The State of the Education System in the Muslim World
Shaykh al-Islām Mufti Taqi ‘Uthmāni
Translated by Umer Ansari | Ann Arbor, Michigan
The following is an English translation of a thirty-minute Urdu talk by Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmāni given at an “Adā-i Shukr” ceremony on March 15, 2016 that was organized by the Hira Foundation School, which is a division of Dār al-ʿUlūm Karachi. Link of the original lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skb–ane5Xk. To learn more about the Hira Foundation, click here for their Facebook Page.
Mufti Taqī ʿUthmāni said:
[After salutations, peace and blessings upon Prophet Muḥammad]
Peace be upon you all,
Today we have gathered here at the Hira Foundation for the ḥifẓ program ceremony. What is the background of the Hira Foundation? The president of the university (Dār al-ʿUlūm Karachi) and Grand Mufti of Pakistan, my respected brother Mufti Rafīʿ ʿUthmāni has stated on numerous occasions, and I have also been able to mention what my father (Mufti Shafīʿ ʿUthmāni) had once stated at a gathering: after the creation of Pakistan, we need a new education system.
Before the creation of Pakistan, there were three major education systems that were in effect (in South Asia): the system of Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband, the system of Aligarh Muslim University, and the system of Dār al-ʿUlūm Nadwat al-ʿUlamā. Continue reading
We have heard all this before “Why our Ulema do not come together and use Ijtihad?,” however, recently a 3 day international seminar took place in the capital city Islamabad, Pakistan, organized by The Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University-Islamabad (IIUI) on “Islamic Legal Thought and Institutions in South Asia.“
Scholars mainly attended from India and Pakistan with one scholar from United States. Scholars were from different school of thoughts and presented their research work and recommendations on contemporary Fiqh and the evolution of fiqh in South Asia.
Read the complete article on this subject at Hamara Pakistan 1947, where I was able to post the entire article.
“Iqbal, the Moslem (Muslim) poet from Lahore (Pakistan), said that the great contribution of the West to the East was the scientific attitude, the great contribution of the East being charity or love, as epitomized by Christ and Muhammad, Confucius, and Buddha.
In the West, intellect is the source of life
In the East, Love is the basis of life.
Through Love, Intellect grows acquainted with Reality,
and Intellect gives stability to the work of Love,
Arise and lay the foundations of a new world,
By wedding Intellect to Love.
This is the unfinished business which the brain drain from developing nations is retarding.” (Douglas, 156).
Script taken from Chapter “The Brain Drain and the Developing Nations”
Source: Douglas, William O. Towards A Global Federalism. New York: New York Universtiy Press, 1968.