Mar 20, 2021

What year did Islamic studies begin in UPSC exam | Reflections On The Nature Of Muslim Leadership 659 Words

Islamic studies begin in UPSC exam of India:

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If we look back from the UPSC exam of India, we see that India hosted the first ever state-level exam for Muslim scholars. The exam was taken in 1930 and the results were announced in 1930. It was a state-level exam. This gave rise to the belief that India would be a great melting pot of Islamic scholars.

What year did Islamic studies begin in UPSC exam of India? Did this event change the way Muslim scholars approached the world?

What year did Islamic studies begin in UPSC exam

Muslim Scholar Educational Status:

If we consider the Muslim scholar community today, we see a large community of highly educated men and women. They have worked hard to attain this level of knowledge. They have mastered the Koran and the Hadith and can quote from each of these documents as well. But can this highly educated community identify itself? No, because it is a community not a sect. It defines itself through a political statement not by academic definition. The community is divided on the question of the Khalifah. There are some who firmly believe in the Khalifah and do not recognize others.

Debate in Muslim Community:

It is worth noting that this debate in the Muslim community is ongoing. And so is the debate about the State of the ummah.

  1.  At one end of the spectrum you have the Dawah and Imams who have worked out their political position, and are committed to the idea of a Khalifah, who will rule the ummah when the Prophet is no more.
  2.  At the other end of the spectrum you have those who believe the ummah can survive and can exist without a Khalifah, who believe the current leadership can do the job just fine, and who oppose those who wish to see the Khalifah in office.
  3. There is much disagreement about the status of the Khalifah among the Muslim scholars. This was the issue that tore the Muslim Ummah apart in the days of the first two Caliphs.

So the debate continues, this debate about leadership, power and control. A Muslim Ummah split and divided, because of the different ideas of leadership and control.

This, I believe, is the lesson that we must learn from these tragedies that befall us. This too must be a lesson that we must learn. That Muslim Ummah as a whole is not equipped to deal with the challenges of the modern world. That we must look each other in the face and address the issues of our times with maturity and determination, but we do so with prudence. We act, not impetuously, but with forethought and caution. We act as a group.

Challenges for Muslim Ummah:

This is a lesson we must learn. That the whole Muslim Ummah is not equipped to deal with these challenges. That we need to look each other in the face and make a united decision. With prudence and caution, for it is of the nature of the Muslim Ummah to split and divide. That the leadership must be an individual. That the leader of the Muslim Ummah must act as an individual. And that we must act as a group, as a whole Muslim Ummah, not as individuals.

Muslim Ummah and Need of Hour:

As we prepare ourselves to act as a group we must also reflect and ponder on the nature of the leader of the Muslim Umma. We need to reflect and contemplate on the activity of Muslim leaders. Muslim leaders need to do to lead and support each other in their service to Allah. We need to ponder and remember what our leader of the Muslim Umma needs to do to make us stronger. We need to consider the tasks of the leader of the Umma that the whole Muslim Umma, the whole Muslim Umma, needs to do.

This is also the subject of another article. Till then please continue to pray for the well-being and success of our Muslim leaders. And please continue to believe and trust and commit yourself to that leader that is able to give you the strength to face these modern challenges.

This may be true for us too.

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