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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 39 (Actions – reflection of ones education)

23 Nov

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

(from a brother)

Walekum Salaam wa Rahmatulahe Wabarakatuhu Abid Sahab

Yes, I did understand your idea and by this email it has become more clearer. From my children’s perspective I had this in my mind that whatever they read, whatever they learn, whatever they do, Allah (SWT) should not be forgotten and based on this thought I spoke to my daughter (7 year old) about working on a project. Working on writing a science book for kids – the concept of which was to demonstrate about many things / creations as to why Allah created it / them and what would have happened if it/they were not created. So while she learns the subject of science, Allah remains in picture. So that He remains as the motive and not the scientific knowledge. However when I read your example of the beggar, I realized that it is not only my children who require education for being and remaining “Allah Conscious”, I, too, am in serious need of it.

I will reproduce the example for the benefit of all the group member reading my reply.

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Let us take one common example: a beggar comes to us in a pathetic condition. Highly heart-rendering and pitiable. We can have two approaches: one is we feel greatly moved and feel that if we do not help this person he may suffer and die of hunger; the second approach can be that we take it as a testing situation from God for us, and approach the matter accordingly, fearing His disapproval in not helping such person.

The first approach emanates from a subconscious belief that there is no one looking after the beggar and if we do not feed him he will die of hunger. We make Rab or sustainers of ourselves. The feeling that there is no God looking after him, or a God who does not know the situation, or incapable of sustaining His created. Will it not be an entirely wrong approach? The second approach accepts the correct status of the Creator and His expectations from the created.

Now let us look into ourselves and see what would have been our reflexive action? Not much different than the first one for most of us. It is not that we do not believe in God as sustainer, it is because the prevalent education system has defaulted in creating deep belief in same, instead it has given us a materialistic approach to everything. It has greatly faltered in teaching us the correct status of the created and the Creator.

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It occurred to me, while writing the word “Allah-Conscious” above that this is what Allah (SWT) is referring to in the Quran as “Muttaqi” and that it is for them that “The Book” i.e. Quran has “Hidaya” i.e. guidance.

ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ ۛ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ
This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those who are Muttaqeen (Conscious of Allah).
(Surah Al-Baqarah – Surah # 2, Ayah # 2)

Jazak Allah Khair.

(my response)

Assalamu Alaikum,

JazakAllah Br. for responding.  Alhamdulillah I can feel that you have got some msg from my emails. Another small example I will like to give to create a stronger thrust to my conceptual proposition. When we use things that have been given in our custody, how much do we relate it to the commands of Allah subhana wa ta’ala? For example when we are using water how much does it occur to us that we have to avoid asraf or excess. Do we realize that at the end of the water system some people/ animal/plants  will not be receiving water or receiving lesser water because of the excess that we commit at our station? Do we realize that on the Day of Judgment there will be so many people who will be complaining to the Judge of Judges to get justice for the great inconvenience our reckless overindulgence may have caused them? Will we be left with any weight in the scale of our virtues, or they will all be distributed to the sufferers? We generally feel that we are paying for this and has the right to use it as we wish. This is just a very small example that I am using here. There are so many more things which indicate how much we lack. Now how can we create this God-consciousness? Is it not related to taqwa, or Mutaqi? In fact this is all due to how we actually see this world and our life here. It is said ‘one’s actions are the reflection of the person’s Iman’, or ‘amal Iman ki kasoti hai’. Brother where do we stand? We have to realize there is something going greatly wrong somewhere.  We know all in theory but greatly lack in practice.

My above narration is to make us realize the importance of perception, or how we perceive this world, life here, and all that is occurring around us. I see it as of prime relevance to education.

Will appreciate some contribution from the audience in this respect.

Truly,
Br. Abid.

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