Imam W D. Mohammed Commentary of Education:
This is Al Islam, and this is the Qur’an. The most important tool in the Qur’an is the tool of education. The most important tool in the effort to advance the ummah, the community of Al Islam or the ummah (community) of Muhammed is education.*
Hadith of Muhammed the Prophet, Narrated by Uthman (May Allah be pleased with him)
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The Best among you (Muslim) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it."**
The Qur’an Surah Al Alaq verse 1-5
ٱقْرَأْ بِٱسْمِ رَبِّكَ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ
Read in the Name of your Lord who created.
خَلَقَ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ
Created man from a clinging substance.
ٱقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ ٱلْأَكْرَمُ
Read, and your Lord is the Most Generous.
ٱلَّذِى عَلَّمَ بِٱلْقَلَمِ
Who taught by the pen.
عَلَّمَ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ
Taught man that which he knew not.
*Education: A Sacred Matter, Edited By: Ronald B. Shaheed, Pg11
**Sahih Al Bukhari 5027, Book 66, Hadith 49
Imam W D. Mohammed:
The key is to work for excellence of human nature, for the excellent future and destiny of human beings on this earth. When you work for that, you are working in accord with what G-d’s Purpose is for you being on this earth. You are in accordance with His Will. And He is going to be with you, His Spirit is with you.
Surah Adh- Dhariyat verse 56
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ ٱلْجِنَّ وَٱلْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
And I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me.
Abu Zubair said:
"I heard 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubair saying on the pulpit: When the Prophet (ﷺ) finished the prayer, he used to say (at the end of the prayer): 'There is no God but Allah, Alone, Who has no partner, to Him belongs the Kingdom, to Him praise is due, and He is Omnipotent. There is no God but Allah to Whom we are sincere in devotion, even though the infidels should disapprove. To Him belongs wealth, to Him belongs grace and to Him is worthy accorded. There is no god but Allah to Whom we are sincere in devotion, even though infidels should disapprove."
Imam W D. Mohammed:
When reading the Qur'an we say, Sadaqullahul ‘ Atheem. And Zakat (Charity) is directly connected to ethics, meaning ethical conduct, associated with ethics. It means involvement of high moral sense and rational sense. Clean and intelligent altogether, these are the meanings that are locked up in the Zakat (Charity).
Surah Al Baqarah verse 3
ٱلَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱلْغَيْبِ وَيُقِيمُونَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَـٰهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ
Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them.
Hadith of the Prophet
Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
"You’re smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. You’re seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. You’re pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you."