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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Fayez Awad
What is the concept of education and its importance?
Praise be to Allah Most High. Blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions, and those who follow him.
Education is the nurturing of the Muslim and the preparation of the individual comprehensively from all aspects – for life in this world and the Hereafter, in the light of Islam. Alternatively, it is the holistic formation of the individual and society following the Sacred Law of Allah Most High.
Education is a strenuous task, an effort that requires time, and it is a noble mission. The importance of addressing this topic is highlighted in the following points:
1- Lessons in Raising Children from the Prophet and Righteous Predecessors
Emulating the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him), his companions, and the righteous predecessors in raising their followers and children. By understanding how they raised them, we can understand how to raise our children.
2- Assessing the Present State of the Umma
When one examines the reality of the Umma, one finds a dire situation unlike any experienced in previous eras. Many Islamic principles are on the verge of extinction in some Islamic countries, and through education, this situation can be addressed.
3- Self Resilience
Through education, a child’s self-resilience is cultivated, making them resist temptations and doubts. This education strengthens their mindfulness of Allah Most High, preventing them from transgressing the boundaries of Allah Most High when they are alone. They remain steadfast and unaffected by the desires that have become widespread in this era, even if those desires are unsought.
4- Preparation for Challenges
Education is crucial for preparing children to endure hardships, calamities, and trials they may encounter in their future lives.
5- Preparation for Their Role
Education prepares the child to fulfil their entrusted role to benefit themselves, their community, and their nation.
6- Protecting Themselves and Their Community
The importance of education becomes evident when faced with the relentless campaign to corrupt society by enemies of Islam. The existence of such a campaign must be met with the upbringing of children, enabling them to protect themselves and their community.
7- Safeguarding the Intellect
Education ensures the intellectual security of the child, keeping them away from extremism and protecting them from ideas contrary to Islam, such as secularism and the like.
8- Bridging the Gaps in Educational Institutions
Education is crucial in making up for the shortcomings of educational institutions, such as schools and mosques.
9– Addressing the Consequences of Educational Negligence on Community Health
Some diseases that have spread within the community result from negligence or shortcomings in education. Issues like immodesty, public indecency, drug abuse, and other problems have become prevalent due to educational negligence or weaknesses.
10- Fostering Moral Excellence Through Education
Education is a means to guide a child towards higher moral standards, such as practising altruism, patience, and cultivating a love for the well-being of others.