What is a Daarul Uloom?

What is the meaning of Daarul Uloom? The literal meaning of the term is ‘The House of Knowledge’. A Daarul Uloom is an Islamic institution of learning where the Knowledge of the Qur’aan and Ahaadith are imparted. It is an Abode from whose portals the Heirs and Representatives of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) are supposed to emerge with the Noor of Ilm-e-Wahi embedded in their hearts and permeating their physical bodies whose minds and limbs are synchronized to function in strict accord and submission to the letter and ethos of that Knowledge which was divinely delivered to Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) in Ghaar-e-Hira. 

A genuine Daarul Uloom is supposed to be a Khaanqah where the bestial attributes of the evil nafs are subdued and overwhelmed. The nafs is thus adorned with the lofty attributes of moral excellence (Akhlaaq-e-Hameedah). 

The Daarul Uloom is supposed to be the Bastion of the Deen where the Shariah is guarded and defended from intrusion by fisq, fujoor, bid’ah and kufr. This sacred Institution safeguards the Deen against the satanic misinterpretations of the agents of Iblees. 

The Daarul Uloom is an Institution established for gaining the objectives of the Aakhirah by solidifying and beautifying the Bond between the Muslim and Allah Ta’ala. This Institution therefore inculcates or is supposed to inculcate in its Talaba (Students) the love for the Aakhirat and an aversion for worldly love. 

This is the nature of a Daarul Uloom.

When a Daarul Uloom is denatured, then it is transformed into Daarush Shaitaan from whence issues a multitude of agents of Shaitaan donning the outward garb of the Deen – beards, turbans and kurtahs. Most of the human shayaateen prowling the globe in this age are products who have emerged from Daarul Ulooms where the dunya has become the objective, where the Knowledge of the Deen is no longer being pursued for the Aakhirat – for Allah’s Sake – where the objective is monetary pursuit and self-aggrandizement. 

This is precisely the objective why the Madaaris in Pakistan had raised the clamour for equating the Alim-Faadhil Certificate with the scrap donkey M.A. degree. The objective for this satanic endeavour, which has been fulfilled, is to facilitate the molvi products if these institutions getting jobs in the Arab countries. The Daarul Ulooms of this day and their Ulama in general, have effectively become signs of Qiyaamah mentioned in the Hadith: 

“The dunya will be pursued with the amal of the Deen, and Knowledge of the Deen will be acquired for purposes other than the Deen.” 

[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]

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