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16 January 2018 
 

Educating our FUTURE GENERATION

 

ISSUE 2- Dec 2012
The role of parents and teachers has been a constant feature of debate in Western Europe’s discourse on education. Blame has variously been apportioned to parents, schools and government as all struggle to find the reasons for the generation of under-achieving and undisciplined children. These are indeed complex issues that have direct impact on the society we live in. the society we live in.. From an Islamic perspective children have been entrusted to us by God and the Qur’an asks us to pray to God to be blessed with well-behaved offspring. The health of the Muslim community relies on educated, disciplined and committed Muslim citizens who will play a full and active role in the social life of the community. In Islamic teachings the education of children is afforded just as much importance as nourishing them. The Qur’an refers to the advice given by the Prophet Luqman(S) to his son; “O my son establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid what is wrong: and bear with patient constancy whatever betide you; for this is firmness of purpose in the conduct of affairs. And swell not your cheek for pride at men nor walk in insolence through the earth; for Allah loves not any arrogant boaster. (Qur’an 31: 17-18)
Stressing the essential part that parents play in the intellectual development of their children, the Prophet Muhammad (s) states that; “A child is born as a Muslim, it is the parents who afterwards make him ..... an unbeliever”. It is not a cliché when we say that “the mother is the first teacher”. The neglected role of fathers in the upbringing of their children is also highlighted by the Prophet: “No father has given his child anything better than good manners.”........by Ibrahim Aarif
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