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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 15 (Diversity is natural)

30 Oct

(The writing that follows is my dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children. I am maintaining the email format for ease of understanding as well as for maintaining originality of this dialogue.)

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatahu,

Sister I nearly completely agree with you. We have to live Qur’an and this is what the very early Muslims did. Kindly refer to my last message. The early Muslims were living by Quran and sunnah, I quote: I can see the early day Muslims’ perception was quite purely developed by Qur’an and Sunnah.

The practical Sunnah was itself the tafseer (explanation) of Qur’an’s instructional messages. By Allah’s grace after understanding the process of education and the role of a person’s perception in his beliefs and outputs in this life, I can clearly locate the role of the pure wordings of Qur’an and how Islamic perception is designed by man’s direct communication with his creator on daily basis. Where I can see many religious people faltering is that I do not see them realize the role of perception in human conduct. Although they use the terms zehan sazi, and amal e Idrak which stands for pure perception process, but most of them tend to make people depend on their interpretations of Qur’an and Islam. We have different Imam’s and none we claim to be wrong though they have very deviant interpretations to different issues. It is a very interesting theory which is not at all confusing or wrong, and I shall Insha’Allah discuss on this later. Just one statement I will like to make here, I see that ‘As there are no two people on this earth who have identical or similar perception or thinking, likewise no two learned persons or Ulema have identical standing on all the issues’, this shows that diversity in thinking is natural and healthy and should not cause tensions and misgivings. Do your children think alike or behave alike, though they belong to same parents and experience same environment? It is a very interesting theory. Insha’Allah we will discuss this later as these are very important concepts from the point of view of learning and education.

Another important thing for all of us to always remember is that on the last Day of Judgment no person will be ready to bear the burden or the responsibility of another person, not even close relatives. Every person will have to stand all alone on the answering stand and bear responsibility for her/his actions. We will have to reply why we did what we did? This calls for a lot of thinking.

If we anchor directly to Qur’an we can always refer to other sources of learning. As I have mentioned Qur’an itself creates this craving for additional knowledge. History is witness to the boom in knowledge in the early days after the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. The research methodology introduced by Muslims were so intellectual and illuminating. We use the same to a very great extent in our PhD research work. World is indebted to the early Muslims for this research methodology and knowledge generation.

Allah knows the best.

Truly,
Br. Abid.

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