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Children: Godís Trust whether in Guidance or in Care(2)
instinct of superiority and love of perfection are innate in man.
The desire for progress and excellence are considered branches
of self-love which reside in any manís nature.
The conscious guardians should make use of this psychological
wealth, building the sound educational ways on this basis.
Consequently, they will guide the child towards superiority and
excellence. In this
respect, a discourse for Al Imam Hassan (a.s..) was reported, ęHe
called his children and his nephews and said to them, today you are
children and tomorrow youíll be the leaders of your people, so learn
today and he who canít memorize, let him write it down
and keep it at his homeĽ. In
this discourse we can see that Imam Hassan (a.s.)) had employed the
childrenís self love and their innate desire for development to urge
and encourage them to learn without resorting to intimidation or
threatening. He made them understand that acquiring knowledge now is
the way that leads them to dignity and magnificence in the future.
method used in the above discourse in regarded as one of the greatest
methods in the field of raising children and education nowadays. By
following this method, every family can encourage its children to
acquire knowledge, pushing them from the beginning towards superiority
and excellence. Later,
children will become self-motivated for seeking knowledge ;they
donít need to be threatened.
this sense, there is similarity between the atmosphere of the family
and that of the Islamic government, where the social discipline is
built on the principles of freedom and justice.
Due to this fact, education in Islam is based on justice,
freedom, and the development of the childrenís desires for
superiority and perfection.
Ali (a.s.) said to his son Imam Hassan (a.s.) ęDonít be a slave for
others, while Allah had created you and made you a free manĽ.
By this brief saying, the great father plants in his son the
greatest wealth of personality, and makes him used to mental freedom.
With respect to childrenís education he (a.s.) said, ęHe who
didnít learn during childhood, would not advance when becoming an
adultĽ. The qualified
teacher is the one who makes use of the childís instinct for
perfection and superiority, building most of his educational methods
on this basis.