Importance of Islamic Education
Islamic Studies is an essential part of growing up in a western culture an environment. Children generally assimilate into their environment rapidly often in a generation if unchecked can loose their culture, religion and identity.
1. Islamic education instills in a child the foundations of Islam.
Islam is a way of life for us Muslims, not simply a belief. In order for a Muslim to grow up living his life in the Islamic way, he must learn and practice Islam from a young age. When a child is young, he is the most impressionable and absorbs knowledge just as how it is taught. A quote from Al-Ghazali that a child “is a trust (placed by Allah) in the hands of his parents, and his innocent heart is a precious element capable of taking impressions”. When a child is born, he starts learning about life and everything around him. Information is absorbed like a sponge.
with the Islamic Syllabus children will be able to learn about the basic foundations of Islam formally such as Fiqh, Qur’an, Hadith, Tauhid, Arabic language, History of Islam and our Prophet (S) and the holy Aimmah. The formal Islamic education will keep the values and basics of Islam ingrained into the life of a child.
2. Islamic education educates the child with the right knowledge of Islam.
Providing Islamic education allows the right knowledge of Islam to be taught to children. Parents or grandparents may not have 100% knowledge or correct information as they may not have gone to classes formally for all aspects of Islam.
Rather than a child living his life believing or practicing something wrong, formal Islamic education enables a child to learn about Islam from properly trained teachers and from reliable resources provided for them.
3. Islamic education keeps Islam in the life of the child.
For children attending secular primary, or teens attending secular secondary school, they hardly have any contact with Islam in any part of their lives in school or after school. To keep Islam close to the hearts of our children, sending them for Islamic education at weekend Madrasahs for a few hours a week puts Islam into their minds. Throughout their school week, they will be able to keep in mind the teachings from their Madrasah over the weekend.
Moreover, there are many options close to home for such weekend Madrasahs.
4. Attending weekend Islamic schools gifts them good companions.
In the secular schools, religion is rarely or ever mentioned or seen. If Islam is not being practised at home, our kids might never see the importance of Islam in their lives at all. When your children attend Islamic school, even if for an hour each week, he/she is exposed to other Muslim peers in their age group who are also learning.
Giving a child formal Islamic education is as or more important as providing any other form of education. For the best for our children and for them to grow to be good Muslims, we must provide them the easily available Islamic education for them to start living their lives with Islam from young.