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“The State of the Education System in the Muslim World” | Mufti Taqi ‘Uthmāni

The State of the Education System in the Muslim World

Shaykh al-Islām Mufti Taqi ‘Uthmāni

Translated by Umer Ansari | Ann Arbor, Michigan

Translator’s Foreword:

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.

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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

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Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to Pakistan- Part 1

Mr General Retired Pervez Musharraf has announced a major come back to the Pakistani Politics for the next national elections. He has announced that he wants to provide the 3rd option to the Pakistani people with strong leadership.

Source: swingstateofmind.com

With the incompetency of the present Pakistani administration, and the resulting deterioration of the Pakistani society, Musharraf’s announcement has fulfilled his fan’s hopes. However, there is a concern among many others. The tenure of Musharraf as the dictator of Pakistan was not the era of idealism in the history of Pakistan as Musharraf might have envisioned. His idealism of Enlightened Modernism came back to hound him and led to his resignation in order to avoid the legal consequences of trashing the Pakistani constitution.

That history aside, I have my own concerns. I liked Pervez Musharraf when he took over Pakistan in a bloodless coup in 1999 and I still do for his personality. He has the leadership skills but his ideals and principles are very worrisome.

If Musharraf would run for the Presidency of Pakistan, people will vote him (actually his party) for his personality not for his (or his party’s) ideals. This is the mental plague the Pakistani people are facing today. The problems of Pakistan will never resolve if this mentality of hero-worship continues. People of Pakistan should look at the ideals & principles of the man and party before they vote.

His Values & Principles:

A] His ideals include Enlightened Moderation:-

In the words of Pervez Musharraf:
“The world has been going through a tumultuous period since the dawn of the 1990s, with no sign of relief in sight. The suffering of the innocents, particularly my brethren in faith — the Muslims — at the hands of militants, extremists and terrorists has made it all the more urgent to bring order to this troubled scene. In this spirit, I would like to set forth a strategy I call Enlightened Moderation.” The Washington Post June 1st 2004, A23.
He explained back in 2004 that this strategy is two-fold. First are the Muslims and that they have to shun violence, and extremism and that they need to be moderate in Islam. The second part of the strategy is the West, especially the United States that it needs to deal the issues of global politics with justice.

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My Encounter of a Kid Researcher

Few days back I went to a branch Library of Ann Arbor District Library. Busy within my own world of thoughts, I suddenly saw a family friend, Uncle “M.” He has been here in US certainly over 2 decade now (came from Pakistan). So we started having a brief conversation, which went a little like this:

Me: Assalam-o-Alaikum (peace be on you) Uncle M, how are you?

Uncle M: Good Alhamdolilah, how are you?

Me: I am good. What are you doing here?

Uncle M: Just sitting here and waiting. Came here for him (pointing towards his son)

Son walks pass me saying to his father that he needed to print something. I glanced over the stack of books in front of him and asked

Me: What is he doing?

Uncle M: He is researching. He has a paper, so he is working on that paper.

I had this sarcastic laugh, which came out naturally and said “Haha he is researching! He is in class of what like 5 or 6 and he is researching. Back home our high school graduates don’t even do that!”

Uncle M: He just kept his smile on the face, like not willing to say anything in the Library.

And then we exchanged hal aur ahwal (asking about each other familes) and I left.

I studied my k-10 education back in Karachi, Pakistan. I went through the Cambridge System too (just O Levels). Research, I didn’t know how to do it until I came to US and had to write spontaneous essays, researched papers, critically think and write what I think!

This shows the state of education in the State of Pakistan. A nation cannot move ahead, when the State has a gay Educational System. Forget the Public Education, that is not worthy of even talking about, I am talking about the education in the Private Sector. Of course, Private or Public, they both try to fulfill and prepare the students to fulfill those requirements set by the State (well for the most part, if you rich then all is well for you!).

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Examining the Washington Post Article: Poor schooling slows anti-terrorism effort in Pakistan

On January 17, 2010, the Washington Post, one of the top US Newspaper, published an article by Griff Witte entitled “Poor schooling slows anti-terrorism effort in Pakistan.”  The article contained some serious misinformation, and misrepresentation whether intended to be or it just happened to be there by accident.  Below are what I think important ones to be discussed.

The Problem and US Aid:

The problem of the Pakistani Education System[1] is known by Pakistanis, and it is a recognized problem. For decades the United States has funnelled US Tax Payer’s Dollars to mainly Pakistani Army in “aid” and either to the corrupt “democratic” government or to the US sponsored Dictatorship in Pakistan!

For the first time in the history of this Pak-US alliance, US President Obama will be sending US $ in “aid” not for the Pakistani Military but instead for the Educational System of Pakistan!

So Washington Post in regards to this very seroius problem in Pakistan- which is ignored by the corrupt elite, the so called Democratic governments, and also ignored by US sponsored Dictatorships- has just further increased the misconception of the Americans.

American Public is very ill-informed about Pakistan and has many misconceptions about Islam. Thanks goes to the American Media, that is designed or has happened to evolve is such a way that the usual reportings on these topics are just based on bunch of lies, phobias, assumptions and generalizations. Washington Post, NY Times, Chicago Tribune and many more mainstream newspaper mediums share some what the same amount of “problem” relating to reporting the issues in the Muslim World, in particular of Pakistan in this case.

Examining the Article & the Real Issue:

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