By Mushtaq Hurra
The Prophet Mohammad (SAW) has said, “I have descended as a teacher “. This hadith is enough to prove the worth of teacher in a society. Teachers are the people who have freed nations from the yokes of slavery by sowing the seeds revolution in their pupils minds, and have been instrumental in the rise of nations and societies. They have also either been great leaders or statesmen of the world like Mohammadi Arabi (SAW) , S Radha Krishnan, Barack Obama, Manmohan Singh and so on or have been the mentors of great leaders and statesmen. This world would have been a hub of ignorance, superstition and darkness, if there had been no teachers. According to Quran, Allah became the first teacher of Adam(AS); then angels taught Him the names of various things. Thus, this noble profession has descended from the heavens.
Man has explored new vistas of life. From the bottoms of the earth to the heights of skies, mankind has touched and explored unimaginable peaks of success. We have advanced in every field of life to exceedingly high levels. If all this human progress will be put to one phrase, it won’t be science and technology but it would undoubtedly be teaching and the teacher.
It is the teacher who develops critical thinking and inquisitive nature in a student. A teacher not only transfers the treasure of knowledge to the next generation but stirs the conscience of a nation, and helps its people to develop mentally and intellectually. It is the teacher who enables us to think rationally. It is a teacher who makes us logical and rationale. World is witness to the fact that great pupil are produced by great teachers only, and those pupil have brought exemplary changes in the world.
Besides the development of scientific temper among children, it is the teacher who works hard for our social, moral and economic reformation. In recent times, we have been facing the pangs of growing indecency and lewdness. Values are crumbling. People have fallen to the lowest of low which is called by holy Quran as Asfala-Saafileen. This is the state where man is a man by looks only. Here, the role of a teacher increases. Only a teacher can liberate us from the clutches of indecency and value deterioration. Teachers can revive the legacy of moral uprightness and honesty in our people. Changing times have made this profession more challenging, and has added a lot to its domain. A Teacher must not to forget to impart values and virtues to children, in particular, and to society, in general. Thus, a teacher should not confine himself to the boundaries of educational institutions; rather the realms of his domain are very vast. Our teachers can’t afford to produce robots from colleges and universities who can work like machines albeit ethics and morals. Thus, teachers have been playing the great role of social reformers, and shall continue to play it till the Day of Judgment. I strongly believe that only our teachers can take us out from the tumultuous situations and can provide us the much needed salvation.
Unfortunately, the teacher in our part of globe is not at par with the teachers of other regions of the world. Our teacher is not lacking intellectual mettle and capabilities but the ineffective system in place forces him or her to lag behind. Our teachers must acquaint themselves with the changing and latest trends in teaching-learning processes We must buy our own books and must make use of e books to overcome the deficit. We must encourage group reading at Mohalla and village levels.
A tragic irony has struck our part of globe where teachers don’t consider themselves learners. This attitude hinders the academic performance of our teachers which ultimately hits our children who are supposed to assume important positions in the tomorrow of our society. Teachers lay the foundation of a nation. An engineer, an administrator, a leader and a doctor is shaped up by a teacher. A teacher is a gardener who must be honest, dedicated, trained and careful enough to deliver his duties in the best possible way.
The writer is a teacher, columnist, and a social activist. He can be reached at: mushtaqhurra143gmail.com