(Continued from the previous magazine…)
3. Extra-curricular training activities
٭A teacher should not confine himself to the teaching only rather he should use curricular and extra-curricular methods in order to help students in learning.
٭The role of a teacher and his responsibility does not confine only to an educational institution, rather a student is a plant planted by a teacher whose protection and upbringing, protection from the coldness and warmth of the world, irrigation, taking care and developing him, are included among the responsibilities of a teacher. Therefore, he should be aware of the activities and hobbies of a student apart from the educational institution to the level best, so that he is able to advise him in an appropriate manner while assigning homework, in case of (student) not preparing lessons or lacking. The real success is not to teach a book or to complete the syllabus. The real success is that he should teach manners of life also together with the curriculum, teaching him Islamic rules for living a (respectable) life and staying in the world successfully.
٭Parents and teachers both have a very important part in the upbringing of a child. A teacher should never think that as they have come to me for learning, therefore I must teach and listen to their lessons and send them back. Parents should groom them.
٭To keep an eye on every aspect of children’s grooming, the male teachers should be in contact with the father and female teachers should be in contact with the mother and try to remove their (children’s) faults and shortcomings. Instead of complaining about everything, (parents and teachers) should make consultation with the true intention for removing shortcomings and make every possible effort to create an eagerness in children to acquire knowledge.
٭A good teacher creates a yearning for students’ purpose and aim and motivates them to refrain from useless hobbies. It is necessary for a successful teacher to make his students habitual of working hard and explain to them that laziness, idleness, wastage of time and the habit of putting off work brings down the level of learning which is an overall loss of a nation.
4. The assessment of the talent and natural tendency of students
٭It is also included among the traits of a good teacher that he should give courage in case of difficulty and failure, persuade them to work harder and give them good advice. It is also included in the supreme qualities rather the responsibilities of a good teacher to give good advice and guidance to a student, keeping in mind the mental ability, inclination, yearning and eagerness of his student.
٭A Madani Islamic brother who is Imam and Khateeb of a Jaami’ Masjid states: When I went to a college to get admission after Hifz-e-Quran, Qaari Sahib rang me up while I was standing in a queue to deposit the fee; he could just say this single sentence and the line was disconnected, ‘Dear son! I thought you are going to do Dars-e-Nizami (‘Aalim course).’ Because, Qaari Sahib had observed my tendency, therefore he advised me like this. Consequently, the same single sentence brought about a change in me and اَلْحَمْدُلِلّٰە I got admission in Dars-e-Nizami, and after completing it now I am busy with the Imamat, Khitabat and a very important area of serving Deen.
٭The students properly tend to choose fields at the final academic year to go into practical life. On this occasion, students desperately need proper guidance. It is compulsory for a kind-hearted and experienced teacher to guide them to the right field, according to their talents and tendency. It is the statement of a Madani Islamic brother belonging to the knowledge-based department of Dawat-e-Islami, ‘Al-Madina-tul-‘Ilmiyyah’: I used to study in the fifth year at Jami’a-tul-Madinah, one day a question hit my mind; I started studying about it but could not find an appropriate answer. Eventually, I set up a questionnaire and submitted to my teacher. Looking at the document, the very first piece of advice was, ‘Appear for a job test in Al-Madina-tul-‘Ilmiyyah.’ I had not made up my mind for any job yet. The teacher gave the same idea for the second and third day also. Consequently, I appeared for the job test in Al-Madina-tul-‘Ilmiyyah and اَلْحَمْدُ للہ after the success I am busy with this important department of serving Deen till now.
Dear Islamic brothers! The purpose behind the last-mentioned true parables is that a good teacher guides and encourages his students at every step and aspect.