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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 68 (Contemporary Education: Can we achieve our goals -the vector effect theory 6)

28 Dec

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

(from an Imam Brother)
Dear respected Dr. Abid bhai,

How can homeschooling parents apply vector method with their kids? Please elaborate in terms of specific steps so it can enlighten us on a daily routine basis.

I strongly recommend any homeschooling mom here to then take notes of your guidelines and compile it in some form of booklet for others to benefit from it insha’Allah.

Secondly Abid bhai, i strongly recommend you hold sessions or workshops on this vector method to educate parents in general in Karachi and not just restrict yourself to this forum, because i believe many parents “perception” will change drastically once they are exposed to this concept which eventually will transform their vision of what they want for their child’s education. May be we homeschooling families should put together a program at some hall or center at some central point in Karachi and invite our circle of relatives and friends there.

any suggestions from parents here

(My response)
Assalamu Alaikum,

Jazak’Allah for your response brother Imam Jawad. I will Insha’Allah reply to your quarries in my next e-mail. For today I will like to quote a few of Qur’anic Ayahs for my sisters and brothers to reflect upon keeping my last email on vector effect in mind. I recommend first the ayah be studied closely in Arabic and then if required the translation, for what is written in Arabic cannot be completely represented in any other language:

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

And those who strive in Our (cause),-We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right. Al-Qur’an, (029.069 Al-Ankaboot)( Yusuf Ali Trans)

(But as for those who strive hard in Our cause -We shall most certainly guide them onto paths that lead unto Us: [Lit., “Our paths”. The plural used here is obviously meant to stress the fact – alluded to often in the Quran -that there are many paths, which lead to a cognizance (marifah) of God.] for, behold, God is indeed with the doers of good.) (Alama Asad Trans)

My comment: Does it not apply to cause and effect theory? ‘You shall reap what you sow or what you sincerely strive for’.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لا يَعْلَمُونَ

Soset thou thy face steadily and truly for Deen (the Faith): (establish) Allah’s handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made mankind: no change (let there be) in the work (wrought) by Allah: that is the standard Religion: but most among mankind understand not. ( 030.030 Ar-Room) ( Yusuf Ali Translation)

Therefore, set your purpose for the Upright System of Life. That resonates with Allah’s Law of Origination (of the Universe) including the origination of mankind. Allah’s Law of and for His Creation is unchangeable and, therefore, trustworthy. This Universal System is Perfect, but most people know not. (Allah has initiated the Universe with a Sublime Plan wherein all things are committed to His Law, and mankind being a part of that Plan, must live by His Law). Al-Qur’an, (030:030)

AND SO, set thy face steadfastly towards the [one ever-true] faith, in accordance with the natural disposition which God has instilled into man: [for,] not to allow any change to corrupt what God has thus created ever-true faith; but most people know it not. (30:30) (Alama Asad’s translation)

[I.e., “surrender thy whole being”; the term “face” is often used metonymically in the sense of one’s “whole being”.] turning away from all that is false, [For this rendering of hanif, see note on 2:135.] [The term fitrah, rendered by me as “natural disposition”, connotes in this context man’s inborn, intuitive ability to discern between right and wrong, true and false, and, thus, to sense God’s existence and oneness. Cf. the famous saying of the Prophet, quoted by Bukhari and Muslim: “Every child is born in this natural disposition; it is only his parents that later turn him into a `Jew’, a `Christian’, or a `Magian’.” These three religious formulations, best known to the contemporaries of the Prophet, are thus contrasted with the “natural disposition” which, by definition, consists in man’s instinctive cognition of God and self-surrender (Islam) to Him. (The term “parents” has here the wider meaning of “social influences” or “environment”).] (Alama Asad)

My comment: Should education and fitrahnot be related, for fitrah is the patterns of Allah, his handiwork, his natural disposition, his true organization of mankind and all the affairs of this world. Where does the contemporary education’s stand on that?

31:6 وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أُولَئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ

But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, without knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah and throw ridicule (on the Path): for such there will be a Humiliating Penalty. Al-Qur’an, 031.006 (Luqman [Luqman])

And of men is he who takes instead frivolous discourse to lead astray from Allah’s path without knowledge, and to take it for a mockery; these shall have an abasing chastisement. (Shakir Translation)

And of men is he who takes instead frivolous discourse to lead astray from Allah’s path without knowledge, and to make it a mockery. For such is an abasing chastisement. (Muhammad Ali Translation)

And from the people, there are those who accept baseless narrations to mislead from the path of God without knowledge, and they take it as entertainment. These will have a humiliating retribution. (Translation)

My comment: Can we call our prevalent education system ‘lahwal hadith’, which takes us away from Allah’s ways. And we are doing it without much knowledge of what is really happening with our children.

I request sisters and brothers to please reflect on above and comment.

Truly Br Abid.