by Imâm al-Haram Husayn ibn 'Abdul 'Azîz Aal Sheikh
Friday Sermon from the Prophet's Mosque in Madina, on 12th Jumaadal-Aakhirah 1422AH:
Jumaadal-Aakhirah 12, 1422 (August 31, 2001)
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the noble Messenger, his family and companions.
The Prophet said,
Propagating knowledge is an obligation on everyone. It includes knowledge in all aspects of human life. The Prophet said,
Brothers in faith! Each nation has goals and interests to achieve by its education. Nations strive to achieve lofty goals and objectives through their institutes of knowledge and education, the most prominent of which is inculcating in their growing generations the spirit of education, its concepts and types.
An educationist was asked about the future of a nation and he replied,
Therefore, learning and education in all their aspects are a great means for creating a generation that will believe in the concept of its nation and its values. They are also the vehicle of progress for the society as a whole.
Fellow Muslims! Knowledge according to Islaam is the guarantor of progress to any community by the permission of Allah. The only means that let it occupy a high position is its noble characters, virtues, development, civilisation, reform and prosperity.
In Islaam, knowledge has great goals 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 that true and pure creed that the message of Islaam preaches.
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 the life may be practically reformed. Allaah told His Prophet,
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 follow the instructions of their religion in their cultural and imaginative 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 behaviours and other aspects of their life. The Prophet said,
Brothers in Islaam! Our religion encourages seeking for knowledge and awareness that provides good for individuals and communities and keep the life of this world moving in accordance to the will of Allaah. Allaah says,
Therefore all aspects of knowledge that actualise the concept of dignity of labour and inculcates sound ideas in the mind that leads to constructive deeds is one 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 honour, dignity and supremacy. The Prophet said,
O teachers! O educators! Let these goals be the direction of all your attentions and let their actualisation in the Muslim youth be your aim. Create a youth that will owe his 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. Endeavour 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 market place and in all fields of life. Those are your responsibilities and duties toward your Ummah; and know that, “Every one of you is a shepherd and each one of you will be held responsible for his flock.”
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 lack of regard for religion and exterminating its manners and qualities
So, direct your children to learn the Qur’aan and memorise it especially during this age that facilities for that are quite abundant. If you do that you will have commendable returns and happy results. The Prophet said,
“Allaah raises some people with this Book and relegates others by it.”