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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 20 (Management of useful and useless knowledge in education)

5 Nov

(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.

Just am returning from a table tennis match in tournament held on-board ship, and I lost.
Returning to the last question asked by sister Umm Sofya:  We don’t live in isolation. The data that will make up our children’s worldview will come from people, places and situations surrounding them. The children in the earlier generation of Muslims were surrounded by a homogeneous society. In this age, what precisely do we need to do to make sure the “useless” doesn’t dominate over the “useful” knowledge?
That’s the big challenge. Differentiating useful from useless. This will majorly depend upon our perceptions of what we think is useful and what is useless. Here we should start from our end objective/goal and move backwards. Unless we are very clear about our goal we will not be able to set and move towards the required direction. Once we are very clear about our goals we have to determine what is required to reach that goal keeping all limits as ordained by our creator well in consideration. We have to have a very clear concept of Tawheed and what it demands. Allah subhana wa ta’ala is almighty, all encompassing. Everything is well under His control and can never go out of it. All the developments in this world He is totally aware of, and under His absolute control. We are entirely in a testing environment, and our next life is dependent upon our performance in this life. We have to try to live each moment of this life as per His desires and none else. To achieve good we cannot take the support or help of vice and evil. The evil will certainly cast evil or negative effects and good will certainly cast good or positive effects. For us Quran and Sunnah is our Furqan, or discerning criteria, and I do not find it any difficult to rationalize. It will only be difficult if we are either confused or have faltered in discerning right from wrong approach. Presently since we have been overwhelmed by the western influence and our perceptions are governed by secular precepts we feel nervous to venture out of it and redefine our goals of education. When we are nervous in redefining our goals of education how do we expect to develop correct methodology in striving for same. It seems we are being governed by the market demands. Sister we have to be very clear about our goals in education, and come out of the spell of western approach to education to see our way more clearly. If we are grounded in Qur’anic perception we can certainly discern useful from useless from the perspective of the a’akhira. Is our success in a’akhira our actual top most priority and main goal of education? If we actually internalize this, many things will stand out very clear. We cannot say that we lost the way because there was none to guide us; it is because we chose to be lead by the ones whom we were really impressed by (the West). This has made the things complicated for us. Please do put your opinions forward. Sister Umm Sofya do you see answer to your questions in my arguments above?

Br. Abid