Don't Make Education a Burden on Your Children

Don't Make Education a Burden on Your Children

The managements of schools should understand that the system of education is not the source of earning money, but it is to abide by the commands of Allah (swat) and to serve His people; so besides putting the unbearable burden upon the students, they should recognize their students’ inner potential and work hard to make them responsible for their country and community.

By Mohd Asad Qasmi

I was stunned to see a viral picture circulated on social media last week. It's actually short piece of writing in which a student penned down his surge of anxiety before he committed suicide by drowning in water.

"He writes: Dear mom and dad! Please forgive me; despite having worked hard, I couldn't succeed with high marks ". These are not only few words of a helpless student's pain but they leave a big question mark on our educational and upbringing system. Is it the purpose of education in our society that students must get the higher marks at any cost? Is it that the students who get fewer marks are of no use?

Having more or less brilliance is not in control of human beings but all are controlled by divine nature.  Is it the responsibility of our educational institutions to produce only brilliant students who could get excellent marks and encourage them? Is it not their responsibility to mould the students who get fewer marks?

Is it fair for parents to see the expenditure of their children's education in respect of success and failure? These are the questions raised by the social reformers time and again after a student commits suicide or another takes a dangerous step.

As far as the Islamic point of view is concerned about the above phenomenon, it should be clear that there is no instruction or guidance of such kind at all in Islamic teachings that requires someone to get high marks or high degree. And this reality comes across even after an undeniable fact that Islam emphasizes the most on education in comparison to other religions.

It is a matter of fact that that the very first revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (saws) came down along with the concept of education.

There is no Shariah value or status for higher marks or degrees in Islam. On this basis it is the responsibility of parents, teachers and educational institutes to provide good quality of education while also keeping in mind that they don't weigh down immoderately on children to attempt man-made targets that children can't endure and be compelled to take dangerous steps.

It becomes clear from the above mentioned verses of Surah Al- Alaq and context of the subject that the purpose of our education is neither to please the people nor to satisfy our own ego, but rather it should be to submit to the will of Allah (swt) which includes the service of His creation.  

The author of Aasan Tafseer writes in this regard that the verse—Read with the name of your Lord—indicates that the beneficial knowledge for human being is only which is related to the name of Allah (swt) and the knowledge which is not related to His name, can probably be a source of earning wealth; but it can't be a source of welfare for mankind. As we see many qualified and expertise neither have knowledge about Allah nor do they love His creation.

There are usually two reasons behind the students committing suicides or taking other dangerous steps.

1- The teachers and rectors of various schools put more burdens on students than what they can bear only for maintaining their institution’s reputation and standard and to gain attention of parents.

2- Parents spend a huge amount of money to satisfy their own dreams about their children and consequently they want to see their children on a position that they set in their dream but many of the children fail in this race. On this failure many of the parents regret as they lose their hard-earned money. When the children remain under such pressure from teachers and parents, they ultimately fall prey to mental sickness.

The one and only solution of this tussle between teachers, students and parents is that all should understand the real purpose of education; and that is to gain Allah’s pleasure and to serve His creation. The managements of schools should understand that the system of education is not the source of earning money, but it is to abide by the commands of Allah (swat) and to serve His people; so besides putting the unbearable burden upon the students, they should recognize their students’ inner potential and work hard to make them responsible for their country and community.

The parents should also be clear minded that their responsibility is only to provide their children with good quality of education, as it is beyond their capacity to set them on a prestigious position or to make them money-producing machines.

Their focus should be on the goal which can be easily achieved, so that their children can become the favourites for the country and community.

The students should understand that after having adorned themselves with education, they will have to make themselves precious assets for the country and community and for that they will have to utilize all their abilities by their perseverance and moral strength.

 When all three groups will work out on such sincere aims then undoubtedly the fruitful results will come without any damage.