It is an open secret that the rise and fall of human civilization is manifest with the development and progress in education. The golden ages of Islamic history and the present day miserable situation of the Muslims is a glaring example of this very fact.
It is very amazing that during the heights of Muslim excellence in science and education, the western world was passing through dark ages. However, the situation at present is totally reverse. The Muslims are left far-behind in science and technology, and have closed the doors of research and inquiry, which has created backwardness, intolerance, extremism and narrow mindedness in the Muslim societies.
This state of affairs require that the Muslims should once again seek guidance from divine teachings and excel in contemporary branches of education with same zeal and quest, which was the distinction of earlier Muslim periods. The only recourse to rekindle the Muslim past glory is to make advances in modern thinking and research.
Keeping in view the above objectives, a modern religious education center, Al Kauthar Islamic University was founded in 1990 in Islamabad, in the heart of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. In 2002, this center finally started its educational journey. The aims and objectives of this center of excellence of the shia world are given in the following paragraphs.
The real aim for the establishment of this center is a unique education system that is a mixture of religious and contemporary fields of education. However, through modern techniques and methods, the center would not only cater for educational, research and moral up-keep of the students but would also endeavors to make the large duration syllabi into a short, compact and effective syllabi.
The fundamental aims of this center are:-
- To purify the existing religious education.
- To make it conversant with contemporary requirements.
- To create awareness in moral, religious and modern teachings, without undermining the importance and original essence of the religious education system. As a result to produce scholars, preachers, researchers and theoreticians for the future generation, who educationally and practically are so strong that they can undo the different negative and alien trends in the society, introduce the true spirit of Islam to the world in contemporary languages, and can meet the challenges faced to the Muslim world philosophically and practically.