Facilitating Islamic / Hawza students Problems

There are many Islamic students that are badly trapped in life. When these people left their homes, parents, country they had in mind that they will learn and then deliver back to their nations. But when they went to Hawza at that time they had less requirements for personal life (being young & unmarried) and also no knowledge about how they are supposed to deliver knowledge & sustain themselves at the same time. Their focus was to acquire the knowledge initially. By the time (10 yrs. to 20Yrs.)they acquired knowledge they also realized that they have financial requirements to sustain their families. Also, they realized that if they go back to their homes now then the ways to earn a living are far too less. One of the major ways that the people want them to survive is charity. Obviously, they are trapped in such a situation. They have spent 10-20Yrs. of the best part of their lives to learn. But now they are unable to spread the learning because of total lack of opportunity.
Whatever little opportunities are available are only there for the big names and mostly for great orators. How do we expect the new generation of Islamic students to come out and benefit the community. Hence, most of these students leave their mission in life and take employment in some other field or start businesses full-time, some others do not leave their field but leave confidence in themselves and start living a retired life like serving only as Imam Jamaat, some have to resort to asking money from people to manage their expenses, etc. It is also not good to ask a person fully involved in religious work to come out of his domain and take employment in a commercial venture.
This ways, the community is losing good human resource non-stop. The student (in a way) has lost his 10-20Yrs. of life and the community has lost the talent acquired in these years. Money will not be able to get back the talent lost and the community will have to again wait for 10-20Yrs. to get similar talent.
Also importantly, the above will greatly discourage brilliant minds to enter the Hawza. We will start getting mostly awful minds entering the Hawza. Obviously, if such a thing happens then we cannot expect much from the output of the Hawzas.

Hence, we need to identify these talented students at the right time, then provide them opportunities - to serve the community and get reasonable financial returns. If we do this for first 2-3years when a talented student comes back from Hawza then he will get settled and there will be many who will understand his importance and start working together with him. We can leave this student and then start holding the hand of another similar student that wants to start his new stage in life of delivering what he has learnt.

Similarly, there is a new generation of students who have come back to their homelands/ are planning to come back to their homelands and establish a madressa / other organizations. They fail for many years because they are not given the due importance because they are new for the community. We must realize the importance of what this new generation of students are doing and provide support to their projects. Once they are successful in their first 2-3 years of project/s then there will be many people from our community to hold-up their projects for them. But initially is the difficult time that decides the fate of the student. Hence, we should try and come into the picture at this particular time in the earliest possible stage.

There are many individuals and organizations who are not very famous/ old. Because they are not famous or are new (though promising), they get killed/ lost without any help. You try to identify them & help them if you can. Seed money to such individuals or organizations is very vital now and will bear lot of results for a long-time. Once they too become famous or old in the field then there will come many more hands that hold them.

Mujtahideen already have a financial system in place for sponsoring/ enabling the living of those who are: firstly learning and then working for the cause of Allah s.w.t. (henceforth called as ‘worker’). Based on the limited funding available, this system is more robust in case of students who are learning in the howza for the cause of Allah s.w.t. so as to be able to utilize this learning in the future. This system is relatively shaken when it comes to sponsoring after the period of learning is completed. While a student is learning it is well-known amongst us that there is the shahria system (monthly payment) for them to take care of their living. In fact, after the learning period also there is a payment system available for those who want to gainfully work towards making people benefit from their knowledge. This payment system designed by most of the Mujtahideen is not well-known amongst the general people mainly because it is not as robust/ penetrating as the shahria system. In this system, the Mujtahid allows the worker to generally take 33%-50% of the khums collected by that particular person. The exact amount varies from person to person. Out of this amount (33%-50% of khums collected) the worker has the authority to use an amount that the worker thinks is his requirement & the worth for his work that he is carrying-out amongst the momineen. The reason this system is not so robust because the ratio of momineen paying khums is low and to add to this dilemma is that more than 50% of workers do not get to act as a channel for khums payment. The funding through the Khums money is so limited that the mujtahideen are compelled to use them for sponsoring one phase of the student’s life relatively strongly than the other phase of his life (after completion of studies).

There are also some other sponsorship systems/ sub-systems designed by the mujtahideen.

We have to do our bit by identifying such students & being part of a solution by Financial contribution / support which helps them establish themselves

Also see http://www.islamic-laws.com/articles/islamstudentcomp.htm

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