Ibn Khaldun states in his , “It should be known that instructing children in the Qur’an is a symbol of Islam.

Muslims have, and practice, such instruction in all their cities, because it imbues hearts with a firm belief (in Islam) and its articles of faith, which are (derived) from the verses of the Qur’an and certain Prophetic traditions.” The very first educational institutions of the Islamic world were quite informal.

All four founders of the Muslim schools of law – Imams Abu Hanifa, Malik, Shafi’i, and Ibn Hanbal – gained their immense knowledge by sitting in gatherings with other scholars (usually in the mosques) to discuss and learn Islamic law.

The great Islamic scholar also noted that “prevention of the child from playing games and constant insistence on learning deadens his heart, blunts his sharpness of wit and burdens his life.

Thus, he looks for a ruse to escape his studies altogether.” Instead, he believed that educating students should be mixed with fun activities such as puppet theater, sports, and playing with toy animals.

Mosques were used as a meeting place where people can gather around a learned scholar, attend his lectures, read books with him/her, and gain knowledge.

Some of the greatest scholars of Islam learned in such a way, and taught their students this way as well.

Throughout Islamic history, educating women has been a high priority.

Women were not seen as incapable of attaining knowledge nor of being able to teach others themselves.There have been several high profile calls for Palestinians to continue protesting by praying outside the site until other measures added earlier this month such as CCTV cameras are also removed.Jerusalem’s Supreme Islamic Committee is due to meet later on Tuesday to discuss whether the steps taken by Israel are sufficient for Muslim worshippers to return to the sacred compound.From the very earliest days of Islam, the issue of education has been at the forefront at the minds of the Muslims.The very first word of the Quran that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was, in fact, “Read”.The site is sacred to both Muslims and Jews and as such is a recurrent flash point in the Arab-Israeli conflict.