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Islamizing the education (taleem) ….. – 94 (Redesigning education system for ummah – some approaches)

6 Mar

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Education [Taleem and Tarbiyah] of our children)

(from a brother)

Jazak Allah Abid Sahab. Coming to some meaningful steps on going forward with resolving the problem at hand, what I understood from Mr. Khalid Baig’s article was that an integrated curriculum could be of help. How to develop one was of course not mentioned in his article. Plus I think just having a well-designed integrated curriculum will not be fruitful, until the teachers are Muttaqis (pious and God fearing) themselves. A kid sees more and listens less as the experts say. Anyways I searched on the internet about “Integrated Islamic Curriculum” and found a document. Reading that document – I felt it gives a fair bit of idea as to how to design this integrated curriculum keeping in mind the goals that need to be accomplished when designing this curriculum. I thought since you have quite a long experience on this subject, you would be better able to guide us on it. Attached is that document. I would appreciate, if you can review this document and provide us with the feedback. Wasalaam

(my response)

Assalamu Alaikum brother,

JazakAllah for the article. It was informative and was quite detailed. Basically it was for the development of Islamic Studies subject.

My assessment is that normally the educationists think that the present educational system is THE SYSTEM and do not speak of its compatibility with the child learning faculties/psychology, or to the Islamic approach to education. Whereas I feel, we have to re-define the concept of education and its foundational assumptions. As I have mentioned in my discussions earlier, we have first to understand how education affects a child. Is it an inert process where the child just absorbs information or does it impinge directly on the thought structure of the recipient? I also discussed what role does perception play on the conduct and personality of a child and how it can be correctly developed?

I hope some educationist takes the initiative to understand these aspects, which are the core of any education and cannot be escaped from. If we escape from these foundational aspects, we will be developing our structure of education on wrong foundations. This has been happening so far in the last many decades, or I will say a few centuries. To say that all was very OK prior to British seizure of India is not a correct statement. Muslim decline was in a span of centuries. And a nation starts declining when the systems become corrupt. Some assess that the educational decline started in the 9th century when the knowledge started to be instutionalized. It may be an overstatement but my assessment is that the decline in the process of education should have started around 12th century when the Muslims fell for the world, and people like Salahuddin Ayubi (died 1193) had to revolt from the Fatimid khalifa who had gone extremely corrupt and was playing in the hands of Jews and Christians.

Now, here I do not want to confuse you or the readers. It is just telling you that the education requires redefining and it may be futile to look for pre British period educational structures only. You may think it is an impossible task, but I do not see it as such and Insha’Allah (Allah willing) with the team of few dedicated people it can be initiated. I find Iqbal extremely relevant in this respect. His recommendations are multi-dimensional and amazingly cover most of the foundational aspects. Especially his focus on Khudi (self-realization), which we seem to be quite totally lacking in this era of western subordination. I can observe this renaissance of Khudi (realization of self) as the tipping point to any ummatic (Islamic civilizational) progress.

Br. Abid.

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Islamizing the education (taleem ….. – 93 (Redesigning education system for ummah – discussions continue)

4 Mar

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Education [Taleem and Tarbiyah] of our children)

(from a sister)
The audience is mostly silent because they don’t want to challenge you, rather they are in agreement to what you say. So we take the doses and nod our heads and try to implement the messages that are coming out of this discussion in our homeschooling journeys. I think this agreement has been sounded more than once by various members on the group. In sha Allah, when you present a working model and specify things to be done or areas of work to be taken up, you’ll find many voices coming up eagerly to take up the assigned tasks. If the purpose of your discussion was to build a team of like-minded workers who will be ready to contribute for the redesigning of education on the lines prescribed by your vision, I’m confident that you have achieved this purpose to some extent. You can run a poll and ask how many will be ready to put in time and effort for this cause.

All this initial discussion was necessary and in sha Allah fruitful to develop a consistent vision in the team. May Allah reward you for this.

Be assured that your audience mostly comprises action-based people who have already taken a bold step of revolting against the accepted norms. You have given them even more insight and solid reasons for their journeys. And you’ll in sha Allah find them supportive when it comes to further action.

So, what’s next?

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum,

JazakiAllah sister. I needed this assurance, it gives me a lot of encouragement to continue and expect to get partners in this important project. I feel people need to discuss. I am no learned person and learn a lot from the questions that are put forward by some sisters and brothers. Especially by the homeschooling parents who are ardent observes of their children. We can deduce and develop a lot of first hand, and correct information on a child’s learning faculty which I find missing presently.

For the last few days I have been over occupied by a few issues. One was developing a course for presenting Islamic perspective of education, at MBA level. This Insha’Allah I will share with the group a little later. I have yet to complete my deductions on perceptions theories regarding developing an educational model which I will continue shortly Insha’Allah.

Br. Abid

Islamizing the education (taleem ….. – 92 (Redesigning education system for ummah – the apathy of Muslims)

27 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Education [Taleem and Tarbiyah] of our children)

(from a brother)
I think we, as Muslims, don’t develop our own education system because of a number of reasons:

1/ While the leaders of this nation have realized that the education system needs a change, the solution they are looking towards is coming from west – and that is because a number of reasons.

A. A total disregard for Islam and Muslims – Islam is either not being perceived as something worthy to be followed in these days or at most it is being seen as a religion which just revolves around a few ibadah  9acts of worship) and some ethical principles. A person, Dr. Moulana Fazl-ur-Rehman Ansari (d. 1975 – may Allah shower his mercy on him – not to be confused with Dr. Fazl-ur-Rehman Malik who died in 1988) whom I highly admire put it in this way during one of his lectures in South Africa in / around 1970:

“The sores on the body of the Muslim community are so many. It seems as if we have lost completely our grip on what Islam stands for. We have coined our own Islam. Certain portions of Islam have been taken, like prayers, fasting, charity and pilgrimage and given a certain organic unity, and this is the Islam we carry.

If Islam is not a way of life and challenge for all evil, then Islam is only a cult with an otherworldly orientation combined with a few ethical principles. We treat and accept Islam as a cult and we do not go beyond these requirements”

B/ Even those who have realized that the west cannot be looked at for a solution, seem to take the solution from there and try to Islamize it by introducing certain parts. They believe education system does not require a complete overhaul but only certain parts need to be changed (deleted or added)

2/ For those who have realized they need a change, do not have the necessary courage (or do not wish to come out of their comfort zones) to work towards it

3/ For those who are willing to change and proceed further, find no support from a dedicated group and therefore after sometime their commitment level fades out and ultimately dies out.

4/ In the end, the only one who take up the challenge are usually very few, in fact just One – Like this ONE MAN we have on our group who is quite active 🙂

Jazak Allah Khair

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum,

JazakAllah brothers for your response and assessment. As in the past, the others in the group have not attempted to analyze this question of vital importance. Can we develop any muslim nation or regain our past glory without designing an education system from Islamic perspective first? Are we not putting our children through a system designed to achieve western secular objectives? Can that produce the required Islamic identity or personality in us and our children? Are we not living in fool’s paradise? People are putting tremendous efforts in creating Islamic Montessori or Islamic O-Level/A-Level schools. I will like them to define their perceived procedural development of Islamic personality putting children through those systems? Do those system have Islamic foundations philosophically, psychologically, or Sociologically? Are they even child friendly or masses friendly? Is education only for the rich few, we have been told that it is mandatory for every Muslim man and woman? There is some good analysis done by Br. Khalid Baig but falls quite short of guidance for procedural implementation. His proposed solution was attempted by Dr. Ismail Raji al-Faruqi, who established International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in 1980.

I feel the problem is more foundational rather than superficial. The western education has quite efficiently succeeded in altering our lenses and made us totally indifferent to looking at the roots, the foundations of education. Can secular or non-Islamic roots give Islamic fruits? It is so obvious. So what is happening? Why we are mesmerized by the alien education systems? Are they producing required Muslims who can design or revive system as per Islamic requirements? What about Taqwa (God consciousness). Are they producing required Taqwa (God consciousness) in us or in our children? Are they, by any way, giving us Muslim minds or thought structure? They are not at all giving us Islamic perception, rather are destroying same. I am amazed at our indifference brothers!

Yes brother it is all that you have written plus no realization to what a Muslim should be? We trust in western technics of making money rather than having confidence that our creator has guaranteed our rizq (sustenance). We are over awed by a society which I can visualize will be considered as one the most uncivilized and brutal one in the anals of history. Is it very difficult to visualize? A society which cares for a street puppy but has ease in killing millions of human beings just because they are a barrier in the implementation of these secular nations ulterior designs and motives. Is it not a fact? What type of civilization is it? Or can it be called a civilization?

We have no confidance in ourselves. We have a lot of lip service for our religion but when it comes to practical aspect we rely on west more than ourselves and our religion. Is it not that the actions speak out the actual beliefs. I have reminded in the past that if you keep on putting garbage in, you will keep on getting garbage out. Is it not what is happening at present.

Sisters/brothers I am not being reactive or emotional, I am just speaking what I am looking at and what you all are looking at. We want to change a system without putting much efforts and  without leaving our comfort zones. We all have to face our creator very shortly and account for our beliefs and actions. On that account will lie our jannah (paradise) or hell. This belief makes me go on, as I am responsible for my actions. I have requested the audience to challenge my analysis and methodology. Hardly anyone has done that. Not even my senior educationist friends. I do not see any difficulty in redesigning education from our perspective. We have to see the west from the correct perspective and develop confidence in ourselves. We are enslaved by the color of the skins.

Br. Abid

Islamizing the taleem ….. – 91 (Redesigning education system for ummah – a dialogue on methodology 3)

24 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

……continued
(from a brother)
Jazak Allah Abid Sahab. Coming to some meaningful steps on going forward with resolving the problem at hand, what I understood from Mr. Khalid Baig’s article was that an integrated curriculum could be of help. How to develop one was of course not mentioned in his article. Moreover, I think just having a well-designed integrated curriculum will not be fruitful, until the teachers are Muttaqis (God fearing) themselves. A kid sees more and listens less as the experts say. Anyways I searched on the internet about “Integrated Islamic Curriculum” and found a document. Reading that document – i felt it gives a fair bit of idea as to how to design this integrated curriculum keeping in mind the goals that need to be accomplished when designing this curriculum. I thought since you have quite a long experience on this subject, you would be better able to guide us on it. Attached is that document. I would appreciate, if you can review this document and provide us with the feedback. Wasalaam.

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum Brother,

JazakAllah for the article. It was informative and was quite detailed. Basically it was for the development of Islamic Studies subject.

My assessment is that normally the educationists think that the present educational system is THE SYSTEM and do not speak of its compatibility with the child learning faculties and Islamic approach to education. Whereas I feel, we have to re-define the concept of education and its foundational assumptions. As I have mentioned in my discussions earlier, we have first to understand how education affects a child. Is it an inert process where the child just absorbs information or does it impinge directly on the thought structure of the recipient? I also discussed what role does perception play on the conduct and personality of a child and how it can be correctly developed?

I hope some educationist takes the initiative to understand these aspects which are the core of any education and cannot be escaped from. If we escape from these foundational aspects, we will be developing our structure of education on wrong foundations. And this has been happening so far in the last few many decades, or I will say a few centuries. To say that all was very OK prior to British seizure of India is not a correct statement. Muslim decline was in a span of centuries. And a nation starts declining when the systems become corrupt. Some assess that the educational decline started in the 9th century when the knowledge started to be instutionalized. It may be an overstatement but my assessment is that the decline in the process of education should have started around 12th century when the Muslims fell for the world and people like Salahuddin Ayubi (died 1193) had to revolt from the Fatimid Khalifa who had gone extremely corrupt and was playing in the hands of Jews and Christians.

Now, here I do not want to confuse you or the readers. It is just telling you that the education requires redefining and it may be futile to look for Pre-British period educational structures only. You may think it is an impossible task, but I do not see it as such and Insha’Allah with the team of few dedicated people it can be initiated. I find Iqbal extremely relevant in this respect. His recommendations are multi-dimensional and amazingly cover most of the foundational aspects. Specially his focus on Khudi (self-respect, individuality), which we seem to be quite totally lacking in this era of western subordination. I can observe this renaissance of Khudi (self-respect, individuality) as the tipping point to any ummatic progress.

Br. Abid.
e-mail: captainmabidali@yahoo.com

Islamizing the taleem ….. – 90 (Redesigning education system for ummah – a dialogue on methodology 2)

21 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

continued from last post ………….

(brother’s response)
I too very frankly feel that you have the vision which is missing in contemporary educationist. I would even say that many of those educationists see you in error instead of themselves. So yes you are right. But then I must also say that even though you have disagreed with my methodology, you have in fact agreed to it, in part at least. If you think for yourself that you are an able leader then its really very good. I am not saying to find another leader outside yourself.

Now that you have originated the idea and are all for it, what I wish would be to get likeminded people to get on board with you – UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP – AND BOUND BY A CODE OF CONDUCT to work towards achieving the goal. To date, what I have felt, and I may be wrong, is that you are inviting people to wake up – but then that extra step to get all of them on one platform is perhaps needed. Looking at the example of Iqbal -he was such a great scholar and philosopher – known in the depths of east and west. However, just look at what people have done to him. He has just become a person whose poems are sung, whose ideas are praised, whose thoughts are discussed – and that is it! No one takes his thoughts and puts it into action. He has become a person worthy of praise – but his ideas and his thoughts no one wants to adopt. Why? I feel because those people who wish for Iqbal’s thoughts to be put in action are only inviting people to read Iqbal and his thoughts and then put it in action on an individual level. Those inviting ones are not doing any meaningful work at the collective society level. In the end, the results are in front of us.

I am not disagreeing with you. I am even agreeing with you that people need to be invited to the truth and after they accept the invitation they should be guided so that they are convinced of the truth. Further after being convinced, the invitee has to be lead properly. They cannot be just left to follow on their own. The reason being – first of all people do not wish to leave the comfort zone. Those few who agree to leave these comforts, if not lead properly, will again fall in the trap of the anti-truth society around them and revert back to old ways. So the whole convincing efforts go in vain. At an individual level, only the very convinced and very persistent will go to any meaningful lengths which of course, will be very very very few. Allah also says man is very impatient.

I hope you are getting my point.

Jazak Allah Abid Sahab

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum Brother,

I should say masha‘Allah (by God’s grace) you write well. I am friends with quite a few Islamic educationists. They have never disagreed with me though I have been asking them to challenge my concept of education. But to adopt any new idea practically is probably not in their intellectual capacity. I am amazed at their attitude of indifference. They are quite religious people. Just today I had a very healthy discussion with one of very active educationist. Alhamdulillah he put different questions, rather riddles to solve certain educational issues and was satisfied with my explanations. He is looking for different venues where we can cooperate. He runs an educational research centre.

Br. Abid.
e-mail: captainmabidali@yahoo.com

Islamizing the taleem ….. – 89 (Redesigning education system for ummah – a dialogue on methodology)

19 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

(from a brother)

You are right the leader cannot bring change unless people deserve it. However, to make people deserving this leader has to invite the people to the truth and those who accept this invitation would have to be bound to follow the principles of the movement. Thus making it a disciplined group / Jamaat. As more and more people join and are bound to follow these principles, a time will come when there would be enough people in this Jamaat (group) to form a pressure for a change at the state level – because only then the Education system can be changed. By just inviting people on a individual basis some will buy the concept and some will not. Further those who buy may not be so committed to practice it in their lives and hence will not be disciplined. All in all there won’t be any meaningful results. It will only be by through the discipline of the organization that they will remain bound. Taking the example of Rasul Allah [prophet (SAW)], his methodology, in the Makkan period was to invite people to the deen (ways) of Allah and whoever accepted is was bound by a Pledge (Bai’yyah) to be bound by whatever Rasul Allah [prophet’s (SAW)] order and he / she cannot go against what Rasul Allah [prophet (SAW)] ordered. Thus making this a disciplined Jamaat. He (SAW) was not able to gather enough people in the first 13 years of the Makkan Period to establish the deen (religion) of Allah in Makkah and hence had to do Hijrah (migration) to Madinah. There a Islamic state was established and when there were enough people with him to be be able to fight against the Satanic forces, he commenced his struggle for Iqamat-e-Deen (establishment of Islamic way of life). As a matter of fact, having a proper education system is part of Iqamat-e-Deen (establishment of Islamic way of life) . Because without proper Education system, the Deen (Islamic way of life) cannot remain Qaim (established).

Brother.

(my response)
Brother can we present this excuse before Allah subhana wa ta’ala that we were waiting for a leader to come and change us? Each one is responsible for our part of work, especially those whom Allah has granted some realization and wisdom into some matter by His (Allah’s) mercy.

(brother’s response)
No we cannot. I think you have got me wrong. What I intended by pointing it out was not to wait for that leader and then do the work. But my intention was to spread our azaan (call) and simultaneously also look for an able leader who can lead the people who are with him for a state wide change of education system. Unless we do both these steps together the results will not be seen, especially when the society around us is so over awed by western philosophy. Let me give you the example of two jamaat (groups) from different maktab-e-fikar (schools of thought) of Sunnis – Tablighi Jamaat of the Deoband Maktab and Dawat-e-Islami of the Barelvi Maktab. Tablighi Jamat has been doing their Islahi (reformatory) work since more than 150 years and recently Dawat-e-Islami are doing there work since last 30 years. They both believe that if everyone in the society changes for the better – the society will automatically become a better society. Yes individual people may have changed – but what has happened to the society collectively? Can we say that it has become God-Conscious or has it become a Godless society? Where is the graph heading after 150 years? Where is the graph heading after the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? I hope you can see my point?

Further by highlighting the above two examples – I dont want to anyhow show that I dislike these two Groups or any one them. The above was narrated just to express my point of view and I hold nothing against these two groups.

Btw, I am 38 years old just to let you know my age group 🙂

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum brother,

Sorry I will differ from the methodology you are speaking of. I have done your procedures but have failed. I believe in practical work to save my soul I find a leader or not. Presently I want to be my leader and concentrate on developing my program. If I take up the task of looking for the leader I will lose the pace myself. Brother I have come here a long way and Allah has given me an understanding in education which I fail to see in the contemporary educationists.

Truly,
Br. Abid

……..continues

Islamizing the taleem ….. – 88 (Some detrimental affects of Western conceptual domination)

18 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

(from a brother)
As Salamu alaikum Abid Sahab. I have not sent this email to the group as it might get a bit out of the topic of education and into politics. I am one of your listeners. I see and I hear your call. What you have said is very much true.

But I think we need visionary leaders (and a proper discplined Jam’aat) to put Iqbal’s and yours idea into action. I heard from Dr. Israr (RA), that from 1932 to 1935, Iqbal was looking for the formation of an Islamic Party. Muslim League then was a party of Muslims, not necessarily practicing ones. Iqbal felt that Muslim League will only be able to find a place for Muslims – not necessarily a place where Islam is implemented and practiced as a way of life. Moulana Moududi was also of the same opinion and hence he too remained away from Muslim League / Struggle for establishment of Pakistan.

I feel these calls can only have a meaningful effect if there is a group who actively works towards that goal. Asking people to change at their individual levels may not ( (I dare say will not) result in a nation wide (even a minor section of the nation wide) change since if this had been possible, Allah would never have asked for Jihad (and Qital) for Iqamat-e-Deen, and this cannot be done unless a proper disciplined Jamaat works towards that goal so much so that people in that Jamaat are prepared to give their lives to achieve their goals.

I hope to hear your views on this.

Btw, I am not a part (or a supporter) of Jamat-e-Islami or Dr. Israr’s Tanzeem-e-Islami, if by any chance, you may think so as a result of my above narrative.

Jazak Allah Khair

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum Brother,

I see the problem in a different context. People have to prove worthy for Allah’s blessings. The leader cannot bring a change unless the people deserve same.
Presently we are a people who have drifted very far from Islamic perception. We live nearly completely in western dimension. Our logic pedestal is western secular, and we have started believing that this is the only logic pedestal that exists to the extent that many of our ulama (learned person) have started claiming that there is no logic in religion when they refer to Islam. Allah endows every child with fitrah (natural inclinations) and pure logic reasoning structure, how is it possible that as he grows she/he should leave this fitrah (nature) and become a blind believer or follower.

Unless we come out of the present dimension, we cannot even appreciate any positive change. This is what Iqbal was vying for. He realized the overawe of the east by the western material progress, and warned us that their objectives of life are entirely different from that of Islam’s.

Many Jihads (struggles) in the last century have made us realize the sinister designs of west and an urge to come back to Islam. I do not know what age group you are in but if you have been observant in 60s, 70s and 80s you can realize what I mean. We have never been so desirous of Islamic change as we are in the present times. But we have failed to free our minds of the western awe and psychological domination. We are quite blindly following their system and thought structure, though we want to destroy the west. There are groups among us who are anxiously vying for change but are not aware of the human change process except for revolution. Any revolution with the present mental state can only lead to confusion and bloodshed and not an Islamic change. For without an Islamic perception real Islamic change cannot occur.

I have been associated with, and also have been quite observant of, some of these religious movements and I find them quite confused to how this change can come. Now they are even failing to groom their workers Islamically. Their thought is very remote and conventional. They have failed to device any effective education system. Rather are quite unaware of how education works. Allah has also given me the opportunity to initiate some educational movements and I can see that initiative by a person makes the whole difference. I am not at all without hope and believe that some people will realize and come forward. I have just initiated my present movement for change in education system and Alhamdulillah I can see my way quite clear. I am not without hope presently. I am trying to shake up people. Those who work positively to bring positive change through education will be very rich in sadqa e jariah (good deeds which continuously bring positive change) on the last Day of Judgment. That is what motivates me.

Br. Abid

Islamizing the taleem ….. – 87 (The call of a Faqir)

15 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

(from a sister)
Walaikum assalam werahmutullah!

I love this string of emails. Very practical, logical and easy to follow.

From my experience with my daughter and teaching in manar ul islam, i realized that kids forget things, just like us. The first time I did lesson planning, it was pretty complex and I guess you could say the gun was fully loaded. However, next time around, the lessons were simpler, more relaxed. I kept in mind that the children might\would forget what I say but they would remember the time we had, and they would remember ME. I was actually building their perception that YES! Islam is positive, not bookish, not scary, and that their teacher was passionate about it. Their teacher respected them and tried to form a relationship with them. I hope they remembered the time we had and much later on, when they would be faced with the choice of studying their deen, they would have good memories of learning Islam.

I used to study at an islamic centre in jeddah. A teacher once discussed an issue during dawah class, that a very young girl in her class wanted to revert to islam. She advised that the girl should not be pushed. Islam should be discussed very gently with her. So that she would have good memories of it. She should come to love it and when she would come of age to choose her religion ( she was maybe 8 or 9 ) she would recall her liking for Islam.

Less words and more love and more amal, isnt that the way of the prophet (s)?

Abid bhai, jazakAllah, for your insight and guidance.  Its much needed and appreciated.

Regards,

(my response)
Assalamu Alaikum Sister,

Please do not worry about you or children forgetting things. Interesting this is, and as you may have observed in my discussions on perception, the fact is every learning experience brings change in your perception. It can be positive, if you have had an interaction with healthy knowledge or learning experience; it can also be negative if it is otherwise. It is simply impossible that you are not affected by any interacting experience. So please never worry that your children will forget things, it is not possible. The effect will remain. So we should just concentrate on providing our children with healthy experiences or education. The good grooming will automatically occur.

Jazaki’Allah for the words of encouragement. This faqir does sometimes want to know whether his desperate call is being heard by someone or not? If we want to assess what we have landed ourselves in the last more than sixty years or even beyond, see what we have been able to produce so far. This is primarily the result of the education systems that this nation has been embracing. Other Muslim countries are not any different. 58 of them!!! To me the future does not seem any brighter. Why should it be? Have we been able to device a training system for the ummah? This is a very loud question to you all. “Please get up from the slumber. These dreams are just fruitless.” This was Iqbal’s call, and is mine too.

May Allah make things clear for us.

Br. Abid

Islamizing the taleem ….. – 86 (Extensiveness of Iqbal’s educational thought)

13 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

(continuation of post 85)
Assalamu Alaikum sister,

The below may help you understand a few aspects of education:

SALIENT FEATURES OF IQBAL’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY WITH REFERENCE TO AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF EDUCATION.

For Iqbal, the most important aspect of education is the development of ‘ego’ or individuality the height of which is ‘self contained exclusive center’, a person who can face the Creator independently on the Day of Judgment, where no intercession will avail. An individual has to prove him/herself in in all aspects in this life alone, affirming the Creator’s laws and working for the establishment of Allah’s (S.W.T.) world-order on earth. As such, the thrust of the education should be for the preparation of this vicegerent of the Creator. Consequently, Iqbal focuses on the development of an individual with a very strong self. This strong self, Iqbal asserts, is a prerequisite for a vicegerent’s role. Furthermore, the establishment of Creator’s world-order cannot be carried out with the sole efforts of one or a few individuals. This has to be done collectively. As such these developed individuals should work under the larger community – the ummah. This ummah is the follower of the last prophet from God, and as such has to perform the prophetic role in this world, and has to be trained for this purpose. This is the premise to Iqbal’s educational philosophy.

Iqbal describes a human self as very creative and proactive entity, which is self contained, and programmed for self-development. This calls for an education system that is not interfering adversely with this urge for self-development or self-growth. In other words, the educational system should be facilitating rather than instructive; it should be lose rather than over structured. The educational process should be primarily focusing on development of Creators vicegerents, rather than giving this aspect a secondary importance. It should be religious to the foundations, rather than being secular or dualistic. Another foundational feature of this creative human being, which Iqbal emphasizes, is that it is not perfect, and requires Divine guidance. This divine guidance is Qur’an and Sunnah. As such all individuals can best operate within the boundaries of Shariah—the science of Qur’an and sunnah. Thus, education system should also focus on the teaching of shariah.

Since this developed individual can only perform effectively being a part of Millat or larger community, education should create proper realization of the foundations of Millat, and should use all relevant tools and interventions for making him a contributing component in the cause of establishing God’s world order. This includes a proficient education of arts and natural sciences. But Iqbal clarifies that sciences should not be taken as an end, rather means to an end. The end has to be the establishment of Allah’s order on earth. The science has to be a slave and not a master. Iqbal also emphasizes that education should be role oriented from the gender perspective. As properly groomed mothers can produce best human beings. Mother has a primary role in education.

Iqbal’s philosophical educational model is comprehensive and all-inclusive. It puts all the elements of education in their proper perspective from the Islamic paradigm.

Truly,
Br. Abid

Islamizing the taleem ….. – 85 (Educating small children – reciting Qur’an for perception development)

11 Feb

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

Assalamu Alaikum sister,

One important thing I will like to mention. Please do not be worried about your child’s learning. It is natural and there is no other way then the child to learn. just be facilitators. For Qur’an please do read Qur’an yourselves on very regular basis if you want to develop this habit in your children. Qur’an is not only a book of knowledge. It is basically a tool for developing correct perception and Qur’an can only develop perception correctly if it is read and referred to frequently. When we read Qur’an again and again our perception gets aligned with it, mind that we should be understanding what we are reciting.

And also mind that without correct perception we are totally lost, as if the Qalb (heart) gets a veil from truth, one can not find her/his way.

Truly br Abid.