CAIRO - Seeking to guide young Saudis to follow the footstep of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), a new program has been launched to educate students about the values of the prophet.
Students will benefit from this program and they will apply what they learned both inside and beyond the school walls, Ibrahim Al-Khanjy, psychologist, counselor, and personal skills development trainer, told Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, January 8.
Themed Values of the Prophet Muhammad, the program was crafted to help Saudi students follow the prophet's footstep.
It will be implemented across schools in the Makkah province as part of its education curriculum.
Proponents say the program aims to raise a new Saudi generation on the love of the prophet.
By following the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH), our students will be better citizens who understand their duties toward themselves, their Creator and society, said Hasan Falali, the director of the program.
The program follows controversies sparked by writings by Saudi bloggers on Prophet Muhammad.
A Saudi author was detained last month after writing tweets seen insulting to Prophet Muhammad.
Turki al-Hamad was detained on December 24 over the comments on microblogging site Twitter which suggested that Islam needed to be rectified.
"Our Prophet had come to rectify the faith of Abraham, and now is the time when we need someone to rectify the faith of Muhammad," read one tweet in Arabic.
A Saudi blogger was deported last year from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia on accusations of insulting the Prophet.
Sense of Responsibility
Organizers say the program aims to reinforce the sense of responsibility and duty among young Saudis.
The main problem is that the majority of the Saudi youth are entrenched in it and they suffer many negative repercussions in their lives as a result of this faulty trait: Irresponsibility, said Khanjy.
Many of the undesirable practices common among youth in Saudi society such as littering, falling behind in studies and reckless driving all boil down to a lack of responsibility.
Teachers will use creative tools to spread the prophet's noble values among Saudi students.
Among these tools are holding lectures and workshops, distributing brochures and interactive CDs and organizing competitive contests.
Students will also engage in morning assemblies and sending inspirational tips through SMS messages and social networking websites.
It helps to fulfill the Ministry of Education's goals in transforming the information and theoretical knowledge in the syllabus taught to students into practical skills and daily habits that will be applied in the student's life, said Hamid Al-Sulami, the director general of Education in Makkah.With classroom and extracurricular activities, the educational process should positively and actively influence the student's life and shape his/her behavior and conduct so that he/she speaks and acts in a way that emulate our role model - the Prophet (PBUH).