The philosophical core of the educational system must change

Education is the activity of changing the ideas and behaviours of people through teaching. The ideas they are taught first start to change their understanding and then their behaviours follow. Once the change of ideas and behaviours is accomplished, it means that education has achieved its goal. The Philosophy of Positivist Education In today’s educational system, the dominant philosophy in teaching the physical sciences to students is that of positivism. The positivist education philosophy assumes the existent beings as if they act on their own. It describes the relation of…

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The key to our cultural heritage: Ottoman Turkish

Ercan Türk | General Director, General Directorate of Secondary Education, The Ministry of National Education of Turkey Language, which is the most important means of people’s communicating with each other, is the common treasury of national memory, national emotions and thoughts, all material and moral values, the appearance of the world of thought and the cornerstone of culture. Communication of “the common emotions and thoughts of a nation’s individuals” is done through language. When the subject is culture, the first thing that comes to mind is language. For this reason,…

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Combining “positive and Islamic sciences and moral training” in formal education

Madrasatuz-Zahra was a university project which would combine positive and religious sciences. It aimed to give a powerful education covering the needs of the time, uplifting Muslims in science and thought, unite both hearts and minds; thus enabling Muslims to continually protect their own values. This was Imam Nursi’s project. He could not achieve it. But later in his life he said that his prayers for such a project were accepted via the establishment of hundreds of Nur Madaaris where students could study religious subjects along with their school subjects.…

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How to Arouse Curiosity of the New Generation?

Curiosity, which urges children to learn, must be promoted in education. Since the fact that ‘curiosity is the teacher of knowledge and need is the master of advancement’ can not be really understood today, genius minds don’t awake, inventors are not raised and ideas cannot be generated. For this reason; officials usually cannot resist giving in to big problems we face about technology and methodology, the trouble of being dependent on the West and abroad, and terror issues. The educational system, which does not create demand while  not giving any…

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Amirs of the People of Paradise: Huffaz of the Qur’an

Huffaz* are the beloveds of our Prophet who praised them many times. Huffaz are the servants of the Qur’an and the actual manifestations of the kalām (word) of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala. They are the carriers of the ‘nur’ dating back from the Age of Bliss to the End of Time; because they work for Kalāmullah (the Word of Allah) day and night. They spend their time for the sake of Allah (swt). They are the friends of the Qur’an, hafiz of the Words of Allah (swt). The Qur’an, as…

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Common Mistakes in Child Education

We must love our children despite everything and raise them for both this world and the hereafter. In this life of anxieties and troubles, a safe haven and a place of refuge for every person, especially for a Muslim, is his family life. What make the family liven up are the children who can be our reward channels even after we die. If a person raises a dutiful child, his book of sins will be closed, but his book of good deeds will be open when he dies; and he…

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Revitalizing Higher Education in The Muslim World

All aspects of backwardness in the Ummah’s history are the results of distortions in the Ummah’s cognitive and psychological makeup, which can be treated only when their true nature is discovered and they become the focus of reform efforts by Muslims. Only then can the Muslim nation rid itself of its hazy vision, poor motivation, and inadequate performance. THE PROBLEM The remedy prescribed for a given problem is often inappropriate or insufficient for a complete resolution of the situation, owing to an erroneous diagnosis or a defective analysis of the…

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A Risale-i Nur course in Sudan

The Sudan Turkish Students Association organized a course under the title of “A Personal Development Course with the perspective of Risale-i Nur” in Khartoum University between June 9, 2012 and July 14, 2012. There was considerable popular interest for the course, which was designed to show participants ways of increasing awareness about their weak and strong points, and thus giving them an increased ability to do good things. The closure of the course, which lasted for over a month, was crowned with a ceremony on July 14, 2012. Many teaching…

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The Islamization of Knowledge

By Abdulhamid A. Abusulayman The Islamization of knowledge may be a way out of the epistemological borders of the West for Muslims to establish the authenticity of their civilization once again. It is hoped that an experimental project being conducted in Malaysia will yield good results for the fulfilment of the Islamization of knowledge. The Islamization of Knowledge is a project that concerns knowledge, learning, and education. It originated and developed in the minds and consciences of a group of Muslims who were aware of the spirit and cultural power…

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The Educational Methods of Our Prophet (PBUH)

By Vahap Gultekin As a model in human relationships, the methods that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used in spreading his cause and mission will prove to be effective if we can apply them successfully in our own educational activities. What is more important than what we teach in education is how we teach it. Of course, we have to teach good and useful things to people and youth, but this must be done in effective ways. It is known that the students who do not like a teacher generally do…

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