AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
religion preached and practiced in the world, has numerous faiths
termed as sects and sub-sects, often at war with one another.
In the first century of Hijrah calendar, we find a major break-up
among the ranks and files of the Muslims into two major sects,
later denominated as the Shias and Sunnis. Now each of the two
has countless sub-sects having distinct traits and in some cases
violent opposition to one another.
my objective study of the Holy Qur’an and the tradition
of Prophet Muhammad, I found no reference to the priesthood
as ordained in the present age or any demarcation between general
or religious education. A complete submission to Islam commands
that every individual must be educated enough to discharge his
religious obligations at his own, like daily prayers, paying
Zakah the poor due, observing fast in a particular month, performing
Hajj, and of course a social life in line with the Divine Injunctions.
A person will not be able to fully perform these duties in its
true sense if he remains ignorant to GOD’s Commandments
as well as to modern acquaintances. Religious education in isolation
with other branches of knowledge will create orthodoxy, fundamentalism
found in the Holy Scripture that it matters much how I deal
with other human being. In dealing with fellow human being,
I need to be more cautious. In fact, here lies the real test.
I must pay the due I owe to the humanity, individually or collectively.
On the Final Day of Judgment, I will be accounted for all my
acts of omission or commission. Now who will inform me, the
priest or the Revelations of GOD Almighty in the first place,
and its practical demonstration I will get from the system of
Holy Qur’an categorically states in Chapter 2 verse 177:
piety and virtues are not that you turn your faces towards the
east or the west, (or you follow some norms, customs and traditions
of your own), but truly pious is he who believes in One and
Only GOD, and is conscious of the accountability of the Doomsday,
and accepts the existence of Angels, and the Books of Revelation
and all the Prophets, and spends his wealth and belongings,
in search of love of GOD Almighty, for the well being of nears,
the deprived ones, the needy, the wayfarer, and to those who
ask for help, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage,
and constant in prayers and do charities, and keep-up the promises
whenever promised, and keep patience in misfortunes and hardships
and in times of adversity. It is they that have proved themselves
truly pious, and it is they, who are conscious of their LORD.”
Holy Qur'an 2/177)
coming back to imparting religious education, I personally believe
that an average study of the Holy Qur’an makes an individual
well aware of his duties and responsibilities in personal as
well as social life. A child or an individual if wishes to receive
education in the fundamentals of Islam, should not receive in
isolation from other branches of knowledge. It is a common experience
that religious education in isolation is more often inclined
to produce fanatics, ready to go to any extreme to justify or
superimpose its faith.
educated women can serve the society in different capacities
if required. According to one tradition as mentioned in the
collections of Qadama Ibne Ja’far, Prophet Muhammad soon
after he migrated to Madinah, appointed a lady, Shifa Binte
Abdullah on an important post to look after the market affairs
of Madinah as she happened to be a literate.
strongly feel that while imparting knowledge in religious affairs,
more stress must be laid on noble human values, logic and reasoning
and a rational and scientific approach to various issues faced
by the humanity at large. More so the total isolation with others
also produces unhealthy environment.