Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be unto him) said, “when the son of Adam dies, his work (the return on his righteous deeds) will stop except from three (sources): 1) sadaka jariyah (running charity), 2) ilmun-yun-ta-fa-o-bih (useful knowledge), and 3) waladun-salihun-yado-lah (a righteous child who prays for him.)
The Islamic School is a sadaka-jariyah. Its impact continues with every graduating class. The contribution of the Islamic school continues across generations when the Islamic school graduates build moral families who follow Islam and carry its torch in life. This is an open opportunity to all Muslims in the community.
If you want to be sure that you will receive your fair share of blessings after your death, make sure that you raise a righteous child in your life, a child who prays for you. The Islamic school is a good place to raise good children. Some readers may say, “I know bad kids in the Islamic school and I know good kids in non-Islamic school.” This statement is true. But when we admit our children in the Islamic school we get hasanat (points/blessings) insha Allah for our righteous deeds even when our kids don’t measure up. I am sure that the readers agree with me that we are responsible about our actions, not about the results of our actions which fall in the hands of Allah.
From the previous discussion, we may see the connection between supporting the Islamic school and supporting ourselves. How can we support Islamic schools? You can help in any of the following ways:
1. Make a donation. The Islamic schools lose good teachers due to financial reasons,
2. Make monthly contributions, even in small amounts. Our Prophet (peace and blessings be unto him) said, “The best of deeds are the continuous ones, even if they are little.”
3. Talk good about Islamic schools, spread the good news. All of us know that Islamic schools are not perfect but all of us also know that non Islamic schools are not perfect either. The problems of Islamic schools are correctable, but the problems of public schools could be destructive and cause life-long damage.
4. Do du’aa for those hard working people who accept the responsibility of running the Islamic schools under challenging conditions,
5. Ask the Principal if he needs any help from you or your group,
6. Attend the functions of the Islamic school; just be there for emotional not necessarily financial support
7. Encourage at least one of your children to become a teacher. It sounds paradoxical that we cry because we don’t have Muslim teachers and at the same time insist that our children pursue careers in medicine and law.
8. Rich Muslims may think of buying land for the purpose of school expansion. The Islamic school is a place to build Muslims
9. As we make promises to help, Islamic schools should make promises to deliver. Alhamdu lillah, our Islamic schools in general are doing well according to the reports issued by FSA for this Province. The situation in North America as a whole is also encouraging; this fact is attested by the yearly ISNA educational Forum (www.isna.net.)
In addition to the Hadith stated above, one may quote an aayah (verse) from the Qur’an (2:261), “The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and knowing.” This is the nature of making business with Allah (Qur’an 61:11), up to 700 times reward and the return is guaranteed.
I would like to close by asking the readers to help the Islamic school in every way possible. The Islamic school is used in this article in the singular and plural sense; it is one school with many campuses
Dr. Saleh’s articles are published first in al-Ameen and then posted on www.muslimeducators.com