Islamic scholars have called for the establishment of more universities to cater for the learning needs of Muslim students globally.
The call was made in a communique issued at the end of a 4-day International Conference on Islamic Universities, in Osogbo, on Monday.
According to the participants, the current number of Islamic universities across the globe was grossly insufficient to cater for the learning needs of approximately two billion Muslims all over the world.
The participants also said the number of such universities was inadequate to cater for the spiritual needs of such students across the globe.
“Continuous financial support of the universities is essential for the survival, growth and development of Islamic universities.
“Islamic Universities should intensify efforts at ensuring promotion of quality education that combines theory with practice.
“With the spate of societal challenges, the intervention of Islamic universities is non-negotiable and therefore required in solving the problem of the dearth of teachers and students in public schools.
“In line with the policies of their respective countries, Islamic Universities should design a curriculum that will include the integration of Islamic teachings into the modern knowledge,’’ the statement said.
It said that Islamic universities all over the world were established primarily to solve societal problems through the provision of quality learning in addition to the provision of spiritual training for the students.
It said that Islamic Universities and the Muslim Ummahs should not only bother about the dwindling education of the Muslims, rather, they should be concerned with how to tackle the challenges.
It stated further that the spate of corruption and security challenges in the country could be ameliorated with knowledge integration which Islamic universities offers.
The conference, organised by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in collaboration with Fountain University, Osogbo, had participants from Nigeria, Jordan, Niger and Uganda.
The theme of the conference was “Islamic universities: Integration of Knowledge and Sustainability.’