‘No alternative to traditional Islamic education’
Youth of the 21st century are in danger of being exploited by unlawful Islamic teachings and easy access to the Internet and social media, according to analysts.
With this view, an Islamic convention which aimed to discuss and rejuvenate the traditional Islamic education system among the youth was recently organized under the auspices of the Global Islamic Circle of Peace and Unity in association with the Twin-Cities Youth Welfare Forum at a local restaurant.
It was attended by chief guest of the program, renowned Indian journalist Syed Fazil Hussain Parvez, who was here to perform Umrah. He was also honored for his contribution to strengthening the foundations of Islam through his feature columns.
Syed Ali Mahmood head of the Islamic Circle welcomed the guests and lauded Parvez’s unbiased journalism and his sincerity.
Commenting on the current state of Islam, Mahmood said: “Islam is a complete way of life, encompassing spiritual, as well as social and economic aspects but Muslims continue to be backward despite possessing treasures of rich knowledge which can help them to regain their lost glory and prominence among the nations and tribes of the world.”
Mahmood underscored the importance of traditional Islamic education through the intensive study of the Holy Qur’an which promotes moral, spiritual and intellectual development.
He said that the dissemination of knowledge would help learners to live in conformity with the basic values of Islam. He proposed a number of innovative concepts to propagate Islamic knowledge including the committing to memory the last volume of the Holy Qur’an with its meaning and translation both in English and Urdu for better understanding.
He also advised members to restrict themselves to using social networking sites such as WhatsApp, Skype and others until 11 p.m. so that they could devote more time to studying the Qur’an and Hadith.