The Darul Ulum’s in the UK produce a large number of Huffaz and Maulana’s every year who then become Imam’s and Teachers at local mosques and other institutions like Muslim schools etc. Although these Imam’s are raised and taught in the UK, they do not seem to understand the social, cultural, or even the academic systems of the country because they have been taught in such enclosed and inward looking institutions.
Why is it that even though we have so many Madrasa’s in the UK yet none can produce Imam’s at the calibre of people like Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Suhaib Webb and others from the states ???There is clearly something wrong somewhere ???
I apologise if this post causes offence. I may have had a slightly negative experience of Darul Ulum trained Imam’s. I mean in my locality alone there are so many Darul Ulum qualified Moulana’s, yet very few are actually involved in the field of Da’wah or teaching or involved in the community and trying to help the youth out of their darkness.
Not to discredit the Darul Ulumi’s totally because I respect them a lot and love them for their efforts, and they have produced some good scholars and institutions. Shaykh Riyadh Al-Haq and Shaykh Ahmad Ali along with Mufti Ibn Adam to name but a few … I also know many Darul Ulum taught Mawlana’s who are doing a lot of good work and I do not intend on discrediting their effort, but compared to the number of so called Alim’s that come out from these institutions year in year out, even if we had one top calibre ‘Alim every year that would be sufficient to bring major changes to the society around us.
I really feel there needs to be some changes made to the system to make these Alim’s more open and accessible and also encourage them to be involved in the society and community in which they live. Your thoughts and comments on this issue will be much appreciated.