All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the noble Messenger, his family and companions.
Fellow Muslims! Knowledge and education occupy a great position in Islaam. It is by knowledge that one increases his rank and wins valuable treasures. “Allaah will exalt in degree those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allaah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.” (Al-Mujaadalah: 11).
The Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam said, “Whoever takes a path in search for knowledge, Allaah will facilitate for him a path to Paradise.” (Muslim).
Propagating knowledge is an obligation on everyone. It includes knowledge in all aspects of human life. The Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam said, “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” (Ibn Maajah).
Brothers in faith! Each nation has goals and interests to achieve by its education. Nations strive to achieve lofty aspirations and objectives through their institutes of knowledge and education, the most prominent of which is inculcating in their growing generations the spirit of learning, its concepts and types.
An educationist was asked about the future of a nation and he replied, “Show me its educational system so that I can tell you about its future.”
Therefore, learning and education, in all their aspects, are a great means for creating a generation that will believe in the principles of its nation and its values. They are also the vehicles of progress for the society as a whole.
Fellow Muslims! Knowledge, according to Islaam, is the guarantor of progress in any community, by the permission of Allaah. The only means that let a community occupy a high position are its noble character, virtues, development, civilisation, reform and prosperity.
In Islaam, knowledge has great objectives that guarantee happiness for individuals, and peace for societies in this world and the next. The Islaamic Ummah, being an Ummah of faith based on a divine message, aims at implementing Allaah’s law in this life in all its spheres. There is no wonder then that learning, in all its forms, becomes a tool for creating generations that will believe in what Islaam stands for and have faith in the true and pure creed that the message of Islaam preaches.
Islaam encourages knowledge and learning and lays emphasis on education, in its capacity, as the basis and foundation through which correct concepts can be imbibed in men’s hearts about their Lord. This is because of the effects that those concepts have, like controlling one’s behavior and direction, which consequently lead to victory and happiness for mankind. Allaah says which means, “It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allaah.” (Faatir: 28).
Islaam regards education as a tool for building a better society in all aspects of its life under the shade of complete adherence to the Way of Allaah and criteria of rejection and acceptance laid down by His injunctions, so that life may be practically reformed. Allaah told His Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam, “Say, (O Muhammad): Verily, my Salaah (prayer), my sacrifice, my living and my dying are all for Allaah, the Lord of all the worlds. He has no partner.” (Al-An’aam: 162-163).
Education and learning in Islaam are made to achieve goals that include – with Allaah’s permission – producing generations that owe their thoughts and feelings to their Lord, and following the instructions of their religion in their cultural life, in the way they imagine, as well as in their real life, thereby making them proud of their faith, and making them direct their thoughts towards what will benefit them in their religious and worldly affairs.
Brothers in Islaam! Education in Islaam is a way of impressing noble concepts in the minds of young people so as to make them their guides in their behavior and other aspects of their lives. The Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam said, “I was sent only to perfect the noble characters.”
Brothers in Islaam! Our religion encourages seeking knowledge and spreading awareness that provides good for individuals and communities and keeps the life of this world moving in accordance to the will of Allaah. Allaah says which means, “And He has subjected to you all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth; it is all as a favor and kindness from Him.” (Al-Jaathiah: 13).
Therefore, all aspects of knowledge that actualize the concept of dignity of labor and inculcate sound ideas in the mind that lead to constructive deeds are some of the goals of Islaam. Islaam aims at producing a believing generation that works for its religion and its world, and takes part in developing its Ummah and society within a framework of noble life full of honor, dignity and supremacy. The Prophet said, “The strong believer is better than the weak one, though in both of them there is good.”
O teachers! O educators! Let these goals be the direction of all your attentions and let their actualization in the Muslim youth be your aim. Create a youth that will owe its obligation to Islaam firstly and then to his country.
Try your best to inculcate in their minds true allegiance and love for Islaam and for the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam. Endeavor to let them know the realities of this religion. Teach them to hold fast to Islamic morals and noble conducts in their homes, schools, on the road, in the marketplace and in all fields of life. Those are your responsibilities and duties towards your Ummah; and know that, “Every one of you is a shepherd and each one of you will be held responsible for his flock.”
Fellow Muslims! The enemies of Islaam top their priorities with an education policy that will serve their interests and produce a generation that adopts their concepts and traditions and give them their allegiance. Allaah says which means, “They wish that you reject faith as they have rejected (faith) and thus that you all become equal.” (An-Nisaa’: 89).
Enemies of Muslims plan to harm them and their religion by all means possible. One of their means of achieving that is that they storm the Muslim countries with educational systems that aim at depriving Muslims of allegiance to their religion and replaces their correct Islaamic concepts and traditions with secular ideas and an education that is based on freedom from religious obligations and neglecting of noble moral conducts. These systems of education have infinite harm hidden in their lack of regard for religion and exterminating its manners and qualities.
Fear Allah, dear Muslims, keep to the path of your religion and endeavor to actualize its goals; your affairs will be set right for you, your minds will be purified and you will live a happy life.
Fellow Muslims! The best thing upon which one can exert his efforts and spend all his money and time, is to seek for the knowledge of the Book of Allaah; to learn it, reflect upon its meaning and understand it. The Prophet said, “The best among you is the one that learns the Qur’aan and then teaches it.” So, direct your children to learn the Qur’aan and memorize it, especially during this age when facilities for it are quite abundant. If you do that you will have commendable returns and fulfilling results. The Prophet said, “Allaah raises some people with this Book and relegates others by it.”
Let your endeavors be extended also towards teaching your children Hadeeths, the Prophet’s sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam biography, his noble characters and his exalted virtues, for there is no good in any education that is devoid of those great concepts and lofty manners. The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam said, “When Allaah wants good for someone, He gives him the understanding of the religion.”