HOW VAST IS EDUCATION?

16 Aug
‘How vast is Education’ is a very important question for each one of us to understand. We should be very clear about what has our Creator (subhana wa ta’ala) intended through education?
What is education for?
When does education start and when it ends?
WHAT IS EDUCATION IN ACTUALITY?
These questions have been quite elaborately dealt with by Qur’an and our Holy prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. We see that the style and approach of Qur’an and Sunnah (prophet’s teachings) is totally educative.  100% and no less. Allah quite vigorously educates us through Qur’an and Sunnah (prophet’s teachings). One question for you: what are Qur’an and Sunnah for? Another few questions: what are Qur’an and Sunnah teaching us? What is the objective of Qur’an and Sunnah? What was the result of Qur’an and Sunnah on the sahaba e Ikram? How vast was the effect of Qur’an and Sunnah on the generations that followed just after the holy prophet? Was there a complete transformation and complete development in all aspects of life, or was it partial? These are very important questions for each of us to think on and answer to realize the real fact (haqiqah) of education, the vast effects that it makes. Is our present style of education anywhere near creating the reformation that took place during the times of prophet and in the times just after him? This reminds me of a question which Dr. Anis Ahmed raised. He asked me whether the present process of education educating our children or de-educating them. I found him so right, as a matter of fact the present educational process is de-educating us by taking us away from what we are meant to be. Then why is this great awe that we carry for the contemporary education system. Isn’t it perplexing? At least for me. I find such a lot of resistance in people to look critically at the contemporary education. We intentionally are ready to keep on taking this poison, but not ready to think and work for the change actively. Yes passively, as I observe many criticizing this system but are not ready to part with it. They demand, O.K. please give us a complete alternate model (paki pakaie taza roti) and only then we will think of considering whether we should accept that model or keep on sticking to our present ‘idol’ (taghoot) of education.Which life are we waiting for, will we be given another chance? Once we leave we leave for good from the phase of working (amal), and we enter the phase of accounting. We should realize this please. No more chances!
Brothers and sisters I say this, because I feel great majority of people are not ready to themselves work for this change, they do not want to go out of their comfort zones. They are not realizing the great poison that we are intoxicating ourselves and our children with. We see that we are heading towards destruction practically. We are practically losing our identity. Are we not? We are lost and quite totally out of phase with Qur’an and Sunnah in our practical lives, are we not? Our perceptions are no more based on Qur’an and Sunnah, and we see the result that we are not capable of designing a single life system for ourselves. We take the systems of the  the misguided ones (the da’aleen) and try to take out anti-Islamic (haram) from that, to suit our needs. Why have we lost this capability or capacity to develop our own systems? We cannot even initiate and design our first step to any positive change towards Islam, and that is our education system. Now can you feel the vast effect of an education system (the required Nizam e tarbiyah. Education is what makes you what you are or what you are supposed to be. Wrong education will simply put you on the wrong way, and right education will put you on the right way. And Qur’an and Sunnah are complete in guidance and education. Education is not only acquiring data or information. Education is creating the capability for correctly processing this data and information. This is an internal capability or process in each human being. This is the capability of correctly processing or perceiving. Education has to generate correct perception in us, the correct Adab in the words of Naquib al Attas. Is this presently happening brothers and sisters? How can we design Islamic or Qur’anic systems without this correct perception???  Education has only two functions: either to make you or to break you, nothing more nothing less. This is the deciding factor of your result in this Dunya and a’akhira. Can you visualize what I am trying to communicate?
For a Muslim it is all education from cradle to grave! Every moment of your life is either educative or de-educative. The intentional ambiance that you create around will be the deciding factor.
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