Purging Islam of Westoxication
The name of the militant Muslim organisation 'Boko Haram' has been mistranslated as 'Education is sinful' or 'Education is forbidden'. In actual fact it is better translated as 'Westoxication is sinful', where Westoxication is to be understood as all those aspects of kafir education which are in conflict with the Qur'an. These include, but are not limited to geology, evolutionary biology, astronomy, philosophy and sociology.
Some Western technologies, such as weapons techologies are halal, however vaccine production and use, and anything that involves genetic engineering are haram.
It is also haram to educate women in any non-religious subject beyond what is needed for their functions as wives and mothers. A level of literacy sufficient to read a cookery book or a Qur'anic story to a child is quite enough, and to go further is displeasing to Allah.
Boko Haram does not see itself as being in conflict with true Islamic education, only with Kafir education, culture and science.
The Boko Haram movement owes its inspiration to seven sources
- The doctine of the finality of the Prophet
- The doctrine of the infallibility of the Eternal Uncreated Qu'ran
- The anti-Western counter-Philosophy of Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali
- Deobandi Islamic revival and anti-Imperialism
- The Taliban's Islamically exemplary educational policy towards women
- The Madrassa movement for educational purity in Pakistan
- Harun Yahya's rejection of Darwinism and Evolution
Khataman Nabiyeen - the finality of the Prophet
As the Prophet Mohammed was the final messenger of Allah, all aspects of Western social theory, political philosophy etc which contradict Shariah are regarded as Kufr.
The infallibility of the Qu'ran
All Muslims must believe that the universal and eternal truth embodied in the Qur’an comes directly from Allah. This contrasts with the commonly held Islamic view that the imperfect 'knowledge' that supposedly comes from science is a temporary social and political narrative used to provide a justification for European colonialism, Zionism, capitalism and cultural imperialism.
The counter-Philosophy of Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali
To a devout Muslim there can be no such things as 'Laws of Nature', because any such laws would "put Allah’s hands in chains".
According to the Qur'an, Allah is omnipotent and directly commands the universe to do his will. He does not act through intermediary laws, and to believe in such laws is Shirk, since it proposes a power equal to the will of Allah.
The planets stay in their orbits due to the moment-by-moment intervention of Allah, not because of some imaginary man-made 'Laws' devised by Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein or some other Christian or Jewish unbeliever. There is no place for the kafir philosophy of rationalism in Islam. Astronomy is haram (forbidden) both because of its apparent support for man-made kafir 'Laws of Nature' and also because it conflicts with the geocentric view of the universe (Sun goes round the Earth) as stated in the Qur'an.
Deobandi Islamic revival and anti-Imperialism
The Deobandi movement was formed to counteract British cultural imperialism and the growth of Western thought-patterns in Islam during the time of the British Raj. Starting purely as a defensive movement, the Deobandis have realised that the best form of defense is attack, and have gone on to be prominent in all forms of jihad, taking the war into Dar al-Harb itself, as well as punishing Westernizing apostates such as Shia and Ahmadiyya within Dar al-Islam.
Taliban education of women and women's rights
Under Shariah law women must be given the rights that Allah and His Messenger have instructed, that is the right to stay in their homes and to gain religious instruction in the seclusion of purdah. Women must not be educated in anything other than religion beyond the age of eight, or they may become disruptive to society.
The Madrassa syllabus
Boko Haram is NOT opposed to truly Islamic education. The Deobandi Madrassas of Pakistan provide an ideal model, with memorisation of the Qur'an and military training being all that is required to educate Muslim boys.
Darwinism and evolution are in direct conflict with the Qur'an in the same way that they are with the Bible.
However, the eminent Turkish scientist Harun Yahya has convinced the majority of Muslim intellectuals that the Theory of Evolution is both false, and deliberately contrived to promote atheism and political movements such as Imperialism and Nazism. Consequently there can be no place for the subjects of biology, or geology with its 'fossils' (planted by Shaitan as deception), in Islamic education.
Thanks to Kwelos