Why another School?
Among many responsibilities of an educational institution,
one particularly important, especially in relation to our society, is that the
younger generation be educated in such a way that their awareness of life and
its purpose is enhanced; that they be beyond compare: a generation that
epitomizes impeccability of character and personality; that they, as architects
of our nation’s future, be strong today, lest we, as a nation, be weak tomorrow.
Inculcation of such values in the younger generations
should be the primary object of any educational institution, and, unfortunately,
it is this object that our educational institutions have completely failed to
There are many reasons for this failure:
LACK OF DIRECTION
The first reason is that our educational system has, in
general, no object at all. Among those things that we inherited from our
‘Colonial Masters’, the British, one particularly detrimental to our educational
system is an acute lack of direction. Unfortunately, it is the degree not
education that our students seek. It is not an Abu Hanīfah, a Shafa’i, an Iqbal,
a Jinnah, a Shiblī or a Farāhi that parents wish their children to be. They want
them to be ‘big men’ not ‘great men’.
Owing to such conflicts between our stated and real goals,
we suffer from a kind of national schizophrenia which is one of the major causes
of our slow progress. We have been unable to determine a specific goal for our
educational system. We should have specified the object a long time ago, for in
its absence, all effort has been in vain.
LACK OF HOMOGENEITY
The second reason is that our educational system comprises
three distinct sub-systems, viz Religious institutions, Urdu-medium institutions
and English-medium institutions.
As far as religious institutions are concerned, they turn
out people who are seen by the rest of the educated class as ‘aliens from outer
space’ that speak an absolutely different and unintelligible language in a
strange guttural tone and behave in a way that seems ‘different’ if not comical.
The arguments that they give seem baseless and the whole edifice of their
knowledge seems to rest on foundations that are simply obsolete.
Government schools produce yet another class which,
despite all its capabilities, is never provided with enough facilities. The
result is that this class mostly produces clerks and the like, and its members
are rarely able to move into the upper echelons of a society.
English medium schools with their ‘craze’ for the ‘latest
latest’ from the West are more westernized than modern. Usually, the students of
these schools remain unaware of the riches of knowledge and research of their
Therefore, our educational system, along with our economic
system, adds to the disparity of income and creates more class division in our
society. So long as this national schizophrenia continues to sever the roots of
our nation, we can never hope to unite and progress.
The third reason is that our educational institutions are
rarely established for nobler causes. They are usually set up by businessmen who
regard an educational institution as just another ‘feasible project’ that yields
profits and tax benefits. Therefore, in such institutions Islam and ethics have
hardly any importance. As the motives of those who finance these institutions
are pecuniary not philanthropic, they usually demand such exorbitant fee that a
person of ordinary means cannot dream of affording it. To attract children of
the elite, such teachers are selected as have more command on English than on
their subject. The students, too, display such fluency in English as is more
indicative of affectation than competence. The whole set-up creates a class that
shows contempt for the religious and cultural traditions of the society that
sustains them. As a result, the object of this class remains a ‘good job’ that
might afford them a higher social status and place them among the more affluent.
Altruism and philanthropy are words that are simply not in their dictionary,
unless of course, they can be used to enhance their ‘image’. To them, success
means having power and money, by any means whatsoever. Modesty and humility are
despised, for they often lead to ‘failure’ They live in this world as
extravagant epicureans with an obvious disregard for the Hereafter.
All the three shortcomings have contributed to the
inferiority complex our younger generation suffer from and have inclined them
towards indecency and immorality. Therefore, it is essential that we check these
factors lest we should lose our identity as an Islamic nation and should find
ourselves incapable of facing the challenge of the modern world.
In the paragraphs written above, some flaws in our
educational system have been pointed out. To purge it from these flaws, it is
essential that an institution be set up on entirely different lines---an
institution that would be the embodiment of all the glorious traditions of our
past, yet modern enough to face the challenges of the future. It is to fulfil
this need that “Mus’ab Public School” is being set up. It has been proposed that
the following objectives be part of its aim:
1. A student of this institution shall be educated in such
a way that he turns out to be a good Muslim and a good Pakistani. For this
purpose, services of such teachers shall be hired as are the epitome of
competence and impeccable character. They shall be among those teachers whose
hearts throb for a better tomorrow for our nation and for the Ummah, and who
consider the inculcation of these sentiments in the younger generations part of
their duty, and to whom teaching is more than just a profession---it is a
As teachers of such calibre are rare these days, a
programme to train teachers for Mus’ab is under way.
2. To create a greater sense of unity in the Ummah, Arabic
and other Islamic subjects shall be included in the curricula along with English
and Urdu. It is also expected that those who would pass out from this
institution will be well aware of their religion even if they choose
professional areas of study as medicine and engineering.
3. Nowadays, there is a growing tendency among educational
institutions to overburden the students with books just to create false
impressions of scholarship. This trend shall be discouraged and an effective
programme shall be chalked out whereby these students progress gradually on firm
As it is that at Mus’ab students shall be taught three
languages, viz, Arabic, English and Urdu, and instructed in traditional as well
as modern disciplines, it has been proposed that the following be used as bases
for the curricula:
PRIMARY LEVEL (UP TO CLASS 8)
At the primary level, students shall be instructed only in
the Holy Qur’ān, English, Urdu, mathematics and calligraphy. This may be done in
the following ways:
(i) The students shall be taught how to read the Qur’ān
(ii) They shall be made to learn the last group of the
Qur’ānic Sūrahs by heart (‘Hifz’).
(iii) After they gain some rudimentary knowledge of
Arabic, the students shall be instructed in religion in Arabic so that they
learn the language as well as their religion.
(iv) English and Urdu shall be the media of instruction in
pure sciences and social studies so that students learn modern subjects as well
while learning both these languages.
(vi) Interesting stories and poems shall be included in
books of each language to enhance students’ appreciation of literature.
SECONDARY LEVEL (FROM CLASS 9 UP TO CLASS 12)
At this level special areas of study shall be given
emphasis. For this purpose, the following guidelines shall be used:
(i) Education in the languages and the Holy Qur’ān shall be
(ii) Subjects specific to a particular field of study shall
be included at this stage; for example, a science student shall be instructed in
such subjects as physics, chemistry and biology. Similarly, those students who
would specialize in Islamic studies shall be instructed in the classics of
Arabic literature (Adab-i-Jāhilī), Arabic grammar and rhetoric.
4. Since the establishment of Mus’ab is a mission not
business, it has been decided that monetary gains shall not be the object of
this institution. In this regard, the following guidelines shall be used:
(i) The students shall be provided with all the facilities
that are usually available to modern institutions.
(ii) Despite these facilities , the fee shall not be beyond
the range of the middle class. Moreover, the triennial increase in the fee shall
not be more than 15% in any case.
(iii) The entire revenue of the institution shall be spent
on the development of the school and on the provision of latest facilities to
the students. Later, these earnings shall be used to promote education in our
country by forming a network of schools on the same lines.
5. A student shall be encouraged to specialize in such
areas of study as are congruous with his temperament and inclination.
6. School hours shall be longer than usual so that more
attention can be given to students and the trend of ‘private tution’ can be
7. Students shall not be given any homework so that they do
not dread going to school. They shall get ample opportunity to channel their
energies into sports and extra-curricular activities so that they grow up to be
healthy citizens of our country.
In this regard, it is also intended that the students shall
be instructed in reading the Holy Qur’ān at school so that this part of their
education may not be a burden to them at home. Moreover, general reading shall
be encouraged so that students read books of their interest and increase their
8. A library shall be established which shall have a large
collection of books on general and specific topics so that the students may use
them in addition to their text books to expand the horizons of their knowledge.
NAME OF THE INSTITUTION
The institution has been named after a companion of the
Prophet (sws), Mus’ab bin Umair, who was sent to Medina by the Prophet (sws) for
teaching Islam to its people. It was his work that sowed the seeds of Islam
there and it was in the wake of his work that the world saw the golden era of
our religion in its full splendour.
We pray that Mus’ab prove to be the first institution of
its kind to lay the foundations of an Islamic renaissance in our times.
May Allah help us to remain steadfast and to succeed in
achieving our object---Amen.
Wa mā tawakkalnā Ilā Allalah
(And we have placed our trust in none but Him).