Are Islamic Schools Necessary?
Q: What do you think of the growing number of ‘Islamic schools’—schools that provide students general as well as Islamic education? On the one hand, they provide students with religious education and what they regard as a religious environment, which is something that their parents value. On the other hand, since such schools are attended only by Muslims, they tend to further isolate Muslims from others in religiously-plural societies. In such societies, what system of schooling for Muslim children do you suggest, so that they can acquire religious education (in addition to general education), and, at the same time, be able to enjoy opportunities to study with and befriend students from other communities?
Answered by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
A: I am not a proponent of such kind of Islamic schools prevalent among Muslims today. This would make Muslims a ghetto community. The right method is the one followed by Christians: they make seminaries for their theological education and have established secular institutions too.