Madrasah Viral Video: A Worrisome Concern to the Whole Islamic Educational Centers

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Madrasah Viral Video: A Worrisome Concern to the Whole Islamic Educational Centers

By Muhammad Fatiu Ayomi

I am being reliably informed that the Kwara State Government (KWSG) has constituted a committee to look into issues surrounding the dehumanisation clearly displayed in the viral video. Also, information reaching me has it that the authorities of the Madrasah have been suspended pending the determination of the issue.

This move is a laudable one, and Kwara State Government should be commended for their swift response. Being an advocate against corporal punishment, especially in basic and intermediate schools, I find the dehumanising act of the Arabic teachers very barbaric, savage, and inhumane.

Strictly speaking, Islam has not in any manner, canonized the use of brutal punishment as a form of correcting any wrongdoings committed by its adherents. The only exception to these are punishment for hudud_ offenses such as Zina, Alcohol, Slander, Theft among many others. Even, in these outlined offenses, a critical investigation must have been carried out and an outcome of a just and unbiased agreement must have been reached.

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While we look forward to seeing that justice is done, in order to forestall any future reoccurrence, we are of a firm and solid stance, that Islam has not in any way, maintained or advocated the use of force, hard treatment, or inhuman dealing on anybody.

This dehumanising act, as clearly displayed to me in the videos, came to many as a rude shock, as no one could ever imagine that such treatment still exists in this 21st century, where the call for Islamic education has incessantly been faced with low patronage and or with little or no keen interest by some parents who are of the belief, that little knowledge about Islamic values is enough; hence, they placed a more priority on western education above Islamic education. The authorities of the Madrasah in question has with all their sense of defense, tried to justify the action with some rather illogical rationales, which any reasonable and sane person would have rejected in its entirety.

Historically, the use of hard treatment and corporal punishment in our educational establishments is as old as the establishment itself. It is widely observed that pupils are brought up in different homes while the school serves as a unifying ground for collective discipline. Hence, many teachers find corporal punishment as an effective means of imposing discipline on students. This is often condemned and frowned at by the liberal Islamic instructors, who after carefully understudying the roots cause of atrocious behaviors among students, realized that meeting dissident behaviors with brutal reactions will only worsen the human situational development in such errant students.

It is also against the backdrop of this violation of the right to dignity, that majority of emerging Islamic scholars, in totality, go against the use of brazen force on errant students, as such was not the teaching of the noble Prophet of Islam (may the peace of Allah be unto him).

It is now surprising to see such barbaric, un-Islamic and absurd practice having its ways in the domain of the Islamic preachers and promoters. The world needs massive literature in the propagation of Islamic education and values; a move which many scholars are ferocious about, in an effort to create a seeming environment for the acquisition of Islamic education and culture. Any effort to truncate this movement must be met with a wild literary disposition.

Going forward, I call on all stakeholders, as a matter of necessity and urgency, to stand up in rescuing the dieing desire in Islamic education acquisition. They should come and rescue the abhorrent situation involving the use of Islamic study centers as avenues to unleash mayhem on the young student population. The establishment of a standard monitoring board should be looked into, as a means to checking the activities of the study centers. Equally, governmental legislation that has inputs of the best trained and informed Islamic stakeholders be enacted, while creation of the body, that will look into such matters affecting the establishment, operation, and maintenance of Islamic study centers, be created.

Muhammad Fatiu Ayomi is an Islamic Education Instructor, Rights Activist, Public Affairs Analyst, Legal Advocate, Diplomatic Historian, and a well-informed youth.

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