Importance of seeking knowledge for the Muslim.
“Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not” [Quran, 96: 1-5]
Education is thus the starting point of every human activity. Allaah created man and provided him with the tools for acquiring knowledge, namely hearing, sight and wisdom. Allaah says (what means): “And Allaah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allaah)” [Quran, 16:78]
Here at Timbuktu we encourage the students to understand the importance of learning Al-Islaam and theres no other more authentic and direct way except through learning the Arabic language. After all, the divine revelation , the final book revealed to all of mankind until the day of judgement ,The Quraan, was revealed in Arabic.
Every science in Al-Islaam revolves around Arabic. So step by step the Ustaadh ensures that each student doesn’t just become “familiar” with the Arabic language , but rather that the student becomes engulfed in this language in a practical way.
Upon completion the student should have mastered the course enrolled in, is able to teach other people, and earn Ijaazah in shaa Allaah. (Hence the each one teach one concept)
“Taking it back to traditional Learning”
At Timbuktu, each class setting is like that of the traditional teachings. Theres a board and note taking, continuous class participation, Q&A, weekly assignments that are due the following class, memorization, study groups and much more. In following these traditional techniques, the teacher is always able to ensure that EACH student is understanding the lesson and continue to progress at his or her own pace.