Thursday, June 24, 2010

Speech : Moral Value Should Be Taught Not Be Caught ( text )


Thank you to the Master of Ceremony,
Assalamualaikum .. And a very good morning to the honorable judges, the loyal time keeper, teachers and to all my beloved friends. On this shining and beautiful day, I am very delighted to present a speech to all of you to share and think deeply together that ‘Moral Values should be taught not be caught’.
My fellow friends,
A wise man, Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, “ A beautiful behavior is better than a beautiful form, it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures, it is the finest of the fine arts.”
What is the definition of moral value?

According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary,
Values are what we think highly or high opinion or esteem.
While according to Webster's Dictionary,
It defines "moral" as: Relating to, dealing with, or capable of making the distinction between right or wrong conduct.
While "values" means:  The social principles, goals or standards accepted by an individual, a class, and a society.

Why moral values should be taught?

Ladies and gentlemen,

The first point of mine,

Roman Emperor, Julios Caesar once said that “ A civilization is one of the human feature and because of greediness people start to war. However, the only way to stop them is a great leader that receive honor from his people”

From this saying, it says that people need guidance and teaching for them to seek truth and harmony. That is why moral values should be taught but not be caught as normal people would misguide sometimes. Hence, Allah created holy Quran to bring people into more harmony and systematic life. As Allah says,

ان هذا القرأن يهدى للتى هي أقوام

The second point of mine,

Messenger of Allah, Muhammad SAW said:

"Fear Allah wherever you are, and follow up a bad deed with a good one and it will wipe it out, and behave well towards people."

From the beginning, Prophet Muhammad was sent by Allah to guide Quraisy tribe whom misguided and cruel that allowed liquor among them, killing newborn girls and torturing people and slaves. This is the prove that every human being need to be teach about moral values as they cannot think wisely to overcome some situations. Besides, religion had been presented and viewed as primary source of basic moral principles.

My dearest members of floor,

The third point of mine,

There is an Arabic saying that,    
                                            
طلب العلم من المهد الى اللهد
Pursue knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

Why a pregnant woman should not do something bad such as stealing, killing and watching something disgraceful?  Because it will affect her baby attitude as they growing up as adolescence and so on. This means that, we had been taught about moral values since we just a baby. Normally, there is no one can know the actual good moral values without someone teach us or guide us to.

The fourth point of mine,

Lao Tze once said “Seek knowledge from a teacher”

That is why moral values had been taught in school in order to make the informal and formal learning process of morality more effective among children where school personnel had fostered an understanding of the moral values that form the foundation of society. Moreover, teachers in school had taught students to respect the worth and dignity of others, as well as their freedom of conscience. School also helped students recognize the sources of morality in history, law and experience so do significant of contribution of religion.
My fellow friends,

The fifth point of mine,
Who should be responsible in teaching moral values among our society?

Recently, many articles were saying about child abuse such as In March 3rd, The Star, an article about Syafiah Humairah Sahari who had been maltreatment until dead. We should not do such things to the children but to love them as they have their own right to keep living in this world. Parents should give their best commitment to their children to ensure they grow up in a good condition and with a good behavior. Moreover, Parents must show a good moral in front of their children so that they should be respect and honored by their children.

The sixth point of mine,

Moral values should be taught in school and other institutions devoted to the pursuit and dissemination of truth rather than the teaching of ideology or custom.
Then, teachers should also encourage students to live and speak with integrity. They also should assist students to be honest with them and to encourage the development of reliability in relations with others. In view of recent questions about the integrity, teachers should discuss these issues in class with students. Furthermore, students are able to view common issues as they taught values.

The seventh point of mine,
The messenger of Allah, Muhammad SAW said:

"Whosever of you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart; and that is the weakest of faith."
This means that, everyone is responsible in advising each others’ wrong deed to develop an individual with high morality, not only parents and teachers but also friends and other Muslim. Hence, it’s also one of the greatest teachings of morality towards harmony life.
My dearest friends and listener,

Last but not least, There is a saying from Emerson, “I have can be no high civility without a deep morality” thus, here I would like to encourage all of muslim to improve your behavior. Be full of moral in yourself because people will respect us more if we respect ourselves. With that, I thank you for lending ears to my speech. May Allah bless you. Thank you once again. Assalamualaikum..

-Brought to you by SKMA
P/S : I made this speech for KAMIL competition .Sorry for the typing error *if occur*

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