The prophet (S) said: “The seeking of knowledge is fardh for every muslim and muslimah.”
Since the beginning of mankind knowledge has been a factor which elevates a person or a people. This fact is especially true when the person uses the knowledge for good. Let us reflect on the story of Adam (S) in the Qur’an.
Allah (SWT) says: “Behold, yourLord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- while we do celebrate Your praises and glorify Your holy (name)?” He said: “I know what you know not.” And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels, and said: “Tell me the names of these if you are right.” They said: “Glory to You, of knowledge We have none, save what You have taught us: In truth it is You Who are perfect in knowledge and wisdom. He said: “O Adam! Tell them their names.” When he had told them, Allah said: “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what you reveal and what you conceal?” (2:30-34)
On the mere surface it was the knowledge which Allah (SWT) gave to mankind that exalted him above the angels. Imam al-Ghazzali (R) says in his book Minhaj al-‘Abideen, “The basic need of anyone who desires salvation and a life of worship and devotion is to acquire knowledge.”
Al-Furqaan Foundation has realized this fact and acted upon it. With the establishment of the Muslim Education Fund the foundation has sent 2 young Muslims across seas to further their knowledge of Islam and the Arabic language.
Although we are aware of numerous college level Islamic Institutions here in America. We believe the experience of studying abroad cannot be duplicated and the price for education in certain countries cannot be beat . Being able to submerge yourself in the language while at the same time remove yourself from all the distractions of home is of great benefit. This is especially true when you first begin higher studies.
One of the two students studied in Egypt for 5 months. Beginning his studies at a language institute he strengthened his Arabic language skills to a point where he was able to get around Cairo by himself and understand a great deal of the Quran during self-reading. Eventually, he left the language institute in pursuit of a curriculum which included more in-depth Islamic Studies along with intensive one-on-one Arabic classes.
He found such a program at Markaz al-Lughat lin-Natiqeen. Under the direct supervision of Shaykh Mahmood as-Suri he studied the Arabic language, tafseer, and tajweed. Before leaving Egypt he was able to complete 8 levels of a 13 level program, meet students from all over the world, call the athan for a local masjid, and drink pure sugar cane juice.
Since his return to the states the brother has graduated from Governors State University with a degree in Communications, taught Arabic classes, raised funds for dawah, and delivered khutbahs for salat al-jumu’ah in several states.
The other fortunate student is blessed with the opportunity to study Islamic Philosophy at the Islamic University in Malaysia. After completing his studies, in 2010, at Benedictine University the young student of knowledge set out on a path heading towards his Lord.
As of now of, he is still in Malaysia heading towards his 2nd year of studies. We pray Allah makes the path smooth and beneficial for him.
Brothers and sisters please do not miss the opportunity to sponsor or support a young student of knowledge. In order for the Muslim ummah to do more than simply survive we have to begin the intensive process of educating our future.
Islam is a deen based on knowledge. Without knowledge we will lose our way, fall into extremes, or follow anybody who says anything.
Therefore even though we may not be capable or willing to go to study dedicating time, effort, sweat, and dunya for the quest of higher knowledge we may be able to aid our fellow brothers or sisters.
Through foundations and organizations such as the MuslimEducationFund the future for Muslims in America will be bright. Light will emanate from the states and soon youth will travel to another state for higher knowledge not another country.
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