Islam - a complete way of life
Islam is an all-encompassing religion, covering all intricate aspects of daily life. From cradle to the grave, extending to the matters of the afterlife, there is no situation in life which hasn’t been governed and ordained by the commands of Allah (s.w.t.). As Allah (s.w.t.) summarises beautifully:
‘This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed my favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.’ (5:3)
Why is teaching about puberty in the light of Islam important?
Puberty marks a pivotal moment in a young person’s life, not only in terms of clear physiological changes but also on the psychological front. During puberty, a child starts to become more aware of his/her surroundings, and the norms and values which serve to govern it.
At such a critical point, young people are often left alone to find their way with often little guidance from parents. Much of what is learned about puberty comes from school, friends, news, tv shows, and movies, thus contributing to an often warped perception of adult life. Without proper guidance from reliable Islamic sources, the journey into adulthood becomes an arduous trek into the unknown.
When should this presentation be delivered?
Children are becoming mentally aware of sexual content at increasingly younger ages, with Relationships & Sex education now being mandatory in primary schools. It is important that this presentation isn’t delayed unnecessarily. By delivering the presentation at a younger age, it will aid in removing the taboo that surrounds this topic, and will, insha’allah, pave way for young individuals to approach scholars regarding these matters. For this reason, the presentation should ideally be delivered to children in year 7, preferably towards the end of the academic year.
How to deliver the presentation
The presentation should be pitched as an open discussion in a friendly atmosphere. It is important, however, that such a tone is set that doesn’t detract from the importance of the subject matter. This can be achieved by taking the group to a separate classroom, and ensuring that no food or drink is allowed. The children are to be sat in rows, sitting in a proper manner without reclining.
The presentation should be delivered in one session, leaving questions till the end. Usually, an hour is needed to conduct the presentation, although this depends on the number of questions. It is the presenters responsibility to read up on branching topics which may need to be discussed.
Printable A5 hand-out
Currently, I am in process of producing a small A5 pamphlet which will accompany this presentation. It can be printed, and handed out to young individuals to keep, serving as an important reminder. This pamphlet will match the presentation, and will cover necessary points. Make sure to follow to get a notification of the release.
• The information contained within this powerpoint has been checked and approved by Mufti Hanif Yusuf Patel, editor of www.askourimam.com.
• The language that has been used is clear and unambiguous, in order to facilitate understanding. In some cases, specific words have been used to describe areas of the private part that required to be explicitly mentioned.
• The presentation is based on the hanafi school of thought, and therefore the speaker will need to be able to point out the differences for other schools of thought, if need be.
• Please be aware that the file may take longer than usual to download as it contains a lot of graphics.