-Many studies have been conducted on establishing an
Islamic university. But this topic requires to be viewed from another
angle i.e. from a religious point of view. In my opinion, any problem
facing the Muslims, be it cultural or otherwise, is basically a
religious problem. Every problem is related to their religious problem.
The popular belief is that many graduates can be produced from the
Mohammedan University. It is true. But as far as Muslims are concerned,
it is not a big goal. Many universities are set up to guard their
The issue is: with what social aim have the Muslims decided to set
up a university? What are the social goals of Muslim? While some
societies are based on the ancestral traditions, others are based
on nations. An Englishmans nationalism is based on nation
of England. But a Muslims goal is not based on any nation.
An Indian Muslim is much different from a Turkish Muslim in his
national goals. An Iranian Muslim will not agree with the national
goals of Egyptian Muslim. Thus the social setup of a Muslim cannot
be attached to a particular nation. Can we unite a society based
on language? That is not possible. Tartar Muslim speaks in Tartari
while Iranian speaks in Persian, an Indian speaks in Urdu and Arab,
and Turk speaks in Arabic and Turkish respectively. A language cannot
become a common language of world Muslims. In short, Muslim society
cannot be fundamentally based on nation or language.
Can ancestral heredity be a common element? No. The forefathers
are different. While some are of Arabian race, others are of Mughal
or Persian races. While these three factors cannot create a Muslim
society, the question remains as to the goal for which Muslim University
is set up? The question deserves attention. In short, the society
is based on the formula "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad
(PBUH) is his Prophet". When compared to other social framework,
this social formula is an intangible one. Other ideologies are based
on the worldly foundations.
Take for example a Tartar Muslim, a Kashmiri and an Afghan. As they
declare " There is no god but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is
his Prophet", their differences are dissolved in the fire of
But we must remember that merely by uttering " There is no
god but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is His Prophet", one does
not become a Muslim. It is only by upholding the Islamic lifestyle
that one becomes a real follower of Islam. Mere belief cannot create
a Muslim. A Muslim is born in the true sense when he brings out
belief in the field of action. Suppose an Arab born in Muslim household.
He is a scholar in English and European literature. But after learning
an alien culture and adopting their culture and lifestyle and living
among them for a quarter century, he cannot be called as a Muslim
its true sense. His heart mightve changed by then. A Muslim
is one who progresses through Islamic culture. There lies the relevance
of an Islamic University.
If you ask an Anglo to locate his center of Nationalism, he would
point at England. This is not the case with a Muslim, as I mentioned
above. A Muslims culture is always with him. It is not outside
him, but resides in his heart. When an Englishman arrives in India,
he's 7000 miles away from his nationalism.
It was the Spanish Muslims who first thought about the concept of
university. Cordoba University was the result of such thought. Todays
universities are following the example of Cordoba. The first model
of Cordoba was set up in France. Such institutions spread across
Today we too long for a university. Muslims are the real founders
of University. Today if Englishman is giving Muslims a university,
it is only a repayment of debt. European countries are indebted
to Muslims for their universities.