Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion not back­ward – Sul­tan

The Punch - - HIGHER EDUCATION - Yinka Badejo

The Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion is ro­bust and not back­ward as some peo­ple say.

Abubakar said this at the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of Sheikh Adam Al-ilory, held at the Univer­sity of La­gos on Mon­day.

he said, “We can­not al­low peo­ple to bring our heads down and say we are use­less. We are highly ed­u­cated. We need to take this chal­lenge up and ask our­selves, ‘Why do peo­ple look at us Mus­lims as il­lit­er­ates?’ I don’t un­der­stand how some­one who is very flu­ent in the Qu­ran, who can re­cite it off­heart be called an il­lit­er­ate be­cause he doesn’ speak English.

“Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion is per­pet­u­ally an en­tity of self­dis­ci­pline, which in­volves phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual train­ing of man. It is the bal­anced growth of man through train­ing of in­tel­lect. The bulk of Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion is meant to fa­cil­i­tate the proper growth of the to­tal per­son­al­ity of man. It is a way of life. When we are talk­ing about Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion, don’t think we are be­ing back­ward be­cause it is the mak­ing of a to­tal hu­man be­ing and when you be­come one, you would shun cor­rup­tion and avoid il­le­gal deal­ings.”

Al-ilory was the founder, Markaz Agege Cen­tre for Ara­bic and Is­lamic Stud­ies, La­gos and a renowned Is­lamic preacher still ac­claimed even af­ter his death in 1992.

The Sul­tan de­scribed Al-ilory as a preacher and a pro­lific writer who com­mu­ni­cated his thoughts and ideas not only to his con­tem­po­raries but also to the younger gen­er­a­tions.

In his speech, the Gover­nor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amo­sun, said there was no bet­ter way to tell the Is­lam story than through ed­u­ca­tion.

he said, “Markaz Cam­pus will be es­tab­lished in Abeokuta and this will be with the sup­port of the Sul­tan of Sokoto. We will sup­port the growth of Is­lam with what­ever we have be­cause Is­lam is a re­li­gion of peace.”

The Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Dr Bukola Saraki, ap­pealed to the au­di­ence to con­tinue to do their best for ed­u­ca­tion to en­sure it work.

Saraki said, “For those of us who have been op­por­tune, we will en­sure that a place like Markaz con­tinue to grow.”

The Pro-chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of La­gos, Dr. Wale Ba­bal­akin, said that for Markaz to com­plete its univer­sity it would need more funds.

he said, “I am aware that Markaz needs to ex­pand its premises and needs to buy neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties but there is no fea­si­bil­ity to do that apart from the op­por­tu­nity we have now at this gath­er­ing.”

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