Religious Education and community services: Importance of Islamic studies education as tool for social services and community welfare
Throughout the world especially in west the stories concerning the occupation and subsequent siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, around the time of Easter 2001, presented some of the most compelling reasons why religious education needs to make a constructive contribution to community services. Majority of Pakistani culture, communal service is slightly non catalogued as different from daily occasions of life. Here, communal service may take the form in other countries especially in America Europe in the form of guide at church, raising extended blood and non-blood kin, when friends and neighbors are sick sitting in shifts at the hospital, before or after school looking after neighborhood children, bringing cooked meals to community events and funerals, and in the municipal governing processes organizing the community for activism and participation. This paper has highlighted the importance of religious education especially Islamic studies at school, colleges and universities to educate students regarding the need of social services and community welfare. The first part of the paper is about the importance of social services in educational system.