Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Status of teachers in Islam

Our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) introduced himself as a teacher. Almighty says: “Like (a favour which you have already received) in that We have sent among you a Messenger of your own, rehearsing to you Our verses, and purifying you, and instructing you in scripture and wisdom, and in new knowledge.” (Sura Al-Baqarah: Ayat 151). Almighty Allah mentioned this objective of mission: The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were to teach the Book, the wisdom and unknown things. Thus, he was sent among men as a teacher as well.


It is all known, he who teaches is a teacher. The most respected and dignified profession in the world is teaching. Teachers are the architect of a nation. A teacher is a man of obedience and respect. Teachers can very easily decide what they want the nation to look like and educate the masses accordingly. They have the ability and the strength to fight the odds and make the nation powerful. They are the people behind the world’s development. Imam Ghazali used to say “Teachers are not kings but they know how to make kings.” It’s only a teacher who can transform a simple boy into the likes of Pluto, Aristotle, Einstein, Wordsworth and many more.


Teaching as a profession is probably the most challenging one. One has to have good communication skills, managerial skills, reading and writing skills, storytelling skills, everything. Teachers have selflessly and courageously chosen the path where they will always be working for mankind and for its good. According to the modern techniques of teaching, a person is a good teacher must necessarily be • Profoundly learned.  • Uses novel and attractive methods. • Gives examples. • Utilises the surroundings. • Cultivates knowledge always. • Keeps in touch with current affairs. • Takes part in such other activities as to boost up intellect. • Creates among students an interest for learning.  • Not scolds, punishes or beats the students. A prominent Sahabi, Muwiyya Ibnul Hakam As- Sulani (Ra) says about Rasul (pbuh), “I have never come across a teacher more excellent then him either before or after him. By Allah Subhanahu Taa’la, he did not scold, beat or call me names.”[Muslim]


The Prophet’s teaching covered a very large area. He had to be a teacher at any possible time and place. He had learners of all age groups and all levels. Therefore, his educational activities had a much more complex structure. Once, the Prophet (pbuh) entered the mosque before the prayer time. He found two groups in the Mosque. In one group some were busy with praying; some were reading the holy Qur’an and some others were supplicating. The other group was busy in learning. They were learning how to read and write and discussing the teachings of Islam and their applications in the daily life. Looking at both, the Prophet (pbuh) said, “They are both engaged in useful pursuits. But I am a teacher. I shall join the group assembled for learning.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari).
However, Islam has paid considerable attention and status to teachers for their being the first brick in the structure of social development and the cause of guiding and developing behaviours and mentalities of individuals and communities towards the goals.


The writer is a religious teacher at Core Care & coordinator of Mentor English Language Institute, Kushtia