we had planned to send our girl to a pre-school since i felt she is quite matured for a three year old. we thought it would be a good idea to send her where playing cum learning is the essence of pre-school. we looked up for a few around the neighbourhood.
my main criteria for the pre-school was that it has to be islamic based and taught in english. i feel that exposing my children to an islamic background at a tender age is very important for them to have a sense of belonging to the religion. islam being taught in english is even more important.
when i was a little girl, i went to Quran reading classes at the madrasah which didn't include aqidah or fiqh or sirah lessons. i would rather my children learn the islam, the way of life concept from this age then them learning it as a subject in school. i couldn't relate to islam in school since it was taught in malay as i come from more of an english and tamil spoken background. i studied it only as a subject. it was until my university days when i did my minor degree in islamic revealed knowledge in english did i fall in love with the religion.
we enrolled her for a month's trial. the day finally came. we sent her to school on the first day as we were as excited as she was. i wasn't prepared for the drama afterwards as she had always been so excited about going to school. she was put in class 4 yathrib together with 4 year olds. her teacher's name is teacher hana. she clinged on to me, very confused and slowly joined the other children for the morning assembly where they read almost all the doa that i have taught her. one thing that was familiar to her. then they read their pledge that sounds something like this.... i am a caliph of Allah, i will help myself to be good, i will help others to do good and i will help to make the world a better place for everyone. they also sang some songs that nadia nasira had already know from her playschool.
when it was time to go into the class, she was already comfortable. i whispered to her that i was going to buy kuih and left. i had my breakfast peacefully but my heart was very heavy that i had left her. i called my mum and couldn't help but to cry. my mum would as usual advise me to be strong and related to me what her mum advised her when my mother was worried about my brother who used to walk to school. Allah who had taken care of your child in your womb will take care of your child anywhere, so pray to HIM for her safety.
after about an hour, the principal called me because nadia nasira was crying frantically...nak mummy.... i hurried to the school and there she was crying and crying. she had a temperature as well. i asked her why was she crying and she said, mummy takde!!! i took her off the school and since her grandmother had dengue and nadia nasira also had a high fever at the same time, i told the principal that we would send her next month.