“The one who imparts Ilm to a person who is not fit for it, is like one
who garlands swines with diamonds, pearls and gold.”
These are the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Two sets of persons are severely castigated in this Hadith: Asaatizah (Deeni Teachers) and Talaba (students). An Ustaadh who imparts Ilm, i.e. higher Ilm, to persons who lack the ability and attributes for bearing this sacred Amaanat, is compared to a person who garlands pigs with necklaces of diamonds, pearls and gold. The student with corrupt motives is likened to a swine, and the Ustaad to a man who garlands the swine with a priceless necklace.
The Muhtamim and Asaatizah of a Madrasah have a great, delicate and sacred amaanat to fulfil. Their mission is not to ensure that the Madrasah boasts of a huge student roll. It is the incu mbent obligation of the Muhtamim and Asaatizah to strive to produce Ulama in the meaning of the Qur’aan. Allah Ta’ala states:
“Verily, of the servants of Allah, only the Ulama fear Him.”
In this era, the emphasis is on zaahiriyyat (external and superficial accomplishments) such as ability to speak and write Arabic and ability to speak in public. The Baatin (spiritual dimension) of the Deen and Ilm has been totally forgotten or ignored. There is no emphasis in the Madaaris on Islaah of the Nafs (moral reformation). Hence, by far and large, the products who emerge from the portals of the Madaaris are grossly deficient in Ilm and totally bereft of Akhlaaq-e-Hameedah. They lack understanding of the elevated rank of Ilm. They, therefore, hanker after the scraps of paper which kuffaar universities dole out as ‘certificates of qualification’.
It is the bounden duty of the Muhtamim and Asaatizah to impress the superiority and elevated status of Ilm-e-Deen, and the gross inferiority of the type of university education which the ‘asses’ (this is the Qur’aanic epithet for these molvis) and the ‘swines’ (this is the Hadith’s epithet) pursue after they have completed their stint at Madrasah. It is imperative to inculcate in the Talaba an aversion for the scrap ‘knowledge’ which the fussaaq and fujjaar impart. Just as Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) would create an aversion for the mansab of qadha (judicial posts), so too should an aversion for kuffaar education be embedded in the hearts of the students.
Those Madrasah products who so despicably seek to augment their Madrasah-knowledge with the haraam ‘islamic courses’ offered by kuffaar secular institutions are spiritually and mentally deranged. They have lost their Imaani bearings and are incapable of differentiating between Haqq and Baatil. No naseehat will benefit them. In the words of the Qur’aan Majeed, they are worse than the dumb animals. It is therefore of imperative importance, that the authorities at Madaaris, see and understand the threat to the Deen which these deviates and slaves of the nafs are posing. It is the Waajib obligation of the Asaatizah in the Madaaris to address this evil development among their students.
If these slaves of western culture refuse to heed admonition, their Asaatizah should openly sever all relationship with them. At the same time it is Waajib to endeavour that the present crop of students still in the Madaaris gain a proper understanding of the value and lofty status of Deeni Ilm so that they do not follow the ‘asses’ to bring disrepute to the Deen and humiliation on themselves by subordinating their Ilm of Nubuwwat – Ilm-e-Wahi – to the carrion of this dunya.[Mujlisul Ulama]