An Islamic scholar and assistant senior missioner at the Ikotun branch of Nasril-Lahi-L-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), Imam Abubakar Abdulsalam (AL-Badawi) has condemned the level of illiteracy among Muslims, lamenting that such was primarily responsibility for the battered image of the religion across the world today.
He explained that if Muslims across ages had subjected themselves to Islamic educations and teachings and complimented it with Western education, it would have been easier for them to rise up against all the fictitious demonization of the faith by its detractors.
To address this anomaly however, the cleric has launched an Islamic/Arabic literary material, titled “Qa’ Idatul-Badawiya Al-Badawiy (Al-Badawiy’s Demystification of Arabic Reading.” Speaking at the launching, held shortly after the weekly prayer session at the Ikotun NASFAT in Lagos last week, Abdulsalam said the motive of writing the 62-page ABC of Islamic
education and Arabic language was to stimulate interest of Muslims to studying the religion, with the intention of promoting better understanding and representation.
According to him, the major obstacle hindering widespread acceptance of the Islamic religion today was because of the inability of the people to comprehend and correctly interpret the letters in Quran and Hadiths.
“The motive behind the piece is to educate more people about Islam. To do this, I have discovered that it is naturally difficult for many people to grasp the Arabic letters, which is the language of Quran and Islam, hence their jettisoning of the religion. I have personally experienced this difficulties myself while in Madrasah (Islamic School). And upon overcoming it, I have vowed to help the situation.
“However, the most important benefit of the piece is to simplify Arabic language for all and sundry. Because Arabic is the language of Quran and Islamic teachings and inability of many to understand the twisted wordings has deprived them better understanding of the religion.
“More importantly, the book is good for Islamic teachers because it is written in a way to encourage beginners to be able to read and Quran in less than three months,” he added.