The Islamic education and the 'j-QAF' program in Malaysia

Farid Mat Zain, Wan Kamal Mujani, Ibrahim Abu Bakar

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Recently the Islamic education in some Muslim countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan are said to produce the supporters of Muslim terrorists. The bad and ugly image of the Islamic education is not in line with the noble, sublime and pristine goals of Islam and its education namely to inculcate the good and beneficial values in human minds and souls. Both human minds and spirits are important to be inculcated and trained with the good and beneficial values because good and useful conducts and actions originate from good, sound, healthy minds and souls. Evil and useless conducts and actions originate from evil and useless minds and souls. Hence both Islam and its education pay attention to human minds and souls with the hope of producing good and useful Muslims. For this good reason, all Muslims rely on their Islamic education for their children. They do not believe that the Islamic education should produce bad and evil Muslims who terrorize human beings since the Muslims themselves are human beings. In Malaysia, the Government promotes and sponsors Islamic education in the national primary and secondary school system. The salaries of the teachers who teach the Islamic education subjects are monthly paid by Malaysian Ministry of Education. The Ministry also develops the curricula for the Islamic education subjects and produces the textbooks for them. The teachers for the Islamic education subjects are trained at the college and university levels. The Ministry has established the Department of Islamic Education and Moral (JAPIM) to manage and administer the Islamic and moral education section or sector. This paper is intended to survey and present the new program for the Islamic education in Malaysian national primary schools. The program is named in short as 'j-QAF' that stands for the Jawi (the Malay-Jawi script or alphabets), the Quran, Arabic and the Fard 'Ayn (the Muslim individual religious duties such as the five obligatory prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan, the two confession of faith).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-315
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number3 SPECL.ISSUE 2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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  • 'j-QAF' program
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The Islamic education and the 'j-QAF' program in Malaysia. / Mat Zain, Farid; Mujani, Wan Kamal; Bakar, Ibrahim Abu.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 3 SPECL.ISSUE 2, 01.2012, p. 310-315.

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