What is the meaning of Education? – Part 1

The writer, Al-Hajj Khalil Champsi (Toronto, Canada) is a professional engineer, PMP certified, and a community volunteer.


In order to understand the meaning of education, one has to see if the teacher is passing knowledge to the recipient through some set instructions 

One looks at the Islamic education nomenclature, it provides human being a path towards being to an end with the knowledge to navigate through all walks of life and develop towards a higher goal.

God says in Sura al-Qalam – verse one …. I swear by the pen and what the angels write. Therefore the instruction of God to Angels is to write. Writing can mean recording and even imparting knowledge from the one who is more learned to the learner. In this case, the one with unlimited knowledge ( the creator Almighty God)  is teaching the angels in the metaphysics world the importance of writing.

In Sura Yaseen, Chapter 36 verse 12 of the Holy Quran, God says,’’ Surely We give life to the dead, and We write down what they have sent before and their footprints, and We have recorded everything in clear writing in a Register’’

In the above verse, the meaning of writing is explained to a human being that one’s action, good or bad is written down and recorded by the Angels who have been educated by God. This verse also provides one with an understanding that life has consequences and one is accountable for all of types one’s doing. In a way, one can develop critical thinking skills.

Imam Sadiq (as) encouraged his companions to write or record anything new to retain one’s understanding and knowledge 

 In The Holy Quran, Sura al-Ala’aq verse 1, God says,’ Read in the name of your Lord Who created

Iqra (read, recite or proclaim) implies that the Holy Prophet(saw) knew all the names of Allah which carry the essence of creation and legislation.

Reading does help one to develop and acquire new sets of understanding in the forms of instructions and parables 

In the Holy Quran, Sura ar-Room verse 20 God invites the human race to travel. Say: Travel in the earth and see how He makes the first creation, then Allah creates the latter creation; surely Allah has power over all things.

Therefore it is very important to develop a learner’s center, this way the learner is actively participating in acquiring knowledge 

Student-centered learning, also known as learner-centered education, broadly encompasses methods of teaching that shift the focus of instruction from the teacher to the student..Student-centered instruction focuses on skills and practices that enable lifelong learning and independent problem-solving. Student-centered learning theory and practice are based on the constructivist learning theory that emphasizes the learner’s critical role in constructing meaning from new information and prior experience.

The instructor’s goal is to create an environment in every class where the students are communicating 80% of the time and the instructor is communicating 20% of the time

In developing the learner’s needs, one can understand there are three main types of learning styles :

  • Visual –God Commanded man to travel and see the earth. When one travels in different parts of the world there are different things one can see and this provides input with one an ability to explore and gain a new knowledge base

Robert Half says, ‘’The accounting and finance professionals best absorb information when they see the material being presented. They also often associate certain subjects, ideas, and tasks with images. Seeing the information laid out in a structured format can help you retain it. Take notes in meetings, and use symbols — even doodles — to link concepts and ideas together.

  • Auditory –God commanded the men to Read: Reading good material contributes toward one in intellectual development and understanding.

Robert Half says,’ ’Auditory learners take in information through listening and speaking. To fully comprehend certain details, these learners prefer to hear instructions and, sometimes, verbally repeat them. Record yourself as you read the material aloud — listening to the recording later can help you absorb the information

  • Kinaesthetic-God commanded the Angels to write: When one writes the content matter is easy to retain. Also, it was an activity for them to perform. Similarly, some students require activities to learn.

Robert Half says kinaesthetic learners are “doers.” They can read or listen to information all day long, but for it to really sink in they prefer first-hand experience with practical applications. They take the term “hands-on” literally.

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About the author

Al-hajj Khalil Champsi was born in Zanzibar ,Tanzania. His father Al-Hajj Hassan A P Champsi was a well known reciter of Duas and Ziyarats and mother Hajiani Maryam Champsi (Dr.Gulamhussein) was a Reciter and served her community in Zanzibar selflessly and her love of ahlulbayt was imprinted in herself and her family. His Great grand father Marhum Gulhussein M W Dharsi started a Gujarati monthly magazine and his pen name was Salsabil and his brother Marhum Kassamali Mammu Walli Dharsi (Bha Kassamali) who was an ardent Azadar and personally spent his fortune and establish Taziyakhana (Husssainiya ). Al-Hajj Khalil Champsi would frequently attend and visit Masjid and Mehfil/Hussainiya around the neighborhood.

Al-Hajj Khalil Champsi has taken keen interest in learning Islamic studies especially in exegesis of Quran by renowned Scholar like Allama Hussein Tabatabai. He has interacted with Many scholars to learn of various aspects of Religion. He also has been attending Fiqh and Jurisprudence classes under the esteem Scholar Hujjatil–Islam Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi.

Al-Hajj Khalil Champsi has been lecturing, teaching in Madrassah and participating in TV Shows as well .Tabligh is one the areas he always re-emphasis and participates actively .He has paid several visits to Khatmul Anbiya, a school which teaches National camp; Islamic curriculum and serves the Masai communities in the outskirts of Arusha located Tanzania in of support the great work done by Al-Hajj Ghulamhussein Mukhtar in area.

Al-Hajj Khalil Champsi is Professional Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer with several years of experiences in different countries. He has always found time to give back by participating in community projects especially in Building; Renovation of Masjids and Imam Hussainiya earlier in Dubai and now in Toronto.

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