Education and Muslim UmmahBy Saleem Kolachi • Nov 3rd, 2011 • Category: Politics • 67 Comments
Education has always been used as an effective tool for change and it helped the nations to achieve for what they longed for centuries. A cursory glance will reveal that in today’s world the accessories that a common person uses are invented by the army of englishmen. Muslim Ummah on the contrary remembers it’s centuries old scientists and try to progress which is an impossiblity.
Muslim Ummah has not produced a single scientist during the first decade of twentinth 1st century which is a matter of shame. The elite and rich states among Muslims have never bothered to speak for the cause of education because they cant sacrifice their kingdoms at the hands of educated youth. Though arab countries have 60% of the world’s oil yet they are silent due to the luxuries they enjoy. Nelson mandela-a well known leader across the world-defines education in the following words;
” Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”
The words of Mandela further explain the necessity of education but it will not have impacts over the the deaf airs of muslim leaders. Education makes on unmakes the destiny of nations because it is the only source of a nation to build its international standing. Denmark was ranked as the most happiest country (PEW poll of 2010) that is all because it has 100% literacy ration.
Whenever the criticism crosses the limits, an orgainistion is formed by Muslim Countries to tell the world that we care about our community which is the worst form of deception. Take the example of Pakistan where analyst say that we have very low budget that is why education is in tenterhooks. At the same they should be asked a question that during freedom moment a single institution (Aligarh) revolutionized the whole population but currently we have hundreds of universities but their is no intellectual renaissance.
Education enables a community to flourish and equips it with an army of educated people who make policies for the future. Muslim Ummah has forgotten the importance of knowledge for which they are paying a price in the shape of Kashmir, Palestine, Afghanistan, CHECHNYA etc. It is heartening to note that in the list of top 300 hundred universities of world their is not a single university of Pakistan which reminds Pakistanis of their backwardness and sends a clear message to the world that Pakistan is yet to develop.
It is the the right time for Muslim Ummah to wake up from the deep slumber and struggle for the rights of their brethren in faith by promoting the cause of Education.