Imparting Moral Education
Islamic University of Science and Technology introduces weekly Moral and Spirituality classes for all students
ADNAN M QURESHI
The human existence in essence is bi-dimensional, Physical and Moral. In order to realize the full potential of this supreme creation, both the dimensions need to be groomed equally.
The balance between the physical and spiritual aspect of human existence which reached a semblance of parity during the presence of Prophets and their immediate followers. It slowly started evaporating with the advent of industrialization and technological era because of which life has taken a different meaning - amassing wealth, and striving for luxury. Parents are so engrossed in this rat race that they find no time to spend with their children. This lack of attention towards youngsters has given birth to many psychological traits in children which were unknown in the older generations. “Catch them Young,” was the slogan coined by talent hunters in the field of art, culture, sport and science but unfortunately the slogan has been high-jacked by the unscrupulous elements of the society like drug peddlers, flesh traders, gamblers, loiters and others. Today’s child is more intelligent, diligent and sensitive to his environment and when the child finds neglected in family, the child rebels either to draw attention or to take revenge. This vulnerable stage in the life of the child is taken full advantage of by drug peddlers, loiters, gamblers and like and get them hooked to their product. Besides TV as well as internet has opened a new vistas for the new generation where every information whether desirable or not is gained access to without any restriction. The result of which being that the new generation is fast adapting such a life style which is quite opposite to our cultural heritage and moral ethos.
So once again the balance has started tilting towards materialistic aspect of the human existence and comforts of life rather than to spiritual needs, care and love of coexisting life on the surface of this planet. The old instinct of exploitation of nature, its resources and even fellow human beings has taken a leap over the moral aspect of human existence, the gap widening with passage of time which is leading to the turmoil in human society, which manifests itself in exploitative capitalism leaving the moral aspect of human existence unattended, leading to the disintegration of family, cultural anarchy, social disintegration and loss of human values.
This deep trauma of human society needs a thorough introspection and correction of the course. It entails the reinforcement of human values, social conduct, mutual respect, co-existence and striking a balance between the mother-nature and human existence. This needs reinvention of wheel by way of putting renewed emphasis on moral education of new generation along with the need for educating the youth with material and social sciences.
In this scenario, it is heartening that Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), has felt the essence of the old slogan, “Catch them Young” in a positive way and keeping in view that its students are the building blocks of future have initiated a commendable process of not just creating good professionals but balanced human beings as well. The University has recently started imparting its students with spiritual and moral science classes under the banner of newly formed Centre Of Moral and Spiritual Studies supervised by highly qualified and knowledgeable staff to inculcate in students the desired values of moral, cultural, social and material aspect of human existence in order to create balanced individual which shall play a positive role in shaping the future destiny of the society. The 1-hour class is held once a week at different timings for students of every department, and since the class is only once a weak it puts no extra burden on the students. The class ends with15 minutes of interactive session wherein questions if any regarding the delivered lecture are answered by the experts which also leaves no scope for any kind of sectarian divide.
We hope and pray that the this noble endeavor of the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) bears fruit and continues to contribute to the development of a balanced society in the state.
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