Challenges and Opportunities


Education is the birth right of every Muslim and Muslimah. Investment in education is the best investment one can make, because it eventually leads to intellectual property. The greatest objective of education is to prepare the young generation for leadership. The Muslim child absorbs the Islamic values from his or her parents, teachers, peers, friends and the environment, including the care-givers. Once the Muslim child develops undesirable habits and unethical values, does it become extremely difficult later to change the child into becoming a good Muslim/Muslimah? Something I have been pondering.

All of this has great influence on and impacts the Muslims living in America, especially the children and youth. The parents try to teach Islamic values and morals to the children, hence children are to maintain these values at home environment. Outside the home, the children are in a totally different environment. At times the outside social environment is in opposition to what Muslim children are learning at home. As a result of this conflict, children are fighting a psychological battle in their minds. These are some real challenges as parents especially when dealing with so much as tv, video, video games, movies, peer pressure could play an effective role in erasing the Islamic personality the parents are building and deeply influence the behavior of the children for years. It takes constant and continuous effort on the part of the parents and others to keep our youth on the path of Islamic values. Otherwise they will become a statistic.

In America, the parents of Muslim children are facing the challenge of picking the right school for their children. Parents can choose the school their children will attend. Parents would like to send their children to a school that promotes academic excellence and a value centered educational environment.

Are steps such as promoting character, order and discipline needed more in our Islamic schools in order to help our youth to not fall into the culture of guns and drugs?  


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by adikbongsu on November 29, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Salam ‘alaik sister,

    this is what i think every muslims parents are very concern abt.

    Jazakillah for the post 🙂


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