In this day and age education level of the young members of the community has crucial and decisive role for the future of that community and society. In order to succeed in this path, the obstacles and misguidance has to be minimised for the youth to flourish.
Apart from basic religious studies that is expected from each individual member of the community, there are numerous recommendations and emphasise on further education in different branches of sciences.
Allamah Tabatab’i Award (A. T. Award) has been created to support young (GCSE & A-level) students who have succeeded in achieving the highest grades in their studies but are in need of guidance to take their next step into higher education.
Considering the positive impact of awarding and recognising the hard work of students, it is necessary to systematically identify, praise and nurture academically gifted students within our community. A. T. Award would like to establish a mechanism for students to be seen by their community, encouraging youths to educations and portraying the emphasis made by Islam on education.
God will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have knowledge, to high ranks. God is well aware of what you do. (The Glorious Qur’an 58:11)
Praise be to God, with the guidance of the Qur’an and valuable instructions by the Prophet and Ahlul-Bayt (a), the Islamic community has had a phenomenal history in teaching and advancing different branches of science.
Having an exact understanding and rich knowledge of the available philosophical thoughts in the intellectual sciences, Muslims firstly, translated them into Arabic from their original languages. Secondly, with fairness and respect, they maintained the progress of these sciences by acknowledging what was plausible according to the standards of intellectual and philosophical arguments. They increased philosophical subjects quantitatively and qualitatively enhanced its depths and boundaries. With goodwill, they shared their knowledge generously.
Muslim scientists provided great services to mankind in other scientific areas from Algebra, Arithmetic and Astronomy to Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine. Not only did they not see science as against religion, but they enthusiastically and eagerly pursued the sciences and even established the foundation of some of them. They did so to comprehend the divine signs that God, the Almighty, has bestowed on the earth and in the heavens for humanity to benefit responsibly.
Muslim scholars, especially those from the schools of thought associated with the Ahlul-Bayt (a) strongly encouraged the learning of sciences outside the Islamic religious field; Islamic seminaries warmly welcomed and actually hosted the study of such sciences. Furthermore, the great Islamic scholars taught, researched and published scientific works in addition to Exegeses (Tafasir), Hadith Sciences, Islamic Jurisprudence and Philosophy.