Sacrifices in Teaching Children

Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī said that, “I was given the responsibility to oversee the Dīnī affairs of a locality which was very barren and in need of desperate overhaul. They were oblivious of spending in the path of Allah.”

During his visits to different villages, Qārī Ṣāḥib proposed the idea of sending children to his madrasā, promising they would be looked after, taught and fed, all for free. Wherever he would go, instead of asking for money donations, he would plead the parents to send their children to madrasā. In response to this appeal, the parents would question as to who would graze their animals. Qārī Ṣāḥib suggested that they employ someone for this purpose with the cost also being covered by the madrasā. The parents agreed to this and sent their children. Qārī Ṣāḥib would regularly send the fixed sum at the appointed time. After a while, the parents decided amongst themselves that it is disgraceful that our children are taught for free and we take money as well. Despite the parents not accepting the donations, Qārī Ṣāḥib still continued sending the set figure whilst the parents kept sending their children.

These children would come dirty and undressed, noses dripping, unmindful of the etiquettes of eating and very far off from social manners. These were the children Qārī Ṣāḥib spent day and night, moulding and preparing them to become hāfiẓ, qārī and ʿalim. He would even wash their clothes with his own hands. They would sleep in his home and his wife and mother would bathe them, tend to them if they fell ill and cook for all of them.

This was the carelessness people exhibited in sending their children to madrasā. Fortunately, there existed a few god-fearing servants whose struggle and sacrifices went a long way to propagate din as can be gauged by this account. We can take many lessons from this thought provoking incident.

(Ḥayāt e-Ṣiddīq)

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