By CRISTINA (MARYAM) IGNAT
DURING the early days of Islam â€“ and when Islam started being strong, or â€œthe Golden days of Islamâ€ â€“ the education system of the child was â€œcompleteâ€ â€“ right from the beginning.
The role of the Masjid was to introduce the kids to Qurâ€™an and Hadith (which is still being maintained in the madrasahs nowadays) â€“ but also to provide necessary education to the potential students (children and adults) with the â€œdunia education (Math, Arabic, science, medicine, etc.) â€“ therefore, the kids would have strong education in basic Islamic concepts, but could also learn â€œduniaâ€ material all at the same time. Thus the education was complete and there was no need for â€œpublic schoolâ€ or any other kind of school (dunia school) to complement madrasah education.
When the masjid functioned as a school, the kids would automatically pray the daily prayers and learn everything while developing taqwa(awareness of Allahâ€™s greatness and the fact that our role in life is to worship Allah alone and without any partners). Thus, many of the great and well-known Muslim scientists at the time actually were first and foremost Alims (Muslim scholars), who clearly understood the purpose of life as a Muslim. Such examples are Ibn Battuta (great Muslim traveller), Avicenna(AbÅ« â€˜AlÄ« al-Husayn ibn â€˜Abd AllÄh ibn SÄ«n- doctore, mathematician, etc), Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Abd al-Malik ibn Muhammad ibn Tufail al-Qaisi al-Andalusi (ibn Tufail â€“ mathematician, scientist) â€“ etc. Many of the alims had great roles in different fields of study- such as Math, science, geography, astronomy, etc. â€“ all at the same time.
In present day â€“ we have two â€œschoolsâ€ for our children â€“ the madrasah and the dunia school â€“ this is in fact a result of secularism (separation of religion and state); it is in fact one school based on tawheed (For Allahâ€™s sake) and one school for dunia, practicaly based on kufr (worshipping other than Allah) â€“especially in countries with non-Islamic governments.
Therefore, we have confused children â€“ as to what is right and wrong â€“ since the Islamic values and the â€œpublic schoolâ€/kufr values are in obvious contradiction. Therefore, we see the â€œillsâ€ of such public education, especially by the time a child reaches high-school â€“ where it is usually all the evils of the â€œfreedom cultureâ€ are well-known to all members of society up to the point that even non-Muslims do not like the effects such â€œeducationâ€ on their own kids ( drugs being sold in almost any high-school in North America, no respect for parents, sexual freedom outside of marriage, overall lack of morals and manner, etc.)
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