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Studying Mathematics Is Against Prophet Mohammed

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Koran Advocates Education Only On Islamic Theology

Malala Issue Stirred a Hornet in Pakistan

Malala’s tirade against the Talibans has stirred a hornet in Islamic society and particularly in Pakistan. Pakistan has always considered itself as the custodians of Islam. All the Muslim countries look forward to Pakistan to protect Islam from the Western countries, India and Israel. Pakistan society is divided in its judgement of the Malala issue. First of all what is Malala issue?

Malala Is Trying To Impose Hindu Culture in Pakistan

Malala, a 14-years old ninth standard girl in Pakistan wanted to continue her education. Talibans and Islamic scholars opposed it. She defied the Talibans and attended the school. While returning home in a school van, Malala was shot at close range but miraculously escaped. Talibans have threatened that they will kill her if she recovers again. Talibans and Islamic scholars consider Malala’s act as imitating Hindu culture as Hindu girls are encouraged to attend schools in the neighbouring India.

Muslim Girls Should Be Educated Only In Their Houses

Are the Talibans and the Islamic scholars right? Does Islamic condemn education for girls? No. The Holy Koran followed by the Muslims in fact encourages education. To be fair, Talibans are also not actually opposed to girls’ education. They are concerned only about two things namely what the girls study and where they study. The second question is easy to answer. Talibans want the girls to study at home. They feel that girls should be educated by their mothers or sisters or by a female teacher only at their homes. This is a correct interpretation of Islam as there are many restrictions for Muslim girls to go out. If at all a Muslim girl goes out, she should be accompanied by a male escort – father or grandfather or husband or son or brother. Therefore it is clear that a Pakistan girl is prohibited by Islamic from attending school.

Studying Mathematics Is Against Prophet Mohammed

Secondly even though the Holy Koran encourages education, it never advocates the Western education and particularly for girls. In Western education, the students are encouraged to study subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and other similar subjects. These subjects have text books in which images are printed. Islam is against images. This is clearly stated by the Prophet Mohammed. In Mathematics book, there are many images of triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, parallelograms etc. Pakistan girls will be committing a blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed if they study Mathematics. Similarly in Physics, Chemistry and Biology text books, there are many images which are against Islam.

Images Are Condemned In Islam

Some Muslims argue that Islam is only against idol worship and not against images of triangles, quadrilaterals etc. They say that no girl worships the image of triangles or quadrilaterals and hence such images are not against Islamic. But Islamic scholars and the Talibans argue that Islam has banned even the use of toys by children while playing. These toys are not worshipped by the children and are used only for playing. Still the Holy Koran condemns their use. Similarly even though the girls in Pakistan are not worshipping the images of triangles, quadrilaterals etc, they will be committing a sin against Prophet Mohammed if they study, copy and reproduce such images in their notebooks and answer sheets.

Don’t Impose Hindu Culture in Pakistan

I think this argument is quite correct. Many Pakistan people are also against imposing Western education on their girls. Forcing a girl in Pakistan to study Mathematics or Physics is akin to forcing them to commit a blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed. Pakistan girls are having highest regard and respect for their Prophet Mohammed. Every Pakistan girl considers it her duty to follow the principles of Prophet Mohammed. She is prepared to sacrifice her life for that. Moreover the Pakistan people know that Hindu girls study such subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and they do not want to follow Hindu culture in their Islamic society. Few people who clamour for Western education in support of Malala are actually anti-Islamic and want Hindu culture to flourish in Pakistan.

Koran Advocates Education Only On Islamic Theology

What is the final conclusion? The Holy Koran insists that education on Islamic theology, Holy Koran, Prophet Mohammed’s teachings and other related Islamic topics should be educated to Pakistan people. Islam is a great religion. Is Mathematics superior to Islam? Therefore the Talibans should enforce Islamic culture in Pakistan society and ensure that there is no deviation from it. If anybody deviates from it, strict punishment should be given to him/her. Sharia laws favour even stoning to death any person who has committed any blasphemous act against Prophet Mohammed

Comments 20 comments

Hammad 4 years ago

Baseless article.

Please quote references where it is mentioned that Islam is against modern education. In fact you can't because Islam advocates education, of all forms. If it wasn't then why it is the fastest growing religion in the world? ANSWER IT.

And that Malala issue has political backing to corroborate drone attacks in Pakistan in which 98% of the cases children and women are killed. Is it your level of humanity to kill children and women?


Gans 4 years ago

I don't approve everything that is written in the article here, but it is easy to answer your question though.

Lack of birth control! :)


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

Does hinduism favor equality between women and men? No. Does a woman have to bring a dowery to the man? Yes. Does India have the lowest rate of women's alphabetisation? Yes. Therefore does hinduism praise the inferiority of women? I don;t expect you to answer because it is a stupid question as was yours regarding islam.

Once again, as a mathematician, you are lacking of objectivity. What will it imply as for the quality of your hubs? Don't expect me to follow up, like last time on a conversation. You are not openminded enough for me since you are biased.


Suri 4 years ago

Screw Mohammed.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Reply to Hammad:

My article is baseless? I have a strong base in the Holy Koran and Prophet Mohammed's preaching. What more base you want to justify my contention? I have quoted the reference in my article that Islam is against images and hence studying modern educational topics like mathematics which involve images is taboo to Islam. Can you dispute my argument? Are you going to argue that Islam is not against images? Or are you going to argue that Islam is against all images other than mathematical images?

I agree with you that Islam advocates education. But this education is confined only to Islamic theology, Holy Koran, Prophet Mohammed's teachings and other allied subjects. In fact even though Prophet Mohammed lived in the seventh century AD, he was a messiah of Lord Allah and he could foresee that twenty first century education would involve study of images. That is why he banned the images in Islam altogether. Are you going to argue that Prophet Mohammed was not a visionary and his knowledge was limited only to the 7th Century? Then you are not a true Muslim. You say Islam advocates education of all forms. Can you prove that Islam is in support of sex education for girls?

Islam grew not because people loved it but because they were forced and converted into Islam at gun point. Less than ten per cent of the people voluntarily opted for Islam. Some other people converted into Islam for technical reasons to avoid punishment. In India for example, it is a crime to marry a lady as one's second wife if he is a Hindu. In order to avoid the punishment, the person converts himself and his wife to Islam as Muslims are permitted to have more than one wife.

Inspite of all these things, Islam is not the top religion of the world. It is Christianity and not Islam that is number one religion in the world. You talk about humanity when it concerns to killing of children and women. But Prophet Mohammed and Islam have advocated even the punishment of stoning a woman to death if she commits a crime of acting against the preachings of Prophet Mohammed. Then do you consider Prophet Mohammed as inhuman? Does humanity involves only concern about women and children and not grown up males?


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

I have replied to your comments


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

I agree with Gans that lack of birth control is one of the main reasons for the proliferation of the Muslim population. In fact if this trend goes unchecked, Britain will become an Islamic Republic in two to three decades. In 1948, there were only 10000 Muslims in Britain. But the number swelled to 2.3 million in 1998. Today the figure is even higher. Muslims in Britain are planning to multiply their population fast and capture power in London. Once they succeed in their mission, Britain will become a satellite of Pakistan. God save the Queen.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

If people worry about the spread of one religion among others why not refer to hinduism. More and more Westerners are adopting or are dressed in orange sheets grumbling ave khrishna and dancing like idiots. It is worrying me, is it what we became? Clowns? What are we becoming India's satellites to their malicious spread of their religion, their culture, their ostracism towards women... I'm adopting here, your language, very racist indeed!


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Yes, Hinduism favours equality between women and men. India had a woman Hindu Prime Minister who ruled for many years. Can a woman become the President in USA? In many Hindu communities, it is the other way round. The bridegroom has to pay dowry to the bride. Does India have the lowest rate of women's alphabetisation? No. There are many other countries that are below India in this regard. Hinduism does not praise the inferiority of women. On the other hand Hinduism worships women. There are many Goddesses people worship. Women are respected and adored in Hindu society. You say you don't expect me to answer your questions. But I am not afraid of answering them. I have answered all the points raised by you. You say my observations about Islam are stupid. But you have not stated specifically what points are stupid. If you state them, I can answer and clarify.

You have not stated what objectivity I am lacking as a mathematician. Being a mathematician does not mean one should not point out the truth about Islam. As for the quality of my hubs, I am receiving a welcome response - either appreciation or criticism for many of my articles. I feel pointing out the truth - even if it is bitter - will improve the quality of one's articles whether it is the hubpages or any other website. You don't want me to expect you to follow up like last time on a conversation. I never expect anything like that either from you or from anybody else. To follow up or not is your democratic right and you can exercise your right. You say I am not openmined for you. Well, you are entitled to have your opinions and I do not care for it. You say I am biased. You have not stated in what way I am biased. If you state that I can reply and clarify my point. Say clearly whether I am biased against Pakistan or Talibans or Islam or Prophet Mohammed or India or Hindus or USA or mathematics.

The problem in responding to the views of people like you is that you divert from the main topic and talk something else. The main topic of my article was whether Islam permits modern education or not. Instead of taking a pro or con view on this topic of discussion, you have diverted into dowry in Hindu Society and other matters. In your next response you will be talking about social evils in India and I will be, in my response, pointing out the racial discrimination in USA and how black people are considered as inferior by white people who dominate the American society. The main topic will be forgotten and we will be fighting a fierce battle over which country has more social evils - India or USA. I am of course ready for such a debate and I do not shy away from it. I cannot force anybody to stick to the main topic of the article. It is upto the person to write any comments involving any topic or issue. For example if I write an article about Islam and women's rights, a reader can comment on the latest cricket match between Australia and South Africa and argue that South Africa are better cricketing team than Australia. I will be forced to reply to such a response as it is my principle not to shy away from any discussion. Then the discussion will slide into cricketing issues and not about Islam or women's rights.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Reply to Suri

Who has to screw Mohammed and for what reason? Even the Muslims are confused whether to follow Prophet Mohammed or not. Take for example Prophet Mohammed's recommendation for stringent punishment for crimes including stoning to death, cutting off the limbs, blinding one or both the eyes etc. Pakistan people are confused whether to follow these punishments or not. They do not like to have these inhuman punishments in their country. But at the same time they are also afraid that rejecting these punishments will tantamount to accepting that Prophet Mohammed was cruel. They are caught in a dilemma. Ask any Pakistani about this issue and he will be hard put to answer it.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Reply to maxoxam41:

I have replied to you as follows:


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Who is worrying about spread of one religion among others? You have not specified about this. I am not worried about this. If you say which people are worried about this phenomenon, I can comment. Yes, more and more Westerners are adopting Hinduism and dressed in orange and chanting Hare Krishna (not ave khrishna as you stated). They are also dancing. You call them idiots. I call them as enlightened people. You call them clowns. I call them sensible people. There is no forcible conversion involved here. Nobody in fact converted them. They have opted out to be Hindus realising the immense virtues of Hinduism. You say women are ostracized in India. I say women are in the forefront in India. Women are empowered in every walk of life in India. Hinduism gives democratic rights to its followers. For example which God to worship? Christianity says Jesus Christ. Islam says Lord Allah. Hinduism does not recommend any God. A Hindu can choose his own God to workshp. There is no such system like Sunday Church Service or five times Namaaz in Islam in Hinduism. One can go to any temple at any time on any day and offer prayers. There is no specific method of prayer. I have given only few examples. On seeing the immense freedom available in Hinduism, the Westerners are converting themselves as Hindus and there is nothing wrong in it. Calling them clowns and idiots reveals lack of your knowledge about Hinduism as well as Westerners.


Atanu 4 years ago

To the various epithets that adorn India such as “the most populous democracy” and “Land of elephants and tigers” must be added “the Land of the largest bunch of retards” and “Home of the most hypocritical governments in the world”.

They are related thusly. The retards vote the hypocritical governments into power with sickening predictability, and in turn the governments make sure that the retards stay uninformed and retarded.

The governments routinely divide the population along religious lines with total impunity. What’s really surprising is that the government discriminates against the people of the majority religion –the Hindus – and is openly biased towards the largest religious minority – the Muslims.

One would have thought that in a democracy where an overwhelming majority is Hindu, the governments would at least be not biased against Hindus. At the very least they would make sure the Hindus don’t feel like second-class citizens in the only country that Hindus have.

I am forced to the conclusion that India is a basically a land of retards ruled by hypocrites. The most important aspect of the retarded, as I have mentioned before, is that they elect governments that do their best to keep Indians poor. India is poor because of the policies that the governments choose. India is poor by choice. All the talk and all the actions of the governments have always been almost diametrically opposite of those that would promote economic growth and consequently development. I think it was Milton Friedman who noted that for any economy to prosper, what it has to do is to implement the policies that are exactly the opposite of India’s.

In any case, right now I want to get to another matter that illustrates the retarded character of the Indian public. It is this: they give ammunition for others to use against them.

Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus: An Alternative History” must make fascinating reading to some. I know precious little history, including Hindu history. I know even less about psycho-sexual Freudian theories. To me they appear to be two separate domains, something like the separation between the domains of quantum mechanics and natural healing.

According to some, Doniger gets off on writing about weird sexual practices and concocting fabulous theories about the sexual meaning of ordinary tales of Hindu mythological figures. Whatever floats her boat, I say. If she wants to connect the psycho-sexual and Hindu mythology, that’s her prerogative. As far as I am concerned, the book fills a much-needed gap, as Moses Hadas (1900-1960) had said about some other book. And like he said, “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Does a woman who does not agree with the 'rules' and wishes to broaden her understanding of life, be shot in the head, or stoned to death? A simple question, which requires a simple answer. NO!

Graham.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Reply to Atanu:

Brilliant analysis. Sheer brilliance. I agree with every word you have written. Best wishes to you.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Brilliant analysis. Sheer brilliance. I agree with every word you have written. Best wishes to you.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

If you are working in a company and do not like its rules (say like working in night shift), you should quit the company and find job in a firm that best suits you. There is no point in grumbling about the rules and still continue working in it. Similarly Islam prescribes some rules and regulations and imposes strict punishment on those who violate the rules. If a Muslim does not like the rules, let him or her quit the religion and convert to other religions and follow whatever they want. Do not blame Islam or Prophet Mohammed or Islamic rules while you remain as a Muslim. Be loyal to your religion and the Prophet and the Holy Koran. The punishments like stoning to death may be crude and severe and appear even inhuman. But that is what Islam prescribes and you have to accept it. Whether it is a woman or child, the person deserves the crude punishment if he or she violates the preachings of Prophet Mohammed. So the simple answer to your question is YES.


Rudy 4 years ago

The Koran states the punishment for leaving Islam is death. So much for your changing jobs comparison. The people born into that evil religion are basically screwed.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Reply to Rudy:

Your observations are quite correct and I fully agree with you. If a single person of group of people leave Islam, they will be killed. There is no doubt about that. But if a mass exodus takes place nothing can prevent it. If somebody tries to kill the mass moving away from Islam, then they will be killed. The fury of a mass is incomparable.

But how can this happen? For anything to happen, there should be a trigger. Some bold people should first come out of Islam and then persuade others also to follow suit. This can happen at any time. Till then we have to be patient.


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