Crisis of Islamic Education

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“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”- Henry David Thoreau

“The thousand calamities afflicting American Muslim communities continue unabated, unchecked and unchallenged. Rhetoric about solutions is abundant though largely superficial and ineffectual. While we dither in confusion, our brothers and sisters are committing the vilest sins while others are becoming apostates, heretics or complete ignoramuses. The sheltered and out of touch must understand that this is by no means an exaggeration. The most daunting challenge facing Muslims is to deal with the infusion of powerful negative values coming from the dominant culture that we live in. It is time to inquire into the source of this influence.

We must ask ourselves what is the most powerful medium by which our children and communities are inculcated with negative foreign values. It is without a doubt the modern educational system followed closely by the pervasiveness of television. While the television is a window to every vice, the modern schools are the abode of many of these vices; often it is where they are first discovered and learned. And it is in these rancid pits that children are in effect raised rather than simply educated.

Many prattle and claim that the ill-effects of school can be neutralized by a proper Islamic upbringing. They cite as proof anecdotal evidence of this or that person who has “turned out alright.” This issue could be debated but it would be more prudent to preempt it by demonstrating that the education that parents feel is worth the risk of losing their children is in fact not much of an education at all.”

– The Man of Few Words

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