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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 88 (Some detrimental affects of Western conceptual domination)

18 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

(from a brother)
As Salamu alaikum Abid Sahab. I have not sent this email to the group as it might get a bit out of the topic of education and into politics. I am one of your listeners. I see and I hear your call. What you have said is very much true.

But I think we need visionary leaders (and a proper discplined Jam’aat) to put Iqbal’s and yours idea into action. I heard from Dr. Israr (RA), that from 1932 to 1935, Iqbal was looking for the formation of an Islamic Party. Muslim League then was a party of Muslims, not necessarily practicing ones. Iqbal felt that Muslim League will only be able to find a place for Muslims – not necessarily a place where Islam is implemented and practiced as a way of life. Moulana Moududi was also of the same opinion and hence he too remained away from Muslim League / Struggle for establishment of Pakistan.

I feel these calls can only have a meaningful effect if there is a group who actively works towards that goal. Asking people to change at their individual levels may not ( (I dare say will not) result in a nation wide (even a minor section of the nation wide) change since if this had been possible, Allah would never have asked for Jihad (and Qital) for Iqamat-e-Deen, and this cannot be done unless a proper disciplined Jamaat works towards that goal so much so that people in that Jamaat are prepared to give their lives to achieve their goals.

I hope to hear your views on this.

Btw, I am not a part (or a supporter) of Jamat-e-Islami or Dr. Israr’s Tanzeem-e-Islami, if by any chance, you may think so as a result of my above narrative.

Jazak Allah Khair

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum Brother,

I see the problem in a different context. People have to prove worthy for Allah’s blessings. The leader cannot bring a change unless the people deserve same.
Presently we are a people who have drifted very far from Islamic perception. We live nearly completely in western dimension. Our logic pedestal is western secular, and we have started believing that this is the only logic pedestal that exists to the extent that many of our ulama (learned person) have started claiming that there is no logic in religion when they refer to Islam. Allah endows every child with fitrah (natural inclinations) and pure logic reasoning structure, how is it possible that as he grows she/he should leave this fitrah (nature) and become a blind believer or follower.

Unless we come out of the present dimension, we cannot even appreciate any positive change. This is what Iqbal was vying for. He realized the overawe of the east by the western material progress, and warned us that their objectives of life are entirely different from that of Islam’s.

Many Jihads (struggles) in the last century have made us realize the sinister designs of west and an urge to come back to Islam. I do not know what age group you are in but if you have been observant in 60s, 70s and 80s you can realize what I mean. We have never been so desirous of Islamic change as we are in the present times. But we have failed to free our minds of the western awe and psychological domination. We are quite blindly following their system and thought structure, though we want to destroy the west. There are groups among us who are anxiously vying for change but are not aware of the human change process except for revolution. Any revolution with the present mental state can only lead to confusion and bloodshed and not an Islamic change. For without an Islamic perception real Islamic change cannot occur.

I have been associated with, and also have been quite observant of, some of these religious movements and I find them quite confused to how this change can come. Now they are even failing to groom their workers Islamically. Their thought is very remote and conventional. They have failed to device any effective education system. Rather are quite unaware of how education works. Allah has also given me the opportunity to initiate some educational movements and I can see that initiative by a person makes the whole difference. I am not at all without hope and believe that some people will realize and come forward. I have just initiated my present movement for change in education system and Alhamdulillah I can see my way quite clear. I am not without hope presently. I am trying to shake up people. Those who work positively to bring positive change through education will be very rich in sadqa e jariah (good deeds which continuously bring positive change) on the last Day of Judgment. That is what motivates me.

Br. Abid