Motivation To Learn & Teach

Salam on you. Sir I want to ask about what is the Islamic concept of motivation for teaching/learning?Also, how Islam defines process of teaching and learning?

Answer:

The urge to learn and teach is a natural and instinctive requirement of the human nature just like other basic needs. Islam does not exhort explicitly upon general learning of skills etc. nor does it introduce any specific method for the purpose. However Islam does impose some moral and ethical restrictions regarding the utilization of the skills and arts that we learn. As God fearing human beings, we are expected to learn and utilize our…

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Religious Training Of The Children

I heard in a lecture by Javed Ahmed Ghamdi that we should give "understanding to our kids about tawheed (unicity of God) and shirk (polytheism)". Honestly I grew up in a Muslim family but nobody gave us this understanding. “Everything is just there” kind of thing and now being living in US Mr Ghamdi's talk touched me from heart. Please ask him how can I give this understanding to my kids and probably for myself too

Answer:

Please consider the following points:

For your own understanding:

- Appreciating Tawhid does not simply mean to appreciate that there is only one God. It means appreciating God that is perfect in every sense and has attributes that clearly define what should be our relationship with him. These attributes are summarized in His Names.

- As an example, one of these attributes is Basir (All Seeing). The implication of this for us is that we should not feel…

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Making The Children Memorize The Qur’an

What is the right age for children to start learning the translation and tafseer of the Qur’an? We have some children here who have finished reciting the holy Qur’an with tajweed but they do not understand Arabic. They have started reading/memorizing word to word English translation of the Book. They are between the ages of 12 to 18. Kindly suggest if it is appropriate to put them on through this process at this age. How much of tafseer or explanation is beneficial for them?

Answer:

Instead of learning the translation of the Qur’an by rote a better alternative is to make them read the translation of some selective portions of the Qur’an and later of the whole Qur’an. They have to be told that reading its translation should be developed into a lifelong daily habit. Secondly, they should be asked to learn the Arabic texts of the smaller surahs of the Qur’an together with their meanings so that they can…

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Studying Physiology And Sociology

I am 16 years old and I am currently choosing my A levels. I am interested in physiology and sociology and wanted to ask if this was allowed in Islam. Am I allowed to study this discipline as I want to become a child physiologist?

Answer:

We believe that there is nothing morally, religiously and legally wrong with pursuing this study. It is a great virtue to learn and help the fellow humans to the best of our ability.



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Required Expertise For The Islamic Scholars

I have two questions. I have read books by Mr Ghamidi and other renowned scholars and I have come to a conclusion that if you don’t have a reasonable understanding of Arabic language you cannot base your own ideology or conformity of belief, regarding the meanings of Qur’an. At the same time we must appreciate that no one today can allocate time to learn Arabic in its true form and good teachers are also not available. Secondly to understand Qur’an in this context is obviously of very worth but it’s a full time job. Also as you people are doing and every one cannot go up to that level due to limitations of time job and circumstances. Your belief regarding Islam is that it is a divine religion but this belief is not spoon fed as ours you found the truth to make your belief. Now you tell me that one person doing job running his family cannot allocate that much time so how it is possible to find the truth only relying on your literary books and conflicting opinions. Regarding translation and commentary on the Qur’an every scholar has his viewpoint but again that viewpoint is based on research. Does the Qur’an require spending whole life to find the truth only or not? How can an ordinary man realize in true sense that Islam is a divine religion?

My question relates to conflict on the matter of Ahadith. This dispute has given birth to different sects. Everyone has its own set of Ahadith to rely upon and everyone has its own chain of intermediaries who quoted that ahadith. This attitude makes one hadith correct and other wrong in the same time. I have read your article which is very helpful also but my point of view is that a man can on his own conscience judge the truthfulness of hadith?

Answer:

One must at the outset remember that one is liable to learn about Islam to the extent one is capable of viz a viz his circumstances and opportunities.

As far as the Qur'an is concerned, you can just pick up a simple translation (not tafsir) and make it a point to read a fixed portion of it everyday. There is not much difference in the basic issues of religion in any good and accepted translations. However,…

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Responsiblity To Learn And Spread The Religion

I want to ask you a question. I did four years of Dars-e-Nizami, did Hifz of the Holy Qur’an, have been learning and giving lectures of holy Book, have given lectures of whole Qur’an, and have been reading and speaking on so many topics of Islam since my childhood.

I want to spend my whole life in reading, researching and spreading on Islamic topics. How could I do that? And secondly how could I finance my home if am involve in this activity?

Answer:

Earning a livelihood is a natural part of the scheme of life that we have been put through. In adult age we must pursue the career in which we have been trained and educated and devote our spare time to such pursuits as religious preaching, reading and instruction.

We have to spend our lives as per the circumstances and opportunity afforded to us by God. If some one can sponsor you in this adult age…

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