Bilal Philips – Teachers Empowerment Program

Bilal Philips
AI: Summary © The importance of learning to be a proper Muslim teacher and personal development is emphasized in the context of providing educational opportunities for children. Personalized guidance and guidance for learning are emphasized, along with personal development and graduation. The success of teaching with a stick and online classes is emphasized, along with the importance of socialization and physical interaction for graduates. The speakers emphasize the need for training and education in early childhood education courses to improve curriculum development and language skills. They also discuss the potential for students to study in local centers and interact with other students, as well as promoting Islam among non-English speakers.
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hamdulillahi rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah Karin while Ali he was hobby Minister Nabi Suniti, he biomethane all praise due to Allah and melas peace and blessings be honest last Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.

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It is my pleasure to

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have had the opportunity

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to share with you in your journey towards establishing a true Muslim community there in the seashells.

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Because education

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is a component of the community, a vital component of the community.

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It is the right of each and every child who grows up there in the community to receive

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Islam eyes, education.

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Islamic education

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as we know it, is Islamic Studies, Arabic, Quran.

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Islam is education

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means education, which covers all the various aspects of

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life that are needed for the community, to successfully exist and develop and to grow.

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That education

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should be delivered

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in an Islamic

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that should be conveyed

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in an Islamic way.

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Its material should conform with Islamic

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principles, guidelines, etc.

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Because when we speak about education

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the definition and there are many definitions.

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The definition which most addresses the reality of education is the one which states that education is the way by which a society or a civilization

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conveys its values

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to the next generation.

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That's what education is about. It's not just information to help people earn a living, etc.

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It goes beyond that.

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And the

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viewer that is going on in the West, the confusion right now, especially in America, the heart of the West,

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the struggle between those they refer to as the alphabet people, LGBTQ etc, etc.

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These who have this agenda

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and the conservative

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wing of the society, which rejects what is being

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This is something which is affecting even the elections themselves.

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So, we know that this has to do with

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the cultural foundation of the society

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as Muslims,

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we have always recognized

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education was inseparable from moral

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principles, guidelines, etc.

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As the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam himself had informed his followers in the Mabu s to live with me my Makara Mala clock I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits.

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So, with this

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we understand as Muslims, that all aspects of

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information and knowledge etc

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should be linked with morality,

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morality with regards to the Creator, and that is to worship Him alone.

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Morality with regards to our fellow human beings, that is to

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protect their rights, and they protect your rights

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and morality with regards to the world in which we live the environment

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that is our responsibility to look after it.

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As a law gave us its beauty

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and its benefit, we have the responsibility to protect that beauty and benefit for the generations to come.

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So, given the context

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where as a minority

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in the Seychelles,

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you brothers and sisters

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striving to provide

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dynamic educational inputs

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the education of your children.

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And it is, as I said, the right of each and every child growing up under your care to receive an Islamic education.

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As the province was celibate said, colloquium Ryan, we're co locum must hold on and write at each and every one of you is like a shepherd responsible for his or her flock.

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with that responsibility

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you as Muslims in the Seychelles don't have

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a Muslim University, or a Muslim high school, or Muslim primary school, or even Muslim nurseries.

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You have no institutions

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beyond the weekend, school,

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which, in a sense, is something of a

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or by polarization,

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of have knowledge.

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We have Islamic

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school weekend, Saturday, Sunday,

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messages are being given.

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And then the rest of the week.

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Monday through Friday.

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It's regular school, secular school.

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So the child is being raised with

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two minds.

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One Mind which is Islamic.

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So when you're with Islamic groups, or

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locations or etc, then you need to be Islamic. And when you are with

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non religious

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locations or in or engaging with, then

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don't bring Islam into that. Islam as one place as the Christians claim Jesus was supposed to have said, leave on to Caesar. He represents the secular world leave on to Caesar what is Caesar's, and unto God, what is God's. That's the split.

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For us as Muslims, this has never been

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for us, everything belongs to God.

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There is nothing which belongs to Caesar that we give that we don't need to give to God.

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Everything falls on to giving to God meaning doing

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what is it

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accordance with the will of God.

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we need to reintegrate.

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Of course,

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we can't do it overnight.

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As they say Rome wasn't built in a day.

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So we have to start somewhere. So here we are with the weekend school.

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this is a temporary step

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to what should be beyond

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the weekend school is only a beginning. I don't know how long your weekend school has been running for. But

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it's long enough.

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It's time to move on. And we will look at that.

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But let us come back to the issue of the Muslim teachers

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as Muslim teachers

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we are supposed to be distinctly different from teachers who happen to be Muslims.

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What do I mean by that?

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I'm Muslim teacher

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is not a teacher who happens to be a Muslim?

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is a Muslim, who happens to be a teacher

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Muslim teacher, true Muslim teacher

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is a Muslim who happens to be a teacher, he could have been or she could have been

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engineer, Dr. Carpenter, a number of other things.

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There are Muslims first.

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Whereas the fake Muslim teacher

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a teacher who happens to be a Muslim, they could have been a Christian or Buddhist or anything else. They're a teacher first, first and foremost.

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So, we have to be clear of this distinction.

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And we have to understand why do we need to make this distinction

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because teaching as a profession

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is actually a form of a bada a form of worship.

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I'm just as worship

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has conditions for its validity

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like we do

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and a time for it.

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because if you make wudu after making Salah then that will do was of no use.

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Yes, you made will do. But it was not when it was supposed to be.

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Likewise, we should be facing the temblor.

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We have to stand in the arm if we're able to

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make record if we're able to do if we're able all of these

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we have conditions for the validity of the prayer. Likewise, as a teacher,

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there are conditions for us to do the teaching worship

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in a way which is valid and acceptable by Allah and rewardable Viola

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first and foremost,

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we have to have the correct knowledge.

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which is

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necessary to convey whatever subject we are trying to convey in our weekend school.

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Yes, we may utilize books

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for Jeopardy produced published etc.

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And in these books,

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lessons are already worked out for us

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To a large degree, etc. So we just have to teach the lessons but

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as a proper teacher,

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we should have in depth understanding, not just reading what's in the book, half understanding it, not really being able to explain it to the children.

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We're just going through the motions.

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Because we have this assignment to do, we need to teach from lesson so on so to lesson so on So or page, this two page that

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we have to teach this subject, we should try to gain as much knowledge as we can on the subject

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to prepare ourselves as best as we can.

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Because for us to do it in the best way, we must have the requisite knowledge in which will enable us to do it in the best.

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And the province has told us very clearly, in the lie, your hip boom, and I heard the comida Amina Hamelin and your spinner, Allah loves from each and every one of you,

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that whenever you do anything, you do it to the best of your ability, and it's gone.

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Perfection, of course, it's human perfection, perfecting what knowledge you have gained through perfect perfection obviously, belongs only to Allah.

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But this is what we should strive for, we should have full knowledge of our subject matter that we are supposed to convey to the children.

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of course, what is important in terms of the qualities that the teacher should have, is firm faith.

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if we don't have firm faith in what we're teaching,

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then we will not be able to teach it properly to the children.

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We will focus on the

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rituals, the rites and rituals, they will memorize them five pillars of Islam, five pillars, or six pillars of iman

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this approach where it's just a memorization of names and numbers, and

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where the real essence

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of what

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is to be learned, it's not actually taught, then

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we haven't fulfilled our job. As a Muslim teacher.

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We should have sincerity and watching what we're delivering. Because that faith and sincerity

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it will be reflected in how we teach.

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As they say, teaching from the heart

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reaches the hearts.

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What's coming from your heart, truly, sincerely

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based on your faith, will reach the hearts of the children that you're teaching. But there is not coming from there. That's just coming from your lips, your tongue, then it will just go in one ear and come out the other.

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I remember my

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son told me when I was in Riyadh, and he was studying in

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school, their Muslim school, went to Riyadh in the Arabic section, and he was mentioning that

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you know

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many of the boys when the time for prayer comes, they run in and pray because the teachers are chasing them with sticks or whatever. They run in and pray.

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But I know they don't have we have we do they? I saw them go to the bathroom and they're going and praying and they didn't make

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many of the kids were doing this because for them, it's just a ritual. You just get in and do the ritual, and it's done.

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But they didn't understand

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truly, they were not made to understand the importance of Hulu.

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very important for us to

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is the essence. And the class is the essence of what

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we're supposed to be about as teachers.

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Prophet Muhammad Salah Salem praised that lofty status

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of being a teacher, be himself said in Allah. Let me ever ask me why Nitin wala moto Anita? Yes, lacking Bassani walima.

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Allah didn't send me

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in as a harsh,

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instructor. Instead, he sent me

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as a teacher,

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one who would teach

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with the necessary qualities, that makes one a true teacher.

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And he also stated concerning the significance of being a teacher, that the whole world is cursed at dunya Melona by the Odin, Mafia, and everything in it is cursed Illa, the Corolla except for the remembrance of Allah will my will on whatever helps us to attain that remembrance. Why Lehmann amata, Alima and the scholar, teacher and the student.

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gave special special position for

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teachers, in the society,

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in the community, etc.

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we need to prepare ourselves as teachers properly,

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get the necessary knowledge

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to be able to deliver our topics, the information that you were assigned to teach,

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we should also have along with it, a sense of mission.

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This is what I was speaking about really a sense of mission, you know that we are on a mission we are on an assignment from a loss, my dollar loss put us in this position

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to earn Janna through it.

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And among the qualities that we should have, is that of mercy.

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As the Prophet SAW sentiment, said, one who doesn't respect our elders,

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nor shown mercy to our young ones is not us.

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men lie or hum liar hum, one who is does not show mercy will not receive mercy from Allah.

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So, we in dealing with the children should be particularly merciful.

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And the students learn from us

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from our examples, more so than from our words. So it's very important for us to be just in how we deal with the students.

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We as human beings may have a liking for one student

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because of the way they talk or the way they walk or the way they look or the way their parents or whatever.

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You may have a special liking but

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and maybe we can't, you know,

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escape it. We have preferences, but we cannot show it to the students.

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if we're going to try to teach them

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to be just to be fair,

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Loving cetera to everybody to others around them, then we ourselves have to be just in the emotions that we display in the classroom. So we should have no favoritism in the class.

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We should also have care and concern for each individual students.

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You know, sometimes, I've been in classes where the teachers don't even know the names of all the students in the class.

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They don't, whereas as a true teacher, you should know the name of every child in your class.

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as we said,

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you have to be properly prepared,

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not one hour, before the class, you will flip through the pages and know, you read it ahead. You understood it, whatever was not clear, or you know, the children would have difficulty understanding you went and found out the details, etc. So you could explain it.

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So you're properly prepared. And as they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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So you should have a good plan lesson plan.

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Yes, you're not in

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regular government schools where they may require These lesson plans, etc. But

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on in the weekend school,

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you should plan your lessons ahead of time.

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It shouldn't be well, I know I grew up, you know, as a Muslim in the community, and I know do I know, you know, fasting, I know, these things. These are natural. To me, this is where I've lived that life.

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Though you have to teach it to children.

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And, you know, one of the things that caught me by surprise, when I visited one of the

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teachers colleges in Canada,

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I grew up in Canada. And I'm originally from Jamaica

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was that they had the sign over the entrance of the college with said, make learning fun.

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make learning fun.

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I taught in a school,

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junior high school in high school sections of it for about 10 years in Riyadh Muslim school.

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what was found when surveys were done of the students

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in terms of

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what their preferences were terms of the various subjects they were taught.

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And they had non Muslims teaching

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Mathematics, Science, etc.

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And there's the Muslim section of the school who taught Arabic Quran

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and I taught Islamic Studies normally this would have been taught by a non English speaker also

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non native English speaker.

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But in this school, I was teaching

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Slavic studies.

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When they did the survey amongst the students,

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they found that

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the subject most beloved to the students was English.

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Then came science. Then came mathematics, the ones which were the most despised by the students

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were Arabic

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and for the levels the the primary level,

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Islamic studies

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the students in the school

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they liked the way that the

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English side teachers taught.

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They had been trained in this concept of making learning fun

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whereas the teachers of Arabic Quran, Islamic studies, they were coming from the traditional background,

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and the third world countries.

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And, you know, teaching with the stick, for example, the Quran with the stick. This has become

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a global tradition now, amongst Muslims,

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which is something I tried to speak out against wherever I go.

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It's become a norm.

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And Quran teachers in many countries refused to give it up.

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They say you can't teach the Quran without a stick.

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Tell us one country that is teaching Quran without a stick. This is one that they would throw it back at me. And at the time when they stood back, I didn't really I couldn't really recall any country that I had been to that weren't practicing this.

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But in fact, there are no and I did visit others later and realize that okay, here here they are in different parts of the Muslim world, in Malaysia and, and in Maldives and other places, I found that they were

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conscious of this, and we're not using the stick as the means of teaching, but in the vast majority of the Muslim world.

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Quran teachers believe that you can teach without a stick, of course, people are now learning online, which is clear evidence that you can learn without this thing.

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That's clear enough evidence by itself. So

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these types of

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behaviors, which,

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in fact, leave negative impressions in the minds of our children, you know, affecting a generation

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in such a way, I mean, it can go to extremes and Canada we had a few years ago, one

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sister originally from Pakistan,

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where she beat her

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six year old child to death

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for not learning the portions of the Quran which were assigned to him by his teacher,

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she did it in ignorance, she ended up in jail, it's madness.

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make learning fun.

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Now, this may be difficult to do if you don't have the training.

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what we need to do as teachers now

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would be to get the necessary training,

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early childhood education, you dealing with small kids, for the most part, early childhood education courses can be taken online

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in the International Open University, University, which I'm the Chancellor of

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courses can be taken there which would give you the necessary backgrounds to be able to develop proper teaching methods

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that would help you to convey your subjects without going into forbidden areas.

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What we can do

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also, in terms of the

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students that that are with you

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is that in for students of grade seven to 12, that's the high school junior high school. Next year inshallah we'll be launching

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high school and junior high school online

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which is from America, from the US

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accredited by cognitiva, the leading

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accrediting body for educational institutions in the US and also from

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in the UK.

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So Inshallah, this will be available where preparing the necessary

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arrangements for curriculum development, etc. And find

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Doing the necessary teachers

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to be able to start the recording process will be starting soon. So that by next year, we'll be able to launch the high school and why we're doing the high school and not the primary school is because the primary school and kindergarten, this requires supervision

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you know that

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the schools I know which are online that are doing this, and there are some, some in the bay, some in India

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they require one of the parents to commit themselves in writing to be present during the

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educational process the whole time, they have to be present with the children.

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If they're not going to be present, they will not accepting them in the school study.

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Whereas seven to 12 students are already mature enough that they can study on their own.

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The other recommendation that I would give with that for your students,

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because I should mention that of course, all the subjects which will be taught in the seven to 12 will be taught from an Islamic perspective.

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You utilizing the principles of lesson plan Islamization working in the values and the

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necessary to convey the subjects

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from an Islamic perspective.

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And top of the list is morality. You know, one of the things that we stress is critical for Islamization of curriculum

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is that

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every class that the student has, or takes

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should have a moral message in it. And this is something that you can do even at your

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weekend school level.

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That and this is of course has to be planned. You have to prepare yourself beforehand. No, because if you're going to wait until you're in class, and then try to figure out something to teach them morally, then you're going to

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manage to do it some days and many other days you're not able to, so you should plan out, you know a clear strategy for conveying moral values. When the Prophet SAW Selim had said in the Midwest to become a legal term Nima macadam, Allah Clark, I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral, moral character traits, that this

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statement of the process Allah tells us that behind all of the messages of Islam, there are moral principles that should be learned and applied.

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in the course of

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developing our curriculum,

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all of the subjects that we offer, and we would say now for your, in the community there and students who are graduating from grade 12, we would encourage you to have them enroll with the International Open University, where all the subjects and we have subjects from Islamic Studies and Arabic, of course, we do have AS degree subjects,

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Bas masters, and we're working on the PhDs and in education, psychology, business administration, information technology, Islamic banking and finance, with the plan in the coming year to add public health, agricultural economics and mass communications. So we have all these we could call them modern subjects don't really want to call them secondary subjects, because it's taught in the international university. All of these are taught from an Islamic perspective. All of our professors are required to include the Islamic view on whatever is being taught in the university.

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So this is a way in which the university can collaborate with the community to help to build the

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immunity and helping move forward. Because you ultimately do have to have your own schools.

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You know what is going on and in the west now, as I mentioned earlier, LGBTQ is coming at all of the schools, right down to nursery, they're sticking these ideas in the minds of the children, and there's a resistance struggle to roll it back. But Allah knows where this will end. The point, the fact of the matter is that we as Muslims have to have a clear agenda, we have a clear

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set of institutions that we control, and you know, we can ignore or leave these are not have our children exposed to these types of ideas, etc, except from a corrective perspective. No clarifying to them, of course, what's wrong with it? Because we don't want to just say no, no, no, but

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why No,

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because a lot said, the Prophet Muhammad Salim said, common sense says,

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logic support.

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So we give them a learned positive

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intellectual response to these types of aberrations, which will appear are now appearing and will continue to appear in the future,

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which our young people are going to be faced with.

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So I would encourage those teachers who are teaching the Islamic stuff subjects

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to take some courses from the College of Education on online IOU you can register for them and take individual courses

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to build up those the area that you need, whether it's differentiated instruction, or various other topics, which will help you effectively deliver your course material that you're teaching this students in your weekend schools.

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as we said,

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idea of making learning something appealing to the students

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is going to be the winner

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you're going to

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win over the hearts of the children, the young people who you're teaching

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where are you have worked out worked on

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developing strategies to make your various classes enjoyable.

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And this is something which is doable is attainable.

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And we should set it as our sights

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so I think I've covered sufficient material. Now we've

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got gone for I guess almost an over an hour or an hour.

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I'm happy to stop here and hear the feedback from

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those who are present

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issues that they may

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face or feel, you know, need to be

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perhaps in the future,

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I can do a session for you on the Islamisation. You know have

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lesson plans, because if we're able to customize our lesson plans, as teachers, then the

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did and this is for those who are actually professional teachers know if you

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learn how to customize the material that you're teaching then

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as private tutors, etc. Because I'm sure probably you all doing some tutoring. You know, you will be able to, especially for Muslims, be able to bring the Islamic view

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On the various subjects that you're teaching. So let me stop here

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and turn the floor back over to you all, and we can look at the questions

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or hear the questions that you would like to raise or points that you'd like to discuss. BarakAllahu li Khan. Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah.

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Dr. Billa. Zack Allah Ocalan for the insight and excellent motivational talk this morning. And it's very encouraging to see that you have a lot to offer, especially through your Open University. It only remains for us to grasp these challenges as a tool to make the difference here in Seychelles.

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Otherwise, if we don't take these opportunities, I think we will be teaching blindly Alhamdulillah we've got some good sisters from the secular background. And with the

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offer that you've put that you can assist us with the Islamization of lesson plans. We need to grasp these opportunities because you've tried, you've tested it, it works.

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We don't have to reinvent the wheel like they say in the West, you've already invented it. And

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I will pass on to the mom of Duran and the team back at the hall. And I feel we need to grasp this opportunity and have a plan and some targets for us to achieve within ourselves.

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Yeah, but Zack allow Karen for your time and Allah reward you abundantly for all your efforts and

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make dua for us that was more community, we can impart this good Islamic knowledge Inshallah, because this education is one of our priority for the next four or five years ahead of us.

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In sha Allah,

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Salah Imam over to

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the villa does not allow Iran, like Mr. Diaz has said you really

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benefit us this morning. I believe all of us will say yes. And upon that I will open the floor for our team that we have there are any comments or any suggestion or any questions? The floor is open for brothers and sisters. Okay. My question is based on the Islamic online university or the chancel off, I was actually going through your website and I was checking out the courses you have available. And I was just asking if we here in Seychelles, we want to apply for any of these courses, if that is possible.

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Yes, it's possible we have students from virtually all the countries in the world

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well, you go online, you know, you go to the website and you go to the registration, you complete registration, and then you go into enrollment. And you can start

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we know we have 1000s of students from Africa studying with us, as well as from

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hamdulillah so it's, it's it's quite simple as long as you have decent internet, then it's quite easy.

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What you can do for if you run into any difficulties, there's a helpdesk you can always contact the helpdesk, they can help you know walk you through. And if you still have difficulty beyond that, then you can I can arrange for somebody to help you

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my personal assistant who is with with us today, Sister Eman El Sheikh who is from Egypt,

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she can

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get get somebody who will

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walk you through the process if you

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run into difficulty or further difficulty that you can't find your way out. I wouldn't be honored in Sharla she can contact me anytime.

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So our number will be with

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with the Imam and

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brother in tears. So shout out they can convey it

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to those of you who need it.

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So actually doctor we have one of our ex teacher that already left Seychelles she came from Pakistan sister is in your sister is in

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She graduated from the, from the university. And we have Ahmed here, who is the exam officer that observe, examine sessions is the liaison officer for your IOU. And for that matter has been done more than 10 years. So yes, so we have the connection Alhamdulillah we have some students that started the classes, and some most of them left, I believe, so only sister is in and his brother also went through that exam. So inshallah we have that connection. And we will continue maybe now we have to enforce it more than enroll our teachers in the courses with Neela hit.

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The and especially, you know, the those who are graduating, this is this is you have a set of students who are graduating each year, you know, from the community, you know, they should be encouraged to further their studies through through IOU because they will be getting what you weren't able to give them, we will be giving them through the courses that they have to take an IOU, while specializing in their various areas, you know, have technical special specialities

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is not alone.

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And we also have also we have a program, which is called the one math program, which is 1 million scholarships for, for African students. So, you know, I think Seychelles is considered a part of Africa, you know, connected to Africa. So if you have people who are eligible for Zika, they can't afford to study in university, they just don't have the finances because of course, our fees are extremely low, you know, very, very low. I'm way below any of the universities. They're in Seychelles. How many universities do you have there anyway?

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Only one

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for one. Okay. Good. I'm sure we are still cheaper than the one that you have, you know, much cheaper. Yes. So, one, but also

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I said even though we are one, we are well connected with so many universities in the world. And I believe now our chancellor has been appointed on the African board for Chancellor's for her great work that she has done. Seychelles University, I'm not mistaken, as

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well, it would be good for our representative there those who are representing IOU to present the credentials of IOUs, accreditation, etc, to the,

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to the university and to that to your ministry of higher education. So that, you know, the accumulation of our degrees would not be an issue, where we have got equivalency, in Kenya, and in Ghana, and a number of other African countries and Asian countries. So Inshallah,

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we hope that we'll be able to move forward with the community to help you all stand on your own. You know, even though you don't have your own university, we have what is called Learning Centers, in which you can set up their learning center where the students will actually come and study there.

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Even though they can study at home. So you have the flexibility with those who are already working, you can study at the same time while working for those who are going to be studying full time, then it's nice to set up a center maybe connected with your masjid, your local masjid, if there are classrooms there in the local Masjid. You can outfit them with computers or people there, don't have problems have getting computers, you're able to bring your own computers there, but just to be studying along with other students and interacting with them. That would be good because there is that socialization, that process that happens in universities, which they would not experience, you

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know, if they studied online, at all.

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The physical interaction, although online, we do have to connect up our students,

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all with students from all over the world. You know, it's possible to build relationships, study, develop friendships, etc. Islamic friendships, on Islamic lines, you know, for the we call it the Hajj experience, you know, because that's what our universities like students studying with us, you know, get to meet

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Students from every corner of the earth

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does that colloquium on any questions?

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Or comments?

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Yeah, yes. Yes. Yes. It's been a golden opportunity to participate this morning. And like I say, the opportunities are so vast and we need to seize the opportunity and just see progress from there on from. From our little community. We're only a villager in Seychelles doctor. Our population of Seychelles entirely is 100,000 people. And the Muslim population is hardly 3000 people.

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we start, yeah, it's a start for Chairman. But one of the things

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I should just add, that the scholarships that we're offering, non Muslims can also join. So you can we've had non Muslims for example, in Eswatini in South Africa, is what Tini used to be called something else before.

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But we have, we have about 50 students that were non Muslims who are studying in our scholarship program, and Alhamdulillah, you know, a number of them have already accepted Islam, because they are, they are being exposed to the Islamic

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view and Islamic approach while studying the various specializations. So this is what I'm suggesting there and

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in seashells, that perhaps, you know, if you can set up a learning center, and you want to make it accessible to to the non Muslims, you could advertise in the newspapers, or television or whatever, you know, of the scholarships that are available for African youth. And

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you of course, you'd be responsible to vet the applicants to ensure that they really are deserving for and

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we have the scholarships for them, we could you know, put a put aside 20 scholarships are so for non Muslims and

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for the Muslim community even more. Yeah,

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I think that is something we will have to take back and we need to promote out.

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We can make Islam visible unity,

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you can make an

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array with our three

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professionals from the educational background, and have a plan to make that happen. Sometimes we just look at the it's important we start from the nursery, but what about the one who hasn't attended nursery are at that higher level, if we can

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help them at that level and kondalilla And so, we can do it at both level from the young age and from year seven,

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grade seven onwards inshallah.

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definitely, and especially, as you said, from the responsibility of the Dawa, in order to carry the Dawa, to the rest of the population, you know, to give give Muslims more of a profile in the country, by showing that Muslims have something to offer, you know, we're giving something as a gift really, to the citizens of the country, they're benefiting from it. And inshallah

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we will have fulfilled our responsibility, you know, of the, which the Prophet SAW Selim put on our shoulders, when he told us build it. Oh, and he will convey whatever you have learned from me, even if it's only a single verse from the Quran, you know, so we all have that responsibility on our shoulders. So this is a root channel by which it's possible to help in promoting Islam amongst the non Muslims of the Seychelles.

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Absolutely, yes. And by the way, Dr. Bilal is Latini was previously previously called Swaziland, Swaziland.

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So as in

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some years ago, maybe 10 years ago or less, they change the name to Eswatini. Yes, yes.

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We have a very successful center. They're run by one of the sisters non Muslims who join the IOU and she converted to Islam and hamdulillah she is the leading figure there. And mashallah a number of others have joined and accepted Islam etcetera. So,

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There's a lot of potential for promoting Islam there in Seychelles

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Yeah, definitely through education a very very important route to go through education to promote Islam. And now that you've made all that known to me in available

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Yeah, it is our responsibility to make it happen with by the will of Allah and you're the ones Yeah, so Allah asked a lot to give you all full success, protect the community guide it and inshallah keep it connected with the rest of the Muslim world

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Imam over to you and the team

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so does Hakalau Tehran once again, doctor, we will definitely be in touch and in the name of Islamic Society of Seychelles. And it's subcommittees and members and Madras SiteSell and all were present would like to thank you, may Allah subhanho wa Taala reward you in this role in the Hereafter. May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless the soul Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam so that they can cling on upon the Kitab and Sunnah and let the education move forward in their life. So once again, this Hakalau Harun

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we will be in touch definitely is not the it is not the end of the beginning, but it is the beginning of the end. So now we'll be in touch to continue our work with the Seychelles. Does that allow Iran Mobarak allow people

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make Luffy come Zakho Lochhead.

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