[By Hasan Mahfooz]
Would a liberal send their children to an Islamic school taught by Muslim teachers using an Islamic curriculum? Why do Muslims send their children to a school that teaches the opposite of what they believe? Muslims would never send their children to an RSS shakha or a Christian school but many Muslim parents have no problem with the typical private/public school. Why?
The reason is that falsity of and disagreements with Christian and Hindu beliefs/worldview are clear to us and we want to protect our children from them. On the contrary, most of us consider secular-liberalism and modern education (and schools) to be ideologically neutral, which is not true.
The reality is that the education that is imparted in most schools today is based on certain philosophies, pre-suppositions and concepts. Those toxic concepts such as naturalism, progress, utility maximization, freedom, etc. are taught for more than 15 years to credulous impressionable children, permanently distorting the way they view the world. I will touch on a few of the numerous concepts that the modern “education” imparts us.
Naturalism peddled through different subjects and especially science makes us believe that the physical world is all that exists, and all phenomenon can and must be explained through physical causes only. This blatantly undermines the belief in the supernatural and, thus, weakens imaan, which by definition is on the ghayb, the unseen, the supernatural.
History promotes the idea of progress: mankind as a whole is progressing and becoming more rational, moral and advanced over time, pushing the idea of “the newer the better”. This gives a false impression that the moderns are more advanced, moral and rational than the previous people and, thus, Islam of the 7th century is outdated and needs revision.
Economics promotes the idea that self-interested rational man, homo economicus, is in a state of competition due to a scarcity of resources and, thus, he tries to maximize his pleasure (utility) from consumption of goods and services. This strikes at the root of compassion, selflessness, sacrifice and caring for the rights of others that Islam stresses so much.
Many other such toxic ideas incongruous to Islam are taught to students through different subjects over the school life. In the absence of hard work by parents to counter the influence of such toxic ideas, it is not surprising to find a Muslim after decades of schooling (brain-washing) become a naturalist, secular, careerist, progressive, etc.
We need to think seriously about what we are studying and imparting to our successive generations. May Allah rectify our affairs.