RIGHTS OF TEACHERS IN ISLAM
Respecting your teachers just like you respect your parents is what Islam has taught us. The status and respect of teachers are so high in our religion Islam that our teachers are given the status same as our parents. Teaching is one of the noble jobs of society. A person who teaches us deserves all the respect and admiration. Any person who even teaches us a single word becomes our teacher.
There is a quote by Hazrat Ali (RA) which helps us in understanding the status of a teacher: “If a person teaches me one single word, he has made me his servant for a lifetime.”
This shows the level of respect for teachers in Islam. Teachers are the ones who help in shaping the personality of individuals; they teach us about good and bad things in life and play a vital role in making this society a better place.
Many a time The Holy Prophet (PBUH) has told us about the high status of teachers in Islam. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) once said: “The best of you are the students of the Qur’an and the teachers of it”.
[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book of Virtues of the Quran, Hadith: 5027] Islam being the religion of love, harmony, peace, and justice has given rights to every person in society including teachers as well.
Teachers are hard-working people in society. They invest their time and energy in making the personality of others. They do efforts in making us a better person. They tell us about practical life and how it should be led. They deal patiently with all the students and help them solve their issues therefore every teacher in society must be appreciated and get recognition for their uncountable efforts.
Religion Islam is the religion that teaches us about giving love, affection, and respect to each other. Teachers in society are on higher ranks and deserve all our respect. Those who honors and respect their teachers advance in life. Imam Jaffar Sadiq highlighted the subject of respect for teachers by saying: “On the day of judgment Allah will be pleased with a person who honors and respects a muslim scholar, and he will be annoyed with one who insults a muslim scholar.”
This shows that even ALLAH (SWT) likes those who respect their teachers and dislike those who don’t show any respect or admiration for their teachers.
Every teacher should be considered the same and must be treated with equality. Every person who is teaching us the right things and helping us to do the right deeds must be treated equally regardless of age, race, caste, or gender. A person who has taught you all the books doesn’t need to be your only teacher a person who has even helped you in learning a single good deed or instilled a single habit in your personality is also your teacher and he or she must also be treated just the way you treat your other experienced and qualified teachers.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The teachers teach us through their words and actions. Teachers should be given the right of expressing their thoughts because they have a huge responsibility of sharing their knowledge with others which can only be done when they have the liberty to spread their knowledge with their words and deeds. This way they can help the students to learn better and to understand better.
RIGHT TO LEAD
Teachers have the responsibility of spreading knowledge to the people. Our religion has given them the right to lead. A teacher has all the right to lead his students because this way he can make them better persons by telling them about the reality of life and how to deal with the situations of life. The Holy Prophet
(PBUH) was also sent to this world as a teacher. He taught us about the reality of life and even taught us the meaning of our existence in this world. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is our first teacher who with his action and words taught us about the teachings of Islam and how ALLAH (SWT) wants us to lead our lives. It is our responsibility to treat the teachers with respect, politeness, and affection and we should try our best to fulfill the rights of our teachers because just like another thing we will be answerable to ALLAH (SWT) for our behavior and attitude towards teachers also.
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