Are Muslim Schools failing their students?

Are Muslim Schools failing their students?
Mufti Zubair Bayat

If Muslims schools are unable to prepare their students in the mould that is shaped by Allah,then they have ‘failed’ their students, even though they may produce a hundred percent pass rate! The first purpose of Muslim Schools must be to produce good Muslims and dynamic leaders for the Islamic society. For this purpose, Tarbiyyah, sound Islamic moral training, must be an integral part of the school. This must be the very heart and soul of our education, and not a ceremonial husk. All plans for improving our education will be totally useless unless they are based on a full understanding of this key fact.

Today we find many internal problems in the Muslim society everywhere. If we think about it, we may realize that most of these problems are of our own making. Which is another way of saying that they are largely traceable, directly or indirectly, to the education system and institutions that produced the people who cause these problems.

Why are Muslim communities in the grip of so much materialism today? What should we expect when our entire education system is preaching the gospel of materialism? Why have we effectively relegated Islam to a small inconsequential quarter in our public life? Because that is precisely where our education system has put it. Why in our behavior toward each other we see so little display of Islamic manners and morals? Because our imported education system is devoid of all moral training. Why are our societies sick? Because our education system is sick.

This is the real crisis of education today. Previously, education was never like this. Education in the past was always the means of nurturing the human being. Moral training, tarbiyyah, was always an inalienable part of it. The ustaz,(teacher), was not just a lecturer or mere professional, but a mentor and moral guide. Good moral training as exhorted in the Hadith, was considered the best gift a teacher could present to his student. Sadly, this is no more.

Lessons That Endure: The Stories We Tell Our Children

The other day, over breakfast, the kids and I were discussing the issue of inflation.

Well, not quite actually.

None of these kids are over the age of ten. However, we did converse about the rising prices of goods and services.

My 7-year-old asked:

“Mama, why do you buy this brand of milk and not the old brand you used to get from the other grocery store?”

I explained to them how product prices had increased.

The kids then debated amongst themselves about the appropriate prices for different food items, calling out crazy numbers for milk, cheese, eggs and bread as I listened on in amusement.

Then, my 8-year-old declared:

“If I had a grocery store, I’d sell everything there for free! People can just come and take whatever they want!”

The sheer innocence and purity of heart made me smile. I replied to him, saying:

“That’s very nice of you, but that’s not really a business model that would work. This is because you need to spend money to buy all the things in your store.”

We spoke about the concept of ribh (profit), which the kids recalled well from the sirah.

The 10-year-old commented:

“Yeah, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم made the most amount of profit when he went to Ash-Sham with Khadijah’s caravan. He did the best out of all the tujjar (traders/ businessmen) who traded for her.”

My 8-year-old is particularly soft-hearted and generous. He understood the concept of buying and selling and the importance of making a profit, but he still felt compelled to help people.

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He responded with:

“Well, fine. I’ll make everything in my store one dollar. That should make a bit of money.”

So I said:

“Yes, but probably not enough. Each item will cost you more than just one dollar to buy yourself, so if you sell it for a dollar, you’re incurring a loss and still making no profit.”

I paused and considered taking another approach, saying:

“How would you provide for your wife and children?”

He grinned at me and said immediately without skipping a beat,

“…أبقي لَهُمُ اللَّهَ ورسولَهُ”

“I leave for them Allah and His Messenger…”

I laughed and gave my wonderful boy a hug. He was quoting Sayyiduna Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه.

When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم encouraged the Sahaba to contribute towards gathering money before one of the battles, the Muslims all pitched in.

Sayyiduna `Umar رضي الله عنه arrived with half of all his wealth and gave that in charity.

Soon thereafter, Sayyiduna Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه arrived with ALL of his wealth to give in charity.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم asked Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه:

“يا أبا بَكرٍ ما أبقَيتَ لأَهْلِكَ؟”

“And what did you leave for your family, O Abu Bakr?”

Sayyiduna Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه, whose heart is ever full of iman and complete tawakkul, replied:

“…أبقيتُ لَهُمُ اللَّهَ ورسولَهُ”

“I left for them Allah and His Messenger…” (Jami’ al-Tirmidhi)

My dear fellow parents, the things you teach your children and the stories that you tell them will remain with them.

Tell your children the best, the most beautiful and the most wholesome of stories⁠—the lives and times of the blessed final Prophet, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and his amazing Sahabah.

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Instead of Your Children Loving Marvel Heroes, Teach Them to Love These Heroes

Last night, I went to the kids’ room to check on them for the night as usual.

I found all four kids awake and talking animatedly. Way past their bedtime.

I chastised them for staying up so late, talking and laughing, keeping themselves and each other awake too long.

“Even Khalid is still awake!” I said to them with disapproval.

Khalid lay there next to his brothers, grinning at me.

One boy said, by way of explanation,
“لا ننام ولا ننيم!”

“We neither sleep nor do we let [others] sleep!”

I laughed.

This is a reference to Khalid ibn Al-Waleed during times of battle, who was described as,
“لا ينام ولا ينيم.”

“He neither sleeps nor lets [others] sleep.”

He often encouraged his soldiers to stay awake for portions of the night, engaged in tahajjud and worship. He himself did the same, while also strategizing, planning, and thinking about the battle of the day ahead. He was always awake, aware of every movement of his own forces and enemy forces, sending spies and patrol men to gather intel. He basically never slept, could never be caught off guard in battle situations.

And here is a group of four boys between the ages of ten and four, comparing their late-night slumber party to Khalid’s all-night vigils before battle.


But despite the craziness of their comparison, it still amazes and fascinates me that children can be so attached and inspired by the great characters of the Sahaba, the best generation that ever lived.

Who we introduce our children to matters.

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Who we expose our children to becomes their role model, their aspiration, their ideal.
We as Muslims have such a rich history, teeming with men and women of lofty character and astounding abilities: the Sahaba molded by the best of mankind, Rasul Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم.

What a shame to fail to teach our children their stories and heroic feats, and instead let our children become attached to and inspired by cheap Disney characters or fictional Marvel superheroes.

We have actual, genuine, real-life superheroes in our Islamic history! We only need to teach our children their stories.


The Importance of Teaching Our Children Correct Gender Roles

Raise your young boys to be men. Raise your young girls to be women. Let their natural masculinity and natural femininity, respectively, be allowed to surface and nurture it instead of stifling it.

Sometime last year, we were visiting family. I was sitting in the front room, close to the front door of the house, with my kids and relatives, relaxing.

Suddenly, there was a knock at the front door and one of the little kids (not one of my own) ran and immediately flung the door open excitedly. We heard a man’s voice issue a greeting on the doorstep.

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I was not wearing my hijab and, while I was not visible yet if the man stepped into the house and turned his head to the side, he would see me. I looked around me frantically for my hijab, but it was not next to me on the chair I happened to be sitting on.

The next part happened swiftly, in quick succession. Before I could say a single word, my oldest son, 8 years old, immediately assessed the situation and ran to stand directly in front of me, putting his body between me and the man at the front door. He had his back to me, stood facing the strange man. His younger brother, my 6-year-old, saw his brother’s stance and ran to stand right next to him. Meanwhile, my 5-year-old ran and grabbed my hijab, which my 2.5-year-old Khalid had been playing with earlier. He came over and handed it to me. I quickly put it on.

A minute or so later, the man was gone.

But I still had tears in my eyes, as I gazed in wonder and awe at the wall of boys in front of me. They stood shoulder to shoulder, forming a wall, using their bodies to block the man’s view of their mother.

I had not asked them to do that, nor had I explicitly instructed them any time in the past to do this particular action in case of such a random situation.

Generally, they knew that Muslim women cover themselves in the presence of strange men and that Mama can only take off her hijab in the context of family. We had talked about the concept of الحياء (hayaa’), modesty, which is a beautiful Islamic value that is important for both men and women. In everyday life, they observe how their father–the man of the house–is with their mother.

But it shook me, in the best of ways, to see them apply such general knowledge to a specific situation. It touched me deeply to see their instinctive response, their natural desire to defend, their masculine protective nature in action.

Once we were alone again, I hugged each boy in turn and thanked them. They saw the tears in my eyes and asked me why I was crying.

I said, ” ! الحمد لله! أنا بربي رجال! ”

“I’m raising (doing tarbiya of) men, alhamdulillah!”

They stood taller, their backs straight, grinning with pride and satisfaction.

We live in a world where so many different elements combine together to villainize, pathologize and criminalize masculinity.

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Men are stifled, their nature deemed “toxic” and their instincts are seen as primitive and oppressive. Under the oppressive influence of feminism, modern society punishes any overt displays of masculinity or femininity, railroading both boys and girls and the men and women they grow up to be, into a strange androgynous creature, neither here nor there.

But we Muslims know that this is extremely harmful to our children, both boys, and girls. Celebrate your daughter’s femininity and your son’s masculinity and treat these traits as a good thing. The aim is to ease their transition into adulthood and help them find their footing as men and women inshaAllah.

Renowned physician and psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax writes in his book Why Gender Matters:

“The transition to adulthood. More than in any other realm, there’s where modern society lets kids down. We offer our children no guidance about what it means to be an adult woman or an adult man. No other culture has ever abandoned young people making the transition to gendered adulthood as completely as the twenty-first-century post-industrial societies of North America, Western Europe, and Australia/ New Zealand.

In traditional societies, the transition to gendered adulthood is a matter of great importance…One hundred years from now, scholars may look back at the disintegration of early twenty-first-century culture and conclude that a fundamental cause for the unraveling of our social fabric was the neglect of gender in the raising of our children–not only in our schools, but also in the disbanding of gender-separate activities across generations, and in the near elimination of single-gender communal activities: women with girls, men with boys. I wonder what those future historians will say about how long it took us to recognize our mistake, to recognize that gender matters.” (Why Gender Matters, p. 250-251)

What modern American non-Muslim researchers like Dr. Sax are finding out and suggesting has long been known by Muslims, taught to us as an integral part of our deen from the time of the Prophet ﷺ. These concepts and values have been commanded by our Creator, Allah, who has fashioned boys and girls, men and women.

May Allah grant us the wisdom to apply these teachings in our tarbiya of our children, ameen.


Online Maktab

Educational trends are fast evolving. Future education seems to be leaning towards distance learning. The ease and convenience it offers make it the go-to choice for many a parent. Should this also be an option for our Maktab system?

Knowledge is heart-to-heart

From the beginning of time, Dīn was transmitted from person to person, and from heart to heart. Never was a scripture sent without a Nabī; a personal and physical Mu’allim, to teach it.

Jibrīl ‘Alayhis-Salām appeared before Nabī Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam in the cave of Hirā’ and physically embraced him, thereby starting off the chain of revelation. Nabī Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam then physically taught the Dīn to the Sahābah Radhiyallāhu ‘Anhum, who in turn taught the Tabi’īn, and so on. When the time came to send letters of da’wah to the rulers, a Sahābi was sent with it.

‘Ilm is Nūr (divine light)

The Ustādh Of Imām As-Shafi’ī Rahimahullāh told him regarding ‘Ilm: “Verily ‘Ilm is Nūr from my Rabb, and the Nūr of Allāh Ta’ālā is not given to a sinner…”

The knowledge of Dīn carries a special spiritual light with it that transmits from teacher to student. This Nūr and spirituality can never be transmitted through a screen.

The Necessary Adab (respect and etiquette)

It has been said that Dīn, the entirety of it, is Adab! The extent that a person will benefit from his knowledge is in accordance with the amount of respect and etiquette he shows to his teacher, the knowledge, and all the instruments of this knowledge. In the famous Hadīth known as Hadīth Jibrīl, Jibrīl ‘Alayhis-Salām came to Nabī Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam in the form of a student. He came close, sat with respect and asked specific questions.

This served to teach us the etiquette of a student. This can only be inculcated and nurtured in a child under the watchful eye of a teacher. The holding of the Qur’ān Karīm and other books with respect, sitting with respect and being attentive to the lesson are all necessary for progress. This can only be taught and maintained in a physical classroom.

The effect of one’s company

The word ‘suhbah” means to be in someone’s company. The Sahābah Radhiyallāhu ‘Anhum got their name from this, due to them staying in the company of Nabī Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam. It was this link with Nabī Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam that turned them into people that future generations would aspire to be like.

The effect of one’s company can never be overestimated. Their manners and habits rub off on him. That is why our children must spend the few years of their Maktab education in the company of pious ‘Ulamā’. This will have an amazing effect on them and will help to mould their beliefs, manners and habits correctly.

Allāh Ta’ālā tells us: “O you who believe, fear Allāh and be with the Sādiqīn (the truthful/pious ones).” [Al-Qur’ān 9/119]

Many who have attended the Maktab will attest that their main link to Dīn is their Maktab teacher. For many, the only ‘Ālim they know or have a relationship with is their Maktab teacher. Can we afford to deprive our children of this link?

The legacy of sacrificing for Dīn

Allāh Ta’ālā says: “Those who strive in our way, we will most definitely guide them.” [Al-Qur’ān 29/69] Sacrifice for Dīn is necessary for guidance. The glorious history of Islām bears testimony to the thousands of journeys undertaken by the scholars of Dīn to far-off lands for the learning and disseminating of Dīnī knowledge.

Just as those before us sacrificed, we should be ready to do so as well. For the sake of avoiding the discomfort of transporting our children to and from the Maktab, are we ready to pour water over their rich legacy?

Self Study?

The pious scholars have always placed great importance on one having a shaykh over him. This was to the extent that they wouldn’t give any consideration to one who merely studied from books. This was because they understood that true action and understanding of ‘ilm will only come when one has a teacher guiding him through the books.

Qādhī ‘Iyādh Rahimahullāh mentions a story of a certain scholar who wrote to some ‘Ulamā’ of the time. He didn’t agree with certain actions of theirs. Instead of answering him as they would normally, they merely responded: “Be silent! You have no shaykh.”

The pitfalls associated with online studies

Parents who experienced online learning during the covid period will attest that maintaining proper discipline and system is nearly impossible. Do we want to have children sitting in shorts on their beds, having a snack, whilst an essential part of Dīn is explained on the screen? Will the love for Dīn ever enter a child’s heart when during a lesson, he is browsing the internet and looking at evil? A parent recently related to an ustādh that their child forgot how to recite the Qur’ān Karīm during the year away from the proper system. May Allāh Ta’ālā protect us!

Our rich history of Makātib in South Africa

Alhamdulillāh, from the time Tuan Guru Rahimahullāh established the first “maktab” in Cape Town up to the present, South Africa has served as a model to other countries in the establishment of a Maktab system. This was firmly built on the legacy of face-to-face learning as taught to us by our pious predecessors. So why tamper with this tried and tested method and thereby risk the Dīn of our future generations?

May Allāh Ta’ālā grant us the ability to hold on to Dīn and its method of transmission as shown to us by Nabī Sallallāhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam and his illustrious Sahābah Radhiyallahu ‘Anhum. Āmīn.

16 Jumādal Aakhirah 1444 /09 January 2023 A0035


How Muslim Parents Can Avoid Losing Their Children to Disbelief and Atheism

Parents in today’s age are quickly losing their authority.

Homeschooling is one of the best and most effective ways for you as the parent to regain control over your own child, reclaim your natural parental authority, and recommit to your full responsibility for the tarbiya of your child.

Homeschooling allows you to:

  1. Have control over what your child learns, which means you can:
  2. Prioritize the learning of Islam and important Islamic subjects: Quran (hifdh حفظ / memorization, tafsir تفسير, tajweed تجويد, tadabbur تدبر/ reflection), seerah / biography of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and of his Sahaba and stories of the prophets, hadith, `aqida, Arabic, and instill a deep love of Allah Most High.
  3. Protect your child from the woke sicknesses forced down the throats of schoolchildren in modern secular public and private schools, like HGTV and other illnesses that are made to seem “normal” and “beautiful.”
  4. Inoculate your child against the biggest diseases of modernity, the -isms taken for granted in the mass schooling system: atheism, scientism, materialism, liberalism, feminism, individualism, hedonism, satanism. Save your child from falling into these traps and explain their inherent flaws and irrationality, while demonstrating why and how Islam is far superior.
  5. Teach your child “secular” academics much faster and more efficiently at home one-on-one than in school at the usual 20-to-one ratio. Use your intimate knowledge of your child’s personality and learning style to tailor the material to fit your child’s needs, so that learning is even deeper and more impactful.
  6. Protect your child from the hyper-sexualized environment of the public sphere, including sadly modern public and private schools. Guard your child’s fitra and innocence for as long as possible.

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  1. Teach your children manners, social graces, and beautiful etiquette according to Islam at home, instead of letting the mass schooling environment destroy these things. The “socialization” that happens in school is one of the worst things that can happen to a child: learning how to curse, be foulmouthed and vulgar, act shamelessly, behave brazenly, defy adult authority, are part of the “socialization” of school. Socialize your own child properly at home.
  2. Impart your own mother language to your child well. One of the worst losses of public school is the loss of Arabic/ Urdu/ Bangla/ Turkish/ Farsi/ Swahili and other original languages of our Islamic countries. English learned in school replaces them all, superseding them in your child’s mind and mindset. This language barrier creates a gap between the understanding of parents and their children, causing a rift in the relationship, estrangement, emotional distance. The parent and the child no longer speak the same language, literally AND figuratively.
  3. Choose your child’s friends and playmates by vetting them carefully and knowing their families. When your child is institutionalized in the system, you as the parent get no say in who your child hangs around all day in class, in sports, or extracurricular activities. Your child will be influenced by the presence of these other children and you will have no idea who they are.
  4. You will reclaim your rightful place as the main influence in your child’s life. You will be the primary caregiver, primary teacher, primary role model. You will have the authority and the right to impart your own values to your own child, your own principles and convictions. You will be able to pass on Islam to your child unfettered by the intervention of external forces and unhindered by the time constraints imposed by the mass schooling schedule. You, the adult who birthed the child, will be also the adult who raises the child and moulds his personality and refines his character. It will also be YOU who has to stand before Allah and answer for how you raised or didn’t raise your child, so regaining your natural authority to be able to fulfill your parental responsibilities is critical.

Parents, we live in a time of war. An ideological war that is being waged for the hearts and minds of our own children.

How would you like to proceed so you can win the war? Allow your enemy to take control of your own child and just forfeit the fight? Or stand up and reclaim your natural authority as a parent?

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A Teachers Warning

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

As a Madrasah teacher, teaching high-school girls and university students, the challenges they face or get caught up in are of great and grave concern. (Other teachers who are teaching in different Makaatib will attest to the same issues.)

Many of the students attend private schools. These are the elite schools in KZN. Over the years, mothers have made it clear to me that they want the best secular education for their children and won’t consider anything less than the best private schools or even boarding schools.

The following are some of the incidents brought to my attention, of happenings in these private and renowned schools, direct from the students, mothers or teachers.

1.) A number of students have doubts believing in Allah, since Darwin’s theory of evolution and the big bang theory are expounded in their classes.

One student said that they are not allowed to bring up the word ‘God’ or religion, because their teacher is an atheist. (Nor are they allowed to bring up an issue like Palestine or mention the word, ‘Palestine’)

They have asked me to explain the existence of Allah, as they have misgivings and are not sure anymore.

They have Muslim names, say they are Muslims to keep their parents comfortable, but their minds are 100% secular. They are thus not keen to practise on the teachings of Islam.

Parents naively believe that the environment and education will not affect their children’s Deen; in reality it is destroying their Deen.

2.) An all-girls’ school had a principal, for many years, who identified herself as a lesbian. It was no secret. She left such a legacy in the school that a number of the students now also identify themselves as lesbians.

Muslim mothers and the students themselves were indifferent to this. They described her as a good principal, considerate and accommodating. There was no concern that the one in charge of their daughters was involved in such immoral conduct or would influence them to the same way of life.

Now we have Muslim girls coming out as lesbians and they are already in relationships with other girls. They say that their parents know nothing of their tendencies and inclinations, and don’t want them to find out. If not lesbian, many ‘Muslim’ girls fully support those who are. (The same scenario is found amongst boys).

3.) The LGBTQ+ community has grown so much at the schools, that will shock many parents. A lot of promotion and time is being spent to “educate” students of these ‘rights’.

When some of these ‘Muslim’ girls are asked about it, they treat the topic as a joke and laugh about these happenings. They consider these as ‘new norms’ and acceptable. Otherwise, we have some ‘Muslim’ students who argue regarding LGBTQ. These students strongly advocate that as Muslims, we have to accept the LGBTQ, support and sympathise with them.

…What is left of a person’s Imaan when he or she considers permissible what Allah has declared as prohibited?

And if any student, at these schools, does not toe the line and accept, she is targeted and labelled homophobic. She is considered biased, is snubbed and even reported to teachers.

4.) Many Muslim girls (and boys) are caught up in zina (fornication) and they brazenly make it known. It is out of control. One student said to me that in her click of 8 Muslim girls, 5 have already lost their chastity. These are high-school girls. The parents are either blissfully unaware or are themselves caught up in the same vice of adultery. …Married Muslim women have made known their illicit relationships and even that of their spouses. Very sadly, this is the kind of bad example some of the children have today, in their parents.

On the other hand, there are those children who fall into depression and wish to end their lives when they find out about their parents’ promiscuity or “double lives”. One student mentioned that she was contemplating suicide because both her mother and father were involved in adulterous relationships. This was the key factor of her depression and it was what prompted suicide.

5.) Whilst it is common for unmarried non-Muslim girls to fall pregnant or have abortions during their school/university years, the same is becoming common amongst our Muslim girls. (The company you keep…)

6.) In these institutes, the girls are coached to be feminists. There are educators who promote and push the agenda of feminism, freedom, independence and fighting for one’s “rights”. As a result, students wrongly see Islam as repressive. Their questions and ideas indicate this. Many don’t want to wear a scarf, let alone dress modestly or live according to Islamic teachings because of the influence of feminist “ideals”.

(Alhamdulillah, Islam has already honoured women with great rights, respect and honour.)

7.) A Muslim student was so influenced by her school ‘friends’ at one of the most prestigious private schools in SA, that she became a call girl. She began to earn money through sex chats. Her mother had insisted she attend the school, arguing that her daughter has to have the best secular education.

…If the end-product is a prostitute, I think we can all agree that there is a need to reassess our priorities.

8.) Although called an ‘all girls schools’, male teachers are employed. For many of these schools, the uniform is a short skirt and shirt. But there is no worry from the parents. It really does not matter to most of them that there are male teachers or lesbians or atheists teaching their daughters. Being an all-girl’s school with a high level of education seems to make everything ‘right’?


9.) One mother declared that she sends her daughter to a private Christian school for the “best secular education”, and mentioned that her young daughter finds the priest to be “very compassionate” towards her.

…Can we be so naïve?

Another Muslim mother shared that her daughter spent the week-end away on a school excursion, but said she was happy in the knowledge that her daughter was ‘safe’ in the guardianship of a priest. (?)

…If this does not create uneasiness and worry in a mother, you are surely living in a bubble.

10.) Students attending these schools/institutes have said that some of their friends – girls and boys – have left Islam. Their parents don’t know. Drugs, drinking, pornography, satanism, homosexuality, etc. are rife.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Some incidents are just too shameful to mention; not only in the KZN province and South Africa, in schools for boys and girls, at primary and secondary levels and universities; it is a global pandemic. Even our Muslim schools are not free from these evils. The problems are obviously exacerbated when children are given access to Tiktok, YouTube, Netflix and other social media platforms.

So My Message to Parents is:

If you have placed your daughter/son in such an environment, you own this.

If they fall into immoral conduct and Kufr, you carry this burden.

Say what you like, but if you enrolled them in these schools and institutes, are paying their fees and transporting them to and fro, day in and day out, the blame is squarely on you.

You can throw out all kinds of criticism and excuses in response to this, to justify your choice, it is not going to change the facts on the ground. You can save your reasons and excuses for the Day of Judgement, but will they carry weight in the Court of Allah?

You can continue to live in denial, but it won’t change reality. You cannot foolishly plead ignorance before Allah.

Sending them to Madrasah for 1 hour or 2 hours to assuage your conscience, but eagerly and readily sacrificing Madrasah for extra-curricular activities, tuition, etc. shows where your loyalties lie. When they are spending 7 hours+, Monday to Friday (online or onsite), with secularists, feminists, modernists, lesbians, gays and others (not forgetting the amount of time spent on social media), then surely that influence will be greater than a few hours spent in Madrasah, half-heartedly. …Educate yourself on what secularism is. Because if any education distances us from Allah, it certainly is the worst and the poorest education; not the best.

You can decide:

If you still want the most elite schools and best secular education, and are happy with the end result, even if it is the fire of hell, all at your expense, then of course that is your bad decision.

If you have concern for your children’s Imaan, then step out of the rivalry game and competition circles. We are not here to boost our egos and boast our wealth and our worldly status.

You may not like the reminder, but we are the slaves of Allah. We are here, in this world, to worship Him and prepare for the Hereafter. This world is not the be-all and end-all. We have to return to Allah.

You have been given your child as a trust from Allah. Sending your daughter/son to such a school, college or university environment, with the kind of sins that are glorified there, is a huge compromise on Deeni principles, for which you will be accountable on the Day of Judgement.

For yours and your daughter’s/son’s Imaan and salvation, take them out

A Teachers Warning


BY: Qalamul Haq

1. In acquiring a secular school or university education , do you believe that your Rizq will increase beyond what was written for you?

2. Are you able to acquire the knowledge and skills in an environment where the laws of Allah Ta’ala will not be transgressed at all- no intermingling , no haraam of other kinds.

3. Are you able to protect your daughters from zina with Muslim and non Muslim men, from feminist ideas, from putting marriage on hold until the studies are finished, and then IF she gets married, from putting her career before her family or “sharing” roles with her husband and raising children in a home where the dynamic is contrary to the Quraan and our fitrah. Is this all worth having a now indoctrinated professional to serve the Muslim community.

4. Are you able to remove from all the course material , the atheism and liberal values that are part of the modern education system and supplant it with Tawheed and the true understanding of where the knowledge originates?

5. Do you guarantee the imaan of your children when they graduate after they have been exposed to every ideology that ridicules and undermines their imaan and everything a Muslim believes without proof. If so will they be doctors who don’t practice “evidence based medicine” , or lawyers who don’t apply a law other than the law of Allah so they are not out of the fold of Islam, or accountants that don’t touch riba.

6. How will you protect them from all these things and then enter them into a work environment where every step is a transgression of Allah’s laws and you have to ignore aspects of your deen to climb the corporate ladder or succeed within the profession and the culture that surrounds it- Friday afternoon drinks – rainbow tags for lgbt etc

7. How many deeni Muslim lawyers and doctors did we find during covid – how many opposed the mainstream narratives and how many went with the flow and bought in hook line and sinker- and became agents of the agenda of the disbelievers. Ask the professionals who stood for deen what they think about the education system and their colleagues who chose another way- the majority way by far.

8. No one is against knowledge- all knowledge is from Allah. We are against indoctrination and assimilation into that which will corrupt our beliefs and practice of our deen. Look at evolution, sex education and lgbt being rolled out to babies in the early grades. What do you think happens higher up.

9. Look at the universities, super bright Muslim students from deeni homes becoming murtad and calling towards disbelief. Muslim girls without hijab dancing in solidarity with Palestine or for some other liberal humanitarian cause without the slightest understanding of the laws of deen. This is not about denying the ummah the skills, it’s about protecting the akhira of our children.

10. Are we saying we will do the deen a disservice unless we borrow from the kufaar and their system? That we need to be on par with them to compete at their level? If that’s true then we have lost before beginning because our minds are already colonized and we recognize progress as what they have not what Allah and His Rasool (peace be upon him) have given us. We ignore the qualities of Allah and what He gives to the believers. If our idea of cutting edge is what the kufaar posses of knowledge and technology then we will never fight them on behalf of the deen. They will just churn out more uncle Tom’s from their institutions who will do their bidding for them. More bin Salmans , bin Zayeds, Sisis, secular professionals and self loathing muslims.

11. You think their education gives you the upper hand, it strips you of all the power you would otherwise have on account of your imaan, your Tawheed and the nasr of your Lord, that by the time you qualify (assuming you had the best intention to help the deen,) you emerge no more than a product of their well oiled machine and an “enlightened soul” who no longer has the will to oppose their designs- who has bought into their culture and instead becomes a prop that holds up their system. A prop that is afraid to lose its place and can never undermine the very system it depends on for its position and survival. A prop that becomes nothing if the system does not exist.

12. When you ask this graduate who is meant to have qualified to become an asset of the deen, to take a stand, to sacrifice or to risk something for the sake of the deen, he cannot forgo all that he has worked so hard to achieve and the Rizq which he believes came from his education and hard work. Is this the believer that will trade his life and wealth for jannah. Is he working for jannah or dunya. A simple man who believes in Rizq from Allah and is not invested in the system of kufr is far safer in his imaan and hope for reward from his Lord and as an asset to this ummah. He is not forced to integrate.

13. Those that are part of the system become invested in their education, in the culture of their professions, it matters what their colleagues (especially the non muslim ones) think of them, they need to avoid ridicule or doing anything which will reflect negatively on them within their new paradigm. How is this new product of the education system equipped to serve the deen- what distinguishes him from a kaafir who renders the same service – how different is his advice from his colleagues- did the mainstream Muslim doctors and lawyers say anything different from the non Muslim ones during covid- how did their “muslimness” help them except those very few who risked everything to go against the tide- who spoke Quraan and sunnah- who simply used the skills to try to get an advantage against the kufaar- who have no regard for the letters before or after their name- who wanted to be counted as Muslims – they were negligible in relation to the rest and they do not define themselves by their professions- many loath the professions and every aspect which contradicts the sharia- those are not the professionals that are respected- they are the ones who stand shoulder to shoulder with the ulema of haqq who aspire to defend the deen and take it forward and they are the very same ones who are warning against the danger of the education system to our Imaan and deen.

اللهم ارنا الحق حقاً وارزقنا اتباعه وارنا الباطل باطلا وارزقنا اجتناب