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Advice Given By Marhoom Hajee Bhai Padia Saheb To Trustees Of Islamic Schools

 

1.  The board of Shura of all Islamic schools should compose of a group of at least three Ulama. In the event of any difference, the joint opinion of the Ulama should be regarded as the final decision in the matter, because an Islamic school should not be an Islamic school in name only but should be a school that truly embodies the teaching of Qur’an and Ahadith.

 

2.   Preferential treatment should be accorded to Islamiat over secular education and the earlier slots of the day should be allocated to Islamiat. When this has been completed, secular subjects may be taught in order that the importance of Islamiat remains and the Noor of this penetrates all the other branches of learning. Islamiat education should be at least three hours daily, two hours in the morning and one hour in the afternoon. By at least ten in the morning secular classes may commence.

 

3.   The day should end at 16:30 so that students gain maximum benefit; in any case children attending the maktabs finish off at 17:00. By leaving the children early they could end up joining wrong company and whiling their time away which will be harmful to them. The intervals in the course of the day could be lengthened to achieve the above.

 

4.  All the staff as well as pupils should don Islamic garb and this should not be referred to as “uniform”, as a uniform is taken to be a temporary dress code and in an Islamic school the objective is to create an Islamic temperament among the staff and pupils alike.

 

5.  Intermingling of males and females is to be strictly avoided. Boys and girls classes should be totally separate so that no intermingling takes place at all. If such an arrangement cannot be made instantly, they should at least be seated separately in a class with a curtain between them. Alternate arrangements should then be made immediately.

 

6.  Islamic schools should not be elitist in their approach. They should not cater only for the well to do. The poor pupils as well as those pupils who cannot afford the fees should be accommodated.

 

7.  Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Saheb’s opinion was that no form of subsidy from the state should be utilised as this would eventually lead to a state of dependence and subservience to the state. Additionally this would open up the opportunity for the state to meddle in the affairs of the school: such interference would be totally against the objectives of Islamic schools.

 

8.  All Islamic schools should be registered and recognised by the state. In this way when pupils complete their studies at Islamic schools they would have their qualifications recognised.

 

9.  Contributions should be taken from local philanthropists and donors as it is not possible to meet all the expenses of Islamic schools merely from the fees structure of the schools. This kind of financial security has to be ensured so that the school will not have to close down due to a lack of funds. The net result of starting an Islamic school and then closing it down would be worse than not starting it at all.

 

10. As far as possible male educators and staff should be employed. If dire necessity dictates, then females may be employed, but, under strict Shari conditions of hijaab so that this may have the desirable effect on the pupils as well. As for the female classes, female educators who are strict and firm on the Sharia should be employed.

 

11. Only such educators must be employed who subscribe to the correct beliefs. Educators who belong to deviated sects such as the Shias, Qadianis, etc. should never be employed as this would antagonise the Ulama and would have a detrimental effect upon the students as well.

 

12.  Ensure that all pupils perform their Zuhr Salaah at school. This should be followed by Ta’leem of the Fazail kitaabs and another 15 minutes of general advice. The advice should relate to topics of Imaan, character, moral, social etiquette, etc. Twice a week or so the school should also arrange a program of practical Salaah reading where the Salaah of the pupils can be assessed for errors.

 

13.  The last lesson of the day should be taught from the kitaab, “Sunnats”. This book encapsulates all the necessary etiquettes of day, night and life, the masnoon duas, etc.

 

14.  In the school’s annual vacation calendar, Islamic days of significance such as Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha should be considered.

 

May Allah Ta’aala grant all Islamic schools the ability and guidance to put these teachings (advice) into practice. Ameen!

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