EDUNATURAL: ON DEVELOPING A CHILDREN LEARNING FACILITATION CENTER – VITAL ELEMENTS

8 Oct

Assalamu Alaikum

We have been discussing on how best to impart tarbiyah or education to our children. The most important factors that we have to be very clear about are as follows:

1) What is our objective of giving education to our children? If we maintain the western objectives we will have to adopt the western ways, but if the objectives are different than those of west we will have to devise an educational plan accordingly for our children. Because if we talk of taqwa (Creator consciousness) and khalifa (representative) of Allah the west does not have these objectives, and their systems and their systems’ structure does not incorporate this, which is natural and neither they are claiming this. It is only we the Muslims who claim that we will use the systems developed by west and still will be able to achieve our objectives.

2) Qur’an or Kalam Allah is Creator’s given guidance and tool for human perception development: It should be used for this purpose. Qur’an is the best tool for developing taqwa. And in Qur’an we are mostly educated through nature and natural phenomena.

3) How does a child learn or how does actual learning take place: At least we should realize that all learning theories are greatly dependent upon few factors: a) Assumptions about the objective of life. b) Assumptions about the nature of human being. c) Assumptions about the Creator and whether this life has any purpose or not. Please be careful that wrong assumptions will definitely lead to development of wrong theories as far as our Islamic perspective is concerned. When we follow western education system, this system is developed on theories by western, non-Muslim intellectuals. We are definitely walking or running on the wrong way. Does it make any sense?

The secular west have incorrectly understood and thus incorrectly defined child psychology. Education system is based on the definitions of child psychology. West has devised artificial ways of learning and teaching, where as a child best learns naturally. Ways which each child has been naturally ingrained or created with. So learning is natural and as such a very easy process and a very cheap process as well.

4) Nature plays the most important role in a child’s or any person’s learning. Even western educationists are realizing this fact lately. Please do watch ‘Teaching is not like making motor cars’ by Sir Ken Robinson. For the secular west nature is Godless for us our deen (way of life in Islam) is wholly based on nature (the fitrah), and nature is purely and wholly our Creator’s created. West has deviated greatly from nature and are bearing the negative results. For thousands of years the people lived near nature and let their young children learn naturally and from nature. Now since the west maintains an artificial objective of raising super intelligent children thorough education, they have tried to design education artificially and in the process the system has back fired. This is being realized by western intellectuals now. Please think what is happening presently, think of the confusion we all have landed into regarding the effect of education on our children.

Please realize that the nature is most influential and most friendly with human-beings. In Qur’an are we not educated through nature and natural phenomena? Time and again we are asked to reflect on nature.

5) What is meant by natural environment: As we have discussed above, the nature is most friendly with a child’s learning. Nature is all the laws which Allah subhana wa ta’ala has created to perfectly run this world. All the natural laws, be they physical, psychological, metaphysical (non-physical) are Creator’s creation. One of the definitions of Islam is to come in peace or harmony with nature.

We also have to realize that Insan or human-being is a highly intellectual and intelligent creation. In Qur’an Allah introduces us to ayat Allah (signs of Creator), and which are mostly through reminders about Allah’s creations. So learning facilitation center does not mean creating jungle and following the jungle’s laws. The jungle is for animals. Human is an intellectual being and as such we have to provide comfortable access to all healthy knowledge and information and let the children learn themselves, without much external interference or teaching at least till the age of seven. Amazingly, now this has been accepted by the west as well. But since west does not have correct objective of life they will expose their children to unhealthy knowledge and thus damage their correct mental growth.

SO THE VITAL ELEMENTS OF A LEARNING FACILITATION CENTER INCLUDE: CORRECT OBJECTIVES + NATURAL ENVIRONMENT + NATURAL LEARNING + EXPOSITION TO PURE QUR’AN AND SUNNAH & HEALTHY INFORMATION AND TOOLS.

AND ALL THIS REQUIRES VERY LITTLE MONEY. NOT THOUSANDS OF RUPEES EVERY MONTH WHICH THE SCHOOLS CHARGE TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN WRONGLY.

DO WE HEED

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