Human kind has always need to learn. Given with sight, audition(ear), tastes, touch and the faculty sense. So human has been created to store in his brain definitions, things that will benefit him. But the ultimate aim is to upgrade from the stock of education left in our legacy and inheritance to aim high goals and ambition to attain sky levels. To encourage man in Surah Rahmaan to travel through the skies(O assembly of jinns and men! If you have power to pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, then pass (them)!’’(55 :33)), Allah Ta`ala has first set up a madrassah in the skies after he has perfected the creation of Adam a.s. with His Hand. (Explain: The Hand of Allah over here does not mean that Allah Ta`ala has got hands like us. On such terminology, we say we believe in the word revealed as‘’Hand’’, Allah Ta`ala is pure and does not resemble our physical appearance and finally the term ‘’Hand’’ will remain undefined until Qiyamah) Allah Ta`ala says: : He said: “O Adam! Inform them of their names,” and when he had informed them of their names, He said: “Did I not tell you that I know the Ghaib (unseen) in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been concealing?”
«O Adam, inform them of the names…’’(2 :33) These verses of Surah Baqarah inform us that human kind achieved ‘’vicegerent’’ title on earth through education. But important to know that the education that will benefit us in this world, in qabr and Akhirah is the education of deen. I always tell my madrassah student that if there is no maktab and madrassahs, then school will soon not exist. Because bear in mind that the world will continue to exist until the Mubarak name of Allah will be recited and pronounced upon human tongues. That day when no Kalimah, no quraan, no hadiths and no Mubarak name of Allah will be pronounced, then Allah Ta`ala will destroy everything- Meaning Qiyamah. There may be high level of university teaching technologies to go through space, but still Allah Ta`ala will destroy everything simply because His deen has disappeared between human race. So deeni education is the most important education for our children, parents or any human. But important to know that we need to carefully choose the source of our deeni education. This is very important. Because a random choice of deeni education may result in dwarfing the comprehension of deen. The famous tabi`ee, Hazrat Muhammad bin Seereen rahmatullahi `alaihi says: ‘’Certainly the deeni education that you outsource will become your deen. So be careful in choosing(your deeni teacher) so that your deen be established safe. (Muslim Shareef):
عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِيرِينَ قَالَ إِنَّ هَذَا الْعِلْمَ دِينٌ فَانْظُرُوا عَمَّنْ تَأْخُذُونَ دِينَكُمْ
Noteworthy that the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam first chose Mus`ab bin Umeir r.a. to teach deen in Madinah before Hijrah and after Hijrah, the Masjid was established together with the Madrassah Sufah.
Following the sunnah, when our forefathers immigrated to this island, they set up Masjid and Madrassahs. Different establishments are the pioneer muslims set up masjids and also madrassahs. .
My elders, Mufti Radha ul Haq, Mowlana Shabir, Mowlana Ibrahim Devla and M Ahmad Laat sahib, M Ismael Godra, are the main poles that encouraged a setting up of Madrassah on the proper level of standards.
I am standing in front of you because there have been concern to learn deeni knowledge. And in fact I am a product of our graceful brothers and sisters of Tablighi jamaat that have aroused the thirst to go beyond our shores to seek high level of deeni knowledge. Qur-aan, Sunnah, Fiqh, Arabic, Urdu and Tafseers are the ingredients of the Alima course. The course can be followed now Alhamdulillah in Mauritius on a four year basis. I request specially our young sisters that left school to join this course as it is an adventure to discover the beauties of Allah Ta`ala, the Qur-aan, the softness and tenderness of the beloved prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi wasallam. I would wish to share with you this sahih hadith of Tirmizi shareef:
عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ الْبَاهِلِيِّ قَالَ ذُكِرَ لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رَجُلَانِ أَحَدُهُمَا عَابِدٌ وَالْآخَرُ عَالِمٌ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَضْلُ الْعَالِمِ عَلَى الْعَابِدِ كَفَضْلِي عَلَى أَدْنَاكُمْ ثُمَّ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ وَأَهْلَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرَضِينَ حَتَّى النَّمْلَةَ فِي جُحْرِهَا وَحَتَّى الْحُوتَ لَيُصَلُّونَ عَلَى مُعَلِّمِ النَّاسِ الْخَيْرَ
The beloved prophet SAW described an alim compared to a non alim as the superiority of the prophet SAW to a simple sahabah. And also that Allah Ta`ala Himself, His Angels, the creations dwelling in the sky and also those creations living on earth even the ant in its hole and even the fish also all send peace and ask forgiveness upon one who teaches deen. (Tirmizi)
Some commentators of this hadith noted that fish is mentioned here although it has no direct relation to the alim, but because the alim is a means for the whole creation to continue existing, then the whole creation makes duas maghfirat for that alim or alima. As we mentioned up that deen is the means for the existence of the world.
So why not today decide that one daughter/son or one niece of my family should become alima/alim.
Important that during study and after studies to respect the means that came to deliver the deeni education to you. This include the class, the books or pages, the chair and also most importantly the teachers. Even after study great care should be taken as to respect to teachers. The barkat or use of our education depends of how much respect you have towards your teachers.
Keep a hizb time daily for Qur’an, tasbeehs and istighfaar.