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Education is one of the most important aspects in human development and perhaps the most leading social institution in any societies.

Real Education Vs Education | By Emma Sajjad

Education is one of the most important aspects in human development and perhaps the most leading social institution in any societies. In general, education is to convey a common set of beliefs, values, norms, and understanding from the adult generation to its youths. Islam looks at education as a form of worship (ibadah) where Muslim share a common set of values based on the Quran (the fundamental and most reliable source for many fields of knowledge) and Sunnah. Hassan, K. (1989) describes education from the Islamic point of view, as a long life process of preparing an individual to actualize his role as a vicegerent (Khalifah) of Allah on earth and thereby contribute fully to the reconstruction and development of his society in order to achieve well-being in this world and hereafter. The writers strongly believe that the function of Islamic education should effort to teach and help students acquire different aspects of knowledge within the parameters of Islam through the use of a well designed program. The history of Islamic education in Malaysia dated back as early as 13th century when Islam first came to this region. Islamic education can be divided into four stages:

• Centered around teachers’ houses

• Centered around mosques, suraus and madrasahs

• Centered around religious institutions called ‘Pondok’. (Literally, Hut school)

• Centered around religious institutions called ‘Madrasah’ schools

In seeking to live successfully in this modern world and at the same time having a strong relationship with Islamic principles, Muslim countries have been emphasizing a great deal on the significance of the role of Islamic education and the importance of mastering science and technology. Pakistan is a Muslim majority country. All the citizens value that Islam is not a religion restricted to a particular class or party. All Muslims own it at the individual level as a matter of personal sincerity. It is, therefore, impossible to believe that we can as a nation remain oblivious to the need of religious education. Only a nation of a mind to maintain a distinct clergy for the performance of religious means and rituals can afford to segregate religious and secular streams of education. That would be a nation where a predominantly large section of the society is not speaking from religion and for which religion is no more a live phenomenon. Even a simple knowledge about Islam would show that it neither allows Papacy, nor a professional clergy, nor a tribe like Levies. Every Muslim should be interested in knowing the fundamentals of Islam. It is his responsibility to have an awareness about it to a degree matching his abilities and faculties. No doubt, to be a religious scholar, it requires a full-time affection and a lot of hard work, but nevertheless a layman must get some basic religious education. Education plays a vital role in the progress of any nation and is responsible for its advancement towards success. That is why the founder of Pakistan Quiad-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah laid great stress on acquiring education. He once said while addressing the students:

“Education is a matter of life and death for our country”

The constitution of Pakistan has also provided the right of education to every Pakistani. The article 25-A of the constitution of Pakistan says:

“The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be determined by the law.”

If someone were to ask, what the center of Islam in the smallest is possible words, the answer would be, “it is within the word Islam itself: to serve, worship, and lovingly submit to God.”People are free to choose correctly or wrongly. When Islam–the true path that Allah has revealed–is explained, they come to believe of their own free will, reaching this decision with no pressure being put on them. If they make wrong choices, they will face its consequences in the Hereafter. A Muslim only has a responsibility to describe the deen of Allah. The other person will only come to belief and salvation by the will of Allah. Nobody can force anyone else to believe or to worship Love, affection; tolerance and sympathy are shared virtues among the envoys sent by Allah as guides to salvation. Allah reveals in the Qur’an that He has bestowed “sensitivity to love” on other prophets, and cites the Prophet Yahya(as), on whom He bestowed knowledge from His presence, as a model on this subject. His traditional reading method of teaching the Quran comes to mind when thinking about Islamic education, but neither performance method nor Quranic teaching was ever restricted to this method, and Islamic education is not limited to the study of the Quran. The Quran as the foundation of all knowledge guides the behavior of the believing Muslim. He original works on Islamic economic challenge the ethical foundations of the so-called new economic world order and based on a scientific analysis of economic problem of man propose a model shift from a positivistic, profit centered economy to a holistic welfare model in which economic decisions are made on the basis of global ethical principles. Education has always been a major concern of the Muslim peoples. It was launched by the Prophet Muhammad who was not only the preacher of a new religion and the head of the new community, but also an effective teacher and an excited supporter of learning. Islam is a knowledge-based religion, a religion of the Book. Since Muslim civilization has religion as a unifying factor, it is naturally based on the Qur’an and the tradition (Hadith). As soon as the mosque became the place of worship, it also became the first school in Islam and the main place for spreading Islamic education. Education as a profession was approached by the Arabs seriously and with great care. They tried to understand the nature and the capabilities of their pupil and examined the teachers’ responsibility for making learning happen.

EMMA SAJJAD

Source: http://dailythepatriot.com/real-education-vs-education/

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