Introduction to Education
2. Children's classes
3. Adults Classes
4. Other Classes
to Education: The pursuit of knowledge has lead Mankind to make
many great breakthroughs in their understanding of the world around it
and in the process by which things happen. It has led to complex and mind-boggling
scientific advancements, which have completely changed how we lead our
lives, radically different from anything in the past. However, does religious
education and knowledge have any role to play in this 'new' society or
is there a greater need today then there has ever been before?
Dedicated to Learn: A vast amount of time and wealth is invested in studying and
education. The aim of this education is to give someone a good start in
life which will benefit them in later years. For example, we send our
children to school and insist that they work hard at school. If they achieve
some good qualifications in their school years, more employment opportunities
will open up in the future. Good jobs is often associated with a better
standard of life and more security. Wealth can be easily lost unlike your
knowledge and qualifications which accompany you throughout your life.
Deficiencies: Education certainly has an importance in this life. The education may
be broad and cover a wide range of disciplines but usually neglects the
spiritual nature of our lives. How many classes genuinely help to explain
our purpose in life? Explain to us about our creator? Tells us about the
signs around us which lead to the truth or the teachings of the prophets?
How much of this education helps to improve the moral fibre of our society
and how much of this education promotes values such as respect, modesty,
humility and piety?
Spiritual: The need for this spiritual and moral education
is amply demonstrated by the ills within our society. As we move more
into a materialistic frame of mind we totally neglect our spiritual side
leading to more disruptions within our personal and social lives. Society
breaks down; the family unit breaks down as people become more distant.
We rely on fantasy and entertainment, alcohol and drugs to drown out every
remembrance and need of the soul inside us.
Religious education: The fact remains that one day we will die and a new phase in
our lives will begin. Scientific research or any other form of analysis
can't explain this next phase. Instead we have to turn to other sources
for this information and guidance. This is where religious guidance plays
a vital role. It teaches us about the wrongs and rights; it encourages
us to be of good character and actions; it teaches us about our purpose
of life and what happens when we die; it teaches us about our creator
and the relationship we should have with Him; it teaches that which is
beyond human perception and can only be taught through divinely appointed
teaches - the Prophets.
"The best of you is he who has learnt
the Qu'ran and then taught it."
Islamic Education: There are many ideologies in the many societies on Earth. Their present
forms are often based on ideas which have evolved with the changing times.
Islam is different because of the concrete unchangeable foundation upon
which our deen is based known as the Holy Quran. We also have the Sunnah
as a practice guide to the application of this divine blueprint. Both
the Quran and the Sunnah are also the foundations upon which Islamic education
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up: As children grow they tend to be influenced by the environment
they are brought up in. It is fair to say that the majority of the waking
time Muslim children are surrounded by influences that are often detrimental
to their spiritual well-being. Many of these influences go against values
which Muslims hold. These influences may be in the form of their school
education, the friends they keep, television and radio programs, magazines
and books they read.
Islamic Education: For Muslim children to live in this environment, they have to have a good
understanding of their deen. This understanding is the minimum necessary
tools for them to function and prosper in this society. A good Islamic
education is more essential to our children than to those children who
live in an environment where islam is followed and practiced.
Parent's Duty: It is our duty as parents to teach our children about Islam and helping
them to achieve a good understanding. In everyday life, when children
are confronted by choices, they can clearly tell the difference between
right and wrong. They should have a deep love and respect for our deen
so that it is the central part of their adult life.
And know that you possessions and your offspring
are only a trial; and that it is Allah with whom there is a tremendous
Holy Qu'ran 8:28
Future Adults: Only by instilling a deep understanding of Islam can we hope to have well
balanced adults in the future. These children will grow up and be the
torch-bearers of Islam and their spirituality will be a testimony to their
Islamic education. We need to take advantage of these classes now and
inshallah promote these activities within our community.
classes are part of this education. May Allah help us assist in this important
role and grant us success in this life and in the Hereafter.
Ultimate responsibility: It should always be remembered that although the Masjids and
Islamic centres have a role to play in their Islamic education, the parents
have a bigger role and responsibility for their children's education.
Ultimately the responsibility of their children's education will fall
on the parents and they will need to account for this on the Day of Judgment.
"No father can give his child anything
better than good manners."
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is a popular excuse 'I am too old to study'. However, in Islam,
we have no basis for such statements. In fact, the opposite is true, Islam
encourages all Muslims, male and female, to study from their childhood
until old age.
Dedication: Islam, as we are are taught, is the central most important part of our
lives. In other words, we hold all the teachings of Islam in the highest
esteem and dedicate our lives in implementing these beliefs. One of the
requirements is that we spend our whole lives studying Islam, Quran, Hadith,
Science, History ...
Studying: It is only through study that we become closer to Allah. Through study,
we see the magnificence of his handiwork in all aspects of creation. Numerous
times Allah has asked us to ponder over the Quran and its meaning. Allah
has asked us to look into the heavens and within our selves so that we
can truly witness Allah's magnificence. Allah has told us to look back
into History at the people that came before us and their demise. Through
this we can learn about their downfall and rectify our own actions.
has favoured the believers by sending them a messenger from amongst
themselves, to recite His verses to them, to purify them, and
teach them the book and wisdom whereas previously
they were in clear error."
Holy Qu'ran 3:164
Guidance: The Quran is the word of Allah and His guidance is for all of us. How
are we expected to follow the teachings until we know what the teachings
are. Therefore we must dedicate some time for studying in our busy daily
schedules. Only through study can we learn of our creators will and plan.
We have experienced scholars, from whom we can learn our deen, practice
it and pass it onto others.
Historic Basis: Throughout
history, we see that Muslims dedicated their lives to studying and practicing
their deen. In fact, at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) there
were the Ashaab-i-Suffah, who spend their lives studying. They learned
directly from the Prophet (PBUH) in his mosque in Madina (Masjid-al-Nabwi).
They were adults who had a passion for their deen and indeed through these
people and their efforts, Islam was preserved, practiced and preached
throughout the ages.
Dua: May Allah
give us all the zeal to study and practice our deen and let the reality
of Islam enter our hearts.
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Historic: Historically Muslims have been the main thrust in the study of sciences
and other branches of faith. In the past, Muslims had given direction
and indeed birth to the study of many sciences such as Algebra, medicine,
science, geography, geology.. This zeal for learning was not confined
to Taleem (religious lessons and the study of the Quran) but indeed looked
at the wider universe and creation around them, as the quran commanded
Other Classes: These
days we have our universities and colleges but the Masjids and Musallas
still have a role to play. Apart from the religious taleem, the study
of the Quran and the basic beliefs of Islam, there are a number of other
classes that take place in the community.
Types of Classes: Many of these classes have been setup to meet certain requirements of
the local community like language classes such as Urdu. There are other
classes which have been setup in the past by request of certain Muslims
brothers. For example, we had classic Arabic classes run for a number
of keen Muslims. There are a third type of class which have been setup
by individuals for their own family, friends or colleges. They may not
be affiliated with any of the centres but may (or may not) use some of
the facilities the centres have to offer.
may not find a class that is appealing to you. If you have any ideas or
want to see something changed or added then why don't you get involved.
Maybe through your efforts improvements may be made for the betterment
of the whole community. May Allah accept all our efforts and through them
provide unity and peace within the community.
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