Personal development is the hallmark of MAS and individual members are our most valued and strategic assets. MAS Tarbiya Department is tasked with the responsibility of developing MAS members, giving them the tools and knowledge to develop and help others around them grow, and empowering them with the necessary skills to fulfill the MAS mission.
The word “Tarbiya” is an Arabic word that linguistically means increase, growth, and refinement. Conventionally, Tarbiya means the development and the training of people in various aspects. The word is commonly used to describe the upbringing of children as the parents provide them with physical, educational, moral and spiritual needs to help them grow and become useful members of society.
Tarbiya is the cornerstone of MAS comprehensive reform methodology, and this approach traces its origin to the Qur’an and to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, as he invested a great deal of effort in Tarbiya for his companions. As a result of his efforts, he left not only a great message, the message of Islam, but he also left a great generation that carried the message and spread it all over the land and moved humanity from darkness to light.
MAS envisions that individuals will bring about real change in our society and therefore moving them towards the goal of constant self-development and development of those around them is absolutely essential. MAS aspires to raise a generation of committed and disciplined Muslims who will spread the message of Islam and implement the Movement’s vision in all fields of Islamic work. In MAS Tarbiya means the systematic development and training of members and potential members. It is a continuous and comprehensive process of developing all aspects of the Muslim character/personality, i.e., spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and physical.
The Tarbiya process goes beyond the level of individuals to the level of the group, trying to establish the elements of team spirit that Islam teaches such as love, brotherhood, and mutual trust.