Assalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu Every religion, culture, and community has got an identity. The Christian community has the Church, the Jewish community has its Synagogue, the Hindu Community has it’s Mandir, the Sikh community has the Gurdwara and the Buddhists have their Temple and so on…..But the Muslim community not only has the Masjid but also the educational Madrasah.
Al-hamdulillah, Allah Ta’ala has blessed the Muslims with such a great bounty where children from as young as five learn to read the Qur’an, Islamic Taarikh (history), Adab & Akhlaaq (Manners and Etiquettes), Hadith (Traditions of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam), Fiqh (Basic Islamic Rulings) and much more. This is also where children complete Hifz (the memorisation of 30 chapters, 114 Surahs and over 6,000 verses of the Holy Qur’an!). This in itself is a miracle of Allah Ta’ala, but the message I am trying to get across is that the Madrasah system is a bounty which through the efforts of our pious predecessors, for hundreds of years, has educated us and has saved many of us from becoming completely neglectful of the Deen.
Today more than 80% of Muslims can read the Holy Qur’aan in its original Arabic text. This is all through the blessings of the madrasah which even our local ‘Imaam’s’ owe a great deal to. Through the madrasah, an individual bases his or her moral values which carries them throughout their life. We should be thanking Allah Ta’ala for giving us one of the most precious gifts i.e. children. Almighty Allah mentions: “To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills. He bestows female (offspring) upon whom He wills, and bestows male (offspring) upon whom He wills.” (Surah Shura verse 49)
Now it is up to us as to how we take care of this priceless gift. In order for us to value this great gift and bounty (Ni’mah) (i.e. Children) we need to make sure that they receive due attention, proper Nurturing (Tarbiyah) and education so that they can become a great asset for us in both the worlds. Unfortunately, nowadays we don’t value the madrasah as much as our predecessors did. Islamic education is being disregarded. Instead of sending our children to the Madrasah to gain the necessary Islamic knowledge and practice, we would rather send them to an after-school homework club or to football practice. We have this attitude and tend to think that when our son or daughter has completed the recitation of the Holy Qur’an once or twice, then their Islamic education is complete. We don’t fully realise the spiritual benefit of the madrasah. As soon as a child steps out of the house, he or she becomes exposed to various kinds of evil temptations and mischief. The child falls prey to the tricks of the Shaytaan. As soon as they enter environments where there is little respect of teachers and the child sees the area as unsanctified, flirtation becomes a thing of the norm, swearing becomes a core part of the limited vocabulary; slander and backbiting become the discussions of the day. So many other vices become part of the child’s everyday life.
But when a child comes home, performs Wudhu and then goes to the Madrasah, He/she will safeguard from these satanic practices. The child will sit in such an environment where the words of Allah Ta’ala are recited in melodious tunes, stories of the Ambiyaa are mentioned, and Sunnahs are explained. What can be a more virtuous gathering than this? It is for this reason that I plead to all parents not to withdraw their children at a young age because of what has been mentioned. A couple of hours of madrasah a day really can keep Shaytaan away!
This introduction is designed to give you necessary information about the Madrasah as you are, quite rightly, anxious to secure the very best for your child. True education is the harmonious development of physical, mental and spiritual abilities. We feel we are unique in many ways as we prepare children to meet the basic intellectual and social demands of adult life within an Islamic environment that will provide the means to be successful in the hereafter. This goal is achieved by developing clearly defined standards of practice and behavior the Islamic way. If you feel this is what you want for your child, then the establishment of SIA and what it represents will have proved worthwhile. With the help of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and with the support of parents and the community we will make SIA an environment in which learning takes place with confidence; thus creating a path to achieving excellence in education and piety.