For those who choose the madressah route, do you often think you need to make your life more convenient? Get a teacher in every few days to make sure deeni knowledge is learnt? Get rid of yet another drop off and pick up? What I wish to share today are just my thoughts and, albeit limited, experience with the choosing the madressah route.
Having three little kids can be a challenge with every day being more crazy than the next. So for the sake of convenience and maybe one could say, sanity, I considered having a private tutor come in and teach my kids Islamic education. In chatting about this to people I found myself not quite sure any longer.
We live in times where our kids are in schools with people of diverse faiths. Some kids are brought up in homes with staunch religious backgrounds whilst others grow up in a home with less emphasis on deen or perhaps even a multi-faith environment. Without a doubt, we need to ensure our kids have a solid foundation of deen which definitely starts in the home when our kids are but toddlers. So why is the madressah then important?
Because for those 2 hours a day our kids are in an environment that solidifies that foundation we build at home. Through respect for the madressah’s dress code and teachers, our kids are solidifying the values we are trying to instill. Respect for those with deeni knowledge will earn Allah’s blessings throughout our lives.
And so I decided, despite the effort it may take, I would step aside from the idea of private tuition and go the madressah route.
I learnt another invaluable aspect of being in an Islamic environment which I should have never forgotten from my madressah days. Once in madressah, my kids began to form friendships the type of which they didn’t form at school - forming friendships and bonds with other muslim kids. Our schooling system is so diverse that some of our kids will not know of other muslim kids in their school. Madressah grants them this opportunity. You may wonder why the need for muslim friends in this new modern world with our free-thinking and conjecture of the non-judgement of others?
A personal point of view, but a view nonetheless – at madressah, we have friends that share the same understanding of right and wrong according to deeni principles. They remind each other about these aspects from time to time and so have a sounding board as they grow up. Ramadaan is a perfect example where just having friends at madressah who are fasting can motivate our kids to do the same. As they get older, we hope our young boys would attend masjid together and our young girls will enjoy the environment of deen in other areas because of their love for madressah and the barakah of that Islamic environment. In a world filled with temptation let us allow our children the opportunity to experience the barakah of these environments, even if it means we are a little inconvenienced with chauffeuring them to and fro.
And off course, the reward for that intention of taking kids to madressah in order for them to learn about our beautiful deen, is a reward and blessing we cannot ignore.
Alhamdulillah, on 1 Oct 2015, the SIA Madressah held its annual Market Day in support of Syria and raised in excess of R8,000 in a space of 2 hours.
We share with you a reflection from one of our parents on the impact of this day - both on our Madressah children and concerned parents.
We hope this leads to greater involvement from our community parents in future Madressah initiatives - and our message as a Madressah is that we aim to instill a sense of social consciousness and responsibility into the lives of our children rather than merely being a centre of rote learning.