Shaykh Salman al-Nadwī: What should be our education system?

By Shaykh Salman al-Ḥussaynī al-Nadwī
Translated by Maripat

Respected scholars, I have a pain in my heart. I feel that when we sit in a conference, seminar or a gathering then formalities and traditionalism do not leave us, we are so caught up in them that we can not break loose, when we study Islam then we draw ourselves into a secluded corner and do a self assessment. Do have a self assessmsent, individually, but we also have to assess whole of humanity, of the world.

World is in front of us and the Prophet (PBUH) we are talking about, his word can not be uttered without universality and global relevance. His tast starts with the fact that he (PBUH) is Mercy to all worlds. He (PBUH) is Rasool to whole humanity. Allah (SWT) asked him to say that he (PBUH) is Rasool to you all people.

And the educational system that he (PBUH) brought, was it for the purpose that a few scholars will be prepared to decorate our pulpits and high pedestals?Sermonizing on Seerah, delivering the duties of Imams and Friday Sermons. Abu Bkar, Umar, Usman, Ali, Khalid Ibn Walid, Amr Ibn Al-Aas, Saad Ibn-e-Abi Waqqas, Abdullah Ibn Mas’aood, Zaid Ibn Thabit and you keep reciting names, were they prepared only to the effect that our pulpits, our high pedestals, the boundaries of our monasteries some Rabbanis and people of Allah are produced? Was this the purpose?

The Lord Who said while dispatching him that We have sent you as a Rasool for guidance and the True Religion so that the religion is divulged to all in its complete form and only polytheists despise it.Lord who made this purpose so clear will He (SWT) be agreeable to this that we resort to patch work (implementation of Deen). Will He (SWT) be agreeable to this that whole of the world runs on another law (other than Shariah), that there be secular rule on every square inch of Pakistan? That Islamic world is run by secular system begged from Britain and America, people spend life licking the spit Europe? Ignoring the system of Tauheed implemented by Islam that had shaken up the Roman and Persian Empires? And displayed that right of the honourable Prophet (PBUH) can not be delivered by making people slaves?

Riba’i Ibn Aamir (RA) is a Sahabi that is less known but he, while representing the Prophet (PBUH) in the court of Rustam, had the courage to say that we have come to implement a just rule, we have been sent to release people from atrocities, to change people from living according to their desires to live according to the wish and command of One God, to take people from the constraints of this world to the expanses of the hereafter, from the injustice of religions to the justice of Islam, to release people from injustice and exploitation, release people from the traps of human beings, and not not play games with people’s minds.

Allah, who created man Himself, said that; “Recite in the name of that Lord who created”. Here the Creator attribute has been chosen because of the reason that it has not been stated as to what has to be recited but only hinted – read every creation of the Creator! His Signs are there in leaves, in drops of water, in waves of air, in trees, particles, in planets, in galaxies, in stars, in flower petals and in your own self and will you then not see it? His Signs are there in your mind and brain, in your crevices, in every fiber and hair. He (SWT) says that He (SWT) will show His Signs in skies and in their selves.

The system that was released that should have been implemented from the shores of Japan to the shores of American, from Kavkaz to the shores of South Africa. We defaulted on that. We stopped trying after getting out of Spain. We forgot Ibn Khaldun, Shatibi, Shah Wali Allah, Mujaddid al-Alf al-Thani, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Qayyim, al-Jawzi, Zahrabi, al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina and our philosophy. The result is that we reduced to go from door to door begging for a system of life.

We beg for educational system and confined in a small circle we imagine that yes these are the scholars who are the inheritors of beloved Prophet (PBUH), who have not the law, the politics, the economy, business, civics, culture in their repertoire who are on the margins, who are looked upon as miserable, who are prone to be blamed. Whose task was to adorn the mantle of Abu Bakr Siddique, Umar Farooq, Usman bin Affan and Ali (RAs) and later on Mu’awiya and Umar Ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz (RAs), whose task was to have control of the temporal affairs. Did it ever happen in 12 or 13 centuries that there were two educational systems in our rule? Two legal systems? Two political systems? Give us an example, from the Abbasid period, or from the Mughal period.

May Allah raise the stature of Mawlana Manazir Ahsan Gilani (RA) that he clarified in Indian Education Systemthat there used to be a universal education system that has been hijacked by the enemy looters and threw us in to a state of turmoil.

I will conclude with this final point that when Mawlana Qasim Nanautwi was defeated in the battle field then he decided to focus on protecting whatever little treasures we had for we had no institutions under our control. For example the Muslim Personal Law Board was established in 1972 when matters relating to our family life were placed on danger. This is when the scholars proposed that a board be established for the protection of our domestic laws.

Now think about it – just because in the state of turmoil we resort to protection of our internal law does it mean that we should just forget the vastness of our past system of ( rule). Should we be satisfied with that only? The matter of truth is that the system that is implemented in the Madarsas at present is a small part of the past big circle. A mere patch of cloth. Merely a piece of food. It has no value beyond that. To insist that this is sufficient and to maintain the status quo is undue attachment to past. This is a trap on tradition that has completely caught the people. Till it is broken and the system of Nabi (PBUH) era is brought back so that those people are again produced who had the complete way of life in their hands and there was no need to beg for a system of life from any one nor of patch work.

I fear this Verse, with which I shall conclude my presentation, that in present our condition is like this that Jews and Christians had in Prophet (PBUH)’s times and later that you silly got satisfied with a few buds (otherwise the garden had the solution to the problem of small container). I fear that if we limit ourselves to the same extent as they did then the way Allah (SWT) told them then we too will be addressed in the same way and the lightening will shine sending our system upside down, we can see that Muslim countries are being humiliated in the world, and the reason for their humiliation is that they used Shariah for mere patchwork and merely for show and trick, they were not sincere about implementing Shariah, nor sincere to Allah (SWT) and Prophet (PBUH) nor to general public or the nobility, nor any and every part of this Deen-al-Mateen. May Allah (SWT) provide us that sincerity once again and the determination of our direction keeping the Prophetic times in front of us.

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