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ACJU Online Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue No. 83
20th Rabeeunis Saani 1438 / 20th January 2017
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The Importance of The Institution of The MAKTAB
The first word revealed of the Quran is “Iqra” READ! Seek knowledge! Educate yourselves! Be educated.
“Read and your Lord is Honorable, who taught(to write) with the pen taught man what he knew not, Those of His servants only who are possesses of knowledge fear Allah; Surely Allah is mighty, oft forgiving”.
Children are invaluable assets of the future generations. Islam has given particular attention for their education and training as well as for their respect, love, and affection. Islam provides detailed instructions for preservation of children’s rights and emphasis for their guidance so that they could endeavor for perfection as human beings with an aim of worshipping Allah and serving humanity.  Aayat of the Quran: “I have not created Man and Jinn but for the worship of Allah Ta’ala”.
The best inheritance that we provide to our children in this life is Islamic Education. We always worry about the standard of education in schools, but why not about Islamic Education. Islamic education is essential to protect children from evils and to bring them up as Allah fearing citizens.
By virtue of the role of the Maktab (primary Islamic education), generations will become the torchbearers of Islamic values and play an effective role in the present world.
Today we need an educational system, that can produce, what a famous scholar once referred to as, “Muslim philosopher, Muslim scientist, Muslim economist, Muslim jurist, Muslim statesman, in brief, Muslim experts in all fields of knowledge who would reconstruct the social order in accordance with the tenets of Islam. 
This system will help us to become Muslims in the true sense of the word. A Muslim is not a Muslim simply because he is born one. A Muslim is a Muslim because he is a follower of Islam, a submitter to the will of Allah. We are Muslim if we consciously and deliberately accept what has been taught by Nabi Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and act accordingly. Otherwise, we are not true Muslims.
From this, we glean that the most crucial obligation on us is to ensure that our children acquire Iknowledge. It is said, “No man becomes truly a Muslim without knowing the meaning of Islam, because he becomes a Muslim not through birth but through knowledge”.
One of the purposes of acquiring knowledge is to gain the good of this world, not to destroy it through wastage, arrogance and in the reckless pursuit of higher standards of material comfort. Another purpose of knowledge is to spread freedom and dignity, truth and justice. It is not to gain power and dominance for its own sake. 
Our children are the future. The future lies in our hands, but only through knowledge because whoever neglects learning in his youth loses the past and is dead for the future.
Providing children with an atmosphere as close to the Islamic ideal as possible, strengthens them to meet and deal effectively with the challenges of living in a multi cultural, multi ethnic society, and …to instill in them a pride in their heritage by enabling them to approach knowledge from an Islamic point of view.
It is our responsibility as parents to give them the education they need in order not to be deluded by this worldly life and also to build ourselves and our children up to the Islamic excellence that Allah and His Messenger, may peace be upon him, have provided us the guidance to achieve.
Source
The ACJU Youth Affairs Division organized Youth programs which were conducted by Ash Shaikh Arkam Nooramith at the following venues:
- At the Jaffna University on the 5th of January.
- At Aluthgama on 11th of January organized in collaboration with Aluthgama Divisional Branch of ACJU.
- At the Matara Ruhunu University on the 11th of January.

ACJU Islamic Economics & Finance Division (ACJU-IEF) conducted a meeting and training session on Baithuz Zakath (BUZ) for the BUZ members in Thihariya, on the 12th of January.

A delegation from the Media sector, 'Newsfirst - Shakthi TV' visited the ACJU Headoffice, on the 11th of January, to provide details to the Muslim Religous leaders about a '100 - Day' Social Service project that helps the needy in the rural areas of the country, of the which the 2nd phase would commence shortly.

ACJU Education Division had a special meeting with Al Hilal School Administrators and Negombo Periyamulla Welfare Association -NPWA regarding the Education development of Al Hilal Central College on the 19th of January at Periyamulla, Negombo.

The 3rd half-day Training session on 'Certification Psychological Counseling' for selected Teachers of 6 Muslim Government Schools of Kandy was conducted by Counselor Shaikh Lukman Hakeem at Al Jinnah Hall, Kandy, on the 18th of January, which was organized by the ACJU Education Division.

ACJU Education Division
successfully carried out surveys at Usmaiyyah College and Khadheejah Maha Vidiyalaya in Jaffna by a competent Research Team on 18th & 19th of January. 

A spiritual motivation session on the topic 'Qualities of Beloved Prophet
(ﷺ)' was organized by the ACJU Education Division, at Dharuasalam Maha Vidyalaya on the 16th of January.

A meeting was conducted  for the formation of Thalgaspitiya Divisional branch under Kegalla District Branch on the 14th of January. The new Divisional Branch in Thalgaspitiya commenced operations on the 19th of January.


The ACJU Madawakkulam Divisional Branch has organized special prayers for Rain 'Salathul Isthiska' for the prevailing drought, on the 23rd of January.

ACJU Kinniya Divisional Branch organized a special 'Dengue Awareness Program' on the 20th of January.

ACJU Pottuvil Divisional Branch organized 'Salathul Isthiska' for the prevailing drought, on the 13th of January.


The ACJU Fatwa Committee meeting was held at the ACJU Head office on the 12th of January. 

A special delegation of the ACJU Council for Coordination & Cooperation (CCC Division) visited Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero, Anu Nayake of Amarapura Nikayaat, at the Dharmapalaramaya Temple, Mount Lavinia, on the 10th of January.

The Palestinian ambassador Zuhair Mohammad Hamdallah Zaid visited the ACJU Head office for a special meeting with Ash Shaikh Mubarak and Ash Shaikh Thassim of the Executive Committee of ACJU and explained about the Quds situation, on the 18th of January.


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