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The Humility of Those Who are Learned in Islam

Educator Linda Walia Ming shares her thoughts on why giving children a great education is a gift to the world.

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Educator Linda Walia Ming shares her thoughts on why giving children a great education is a gift to the world.

By Linda Walia Ming.

Over the past few weeks, most of us have attended at least one graduation ceremony, whether at a nursery school, preschool, primary or secondary school, or college.

Some of us have even travelled abroad to attend graduations of loved ones. Many proud parents and families, as well as deserving graduates, have relished in the sweetness of success.

Just a bit of sage advice to the graduates; know that your journey has just begun. Keep pushing forward and upward, always remember that the power is in you, never lose sight of who you are and never compromise your self-respect, integrity, or morals in this “dog eat dog” world.

Never get cocky, thinking you are above others – stay or be humble. Most importantly, be forever conscious of the supreme being, keep the faith and success will be yours.

Obtaining knowledge is a lifelong journey and remaining humble is a forever battle but you can do it!

Islam places high value on education and stresses that it is the obligation of the parents, especially the father, that their children are educated. An educated child will not only bring benefit to their parents and themselves, but the world in general.

As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

In Islam the best gift parents can give to their children is a good education, which is a necessity for both males and females, including all races and creeds.

It is a fact that much of Western education has been influenced by Islamic education; for example, the sciences, philosophy, medicine, mathematics, just to name a few.

Islam promotes the theory of each one, teach one. Knowledge is something that you can never lose, the more you spread it, the more it increases. That is the reason teachers, who disseminate knowledge are highly valued and respected in Islam.

Allah’s first command via the Angel Jibril (Gabriel) to Prophet Muhammad on receiving prophethood was, “Read in the name of your Lord who created; created man from a clinging substance. Read, and your Lord is the most generous who taught by the pen; taught man that which he knew not,” (al-‘Alaq, 1-5).

Read, study, learn, teach are all components for making a better world. As Malcolm X says, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”.

Notes from the Editor: This feature has been edited from its original publication here. The writer Linda Walia Ming is a member of the Hijab Dawah Team in Bermuda.

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