Title: Syed Abul Aa’la Maudoodi’s philosophical thoughts and its implication to educational System.
Syed Abul Aa’la Maudoodi’s was a reformer and the great philosopher of the Twentieth Century. He was a profuse writer and is credited with literally hundreds of works on a diverse range of issues including Quranic exegesis, hadith, law, philosophy and history. Literally, he has discussed every section of human life in the light of Islam in his literature. His simple answers to complex problems have a wide appeal. Moral development was the main theme of his thought. He has successfully proved that Islam and the Islamic education is the only solution for humankind. He started to write the world famous tafsir (Quranic interpretation) Tafhim’ul Quran in the base of four correlative ideas. He believed essential to understand Quran: Ilah (divine), Rab (Lord), Ibadah (worship) and Din (religion). Fundamental philosophical thoughts rooted in Islam that (i) ultimate reality is Allah (swt); (ii) ultimate source of knowledge is manifestation (wahi); (iii) every person is a Representative (khalifah) of Allah (swt) and every person is responsible for his responsibilities infront of Allah (swt).
He desired to build the character of the youngsters of Muslim Nation (ummah) in the light of Islamic philosophy of life. Syed Maududi holds that education is the gateway to revolution. Education is the only means by which milieu is created for bringing about the necessary changes and improvements. Syed Maududi contends that the thesis of education should be based on the following aims: ? Strengthening the truthfulness of Islam in the hearts of students. ? Forming the character of students in Islamic context. ? Producing creative individuals. ? Transmitting the culture to younger generation
Particularly, he has indicated the faults of the contemporary modern educational system as well as of the religious educational system. He proposed a realistic and welfare education based on the principle of Islam amalgamating the modern and religious educational system. He proposed the educational system for all levels. His philosophy of education has tremendous significance for the educational system of his own country Pakistan as well as many regions of the world. This paper presents an effort of Syed Abul Aa’la Maudoodi’s philosophical thoughts and its implication to educational System.