The School of the Shaykh follows a model based on the noble qualities of character of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his Sunna.
The sum of different characteristics of the most natural form of man can be found in the model of the prophets. Their seal is our beloved Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessings be on him.
From his words – “I have only been sent to perfect good character.” – we deduct the motto of our school, the declaration of our intentions, and the rules of our conduct. We love him, s.a.w.s., we mention him a lot and feel closely connected to him, him being our clear reference of human existence.
The good formation of the individual and social personality of a youth is being established while acquiring the qualities of character, which form a universal model of how to be and how to interact in the world. This will be a person’s reference and guide during his/her life.
The school has to allow the sprouting of the germ of an integer human being. It has to convey to each youth the hope of perfection, the ambition to improve oneself every day. This does not stop with the end of the school age, but it is an attitude of all believers, “from the cradle to the grave”.
This constant process has to cover five aspects:
The intellect – in its most transcendent meaning as comprehension, capacity to contain existence, to separate, discern and distinguish between what is correct and incorrect. The intellect must only be developed, but it also must be protected and guarded from banality and superficiality.
The care for health, vigor and the development of the various physical qualities.
The Ibada, the worship of Allah, the Lord of the Universe. The increase of knowledge in Ibada and spiritual maturity.
Adab, courtesy, which for us is not a compendium of good forms and outward manners, but it starts on the base of cleanliness of the body in the bathroom, goes on to the behavior at the table and in front of a meal, and reaches to its highest forms in the behavior towards everybody around us, reaching its peak when we desire the best for the other, more than for ourselves.
Courage, the increase of backbone in order to defend one’s honour, the honour of one’s family, the honour one’s community, and the honour of justice. Physical courage and the capacity to resist and overcome obstacles and trials of life, accompanied by firm trust in the Mercy of Allah.