"Belajarlah agama..".(Learn the religion). These are some of the parting words of the late Princess Tengku Puteri Kamariah who passed away recently from the wounds inflicted by her own son who was 'high' on drug.A similar incident happened in Kelantan a few months ago.
Her wise words touched deep into my heart,because not many of us really understand the meaning of the word 'belajarlah agama..'. Translated literally we can say 'belajarlah agama..' is "go and and learn religion".Misusage of drugs is haram for all muslims/muslimahs. How could then we are now having thousands of muslims children /youngsters are drug addicts and more than 75 % of the drug rehabilitation centres detainees are muslims/muslimahs?
What effects do our Islamic education in schools have on our children? Most of the teachers completed the syllabus and the children passed their exam???
In discussing about muslim education in general, my guru Dr Hashim Minhat said that we only succeeded in the transfer of the information of knowledge, but we failed in its tarbiyah and 'penghayatan ilmu agama'.IMHO, the teachers and the parents are jointly and severally responsible and accountable.
When it come learning our religion,we as adults also need to allocate some of our time to learn our religion.Even after I graduated from university and have been working for the last 30 years, my knowledge on Islam is very little and I am still learning...and not to mention the amalan part.
By the way,what lessons can you learn from this incident? And what are you going to do about it?