Education - An Islamic Perspective
Islam's first commandment, "READ" shows how dear seeking of knowledge is to Allah. Our beloved Prophet told us that it is mandatory for all muslims, irrespective of their gender, age or background, to seek knowledge. With this in mind, early Muslims, focused all their efforts to study not only the blessed religion of Islam but also a variety of other sciences.
Most of the inventions and discoveries that have helped shaping the world we live in today are a fruit of efforts of Muslim students and their teachers. This structured approach to education has its roots from the very time of Prophet Muhammad PBUH where he dedicated a group of companions, As-Suffa, to strive in seeking knowledge. All possible resources were utilized to enhance teaching and learning. It was on top of priority list to such an extent that even war prisoners were given the incentive that if they can teach muslims new skill, it would be sufficient for them to earn freedom. Prophet PBUH said that "Verily, I am sent as a teacher".
So those who teach, are following the blessed sunnah of our messenger. We have the best model in the life our messenger PBUH and following that we can, not only become successful in the here-after, but also reap the benefits in this Dunya.
Following are a few from the many ahadith that emphasis the importance and virtues of teachers:
“There is no envy except in two: a person whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (i.e. religious knowledge) and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to the others.”
[Sahih Bukhari Vol. 2, no. 490, Narrated Ibn Masud (radhiAllahu ‘anhu)]
The Prophet also said: "Knowledge from which no benefit is derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in the cause of God." - Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 108
The Prophet also said: "Acquire knowledge and impart it to the people." - Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 107
"He who calls others to follow the Right Guidance will have a reward equal to the reward of those who follow him, without their reward being diminished in any respect on that account.'' [Muslim].
Purpose and Objectives of this bookshelf:
- Establish the context and requirements for Education in Islam from the perspective of Quran, Sunnah and approach of our Aslaf (Early Muslims)
- Overview of Prophet Muhammad PBUH's methods of teaching
- Equip teachers will relevant training and literature on Principles of adult learning, Principles of child learning and Educational psychology
- Books on research methods and recommended ways for researching from Islamic perspective
- Overview of history of religious institutions and their contributions
Islamization of Knowledge - Dr. Bilal Philips (Way forward for Islamic Schools)