Efforts of Hazrat Musleh Mau‘ūd(ra) to Promote Education
By: Muhammad Danial
“If we are to prosper, then we must increase the standard of education” (Hazrat Musleh Mau‘ūdra)
Hazrat Mirzā Bashīr-ud-Dīn Mahmūd Ahmad, Khalīfatul-Masīh II, Musleh Mau‘ūdra was a man of extraordinary intelligence and insight. His love for the acquisition of knowledge inspired him to organize a comprehensive syllabus and establish extraordinary institutes which would later revolutionize the education standard of the Jamā‘at.
General education of Jamā‘at The objective was to inspire the Jamā‘at to acquire new heights and expand their horizons. Therefore, Hazrat Musleh Mau‘ūdra introduced a detailed syllabus to inspire members of the Jamā‘at to attain excellence in education. The syllabus was divided into diverse sub-categories intended for every member, separated for men and women, from children, students, to adults.
To meet the needs of time, secular subjects were introduced which corresponded to the contemporary world. In light of this, Hazrat Musleh Mau‘ūdra stated:
“In my opinion, the time has come for us to focus particularly on expanding our minds… the time has now come for every member of the community to work through a programme of learning that takes the need of the time into consideration and thereby improve his standard. For this reason I thought that after the completion of the new headquarters I would establish an organization to train the members of the community so that everyone could easily become fully conversant with ethics, beliefs, religion and secular knowledge… such a nation can never prosper in which only a few of its individuals are scholars. If we are to prosper then we must increase the standard of education.”
To achieve this, through the instructions of Hazrat Musleh Mau‘ūdra, a series of books pertaining to all fundamental points from every branch of knowledge were created. The vast categories of these books consisted of the histories of many countries and religions, the histories of empires and ancient civilizations, even the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(sa) and his companions, and the life of the Promised Messiah(as) and his companions.
Education of women Hazrat Musleh Mau’ūdra constantly strove to enhance the education of women. He strongly believed that a community cannot achieve progression unless its women were adequately educated. Efforts were made to educate women in religious and secular studies in 1925, and by the grace of Almighty God, these young Ahmadī girls were the first to pass the “Fādil” level exams in sizable numbers in all of India. High school education for girls proved to be outstanding; therefore, the Nusrat Girls High School
was established in 1928.
Ta’līmul Islām College On December 6, 1954, the Ta’līmul Islām College, Rabwah, was inaugurated by Hazrat Musleh Mau’ūdra. Renowned as one of the very best colleges in the region, its library contained a vast collection of the latest additions of textbooks. Postgraduate classes in advanced physics degrees were introduced in the early 1960s, making it the only institution in Punjab, aside from the Punjab University itself, to provide preparation in advanced physics at the master’s level. Ta’līmul Islām College was recognized throughout Pakistan for its numerous activities such as inter-college debates, Urdu conferences frequented by eminent Urdu writers and poets from the subcontinent. All-Pakistan sports competitions were held including basketball and
rowing, in which the college defended the championship for several years.
Conclusion It would require many volumes of books to accurately cover the achievements and efforts of Hazrat Musleh Mau’ūdra in the field of education. Suffice it to say that his immense love for the acquisition of knowledge inspired the Jamā’at to reach remarkable heights. Ahmadīs in Pakistan have a 99% literacy rate whereas the rest of Pakistan is at a woeful 58%. Hazrat Musleh Mau’ūdra made vigorous efforts to enhance the standard of education in the Jamā‘at and especially amongst the youth. We are all a witness to the accomplishments of Hazrat Khalīfatul-Masīh IIra, and his efforts continue to bear fruit for this blessed community. Āmīn