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QUESTION:

Is it true that the person who is used to studying in Islamic schools, and has no previous experience of studying in non-Islamic schools, will never be able to connect with the environment that surrounds him, where most of the people are non-Muslims and that he will grow up shy and will never find any way to succeed either in his academic life or in the workplace? What is your opinion about that?

ANSWER:

Praise be to Allaah.

No rational person doubts that in Western countries there are dangers to the religious commitment and morals of those who live in these countries, and the schools that the children attend pose a serious danger to the students, both male and female, who have no defense against those dangers in those schools; the rates of crime, disputes, sexual activity and assaults on females in the schools is something that we hear a great deal about. This has made people look for a way out of these dangers, some of them look for schools that are free of those sins and problems, and they found what they were looking for in “Islamic schools”. The more these schools apply Islamic rulings, the freer they are of those problems and sins. We only say that because we have come across schools that are Islamic in name only, but not in reality. 

Secondly: 

What is well known is that the student who studies in a center for memorization of the Qur’an or in an Islamic school where the administration is successful in running that school or center will be of good character and will have a good education, and sound and broad knowledge. All of that is what Islam calls to and encourages, and what proves that is the fact that there are geniuses among Muslims in all fields of knowledge and science who are righteous and religiously committed. In Islam, there has never been any separation between religion and science or religion and education. The first verses that Allah revealed to His Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) started with the word Iqra’ (Read) and mention the pen. Allah says:

ٱقْرَأْ بِٱسْمِ رَبِّكَ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ

خَلَقَ ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ

ٱقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ ٱلْأَكْرَمُ

ٱلَّذِى عَلَّمَ بِٱلْقَلَمِ

عَلَّمَ ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ

“Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists).

He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).

Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.

Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.

He has taught man that which he knew not”

[al-‘Alaq 96:1-5]

Dr. ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Jumhoor -- may Allah guide him -- the head of the English language department of the Imam Muhammad ibn Sa‘ood Islamic University and a consultant of the American Curriculum Institute said: 

Islamic schools in the West are based on sublime foundations and goals, as follows: 

1.     Teaching Muslim children about their religion

2.     Instilling noble Islamic values and attitudes

3.     Protecting Muslim children from being assimilated into Western cultures

4.     Providing Muslim students with academic teaching of a high standard

5.     Representing the Muslims in Western societies 

(Majallat al-Bayaan, issue no. 173. https://islamqa.info/en/138104)

 

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