The well-being of human character is directly related to various human physical and spiritual characteristics and a human being is required to be sound in these both aspects. The human character building in perspective of Islamic jurisprudence is to reform his belief, mind set-up, thoughts and actions. It also aims to enhance his sense of responsibility, devotion to his work, compliance, good application and reassurance.
The progress and prosperity of any society depends upon true faith and good character. If a Muslim society does not reflect the picture of the true Islamic character, it will never be able to have the favors and blessings of Allah.
In order to highlight the significance of character building in Islam, it seems appropriate to quote a few verses from the Holy Qur’ān and Ahadith.
Character Building in the Holy Qur’ān:
Qur’ān is the divine book which has covered all aspects of human life. The same is the case of Quranic teachings on character building. Allah Almighty says:
”A similar (favor you have already received) in that we have sent among you a Messenger of your own, rehearsing to you our Signs, and sanctifying you, and instructing you in Scripture and Wisdom, and in new knowledge”.
This verse of the Holy Qur’ān has a mention of Tazkīyah before the teaching of the book which reflects the significance of Tazkīyah. And Tazkīyah means to purify, develop and cultivate. The term Tazkīyah embraces the purification of beliefs and outlook, morals, habits and customs, and social, cultural and political life, the purification of man’s life in its totality. And again,” And speak fair to the people.”
Above is in fact the true vision of Oxbridge International Grammar School. In fact, character building is embedded in our general teaching methodology. At OIGS, we have assigned certain class periods for character building classes. These sessions are conducted by both our own staff, and externally by the notorious guest speakers. It is usually an informal class in which students fully express themselves and openly ask questions. During these sessions, we thoroughly emphasize to assimilate stories of Sahaba and other great Muslim scholars / leaders into the talks and which greatly inspire the young hearts.
The ultimate aim of Oxbridge is to not only to produce successful doctors, engineers, and scientists; rather we want to produce successful Muslim doctors, successful Muslim engineers and successful Muslim scientists.
This is indeed the need of time.