The Essence of Islamic Education – Part 1 – Abdal Hakim Murad

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1) The Essence of Islamic Education – Part 1
2) The Essence of Islamic Education – Part 2
3) The Essence of Islamic Education – Part 3

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1) I Am Not a Scholar
2) The Process of Education
3) The ‘Fall’ of Adam is Actually an ‘Ascent’
4) The Abandonment of Ishmael and Hagar Leads to Reclamation
5) The Apparent Triumph of Modernity Has Not Extinguished Allah’s Mercy
6) Modern Muslims Have Forgotten the Quality of Mercy
7) Muslims Must Understand Modern Western Civilization
8) Signs of Allah Have Distracted Many From Allah
9) Religion Cannot Definitively Prove Anything
10) The Mind, Body and Soul Are Closely Linked
11) Muslims Are Beauty Producers
12) Hope Through Repentance
13) We Should Pray For Non-Muslims
14) A Dynamic Picture of the Cosmos
15) Humans Require Revelation For True Education
16) The Roots of the Modern Western Educational System
17) Historical Transformations of Western Culture and Education
18) Modern Education: Deconstructing Tradition
19) The Essence of the Human Being
20) Learning is Returning to Allah

Madrassahs have flourished throughout Muslim lands for centuries teaching the sacred Islamic sciences and cultivating a cultural environment rooted in knowledge. The Nizamiyyah in Baghdad, al-Azhar in Cairo, and the Qarawiyyin in Fez produced some of the best and most outstanding scholars of our Ummah. As Muslims today seek to build communities on a traditional ethic of learning, we are forced to seriously consider the modern challenge of schooling and education. Should Muslims reach back in history for an educational model that worked then, or should they attempt to create a fertile synthesis between the traditional and modern methods of learning? In this three-tape set, Shaikh Abdal Hakim Murad takes the audience on a tour through the process of education, from the origin of knowledge (the teaching of the Names to Adam) to humankind’s great “falls” and “reclamations” and finally to the Adamic ideal. Examining the underpinnings of modernity and by extension the Western social structure, the shaikh unveils the achievements and the shortcomings of this educational model. He establishes that today the only significant alternative to the Western educational model is the Islamic model. And by examining the Islamic model, one sees that education is the means by which Allah takes His servants from darkness to light. In this series of talks, Dr. Murad expounds the concepts of wilayah (sainthood), nafs (worldly soul), the types of knowledge, and aspects of a curriculum taught in traditional madrassahs, as well as the role of the female scholar in the classical Islamic system. These talks will be of benefit to not only teachers, but to students, parents, homeschoolers, and non-Muslims interested in alternative forms of education.