As to what follows;
“We need doctors, we need engineers to advance ourselves & improve our current state of humiliation”.
The above quote is not from a book of history, rather these words were uttered in a Mosque in front of a jammah of Muslims who had gathered for their jummah prayer.
The khutba was dedicated to presenting a solution to the Muslims for our current sad state of affairs all over the world. I observed as many in the jammah nodded affirmatively and accepted the provided solution as the answer to all the ills faced by the Muslims. The khateeb had given them the revolutionary missing answer.
Yes, Muslims are humiliated. Yes, we are oppressed & tortured.
So, what is the solution? More doctors and more engineers according to this khateeb.
Such a mind set is a direct result of the failure of the Ulema to fulfill their responsibilities. The scholars of the Ummah today much like the khateeb on this particular Friday have failed to rightly guide the Muslims back to roots of our deen. There is a key message in the following hadith in regards to the Ulema and the scholars of Islam;
“A man came to Abu Darda (ra) while he was in Damascus. Abu Darda asked him, “What has brought you here my brother?” He replied, “A hadith which you relate from the Prophet (saw).” Abu Darda asked, “Have you come for some worldly need?” He replied, “No.” “You have come only to seek this hadith?” He replied, “Yes.” Abu Darda then said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah say:Dear brothers and sisters, the solution is certainly NOT more doctors & engineers. We are not lacking in any of those fields. In fact, as you will see below, inshAllah, the Ummah is churning out doctors & engineers like an industry on an annual basis & majority of them are not contributing positively to our problems. A $200 donation check does not count towards a “will cut it” sacrifice done in the name of Islam. And this is exactly what our doctors & engineers do at the end of the day. The masajid's raise their voices for donations for parking lost expansions to tarring of the roofs and out come the purses. Sure sadaqa is a halal ibadah, but it will not cure the illnesses of this Ummah.
"Whoever treads a path due to which he seeks knowledge, Allah will make him tread one of the paths towards Paradise. The angels lower their wings out of contentment for the seeker of knowledge; the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth, even the fish in the depths of the sea ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like the virtue of the moon on the night when it is full, over all of the stars. Indeed, the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets, and the prophets do not leave behind dinar nor dirham, but rather, they leave behind knowledge. So whoever takes it, has acquired an abundant portion" (Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi).
The land of the Muslims, from Egypt to Pakistan is littered with Universities, Colleges, and Technical Institutions that provide education on all levels of academia.
18 Public Universities, 28 Private Universities.
Ain Shams University
Founded in 1947, The Faculty of Medicine serves more than 6000 undergraduate students over the 6 years of undergraduate teaching, and more than 1500 post-graduate students (Diplomas, Master of Science in medicine & Medical Doctorate) in various academic and clinical departments.
56 Public Universities, 63 Private Universities
University of Engineering and Technology
Established 1921, some of the disciplines offered are, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering ,Mechatronics & Control Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, etc. Undergraduates: 4400, Postgraduates: 1600.
I hope we get the necessary idea from the above. I hope we realize that not only do we have enough doctors & engineers in the Ummah, in fact we have a surplus. Just visit the Arab nations in the Khaleej and you will find every hospital packed with imported doctors from Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, etc. Yes, they are working in professions that could easily be served by a kuffar. And in that case indeed we must have Muslims in those fields. However, no pack of doctors or engineers can ever stand before a tyrant & be successful in defeating his armed enforcers. Today the Ummah has placed all its hopes & aspirations in the professions that only serve the individual having little or no impact on uplifting the oppression of the Muslims.
I don't want to sound stereotypical here, but ask a parent from the Asian sub-continent regarding the profession his son/daughter is pursuing, the most common response is either “doctor!”-this or “engineer”-that. I'll take it a step further and say that if you ask the same parents what they hope for in a future bride/bridegroom, the frequently mentioned “expectation” (because it sometimes sounds like a requirement”) is “doctor” or “engineer”. I cannot recall a single instance when a prospective wife or husband was selected by the parents based on his or her piety. This is a malignant disease which requires much serious thought and attention.
Enough doctors & engineers, ya muslimoon! If we want to lift this Ummah from the depths that it has fallen into and advance it forward, then we must not follow the advice of those who are slaves of their desires, the misguided scholars. Those who cannot utter a word without first considering the likes & dislikes of the mosque's committee members or their tyrant King. Instead, our true ulema are those who without hesitation would make the same supreme sacrifices or noble Prophet(saw) made.
Ultimately, we must all understand that,
“History does not write its lines except with blood. Glory does not build its loft edifice except with skulls, Honor and respect cannot be established except on a foundation of cripples and corpses. Empires, distinguished peoples, states and societies cannot be established except with examples. Indeed those who think that they can change reality, or change societies, without blood, sacrifices and invalids, without pure, innocent souls, then they do not understand the essence of this Deen and they do not know the method of the best of the Messengers (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).”
(Sheikh Abdullah Azzam - Martyrs: The Building Blocks of Nations)
And Allah knows best.