Prospectus for Foundation of International Islamic University Afghanistan (IIUA)
The people of Afghanistan are worldwide famous of defending Islam against frequent foreign invasions, while receiving foreigners as guests with hospitality through their history.
Unfortunately, due to the foreign aggressions and following civil wars, Afghanistan suffered the loss of many lives. The land and industries ruined. Numerous socio-cultural problems are breaking out today. Problems including drug trading are insecurity factors for the International Society.
1. Urgent Need of Improving Islamic Education
There is no way for solving these problems but the proper understanding of Islam and its practice which all the Afghan people respect regardless of their position, ethnicity and religious affiliation. Instead of introducing a dominant interpretation of Islam for certain Muslim country, we have urgent and pressing need of training Muslim intellectuals who master the Islamic scholarship (`uloom shar`iyyah) of Hanafi/Maturidi school, the predominant school in Afghanistan. It is also necessary for young Islamic scholars to acquaint themselves with operational skill of applying Islamic legal theories to social practice. The society of Afghanistan is now in the turning point to face with the globalization. Islamic young scholars must familiarize themselves with both traditional Islamic sciences and modern worldly sciences.
2. International Islamic University of Afghanistan (IIUA)
The most desirable form of realizing the aim mentioned above is Islamic University of Afghanistan (IIUA) whose stuffs will be recruited from the international community, which serves as think tank to participate in policy making of Afghan government and also serves as institution of research and education which is in charge of education and training of Afghan youth, especially teachers of secondary educational institutions including madrasahs. Madrasahs should be reformed by young Islamic scholars educated in modern higher education.
3. Curriculum of Islamic University of Afghanistan (IIUA)
This university(IIUA) is mainly focuses on subjective or practical research and education of Islamic sciences（`Uloom Shar`iyyah） according to Hanafi/Maturidi school, to which majority of Afghan people belongs. However, it should have chairs not only for other Islamic schools including 12 Imami or Ja`fari school but also for other religions, which are based on objective discipline of comparative religion. As like International Islamic University of Malaysia, the sciences developed in the West such as economics, political sciences, medicine, engineering and so on are to be taught after being adapted to Islamic teaching.
4. Recruitment of Scholars
In order to make Islamic scholarship based on Hanafi/Maturidi school capable of adaptation to contemporary issues, the preference should be given to Muslim sholars (`Ulama) of Turkey and Syria who has made tenacious effort for defending Islam based on Hanafi/Maturidi school. However, it is also necessary to recruit ‘Ulama of Indo/Pakistan of historical deep relations, scholars of Saudi Arabia and Egypt for Arabic, and Muslim scholars of various kinds from non-Islamic world who are familiar with non-Islamic cultures and how to adapt to them.
5. Land of the University
As for the land of the university(IIUA), Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is in charge of its acquisition in suitable place.
6. Making Afghan Experience Share with the World: Peace Building Studies
This university (IIUA) is not only the place to import various Islamic trends of thought from the outside of Afghanistan, but the one to “export” the understanding of Islam deepened in Afghanistan. Afghanistan boasts of the history of noble scholarship of Islam which combines the knowledge and practice through protecting Islam against the invasions of foreign forces and their interferences (Jihad) and giving patronage to others or foreigners as guest with generous hospitality with open heart. IIUA invites learned scholars (`Ulama) of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as its professors. IIUA can contribute for peace building through providing employment for Islamic scholars who are supporting Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan at the moment. IIUA can be a worldwide center of peace building studies in research and education through practice.
7. Education for Women
Education is the obligation of all the Muslim men and women, as the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) clearly declared. Therefore the university (IIUA) should be open to the men and the women equally. However, women are to be separated in space by men according to Islamic law (Shari`ah) and Afghan tradition.
8. International Committee for International Islamic University of Afghanistan
The Planning and preparation for the International Islamic University of Afghanistan will be conducted by International Committee for International Islamic University of Afghanistan. The Committee will be consisted of prominent leaders of the Islamic World. They are supposed to be political leaders, NGO leaders, and heads of research institutes. The Committee will request Islamic NGOs and educational institutes to contribute. The Committee will request land and permission for the University to the Government of Afghanistan.
9. Role of Japanese Government in IIUA Project
Japan has never sent troops to Afghanistan. In addition to the fact that Japan has earned the trust of Afghan people for its political neutrality, Japan can take initiative in establishing an International Islamic University whose curriculum is acceptable to the majority of Afghan people.
Hopefully, Japanese government may take initiative in establishing International Islamic University of Afghanistan in Kabul in coordination with other donor countries aiming for the peaceful future of Afghanistan and the whole world.
Eng. Waheedullah Sabawon,
Advisor Minister of the President in Tribal Affairs
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan