I may be wrong here, but it does look like a new age of Islamic renaissance is growing in this country.
Not by way of the so-alleged Conservative Islamists movement or the CSL-fearmongering Hudud-potong-tangan version.
Nope. Not those but a religion that is a proponent of progression, education and professionalism.
For example, moves are in place for the setting up of a University Darul Quran - where you can learn and espouse all there is to know of the Al Quran (and perhaps even the Sunnah).
It's a future I wait with some impatience. Not everyone shares my enthusiasms, though.
Just this morning I chance upon this letter in the Sun, which amongst others said:
“… a disturbing trend among some parents who send their children to Tahfiz boarding schools, paying as much as RM250 a month for their education, food and boarding. I may be opinionated here, and I hope I’m wrong, but I think this is a retrogressive step as the students learn only the Quran and nothing else…”
The writer concludes with saying: “What future do they have?”
Hmm…. The future is blurry indeed, but for whom?
I am one of those old schoolers who “studied” – very loosely so – the Al Quran informally all those years ago, and unfortunately, my lack and dismal attention to what was being taught by the Ustazah sees me suffering the ignominy of crawling in my reciting of the Surah todate.
Imagine a 40 plus man having to go through a second round of learning the Quran. That’s me.
It’s not something I wish for my children and, yes, to me, having a Hafizah or two or three in the house will be heaven sent.
As to them having a future; well…
I believe that learning the Quran by heart helps one improve their thinking capacity, and being a Hafiz or Hafizah doesn’t stop them from taking on and excelling other, urm, worldly, professional disciplines.
In fact, if one does follow strictly the ethos of Islam, the acquiring of such knowledge is literally a Fardhu Kifayah as these will be the springboard to help the ummah progress as a whole.
Imagine having professionals with the Al Quran and all its principles firmly etched in their hearts and practiced in their lives. Professionals with the necessary tawakkal and who do not see money as everything there is to life.
Doctors and specialists who don’t only speak to you but also to your soul when you’re on your deathbed, for example.
If this is so, I certainly don’t mind going backwards all the way if this is the path to a new age where worldly possessions no longer hold us hostage.