Thanks for sharing this informative and interesting article. Hope you're having a good weekend.
Happy to have done so.
Hi Najwa,Congratulations to the teachers and students who have worked hard to provide/achieve good education. Knowledge and ability to offer intelligent and compassionate solutions to humanity is always to be celebrated.
Yes, very true what you said and congratulations is certainly due to the members of these institutions. Those who founded and work for these schools referred to in this article and the many other Muslim/Islamic Schools of equal or similar quality in the world and the many parents who made a decision and placed their children in these schools have assisted the deen (an Arabic term) or the cause/way of God/Allah and/or His religion and/or His way of life by wanting their students and their children to learn academics and morality simultaneously during their formative years in an environment where they are spending most of their waking hours, and thus Allah/God assisted them. Allah/God says in the Noble Quran in Sura/Chapter 47 Ayat/Verse 7, "O ye who believe! If ye will aid (the cause of) Allah, He will aid you, and plant your feet firmly." These words of Allah's/God's in Arabic have also been translated as such: If you assist the deen of Allah, Allah will assist you.
I attended a Islamic/Muslim School myself and it was the best experience of my childhood days. Without such an experience that I cannot put words to, I wouldn't be the person that I am today. I wouldn't have survived what it is I had to face once leaving the school and what I am still facing everyday. It gave me the tools, the skills, the knowledge, the experience, the confidence, the strong Muslim identity, a feeling of belonging, a freedom to be myself, the love, the care, the concern, the nurturing, the protection, the moral teachings and guidance, an atmosphere of trust and safety, not to mention what my dutiful, committed and believing parents who played a most significant role gave me, as well as, the members of the communities I grew up in gave me such that I have been able to fight a good fight on the battlefield of immorality, degradation, secularism, materialism, injustice, corruption, individualism, idolatry, Zionism, racism, imperialism, Islamophobia, etc. Life outside of the doors of my Islamic/Muslim School has indeed been a battlefield yet I've been prepared largely in part due to my years as a student in a Muslim School and membership during my formative years in strong, diverse, committed, hard-working, sacrificing, God-fearing Muslim communities.
If I married and my husband and I had a child/children together, I would only want our child/children to go to a Muslim School. This is how much I value good/high quality Muslim/Islamic Schools. If in the future, I court a man for marriage and during our talks he expresses that if we were to be blessed with a child/children, he would like to put our child/children in a different kind of school and he is not willing to reconsider his desire, I would choose not to talk to him further for marriage. It would be an absolute deal breaker for me.
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Najwa,I am glad that you are so happy with the education you have been given and I understand your desire to have children experience the same. I am, though, disappointed to read that imply that other schools and ways of teaching, including secularism, to be lacking in offering the same or similar moral values. I gained so many of the qualities you value from my own parents and from the secular school I attended.
It is not my desire to have me and my husband's children (if I were to marry and be allowed to have them by Allah's/God's good destiny and permission) experience the same necessarily because it is highly unlikely that they would have the same schooling experience I had for different reasons. Their experience would likely not be identical to mine. What I desire to have me and my husband's children (again if it is Allah/God's will for me to get married and have children) experience, however, is the best and as a Muslim, and as a person who follows the religion of Islam and who along with my husband or their father would raise our children in the faith of Islam as Muslims, them going to an Islamic/a Muslim school of high quality would be the absolute best. There are many reasons why I assert this. My assertion does not come from my own experience solely; it comes from the understanding of standards and principles, as well as, many others' experiences. As I'm already working on a number of other things at this moment in my life, I do not have the time to commit to discussing the many reasons for my assertion now but God-willing, they will be discussed or brought forth at the appropriate time and in a moment of my life where I have more time to give the explanation of the many reasons due justice.
As the mother of a child/children (if Allah/God would have it be that I become a mother) and as one with whom Allah/God would have entrusted a child/children (a belonging/belongings of His) with, my responsibility, along with my husband's would be to set our child/children up in his or her/their formative and impressionable years for success on a holistic level and to not set him or her/them up for an increase probability of committing sins and harming themselves and others so that he or she/they are highly prepared to enter at the time of his or her/their post-formative years the battlefield on solid footing and highly prepared to navigate confidently and successfully the many threats he or she/they will encounter as typically speaking one's exposure to the battlefield increases substantially upon his/her graduation from high school. Once again, I will expound on this at a later time, God-willing.
Concerning your second statement, I would suggest that you please reread carefully what I expressed.
As to your third statement, it is a blessing and a great thing that you gained the qualities that you did from your parents and from the secular school you attended. I see it as a good reason to thank our Most Merciful, Most Compassionate, Most Just God.