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
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This post is not like the other Mawlid posts debating whether it is appropriate to do it or not. I am not qualified to speak on such topic, however, I do want to share a story of mine from last year. Before that a little about what is Milad/Mawlid for people who don’t know.
Mawlid (or Milad as known to South Asians) is celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, on the 12th of Rabi‘ al-awwal (ربيع الأوّل) the third month of the Islamic Lunar Calender. It is similar to the Christmas by Christians, okay may be not similar but the same concept, hence similar. People gather in Mawlid to praise the Prophet. Mawlid gatherings differ by cultures. Other Muslims consider it to be having no basis in Islam thus an Innovation (Bidah) in religion, hence condemned. That is the brief intro to what Mawlid is for those who heard this word for the first time.
So last year I was in Karachi around this time of the year. There was a Mawlid gathering in our neighborhood and my father was invited as well. At first I did not want to go because there are a lot of wrong and unfounded practices that usually take place in such gatherings at least in South Asian Mawlid gatherings. However, some family members told me to attend as I will learn something new since I was very young when I moved out of Karachi. So I tagged along with my father to experience it. An Experience it was indeed…