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Islamizing the taleem and tarbiyah of our children – 14 (Qur’an: A tool for developing perception)

29 Oct

(The writing that follows is my dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children. I am maintaining the email format for ease of understanding as well as for maintaining originality of this dialogue.)

Assalamu Alaikum,

Attending to sister Umm ….’s questions:

Please try to realize that most of the dilemmas mentioned are due to our not understanding of the importance of the development of Islamic perception through education. As mentioned earlier the whole school education and the text books/literature being used to groom children are reflections of a world with no consideration of the Creator and the true nature and status of human being. All the concepts and thought structure which is built from such cognitive/mental exercises will accordingly be causing a big deviation from an Islamic personality. I say big deviation because, as I have mentioned in earlier e-mails, for the development of a true Muslim, the foundation of education, and the thought structure has to be on Tawheed. But our present educational aids are nearly totally void of this concept. The influence of the material and media devoid of Tawheed is much stronger than our few minutes/hours of lessons on Tawheed. This has to be discussed in details later. It is a subject of extreme importance.

For the children it is comparatively easier for designing their perceptions as compared to us grown-ups. Though we have effective tool in Qur’an for the correct perceptional change. I feel that pure Qur’an gives us this chance. I say pure because when we only go through tafasir, the process of reading Qur’an is very slow and we do not receive enough dose at one time to be effected by God’s words. Further tafsir is the interpretation of Qur’an by the mufassir from his perception and understanding. Tafasir are certainly very useful for expanding our knowledge and understanding of Qur’anic teachings in depth, but they are not the direct communication of God to man. the direct communication is only the pure Qur’an and as such is much more effective. If we very regularly recite Qur’an as a direct communication from God, there is no reason why it will not be most effective. It is meant to be effective by its Writer. The thing which will decide our being effected by Qur’an or not is basically our seriousness and prioritization in understanding God’s words in its pure form in Arabic?!! Any doubts?!! Yes I know there are. How do you recite Qur’an in your Salah? Is it the tafsir or the translation? Off course none, right. So can we imagine that the Salah which is the most effective communication between the Creator and the created, we recite everything without understanding and without knowing what we are asking from God and what He is replying or instructing or narrating to us. Should we not be very carefully using this one of the most important tools for developing our Muslimhood or Taqwa?!! There are so many things that we have to give a lot of consideration to in our prioritizations of life.

Insha’Allah we will be discussing the topic of how to handle serious questions of life with our children. How can we make them develop correct Furqan. But one thing I will like to mention here is that, as John Holt and Dr. Muhammad Rafiuddin say, education is natural. Every child has been induced with natural urge for learning growth. The best time to teach anything to a kid is when s/he asks you regarding same – be it natural or social sciences. Their self developed questioning will not be very differing then what another child asks. Probably there are same set of questions. I am sure mothers know this better. Education I believe is a very natural process which we have ourselves made very complicated.

Br. Abid