His Eminence Dr. Khalid al Samadi
Bismillāhi ar-Raḥmāni ar-Raḥīm
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, and peace and blessings upon Sayyidina Muhammad, and upon all of his family and companions. Education includes both theoretical and practical steps that fundamentally aim to shape a person’s knowledge, dexterity and morals.
From the point of view of knowledge, education is considered a continuation of the person learning the names that Allah taught Sayidna Adam alayhi assalam.
From the point of view of dexterity, Allah equipped man with senses and tools to communicate with his surroundings with wisdom and beauty, and He made him responsible for each of them as Allah said in the Qur’an: ‘Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – [one will be questioned about all those,’ (Surat al Isra, Verse 36). In addition to all of that, Allah gave mankind hands for fashioning things and feet to go from place to place, and then He gave mankind the ability to think, to reason and to choose. Allah made him responsible for his choices and made his fate determinant upon that.
As for morals, they are the gifts of Allah to mankind.
This consistency between knowledge (the names) and dexterity (wisdom) and morals (purity) is summarized in the du’ã of Sayyidina Ibrahim, alayhi salam, to his offspring in the Qur’an: ‘Our Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them,’ (Surat al Baqara, Verse 129). The message of the scholars, preachers, reformers and teachers is a contribution to achieving the du’ã of Sayyidina Ibrahim, alayhi salam, of passing down knowledge and spreading knowledge, wisdom and purity through his offspring.
The task of educating in particular is considered one of the most complicated and difficult tasks. But it is the most rewarding and it keeps giving; it is based on foundations of knowledge that are clear and organized. The educational process is essentially a structured arrangement of knowledge, dexterity and morals, provided in the form of a textbook that respects the characteristics of the target group including its cognitive, psychological and physical particularities. It should address the students in a way they understand and in a way that is suitable for their age and their circumstances, making the most of the tools and apparatus of the modern era. All of that will guarantee that the book is an excellent source of guidance for the teacher and the student alike to achieve the set objectives of the educational process.
The model that is being presented in this book is the first in a series of comprehensive books on Islamic education that covers the pre-school level up to high school. This series presents Islamic knowledge in accordance with a format that respects the educational and artistic qualities necessary in a textbook and aspires to develop knowledge rather than just to lecture at the students. It also seeks to develop skills so that students can progress towards wisdom in communicating with others, and to consolidate the virtuous qualities within themselves.
Knowledge is presented in this book in an appealing and organized manner. There are easy to understand stories that seek to engage the student by developing content, discussing it and enriching it, in addition to presenting concepts and ideas through different ways of discussion.
This book goes beyond simply providing a large amount of information, and focuses rather on the concept of how to gain information. It breaks down different areas of learning for the sake of developing skills through exercises. It also seeks to involve parents in developing knowledge and following their children’s development with the accompanying teacher’s book.
All of that reassures us of the success of this endeavor in presenting the subject of Islamic education to our children, by the grace of Allah.
We pray to Allah that He makes this work a success for the authors, the teachers and everybody else involved in the project. Indeed He is Al Sam‘ì Al Mujìb, and praise be to Allah whom, by His blessings, all goodness happen.
Dr Khalid Samadi,
Director of the Moroccan Center for Educational Studies and Research