Nurturing Eeman in Children
When we nurture a strong eeman in our children, we cultivate within them the ability to distinguish right from wrong. This relationship and ability to discern will then lead them to choose the lawful in each and every circumstance. This choice will be made regardless of the pressure to act otherwise.
It is for this reason that a child who has developed eeman and piety will make the job of parenting easier one. The choices that a child makes will come from within, with love and fear of Allah, rather than having to be imposed externally.
Nurturing Eeman in children by Dr Aisha Hamdan, page 34-35
As a teacher with strong belief in character building taking precedence over academics, I strongly agree with Dr Aisha’s approach.
While I do appreciate when teachers strive to create reward systems to motivate good behaviour and academic performance in children, backed up by modern psychological principles, I dispute the practice to an extent because behaviour being nurtured tends to have a temporary effect on the child. Reading an excerpt from page 35, Dr. Aisha mentions that while such techniques may be useful at times, they should not be the foundation of parenting/ modelling/teaching.
She mentions that the focus for a child with a strong Eeman will be to seek the pleasure of Allah with the profound realization that these are greater than any material or social reward that can be gained in this life.
I’d like to add a thought to second her by mentioning that it is evident in our schools, homes and society at large that our upcoming youth are driven by material gain rather than self-discipline, sincerity and integrity.
Rukiya Issa is a Teacher coach who leads an Islamic school and the founder of Hopeful Muslim Teacher (HMT). She is pursuing her Bachelors of Education(Arts) and aims to empower Muslim teachers to show-up with confidence, clarity and purpose. She holds a Diploma in Educational Leadership, primary teacher certificate and is also a certified professional life Coach. Rukiya believes that academics, Teacher mindset, skills and teacher growth are not only a fundamental part of student success but are also the building blocks to attain a life long impact in building a holistic child. In addition to leading a school, she runs an online madrasa program with the aim of making Islamic education accessible to all. She has been recognised for her innovative teaching and learning approaches in all her teaching positions in different schools. Furthermore, her exceptional approach to leading change in Ar Risalah Academy, currently the Principal, was evidently recognised by the School board of Directors. Rukiya has been engaged in variety of voluntary projects in education like; - Islamic Curriculum Development at Maahad Teachers' Training College Nairobi, Kenya. - Lesson Plan Integration Project with Dr Bilal Philips - Islamic Studies Teacher at Maryam Center, Doha, Qatar.