Teaching children about Allah

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The increasing growth rate of the Muslim population in Australia demands that children be taught various aspects of Islam to gain a competent understanding about Allah. Diverse levels of government authorities affirm that children ought to be taken to learning environments where they will gain quality education for positive impact on their lives. Muslim parents do not always enroll their children in relevant learning environments where they can be taught various aspects of Islam, including prayer, fasting, alms-giving, faith, and the concept of God. Teaching children about different aspects of religion, as well as the attributes of God, has ensured children are well-informed about how they can relate to God in terms of His Divine qualities. The process of teaching Islam is important as it lays a suitable platform through which children are taught various ways they can connect to the Divine power. This approach equips children with the correct knowledge, belief, practice, rituals, and devotion Islam entails amongst its followers. A review of relevant literature has indicated that different approaches have been adopted to dispense the knowledge of Allah to children. Scholars have established various ways through which Muslim children can be developed in their faith, as well as how different materials, including textbooks, enhance the knowledge of Allah among children. The purpose of the study was to examine the different ways through which Muslim children are taught about Allah. To this end, a private K-12 Islamic school in Sydney is chosen as a case study in this study. It employed an array of methodologies to investigate the topic, and adopted varying strategies through which the methodology was justified. Different methods that could allow for in-depth data analysis were employed in order to ensure quality results generated from the study. These include interviews and questionnaires administered to children, parents, and teachers, concerning the various aspects of how children are taught about Allah. Investigations were particularly focused on understanding the extent to which children are engaged in discussions intended to enhance their understanding in Islam. Qualitative and quantitative methods of content analysis were employed in order to ensure that the varying ways through which the knowledge of Allah is imparted to children were well-understood. The findings of the study indicated that most children have a strong belief about the existence of Allah and the need to be a servant of Him. However, a huge number of young people are unfamiliar with specific teachings and requirements of Islamic religion to have a strong relationship with Allah, which bestows education stakeholders, including teachers and parents, with the need to acquaint children with basic articles and practices of their faith.

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Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh Associate Supervisor

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