21 April, 2022
MLRC, New Delhi
During the Roza Kushai ceremony of a young girl child in Atlantic World, Kalindi Kunj, New Delhi, Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi introduced MLRC (Minhaj Learning & Research Centre) and stressed the need of Ethical and Spiritual Literacy for Children to an educated audience and mixed gathering of parents.
A beautiful Iftar event was held to celebrate the first Roza (fast) of a young girl named Arshiya. It was a programme designed to educate and encourage young children to embrace the spirit of Islam and instil a sense of religiousness and God-conciousness in them. There are many programmes on Islamic occasions and many others that are frequently held, but this is a good opportunity for the children to become more inclined and interested in learning more about Islam, Mr. Dehlvi said.
He continued: “For, we the people change from childhood to adulthood and finally to old age, but it is critical to educate our children about our wonderful faith and the virtues it teaches since the childhood, so that their adherence to the Deen (religion) remains alive and strong. Even though fasting and praying are not obligatory (fardh) at such a young age, allowing the children to benefit from these acts from the beginning strengthens and beautifies their bond with Allah (S.W.T), considering Allah loves people who fulfil their commandments effectively”.
Mr. Dehlvi then recited a well-known Hadith as mentioned below:
Narrated Abu Hurairah May Allah be pleased with him : Allah’s Messenger Peace be upon him said, Every child is born on Al-Fitrah but his parents convert him to Judaism, Christianity or Fire-worshipping, as an animal delivers a perfect baby animal. Do you find it mutilated? Then Abu Huraira R.A. recited the holy Verses: Allah’s Fitrah (i.e. Allah’s Islamic Monotheism) with which He has created mankind. No change let there be in Khalqillah (i.e. the Religion of Allah Islamic Monotheism). That is the Straight Religion but most of men know not. [Bukhari 2:441]
What does the word fitrah mean?
It refers to a state of purity and cleanliness that is untouched by external forces. If one were to be left in this natural, unadulterated, and pristine state, they would undoubtedly be guided to the beauty and truth of Islam. The natural state of a person draws them closer to Islam, making them more susceptible and inclined to religion. There is a primal inclination and remembrance of Allah and Islam’s truth.
So Taleem and Taribyat are very important to be imparted to our new and future generations. Therefore, both Taleem and Taribyat are the foundational principles of MLRC, which would eventually lead to the successful growth of students and children by inspiring them to live their lives with Islam as their primary source of inspiration.
Mr. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi focused on important topics surrounding today’s challenges and how to solve problems using Islamic knowledge. He quoted the holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and supplemented his standpoint with the following teachings of the hadith:
“Utlubul Ilma minal Mahdi ilal-lahdi”
(Seek Knowledge from the cradle to the grave)
He goes on to say that a mother’s cradle is the first educational institution for children.
Following these principles, the MLRC has been established as an inclusive educational institution that covers a wide range of topics and courses, from Quranic Arabic to Interfaith Studies, from Environmental Protection to Personality Development and many more subjects that will help the youth develop their talents. He concluded his speech by urging parents and everyone to consider the spiritual, physical, and mental well-being of children in hopes of improving their potential to understand Islam in a more significant way and implement Islamic principles in their daily lifestyle.
Written by Laiba Khan, MLRC