Embracing the Progressive Teaching Methodologies of Nabi SAW Found in the kitaabs Learning to Read the Qur’aan Book 1&2
The greatest teacher to mankind was undoubtedly Nabi SAW. His uniquely insightful and profound teaching methodologies which he displayed over 140 years ago are only recently being discovered and implemented by legendary 21st century educators. Such teaching methods were implemented which made learning easy, enjoyable and memorable, thereby engaging the full resources and potential of the learner.
In essence, Nabi SAW taught us the most effective teaching methodology- Multi-sensory teaching , and in the ahaadeeth are numerous examples which allude to this most amazing method of teaching and learning.
Hereunder are a few of the remarkable and dynamic teaching methods of Nabi SAW that are also found in Learning to Read the Qur’aan Book’s 1&2. These examples are cied so that the kitaabs may be more deeply appreciated and maximum benefit may be obtained for both educator and learner alike.
- Proof of Multi-sensory Learning in the Light of Shari’ah
- Abu Zarr (R.A) narrates that once the Holy Prophet SAW came out of his house. It was Autumn and the leaves were falling off the trees. He caught hold of a branch (shaking it). The leaves began to fall in large numbers. At this he remarked “Oh Abu Zarr, when a muslim offers his salaah to please Allah Taa’la, his sins are shed away from him just as these leaves too are falling off this tree. (Ahmad)
The lesson was one of wudhu and salaah, which you would assume would be taught in the musjid. Yet the lesson was not taught in the musjid, even though it was musjidun-nabawi SAW.This was because Nabi SAW wanted all 4 senses of Abu Zarr (RA)to be completely stimulated and switched on. So Nabi SAW stimulated his visual sense (sight) to the maximum, by taking the learner outside and affording him a full-colour learning experience of absorbing the tree, its branches and leaves falling off.
Thereafter Nabi SAW caught hold of a branch(tactile) and began shaking the branch(movement)-together giving rise to a powerful sense called the steriognostic sense. When the lerner’s visual, tactile and kinetic senses were all switch on, the (audio) hearing sense was finally used to be able to stimulate the learner to his maximum potential in developing deeper imprinted memories.