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Edunatural (6)– the Islamic way to educate children (Definition of education from Ummah’s perspective-1).

4 Apr

(The below correspondence has been taken from a group mails, focused on redefining and redesigning education from Islamic/Natural perspective)

Assalamu Alaikum,

Today Insha’Allah I will take up probably the most crucial topic of this whole exercise and I request all of you to scrutinize thoroughly on the definitions of education that I will be presenting, and also to present your own understanding of the definitions.

But before we discuss the definitions we will have to decide what should be the end goal of education and whether this goal should be independent of the aim or goal of your life?

The education as a process is to prepare a person in all aspects for achieving objectives of life. Since the main objective of a person’s life is to be successful in A’akhira, as such the main objective of education is to prepare a person to succeed on the day of judgment the yom uddin. Now since Islam is a complete religion and deen denotes the total way of life and living, all the activities in a human’s life fall within the scope of deen, be it relationships, profession, sports, amusements, politics, earning activities, profession, hobbies, learning languages, etc, etc. We see that education relates to all these objectives and activities of life, as well.

The above implies that all that is being done in the name of education has to fall within the boundaries of deen, or permissions of our Creator. Anything outside the boundary is harmful for our a’akhira.

We look from another perspective. We are the created or ‘toys’ (in the sense of created only) of Allah subhana wa ta’ala, and he knows best how we have been designed, what are our requirements, and what are our needs to best function in this life which he has given us to prove ourselves worthy of his abd (slave), and to function as his Khalifa (vicegerent) on earth – which again requires full compliance with abdiat (obedience). This should make us realize that all activities in education has to be taken from this perspective and no activity has to be outside this state of abdiat (state of obedience), or all the activities have to be deen (ways as prescribed by Islam) compliant. This also indicates that Islam as a deen (way of life) covers each and every aspect of life over here. Now we ask ourselves two questions: can any activity in education be out of this concept of abdiat (obedience)? Can we use any tool or methodology in education which is against this spirit?

I will like you all to please reflect on what I have stated above and provide me with your views.

Br. Abid