24 Jun 2011

One Way to Improve Education in Indonesia


One Way to Improve Education in Indonesia

There are many ways to improve education in Indonesia. In this essay I am just going to talk about one of them. It may be the main point among them. It is about ‘designing education system based on the essence of human being.’ What is the essence of human being?

Are you ready to read it? If you say “yes”, SMILE! ^_^

 I would like to describe the essence of human being according to Al-Quran (Koran). Why do I choose Al-Quran? Al-Quran is a book that has the words of God scientifically, and it is still original. All of people may agree that it is only He who knows the true essence of human being.

Al-Quran reveals that there are three main essences of the human being: body (physical needs), brain (mind), and spiritual needs.

1.       Physical needs

Everyone needs food and water. You do not drink, and then you will take a breath for the last time.    Hehehe ^_^…. It indicates that we have physical needs, doesn'n’t it?

Allah reveals in The Holy Al-Quran:

“But seek, with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of legal enjoyment in this world, do good as Allah has been good to you, and seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not The Mufsidoon (those who commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts).” (QS. al-Qashash: 77)

2.       Mind

Mind is one of the important aspects in the essences of human being. Do you have mind? I don’t think so. Hahaha I’m jokin’. :P ….Mind is a tool to think. No mind, no thoughts hehehe…. ^_*. Therefore, one of the essences of human being is he wants, he is able, and he thinks.

There are many verses talking about ‘mind’ such as Qaaf: 6-7, at-Thaariq: 5-7, al-Ghasiyah: 17-20, Muhammad: 24, an-Nahl: 68-69, etc. Udah ya…. Masih banyak sich tapi dah capek nhe hehehee yang penting dah ada yang ngewakili.. ok ok ok *_^

3.       Spiritual needs

The other aspect is spiritual or soul.

“So, when I have fashioned him completely and breathed into him (Adam) the soul which I created for him, the fall (you) down prostrating yourselves unto him.” (QS. al-Hijr: 29)

“So when I have fashioned him and breathed into him (his) soul created by Me, then you fall down prostrate to him.” (QS. Shaad: 72)

Those verses explain that human being has soul, which is one of the true substances of human being.

In conclusion, education system must support physical needs, mind (a tool to think), and the last is spiritual (soul).




Sources:
The idea: Filsafat Pendidikan Islami By Prof. Dr. Ahmad Tafsir
Translation for Al-Quran verses: a mobile application named QRBasic ArabicMK downloaded from www.GuidedWays.com


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