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Edunatural (2)– the Islamic way to educate children (The nervousness behind ‘How?)

17 Mar

(In December 2013 a focus group from among the homeschooling group, at edunatural.yahoogroups.com, was formed with the project to redefine and redesign education from Islamic perspective. The below correspondence has been taken from the group mails)

(from a sister)
So how do we implement this nizam? After trying to do away with this awe of western culture what should our next step be ?

(my response)
Jazaki’Allah sister for asking this question.
Once I asked an Islamic school principal whether any learning can take place without the student being motivated to learn and she replied that is was not possible. My next question was: are you students motivated to learn and she replied ‘Abid bhai this is the main problem’. She was right. No work can be done without required motivation. If we have enough motivation we get up 3 AM in the morning every day for a month and watch world cup football, where as we may be getting late daily for Fajr salat in our normal routine, or neglecting another ‘Farz’. The reason for this attitude is that we are not motivated enough, because if we most definitely would have.
The above preposition goes for the education a well. Unless we realize what we are putting our children through and how it is effecting their and our’s a’akhira we will not make enough efforts for developing this Nizam e Tarbiyah.
Allah’s promise is:

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 (Al-Ankaboot:69)

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

Can it be any other way? Allah’s promise is for sure true, and I am amazed over why we are lurking in Dark over education. I may conclude that we are not serious enough and have somehow compromised with the contemporary education. Sisters and brothers not I; I will keep on my mission if even not a single person supports me. Because I am working for my a’aqiba.
I see presently generally we are not motivated enough. I pray that this group of ours realizes the need for working on this system and I guarantee you that Allah will show us the way and help us. Have faith on the words of Allah.
I will be writing shorter emails and where required I will provide link to previous writings on education.
My next email will be on how we should proceed and will require your input to that.
Br, Abid

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Edunatural – the Islamic way to educate children (The beginning)

14 Mar

(In December 2013 a focus group from among the homeschooling group, at edunatural.yahoogroups.com, was formed with the project to redefine and redesign education from Islamic perspective. The below correspondence has been taken from the group emails)

Assalamu Alaikum,

The best prayers for guidance is Sura Fatiha:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ

صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلا الضَّالِّينَ

In the Name of Allah, the Most the Most Merciful.

Praise be to Allah
Lord of the Worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
Master of the Day of Judgment!
You alone we worship,
and to You alone we look for help.
Guide us to the straight path,
The Path of those upon whom You bestowed favors,
not those who have invited Your wrath, nor those who have gone astray.

Asked from Allah subhana wa ta’ala most repeatedly by us many times everyday. Here I will just like to focus on the last two ayahs where we fervently ask for His guidance and ask not to let us tread on the path of those ‘who have invited Your wrath, nor those who have gone astray’ We have to reflect what we are voluntarily doing; are we not following the path of non-Muslims in nearly all aspects of life? What system have we developed to run our affairs? Be it economics, be it finance, be it justice system, be it social or be it education. And we hardly realize this? So whose way are we treading? We should remind ourselves of our prophets (sallalla hu alaihe wasall) hadith where he predicted that the Muslims will totally follow the Jews and Christians, to an extent that if they enter lizard’s hole the Muslims too will.  We should really fear Allah over our attitudes and expend ourselves in developing our own systems. I believe Nizam e Tarbiyah is the first system that has to be defined and developed, for without an Islamic/Qur’anic perception developed by correct Tarbiyah we cannot develop any other Islamic systems.

On the other hand if we remain quite following alien systems for sure we will have to account for on the judgment day; each one of us to our limits of influence.

Sisters and brothers I have conviction that this nizam e tarbiyah can be conveniently developed, as it is natural and we have all the guidance in Qur’an, Sunnah and human fitrah (nature). Let us all participate in this task and pray that Allah takes the awe of the alien systems out of our hearts and guide us in each step of our endeavors.

Br. Abid