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Teachings of Islam on Education

  • The aim of education is to develop and discipline the mind and all its faculties:
  • to nurture curiosity, creativity and spirit of enquiry;
  • to heighten mans' thirst for knowledge and awareness;
  • to enthuse an aggressive pursuit of knowledge aiming to enlarging its ever expanding horizons;
  • to inculcate a value system designed to promote spiritual, ethical and worldly well-being of the individual, humanity as a whole and the rest of Allah's creation.
  • Education must enhance productivity and train a man for remunerative career in life.
  • Education is compulsory for all, equally so for men and women. It is a continuous process to be pursued from the cradle to the grave.
  • The curriculum of education ordained by Allah begins with learning the basic skills of reading, writing and earning a lawful livelihood. The scope of this curriculum gradually widens to encompass all branches of learning and exploration designed to unravel the secrets and mysteries of nature in and on the earth, to the heavens and beyond, and simultaneously to devise ways and means to harnessing this knowledge in the service of mankind and the rest of Allah's creation.
  • Islam sternly disallows corporal punishment and such other measures as may cause hurt to the student's ego and dignity. Such practices inhibit the spirit of enquiry and experimentation, adversely affect brain power and retard personality growth.

source (Brigadier (R) Nazir Ahmad, Vanguard, 2001



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  • Read in the name of your Lord and Cherisher (96:1)

  • He who taught (the use of) the pen (96:4)

  • Allah will raise up to suitable ranks (and degrees) those of you who believe and who have been granted knowledge (58:11)

  • --nearest, in love to the believers will thou find Christians because amongst them are men devoted to learning. (5:82)

  • --say, 'O Lord increase me in knowledge' (20:114)

  • And He taught Adam the names of all things (30:31)





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