Earlier today at Al-Huda courses, we talked about a great woman called Fatimah al-Fihriyya. It is quite saddening though that - as Muslims - we are not aware of this lady, who she was, and what she achieved. She founded the first University in the world, as this is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. We talked about her passion, her dedication and hard work in overlooking the whole project, and pioneering the entire system of higher learning. Furthermore, we mentioned something critical to the success and maintenance of Islamic Seminaries; the waqf pl. awqaf (endowment) system.
It may not come as a surprise to you to learn that Oxford and Cambridge universities are among the wealthiest; this is largely due to the very process of endowments. In the Collins Dictionary, we find the following entry: An endowment is a gift of money that is made to an institution or community in order to provide it with an annual income. How the endowment system works is not the purpose of this article. It would behove Muslims to take a serious look in to the tradition of awqaf.
By the end of the discussion there was an overwhelming feeling that it is incumbent for Muslims to return to learning the Sacred Knowledge. This change will only occur from within us. We have to be the change that we want to see. We must adapt ourselves to the modern world, and make the intent within ourselves to make an impact both upon our families and community. I pray that this is the beginning of positive growth for us all.
Shaykh Waseem Ahmed | Weekly Thoughts
Shaykh Waseem Ahmed
Shaykh Waseem started his search for knowledge by studying Arabic in the UK for a few years before leaving for Damascus in Ramadan 1426 (Oct 2005) to study further Arabic at the Abu Nur institute... Read More