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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 17 (Qur’an develops perception filters)

1 Nov

(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.)

Assalamu Alaikum,

Quoting my last message: The more this strong magnet is passed the more the dipoles in the steel align and the stronger magnet the steel too becomes. The more we pass Qur’an on us the more our perception will align with the principles that Qur’an represent, the better Muslims we will be. Just a question for my audience: How many times of reading Qur’an is enough for a Muslim? Has anyone answered this question in the past? The answer is, the more we pass through Qur’an the better our perception/mind structure is aligned with the Qur’an. Qur’an is the only perfect book as it is lessons from our creator directly. The role of education to align our perceptions/thought structure with Qur’an is a very important topic, and it is very tempting to continue on this topic, but I will defer this till we discuss the tools for education. For now I feel we will keep ourselves on the process of perception development.

Probably due to the deficient feedback I am still not sure whether I have been able to communicate the importance and role of perception in a person’s output in this life, and the role of education in development of this perception/thought structure. Taking an example: our eyes can handle 5,000,000 (five million) bits per second but our mind can only process 500 bits per second. That means a human has to have a process of selection. It is very commonly said and many of you must have noticed that we all are selective in what to hear, what to see, and what to think. It is perception which decides this selection. Mothers complain that their children only listen to what they want to listen. It is the perceptional filtration. If you really want to listen to good, want to see good and want to think good we have to train our perceptions accordingly, through what? Through educational processes. If we use wrong or unhealthy tools the result will most certainly be wrong or unhealthy perception. Doesn’t it sound sensible to you? But most of us are negligent in this respect. May Allah show us the right way. We should keep the teaching of hadith in mind that it is parents who may take a child away from fitrah (nature).

I will really appreciate if any one has any questions on what I have expressed above. Insha’Allah we will continue with perception in my next e-mail. Please do add your experiences to what is being said.