION IN THE LIGHT OF HADITH

The first verses of the Quran began with the word:

“Read. Read in the name of thy Lord who created; [He] created the human being from blood clot. Read in the name of thy Lord who taught by the pen: [He] taught the human being what he did not know.” (96: 1-5).

It was through Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be unto him) teaching and education that the people came to know the truth and embraced Islam as their religion.

The Prophet (S.A.W.W) has deemed education as a necessity for both men and women, irrespective of color and creed. Because those who seek knowledge will only gain the truth about this world.

According to another Hadith on education

“Seek knowledge and teach it to other people.” (AL-Tirmidhi, 107)

Knowledge is something that you can never lose, the more you spread it, the more it increases. Our Prophet (S.A.W.W) has emphasized teaching whatever you know to other people.

According to Islam, responsibility falls on the parents/ guardians to educate their child/ children. An educated child will not only bring benefit for them but also himself and the whole world.

In Islam,  the best gift a parent can give to his child is good education. Accordingto a Hadith in Tirmidhi

“ A father gives his child nothing but a good education.”

Education polishes a person to an extent where he or she is able to distinguish between right and wrong. It nurtures the good and helps the bad to become better.

People who do not have proper knowledge are unable to react to certain situations appropriately which may be harmful to them.

Uneducated people can sometimes become violent which is highly condemned in Islam, therefore, it is important to seek knowledge.

EDUCATION AT THE BASIC / ADVANCED LEVEL

What can we do to combine the reli­gions and secular education for Muslim children?

Send your children to the public or pri­vate schools for secular education; and for their religious education, send them to the: Sunday schools and summer pro­grams.

If the parents do not implement what is taught to the students at the Sunday schools, then there is the danger that the student might suffer from the double standard syndrome: behave as a Muslim in madrasah, masjid and majlis but be­have as a “regular” with others.

There are also full time Islamic schools in the country. This will provide The Muslim students with a morally Islamic atmosphere turning the peer pressure in favour of Islam rather than against Islam.

Secondly, a full time Islamic school would integrate the secular sciences with religious sciences — science will become not only a servant of man but also a means of serving Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala.

At this present stage, we cannot think of the same solution for the advanced level of education as we presented about the basic level of education. These days, there are Islamic universities where our students can study the ‘non-religious’ courses not as anti-religious but as part of their ‘reli­gious’ outlook.

There should be regular inter-action, dialogue and discussion between the ulama and scholars of secular sciences.

The ‘ulama’ should become famil­iar with the modern scientific issues: their information on social, economic, and ethical issues of our time must be up- to-date and correct.

In the old Islamic system, there was no separation between the centers of learning of religious and secular sciences.

The Muslim scientists must familiarize themselves with the basic texts of Is­lam: the Qur’an and sunnah.

The Muslim scientists must become familiar with the Islamic literature related to the areas of their specialization. When the Prophet said, “I am leaving two pre­cious things amongst you: the Book of Allah and my family; as long as you hold to them you will never be led astray,” he was not only addressing the ‘ulama’: he was leaving these two guides for the en­tire ummah.

CONCLUSION

Learning and gathering knowledge is one of the best things among others in one’s life. The best part of life spent on learning is the best of all. It will surely save us in the world.

Learning what Allah made obligatory upon us and learning what Allah ordered us to avoid both are equally important.

In our increasingly diverse and multicultural society, education, understanding, and tolerance are the keys to a harmonious workplace and society.

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