Complete Islamic Education

Bismillah.

He is the One who sent among the unlettered ones a Messenger (Muhammad SAW) from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses, purifying them, and teaching them the Book (Qur’an) and Al-Hikmah (the Sunnah). And verily, before they had been in clear, manifest error.

[Al-Jumu’ah:2]

In this verse, Allah [SWT] mentions the 4 aspects of the complete Islamic education. They are:

  1. Tilawah of the verses of Allah (i.e. recitation of the Qur’an)
  2. Tazkiyyah (i.e. purification of the heart)
  3. Education in the Qur’an (i.e. its explanation, preservation, etc.)
  4. Education in the Sunnah (i.e. its explanation, preservation, etc.)

These four aspects provide the complete Islamic education. If you take away one or the other or place an unnecessary emphasis on one over another, then the end result is no different what is mentioned in the verse (underlined above): error and misguidance.

For example, certain groups place so much emphasis on tazkiyyah (purification of the heart) and so little on education in the Qur’an and Sunnah that they end up inventing ways to worship Allah that are totally baseless.

Others place so much emphasis on recitation that the student knows all of the Qur’an with perfect recitation, but hardly understands any of it.

Still others place so much emphasis on studying the Sunnah and the resulting intricate matters of jurisprudence that they delve into advance topics, yet they can’t even recite the Qur’an properly, let alone understand it.

And so on.

But alhamdulillah, the complete Islamic education that the Prophet [SAWS] provided to his companions consists of the four aforementioned aspects. So, what this means for us is that:

  • We study tajweed (rules of recitation of the Qur’an) regularly – like once or twice a week – so we can taste its beauty when we recite it. In every masjid, you’ll be able to find people who will be happy to work with you; it’s just a matter of persistence. You can even learn how to recite the Qur’an properly online.
  • We study the sciences of the purification of the heart, but make sure that we do not transgress into baseless and fruitless exercises. There are numerous books, articles and lectures dealing with this.
  • We study the tafsir (explanation) of the Qur’an daily/weekly. There are no excuses for this, every masjid has a tafsir study circle. If you can understand Urdu, then you can listen to this awesome tafsir. Some English tafsir lectures can be found here.

In sha Allah, I plan on adding a few important tidbits about tajweed as we go along, bi tawfeeqillah.

2 thoughts on “Complete Islamic Education

  1. As Salamo alaikum

    One of the best tools to learn tajweed is a printing of the Qur’an called Mushaf At-Tajweed. It is really famous for its color-coded tajweed rules.

    You can purchase a pocket-size version of this at eBay really cheap: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=190238880697&Category=378

    My advice: get a copy of this Mushaf…then open Sh. Hussary’s recitation and follow along for a few pages daily. This will really hammer in the rules nicely without going into the theory.

  2. I’ve been reading a word for word translation of the Quran for a while, and it really helps you memorize the Quran. Yes it takes a little longer than just memorizing the recitation, however because you learn what each individual word means you’re are way more likely to keep permanently in your head.

    But it’s a good idea to have a normal translation too, b/c the Quran has a context, and direct translation without the knowledge given in the brackets or parentheses will lead to confusion.

    So for those who are memorizing quran, I seriously recommend you to use a word for word translation, it will take a longer time to memorize, however you will have an exponentially greater knowledge of the Quran, and a very good understanding of Arabic.

    There is an online one here that you can use until you actually buy a printed copy.

    http://www.emuslim.com/Quran/Translation_English.asp

    You can get a 30 day trial here for your cell phone:

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