Home Education: Nurturing the Fitrah

Harry Santosa
29 April

“Every child is born on Fitrah (natural disposition; or true faith of Islam to worship none but Allah) till his tongue expresses him (i.e. express his creed), thus his parents make him a Jew or a Christian or a Magian.” [related by Al-Bayhaqy and Al-Tabarany in Al-Mu`jam Al-Kabir].

Unlike the classical Christian doctrine that every child born in this world is tainted with the Original Sin of Adam (AS), Muslims believe that children are born pure and sin-less. Inherently the seeds of gnosis of their Lord have already been sown in their souls.

{ And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the children of Adam, from their loins, their seed and made them testify as to themselves (saying): “Am I not your Lord?” They said: “Yes! We testify,” lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: “Verily, we have been unaware of this.”} (Al-A`raf 7:172)
It is the duty of the parents to nourish and mould natural abilities and interests their child is gifted with to help fully realize the purpose of human existence – to “know” his Lord.

Knowledge has two sources: this world (fiddunya) and that world (fil akhirat). That from the former is to be examined through creative intellect and natural/scientific inquiry; the latter through divine revelations. It is important that the pursuit of the former type of knowledge does not marginalize the latter. The end product of a balanced complementing acquisition of the two types of knowledge is a human being who is ready to realize his true destiny i.e. to become al insaan al kamil – a complete (exemplary) human being.

Mainstream school education has different objectives for your child — one being to earn a “good” livelihood. This objective supersedes other factors and creates an imbalanced individual too narrowly focused on his own economic well being. The knowledge of “that world” if at all offered is often at a lower priority and not integrated with the rest of the curriculum – often grafted poorly as an after thought.

Another covert goal of systemized education is for the individual to conform to the objectives of the one world consumer culture that is deliberately being spread globally. Once the individual goes through this system of education his fitrah will be manipulated to accept homosexuality, marriage-free partnerships, the supremacy of instant individual gratification as a lifestyle, secular thought, evolution as a doctrine, exploitation-based economy, etc.

Mass education generally produces mediocre individuals good enough to work in their little niches in the machinery of global exploitation. They are usually so busy pursuing their individual little wants that they become incapable or unwilling to question the global order in which they fit-in so nicely.

Among other things, home schooling or home education is a step in liberating your child from the global god-less world culture through nurturing what they have been bestowed with. By remembering where they came from, their purpose in life and their ultimate destiny, your child will have the ability to solve real problems by thinking holistically, free from the then prevalent models of deception.

#pendidikanberbasisfitrah dan akhlak


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