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Whom Should We NOT Learn Religion From?

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Suppose there is a medical college in your city, where the students attend the classes and visit the library. But, there are no evaluations of students’ skills or understanding – no exams, no assignments, etc. They call themselves “Doctors” after attending 3 or 4 years. How much confidence would you have on these doctors?

This is post #2 in the “How  to Learn” Series. Post #1 is The Methodology of Seeking Knowledge

Importance of Evaluation:

Evaluation plays a critical role in the education. It identifies if a student

  1. Is motivated and has studied the subject / materials
  2. Has correctly understood the concepts (even attentive students can misunderstand a lecture)
  3. Can apply the concepts studied

Some forms of evaluation:

  1. Multiple Choice Questions (Objective)
  2. Essay-type questions
    Evaluation [critical thinking skills]

    Evaluation [critical thinking skills]

  3. Fill-in the Gaps
  4. Oral quizzes in the class
  5. Assignments
  6. Projects
  7. Make a presentation
  8. Group discussions

The problem with some preachers:

Say, “My Lord has only forbidden immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed – and sin, and oppression without right, and that you associate with Allah that for which He has not sent down authority, and that you say about Allah that which you do not know.” (Qur’an 7:33).

It is true that there is an acute shortage of qualified scholars. The void is filled by unqualified ones. And that’s a dangerous area. Can anyone give classes (series of lectures) on serious subjects after attending some lectures, or after reading a couple of books? Even if the person attempts to repeat what he heard, what is the guarantee that he has not misunderstood?

A degree from an Islamic University or an Ijaaza (traditional certification) confirms that the person has undergone some evaluation, and the teachers feel that the student has sufficient knowledge. Though degrees and ijaaza don’t affirm excellent knowledge or a perfect understanding, at least they affirm some attempts towards them.


Muhammad bin Seereen (RA) said: “This learning material is religion, so be careful whom you learn your religion from.”

Please avoid seeking knowledge from self-studied “Islamic scholars” who didn’t undergo some form of evaluation.

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Written by S Ibrahim

2013-07-08 at 11:05 AM

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