Administrator on August 26th, 2011
Islam places huge emphasis on gaining knowledge, so much so that the first revelation was about “Read in the name of Your Lord”. [96:1]
Education is also crucial to integration and social cohesion in a diverse multicultural and multi-faith society.
One third of Muslims are under age 16 and there are approximately half a million Muslim children and young people currently receiving education in British schools and colleges. There is significant diversity in what Muslim parents want. While some would like to send their children to schools with an Islamic ethos, others merely want single-sex schooling. The majority of Muslims in the UK attend community school. However, at present many parents, including Muslims, feel that community schools are not meeting the needs of their children.
The key educational issues concerning Muslim parents are: the continuing poor academic results of Muslim children and the inadequacy of spirituals and moral education that schools provide. There are many reasons for this and a number of stakeholders have a vital role to play if things are to change any time soon.
The Muslim community of Leeds has embarked on a new initiative to build a nursery, with a view to eventually establishing a school.
The management committee of Al-Madina Jamia Masjid and Makkah Masjid, Leeds Muslim Council, believes teaching Islam is not only about learning the basic duties such as praying. It is teaching the children manners, as well as cleanliness, and remembrance of Allah. Something as simple as having the children wash their hands and say ‘bismillah’ before they eat, teaches them how to act as Muslims on a daily basis. A Nursery shall provide an Islamic environment to the children and will instil in them good morals, which will help them become good Muslims. A good Muslim is a good citizen, a gentle and caring member of the society.
The education of children is an on-going reality. In this blessed month of Ramadan, help us towards giving a better future to our children and earn multiple rewards. Pay your Sadaqah/donations towards education and building the nursery to assist young Muslims to have a better future, insha’Allah.
When a Muslim will make a donation to the school, this will Inshallah be a Sadaqa Jariya, which will bring continuous reward until the day of Judgement.
The Prophet (Sallallahhualihiwasalam) said “When the son of Adam dies his actions come to an end except three things, a continuing charity or knowledge which gives benefit or a pious child who prays for him” [Sahih Muslim]
Yorkshire Evening Post has written a feature on Muslim community seeking to establish Nursery. Please click on the attached link: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/central-leeds/leeds_mosques_on_fast_track_for_new_schools_1_3715547