The Heritage Society Presents...  Back to Heritage F.I.E.L.D - First Ismaili Electronic Library and Database 

He said, "Another reason why we require a Central University where our individuality may not be lost for the sake of turning out a mechanical imitation of a European is absound; we have a religious past so full of heroic figures that direct contact and communion with them could not but improve and give our youth early in life that sense of the necessity for the self-sacrifice, for truthfulness, and for independence of character without which instruction and knowledge are, from the national point of view, worthless"

Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah also mentioned the importance of the Muslim history and said, " Yet Muslim history is so full of heroic characters or men, who lived and moved very much as the Muslims of today in their home life do, that contact with them could not but ennoble. Muavia and Walid are as statesmen not eclipsed either by Caesar or Augustus; and where can you find in the annals of any dynasty, whether European or Asiatic, a more saintly sovereign than Omar Ibn Abdul Azia or a more exemplary Emperor than Hisham Ibn Abdul Malik? Direct contact with such great characters could not but strengthen the character of our youth and thus the character of our people..." (Dumasia; 184-188)