I can’t help myself not to write this article after came accross a blog which aim to stop Madrasah. With no intention to look down their rights to vocalize it as a citizen, all i would like to say is they are ‘too paranoid’ towards Madrasah. Thus, i want to clarify what Madrasah is all about and what else schools in islam.
In islam, we knew two types of schools :
- Pesantren / Pondok
Wikipedia >> Madrasah (Arabic: مدرسة, madrasa pl. madāris) is the Arabic word for any type of school, secular or religious (of any religion). It is variously transliterated as madrasah, madarasaa, medresa, madrassa, madraza, madarsa, etc.
- Madrasa Islamia translates as ‘Islamic school’.
- Madrasa deeneya translates as ‘religious school’.
- Madrasa khasa translates as ‘private school’.
Wikipedia >> Pesantren or Pondok Pesantren are Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia. Pesantren aim to deepen knowledge of the Quran, particularly through the study of Arabic, traditions of exegesis, the Sayings of the Prophet, law and logic. The term pesantren derives from the root word santri or student — pe-santri-an or the place of the santri. Santri are students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of Islamic religious matters by studying in pesantren and other religious education institutions.
Interesting to notice that mass medias in European country and United States have been given a negatively false connotations to Madrasah as a islamic religious schools. Please note, Madrasah is just another school which may have different affiliation and curriculum.
Three of my cousins and nephews are schooling there, of course they are not there to be terrorists or something like that, no way. Their parent simply just want them to be competent in worldy modern knowledge as well as in islamic teaching.
They study all general subject as it taught in normal school, the different is they study Quran more. The study of Quran such as, Quran memoration, Arabic language and litterature, Quran tafseer, Shariah (islamic law), history, etc. Formal language in school are english and arabic.