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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 89 (Redesigning education system for ummah – a dialogue on methodology)

19 Feb

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

(from a brother)

You are right the leader cannot bring change unless people deserve it. However, to make people deserving this leader has to invite the people to the truth and those who accept this invitation would have to be bound to follow the principles of the movement. Thus making it a disciplined group / Jamaat. As more and more people join and are bound to follow these principles, a time will come when there would be enough people in this Jamaat (group) to form a pressure for a change at the state level – because only then the Education system can be changed. By just inviting people on a individual basis some will buy the concept and some will not. Further those who buy may not be so committed to practice it in their lives and hence will not be disciplined. All in all there won’t be any meaningful results. It will only be by through the discipline of the organization that they will remain bound. Taking the example of Rasul Allah [prophet (SAW)], his methodology, in the Makkan period was to invite people to the deen (ways) of Allah and whoever accepted is was bound by a Pledge (Bai’yyah) to be bound by whatever Rasul Allah [prophet’s (SAW)] order and he / she cannot go against what Rasul Allah [prophet (SAW)] ordered. Thus making this a disciplined Jamaat. He (SAW) was not able to gather enough people in the first 13 years of the Makkan Period to establish the deen (religion) of Allah in Makkah and hence had to do Hijrah (migration) to Madinah. There a Islamic state was established and when there were enough people with him to be be able to fight against the Satanic forces, he commenced his struggle for Iqamat-e-Deen (establishment of Islamic way of life). As a matter of fact, having a proper education system is part of Iqamat-e-Deen (establishment of Islamic way of life) . Because without proper Education system, the Deen (Islamic way of life) cannot remain Qaim (established).


(my response)
Brother can we present this excuse before Allah subhana wa ta’ala that we were waiting for a leader to come and change us? Each one is responsible for our part of work, especially those whom Allah has granted some realization and wisdom into some matter by His (Allah’s) mercy.

(brother’s response)
No we cannot. I think you have got me wrong. What I intended by pointing it out was not to wait for that leader and then do the work. But my intention was to spread our azaan (call) and simultaneously also look for an able leader who can lead the people who are with him for a state wide change of education system. Unless we do both these steps together the results will not be seen, especially when the society around us is so over awed by western philosophy. Let me give you the example of two jamaat (groups) from different maktab-e-fikar (schools of thought) of Sunnis – Tablighi Jamaat of the Deoband Maktab and Dawat-e-Islami of the Barelvi Maktab. Tablighi Jamat has been doing their Islahi (reformatory) work since more than 150 years and recently Dawat-e-Islami are doing there work since last 30 years. They both believe that if everyone in the society changes for the better – the society will automatically become a better society. Yes individual people may have changed – but what has happened to the society collectively? Can we say that it has become God-Conscious or has it become a Godless society? Where is the graph heading after 150 years? Where is the graph heading after the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? I hope you can see my point?

Further by highlighting the above two examples – I dont want to anyhow show that I dislike these two Groups or any one them. The above was narrated just to express my point of view and I hold nothing against these two groups.

Btw, I am 38 years old just to let you know my age group 🙂

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum brother,

Sorry I will differ from the methodology you are speaking of. I have done your procedures but have failed. I believe in practical work to save my soul I find a leader or not. Presently I want to be my leader and concentrate on developing my program. If I take up the task of looking for the leader I will lose the pace myself. Brother I have come here a long way and Allah has given me an understanding in education which I fail to see in the contemporary educationists.

Br. Abid