Qawmy Education : In the eye of a secularist / civil society
Hemayet Ullah Rashid
It is very clear to all of us irrespective of religion and education that Qawmy madrasha is a burning issue in recent time. It is also noteworthy that Qawmy madrasha is an specialized educational institution that has emerged in early seventheen century with the emergence of Darul Uloom Dewbond, India. Now it has spread all over the world very fast crossing the national boundary and created new revolution
against all kinds of prejudice and evils in recent world.
Qawmy education is a revolution against secularist and unethical education. Since it’s birth, it has been teaching the pure knowledge to muslim children. But the secularist leave their own comfort, to search fault in Qawmy education system. Most often they try to mould this system with general education system. They throw the following questions against Qawmy madrash. i) Qawmy has no recognition of their education. ii) Their syllabus is not parallel to general syllabus. iii) They are foundamentalist. iv) They are far away from general education/worldly education, and so on.
Now, the key point is that are they true to their questions ? or it is false allegation ? If they are true to their question, Qawmy need to mend themselves following their questions.If they are not true to their words Qawmy need strong evidence/resistance against these so called modern and new secularist.
For example, if we go through the question on :1. we find that their question is no more valued because Qawmy has recognition now a days even their recognition is historical one, which has materialized recently under the hand of leading Govt.
If we analyze their second question about syllabus, we are bound to say the truth that it is an specialized syllabus as like as the syllabus of English Medium institution. Also the fault finder need deep knowledge to comprehend the qawmy syllabus.
The most talked question is the third one. So it needs to be analyzed. Most of the one eyed secularist try to focus the Qawmy as a foundamentalist and try to catch fish in muddy water. Here we need to know and analyze the word “Foundamentalist.
Foundamentalism is a doctrine. It means believing in the foundamental things of religion. So, foundamentalist are those who believe in the basic doctrine of religion. It is generally used as a positive side of a religious man but the foundamental secularists want to use the word otherwise, and thus they try to mould the character of pious muslim, being extremely attacked by the cancer of secularism.
In the question what they portrayed is totally wrong for two reasons i) Qawmy Ulamas are not far away from worldly education because General syllabus is also included in Qawmy education now a days as necessary. Again most of the teachers of Islamic Studies and Arabic of different universities are from Qawmy Madrasah.
- ii) General educated persons are ignored in theology as they don’t study over theology. In the same way Qawmy Ulama also may ignore in general education as they study over theology. So, they are expert and excellent in their own subject. However, shaking off all these kinds of so called allegations, Qawmy Ulamas need few change. As a suggestion we can say.
- i) Teaching method should be Arabic in higher level and Arabic/ Bangla in lower level.
- ii) Students can be brought under English and Arabic language training.
iii) Students also can participate in ELTS and TOFEL to study abroad.
- iv) Communication can be continued with foreign universities so that students get benefits from that.
- v) Vocational and ICT training can be provided in all institution.
- vi) The field of Dawa should be expanded and learners can be taught the method of dawa in the field.
vii) No teacher should be allowed for teaching without receiving any training over teaching method.
viii) Qawmy Jameas can provide with special scholarship for the students having excellent result in Dawrae Hadith.
Any way, Qawmy Madrasah is established to stand against all kinds of enable and to spread the dawa of Islam. Also it is established to prepare for afterlife. I hope the reader with take it easily. Almighty Allah may enable us. Ameen.
Lecturer (English language & literature)
Collectorate collage. Banderban.
Studied at Al-Jamia Al-Islamia Patiya, Ctg.