Report of the book presentation; ´Decisive Education´ by Hajj Khalid Nieto in Puertollano

By Omar Martin de Pozuelo.

This past weekend The La Paz Islamic Community of Puertollano, began a new chapter of openness and coexistence with the society in which they live and in which they educate their children.

In this way, on Friday, at the Cristina Rodero Museum, in the city center next to the Town Hall, the book “Decisive Education. An introduction to the principles of Islamic education”, a presentation was given by the author of the book himself, Hajj Khalid Nieto from Seville, a graduate in social sciences, teacher and educator, before a hundred Muslim and non-Muslim people.

Khalid Nieto, who became a Muslim forty years ago, was president of the Islamic Community of Spain (1993-95), is a founding patron of the Seville Mosque Foundation and currently its Vice President. He is the coordinator of Andalusian days and Islamic culture in Spain, Portugal and Morocco. He has published countless articles in specialized and scientific magazines, and is the author of three books: ‘Las hojas de Almonaster: Muamalat Fi Tijara’. ‘Economy and spirituality in Islam’, ‘The footprint of the word’, books of poetry; and of what he had presented to us: ‘Decisive education’.

Khalid Nieto, following the Aristotelian principles, looking at how to educate young Muslims tries to prepare them as ‘good citizens’ who love the land where they live and explain their religion and Deen in the language that educates them, in our case, Spanish.

The presentation began with the recitation in Arabic of verses 12 to 20 of Surah Luqman and its subsequent translation, explaining who was this wise man who appears in the holy book of the Koran. Later, supported by the start of the electoral campaign, he outlined, among other aspects that his book narrates (Annex I), how our leaders should be, taking as a model the social coexistence of the first Muslim society…

‘Decisive Education’ is not an educational recipe book, rather, it is a book to open the heart to new perspectives on the educational principles of Islam. It is not concrete, it is conceptual. The book is divided into four parts, an epilogue and three annexes.

The first part is an introduction to our religion through a story that our protagonist had in Istanbul where he explains what Islam is, and that he must educate himself on the three sciences: fiqh (jurisprudence), aquida (belief) and tasawwuf (Sufism, the inner part of Islam)

The second part in a tafsir (commentary) on verses 12 to 20 of surah Luqman. It is in this part where the “core” of the book ‘decisive education’ is. it’s enough! Muslims get to work for your children…!

The third part relates 9 hadiths to reaffirm the positions offered.

The fourth part is the conclusion, offering 10 basic principles for education in Islam.

The epilogue is a letter from his son, coincidentally named Luqman, reflecting on the sketch of the book before it was published.

Finishing the book with three annexes versed in fundamental notions of Islam, a glossary of terms to understand the key concepts and a reflection of the late Sheikh Mohammad ibn al Habib.

Khalid Nieto’s commitment to the second and third generations of Muslims is a fact, and this book is the result of it. For this reason, the following day on Saturday, he had a meeting at the mosque with the youngest members of the Islamic community of Puertollano.

The talk was about the path of knowledge, with hadiths that appear in his book, explained in a simple way. The Hadith of Jibril explaining what Islam is, Iman and Ihsan. Fundamentals of the Islamic Deen. It also delves into the importance of coexistence in the place where we live and its appreciation. Taking care of the nature that surrounds us, of the streets, of the neighbours, of respecting the teachers who teach, of treating parents well, prayer and patience as the center of Muslim life, good manners…