Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Rafi Usmani (Allah preserve him) said,
‘A very dangerous misconception that has crept into our thinking these days is that we limit the path to Allah in the following three things,
1. Religious studies at madersa
This is incorrect thinking. Limiting the Deen to these three things is very dangerous and its consequences are devastating.
A Muslim’s whole life is in the path of Allah, if he/she is following the rulings of Shariah in whatever field he/she is working or studying.
Moreover, it is fardh-e-kafayah (obligatory for some individuals to do, otherwise the whole community will be sinful of negligence) for Muslims to be involved and excel in the fields like medicine, engineering, research, education, technology, agriculture, trading, etc. This is so that they stand strong in all aspects of life and decide their own destiny. Abandoning progress in these fields has left us at the mercy of Non-Muslim domination and their manipulations of our affairs in their own best interest. .’
Qari Rafeeq’s residence, Safa distt, Jeddah, bayan after maghrib, 20th January 2012