Harms of Incorrect Education

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Those children who are raised under the correct supervision of their parents, are imbued with the
correct understanding of deen, good character and polite speech, Those that are sent to Modern Kuffar type school, there is a tendency to drift away from
deen and ultimately their beliefs, character, morals and actions
become corrupt and they become averse to the laws of Allah Ta`ala
and the noble sunnat of Nabi .

I was once addressing a group of women at a certain venue. The
man of the house approached me and said: “My wife wishes to pose
a question to you on condition that I must not be present.”
I declared: “You have the option of staying or leaving, but a few
other males will remain with me.”

He agreed to this request and his wife, speaking from behind a
curtain, began her questioning. She commenced by pointing out that
she had forwarded this question to various other ulama, but received
no satisfactory answer.

“I believe,” she started, “that whatever is contained in the
Qur’aan is correct, but it is my opinion that it was not directly
revealed from Allah Ta`ala, but compiled by Nabi  and thereafter
he, Nabi , declared that it was from Allah Ta`ala merely to pacify
the people.”

Where did this drivel emanate? These types of thoughts and
lopsided reasoning are the fruits of English secular education. The
teachers in the secular schools are devoid of any understanding of
deen and, combined with the secular school curriculum, the child is
influenced to reason along these lines that the Qur’aan is not the
divine word of Allah Ta`ala, etc. Now, what is to be expected of the
state of one’s Imaan? One of the fundamental beliefs of Islam is to
unequivocally believe that the Qur’aan was revealed by Allah Ta`ala
and is the source of guidance for all.

“Tell me,” I asked. “Have you read the seerat (biography) of Nabi
?”
“Yes,” she instinctively replied. “I have read it in Urdu and
English.”
“Then tell me,” I pointed out. “Did you come across in the seerat
that two distinguishing qualities of Nabi  were his honesty and
truthfulness?”
“Yes,” she admitted. “I have come across this many a times.”
“Then your question has been answered!”
“How? I do not understand,” she said, puzzled.
I then explained: “To claim that something was revealed by Allah
Ta`ala, but in reality was not, is dishonesty and an honest person
will not make such a claim. An honest person will never hide that
which was revealed to him no matter how beneficial or detrimental
it may prove to be to the general people. If an honest son quotes his
father, he will not attribute anything to his father that he thinks will
benefit the listener without pointing out that he has added this
statement from his own side.
“Similarly, to suggest that Nabi  had declared that the Qur’aan
was revealed by Allah Ta`ala, merely to pacify the people, is
ludicrous because such an audacious claim will eventually be
exposed. Your reasoning belittles the intellect of Nabi  because it
concludes that Nabi  did not consider the possibility that people
will eventually realise that the Qur’aan was indeed not revealed by
Allah Ta`ala and the years of toiling and striving he had undertaken,
to spread the message, will be rendered useless. Na`oozubillah! Not
considering the final outcome of one’s actions depicts one’s level of
intelligence, and intelligent people generally think about the end
result of their words and actions.”
“Now I understand,” she said.
This woman had acquired English secular education! The point
that I wish to draw your attention to is that if we are going to
dispatch our daughters to secular schools, they will be indoctrinated
with negative sentiments and ideologies about Islam. They will
deny the revelation of the Qur’aan, the prophethood of Nabi  and
the existence of the malaa’ikah. They will opine that salaah, sajdah,
ruku and other ibaadaat are dogmatic actions and they will not
observe purdah, but dress immodestly, shamefully exposing their
bodies. What will be the outcome of this? Utter ruination in this
world and the hereafter!
A huge sum of money is spent on their tertiary education and,
during their years of study, the parents spend lavishly on them to
maintain their happiness. After they graduate, some find a job while
others do not. And sometimes those who have a job cannot maintain
their standard of living which they were accustomed to during their
stay at the university, because the salary that they are earning is less
than what used to be spent on them.

Freedom and Gender Equality

Another evil quality that college educated girls develop is the
concept of ‘freedom from being dominated’ and that everyone is
created equal. Hence, when they marry they are unprepared to live
under the ‘yoke’ of their husbands. They will have an equal say in
every affair of their married lives. How will it ever be possible for
them to obey their husbands? It will be virtually impossible and,
Allah Ta`ala protect us, if the husband is also irreligious, the spouses
will lead their own separate and free lives.
Conversely, if the husband is religiously inclined, that home will
become a mini Jahannum due to the incompatibility of the spouses.
When a child is learning to speak, Nabi  has instructed us that
the first thing we should teach the child is the kalimah and, as he
grows older, the different aspects of deen need to be imparted to
him. If the correct and proper deeni education is taught to the child
then, Insha-Allah, the child will be saved from odious and corrupted
ideologies; but if the child is reared in an incorrect environment,
where no importance is attached to concepts such as purdah, good
character, salaah, recitation of the Qur’aan, fasting, etc., then the
child will be easily influenced by the negative sentiments and
profane reasoning prevailing in today’s society to such an extent
that the child will even deny the existence of Allah Ta`ala!
We have frequently met youth who deny the existence of Allah
Ta`ala; and met fathers who complain that their sons are denying
the existence of Allah Ta`ala.
“Thanks be to Allah Ta`ala?” the son asks sardonically. “There is
no such thing. If He does exist then show me His whereabouts.”
This lamentable state is the direct result of their incorrect
upbringing. It is binding upon the parents to fulfil the fundamental
needs of their children; and of those needs, the primary need is their
deeni education. Daily, a time should be set aside for teaching deen to
them. If the parents do not discharge this responsibility, then the
child will grow up to be a disobedient and disrespectful child and
flagrantly trample upon the parents’ rights. “This is the era of
freedom and equality,” he will say indignantly. “Parents and
children are equal. Our parents are our peers. They do not
command any authority over us!”
Correct rearing and nurturing of children is a great responsibility
placed upon the parents.

Those children who are raised under the correct supervision of their parents, are imbued with the
correct understanding of deen, good character and polite speech, Those that are sent to Modern Kuffar type school, there is a tendency to drift away from
deen and ultimately their beliefs, character, morals and actions
become corrupt and they become averse to the laws of Allah Ta`ala
and the noble sunnat of Nabi .

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