Valuable advice for teachers

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Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan said:

O teachers, you have been entrusted with a responsibility.

Parents have left their children under your [care and] responsibility at school, [so be sure to] teach them that which benefits them, [and] keep an eye on them in terms of their manners and character.

Clearly explain to them the material [for each of their subjects] – in fiqh, tawheed, grammar and other than them – [in full – word for word], letter by letter.

Do not miss anything out from the syllabus; do not be negligent, for indeed it is a responsibility which you have been entrusted with.

Do not engage them in corruptive ideologies and idle gossip; ‘where has so-and-so gone?’ and ‘when did so-and-so arrive?’ and ‘what is the condition of so-and-so?’, and so on.

You are responsible for the trust [parents have placed in you] to teach them and guide them. [So] do not divert them away from the truth, [or] teach them evil ideologies which will foster hostility between them and the people; ‘so-and-so is like this’ and ‘so-and-so is like that.’ [All of] this is not your responsibility.

Your responsibility is to explain the lesson and clarify it for them, and question them to ensure they understand it.

And if you find any one of them being lazy or negligent, then you should advise him to concentrate on his studies and be mindful of preserving his time and not wasting it in other than his studies. So, from the moment he arrives at school until he leaves – he is under your care, [and] you are responsible for him.

Translation originally published on 25 September, 2019

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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