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Edunatural (15)– the Islamic way to educate children (We do not have time to work on systems – what does that implicate?)

7 May

Assalamu Alaikum,
Have we ever tried to realize the importance of this life, the importance to each single sole that is sent here to this phase of life? This is the only one life that we have been given to perform and Qur’an is very clear that there will be no other chances after this. One life for ourselves as well as for our children. If we pass the test we live in paradise for ever and what if we fail….? Should we not have our hairs stand at this serious fright?

يَا مَعْشَرَ الْجِنِّ وَالإنْسِ أَلَمْ يَأْتِكُمْ رُسُلٌ مِنْكُمْ يَقُصُّونَ عَلَيْكُمْ آيَاتِي وَيُنْذِرُونَكُمْ لِقَاءَ يَوْمِكُمْ هَذَا قَالُوا شَهِدْنَا عَلَى أَنْفُسِنَا وَغَرَّتْهُمُ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا وَشَهِدُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ أَنَّهُمْ كَانُوا كَافِرِينَ
(Qur’an 6: 130)

“O ye assembly of Jinns and men! came there not unto you messengers from amongst you, setting forth unto you My signs, and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?” They will say: “We bear witness against ourselves.” It was the life of this world that deceived them. So against themselves will they bear witness that they rejected Faith.

How many among us really feel that we are preparing ourselves and our children correctly to pass this exclusive test here? Can it be done by lingering around and following our speculations, or are we required to enter Allah’s deen 100%? Which is no conjecture at all. Then why are we in this state of confusion regarding nearly all aspects of our lives? Is it not because we are totally subdued and in a way immersed in an alien thought structure, an alien way of life? Our vision is western, our dimension is western. This attitude is shown towards our education system as well. We confess and complain that our children are being destroyed, and then we see we are adopting the thoughts and the ways of the secular west even at our homes, in our personal conduct. Our life is being governed by the ways of the west, is it not? I see us transgressing in nearly all aspects of life following the ways of those who have openly transgressed against Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Education is no exception; rather is the root cause of this transgression. Our minds are made to follow the ways of the west because we are trained by their child grooming systems at large. We are reminded by Qur’an:

فَتَرَى الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ مَرَضٌ يُسَارِعُونَ فِيهِمْ يَقُولُونَ نَخْشَى أَنْ تُصِيبَنَا دَائِرَةٌ فَعَسَى اللَّهُ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ بِالْفَتْحِ أَوْ أَمْرٍ مِنْ عِنْدِهِ فَيُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا أَسَرُّوا فِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ نَادِمِينَ
(al-Maida: 51-52)

Those in whose hearts is a disease – thou seest how eagerly they run about amongst them (Christians and Jews), saying: “We do fear lest a change of fortune bring us disaster.” Ah! perhaps Allah will give (thee) victory, or a decision according to His will. Then will they repent of the thoughts which they secretly harboured in their hearts.

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لا تَتَّخِذُوا بِطَانَةً مِنْ دُونِكُمْ لا يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالا وَدُّوا مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الآيَاتِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ

O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom.

قُلْ أَغَيْرَ اللَّهِ أَتَّخِذُ وَلِيًّا فَاطِرِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأرْضِ وَهُوَ يُطْعِمُ وَلا يُطْعَمُ قُلْ إِنِّي أُمِرْتُ أَنْ أَكُونَ أَوَّلَ مَنْ أَسْلَمَ وَلا تَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
قُلْ إِنِّي أَخَافُ إِنْ عَصَيْتُ رَبِّي عَذَابَ يَوْمٍ عَظِيمٍ

Say: “Shall I take for my protector any other than Allah, the Maker of the heavens and the earth? And He it is that feedeth but is not fed.” Say: “Nay! but I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah (in Islam), and be not thou of the company of those who join gods with Allah.”
Say: “I would, if I disobeyed my Lord, indeed have fear of the penalty of a Mighty Day

Please do not think that these ayahs are not relevant. These are very much relevant to our present approach, whereas we are promised by our lord that if we apply ourselves in His cause He will show us the way. Nevertheless, we are not eager enough to find the way and adopt to go the easy way; the drawing room efforts, not leaving our comfort zones. We are not at all eager enough to develop our systems. Moreover, when we do that we again follow the western methodology for that project:

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

اور جن لوگوں نے ہمارے لئے کوشش کی ہم اُن کو ضرور اپنے رستے دکھا دیں گے۔ اور خدا تو نیکو کاروں کے ساتھ ہے

And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right.

لِمَنْ شَاءَ مِنْكُمْ أَنْ يَتَقَدَّمَ أَوْ يَتَأَخَّرَ
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ رَهِينَةٌ

To any of you that chooses to press forward, or to follow behind;-
Every soul will be (held) in pledge for its deeds

أَيَحْسَبُ الإنْسَانُ أَنْ يُتْرَكَ سُدًى
Does man think that he will be left uncontrolled?

بَلِ الإنْسَانُ عَلَى نَفْسِهِ بَصِيرَةٌ
وَلَوْ أَلْقَى مَعَاذِيرَهُ
Nay, man will be evidence against himself,
Even though he were to put up his excuses.

فَأَمَّا مَنْ طَغَى
وَآثَرَ الْحَيَاةَ الدُّنْيَا
فَإِنَّ الْجَحِيمَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَى
Then, for such as had transgressed all bounds,
And had preferred the life of this world,
The Abode will be Hell-Fire;

We find warnings after warnings for our transgression. Sisters and brothers are these warnings not for us?

Allah subhana wa ta’ala and His prophet, may peace blessings of Allah be upon him, invite us towards fit’rah (the nature) and we lunge towards the artificial ways of the west. How old are the western ways 200 yrs or say 300 yrs. and the humanity has existed for thousands of years. Is the present education system providing the need to develop human beings? Is it in any way, or is it creating a highly dangerous race of people who will be creating utter chaos in the world both in the non-Muslim world as well as in Muslims because their Qalb (reflective unit) are not being developed. This education does not have the provision to develop Qalb (reflective unit), does it, and without Qalb a man I believe is an animal only and not human. Is this not what the secular west claims to?

I write all this because I do not see people really bothered, otherwise they would move. Every now and then, I am given a comment that due to some activities or time restraints they do not find themselves capable to work for this cause. Do we not see that our prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has very clearly put the parent as the main educators. Does it not implicate, that the parents are best educators or facilitators? Does it not and most of us refuse to accept this injunction and, as brother Salman Asif say, we outsource this responsibility to people that we do not even know. I have heard even seniors among us say that they cannot say much about education; probably it is the western education they are referring to. But who is suffering actually? It is we the parents first as we will have hardly any excuse to present to our lord.

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

So set thou thy face steadily and truly to 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.

Is it not the time we realize the actual issue and act?

Br. Abid