We at Abu Hanifah Foundation believe that effective Islamic teaching and learning must be integrated. It must encompass and engage the whole child, spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually. This Holistic approach signifies valuing the ‘whole child’, and recognizing the inter-relatedness of the child’s different qualities.
A comprehensive and integrated concept of Islamic education encompasses not only the instruction and training of the mind and the transmission of knowledge (ta`lim), but also the nurture of the whole being (tarbiyyah), moral discipline (ta`dib), and learning from one another in the spirit of critical openness and respect for diversity (ta`aruf).
The school system we seek is one where every child is inspired to develop a lifelong love of learning; where we are concerned not only with the instruction and training of the mind and the transmission of knowledge (ta’lim), but also with the education and development (tarbiyyah) of the whole being.
“Education should aim at the balanced growth of the total personality of a person through the training of the spirit, intellect, the rational self, feelings and bodily senses. Education should therefore cater for the growth of a person in all aspects; spiritual, intellectual, imaginative, physical, scientific, linguistic, both individually and collectively and motivate all these aspects towards goodness and the attainment of perfection.”