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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 31 (Replying to Br. Imam – Qur’an and Perception – 1)

16 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,

Insha’Allah I will attempt to answer and rationalize to following of Br. Jawad’s queries in this discussion:

There were many in past and present who rejected the Qur’an and hence their perception could not be affected or effected

Perception argument is secondary, because primary goal is something else. what is it? i have yet to discover myself in the field of education, but i do believe its something challenging the paradigm that causes people to accept the perception shift you are talking about.

Greater role than that of education is to discover the Creator and then only listen to His Speech in order to “change” the perception – acknowledge the Creator’s existence first and then only study to get to know Him

We have many hindu and christian students in Cambridge system schools who study the whole ‘O’ Level Islamyat syllabus and get As in exams, but their perception never changed – Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab who REFUSED to acknowledge Allah and yet listened to the Quran in their mother tongue, still it did NOT change their perception. 

How can we succeed too in our agenda of the primary role of education to make every child recognize the Creator first, and then “transform” the perception of the child according to that Creator’s Will?

I will be attempting to answer the queries one by one. These questions are from a brother who is not only an educationist but also a da’ee. They carry some weight from the perspective of education. This will take a few e-mails so please bear with me. I will appreciate your participation as well. Any ones knowledge is extremely limited, so is mine.

The issues which inhibit the people from accepting the correct deen or even denying the acceptance of Allah as the Almighty and all embracing entity is caused by perceptional filters which a human being develops due to certain of his deep rooted or overwhelming beliefs. These beliefs are not from nature but from instilling and programming mostly at a young age. Qur’an calls them Taghoot. Something which a person is awed with, as he should be awed with by Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Or something/somebody he bows to, or strictly follows someone/something to the degree that he is required to follow the commands of Allah subhana wa ta’ala. It can be his traditions, the practices and beliefs of his forefathers, strong tribal kinship or Qabaili Ghairat as pointed out by a sister, and many more of such belief or learning interventions which develop into beliefs. These wrong concepts can play havoc with a persons understanding of truth or the correct understanding of the commands of the Creator. Development of these beliefs are again a perceptional process or programming; what you really give importance to. For many people the truth is not as important as sticking to the ways of the forefathers. Probably this is where the God given free will and sincerity test comes in.  For those who are sincere truth seekers for them Qur’an says:

وَالَّذِينَ اجْتَنَبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ أَنْ يَعْبُدُوهَا وَأَنَابُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ لَهُمُ الْبُشْرَى فَبَشِّرْ عِبَادِي

Those who disdain from Taghoot (Evil),- and fall not into its worship,- and turn to Allah (in repentance),- for them is Good News: so announce the Good News to My Servants,- (Az-Zumar:017)

Following ayats (verses) give indication of perception filters which kuffar (non-believers) develop:

وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنْ ذُكِّرَ بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِ فَأَعْرَضَ عَنْهَا وَنَسِيَ مَا قَدَّمَتْ يَدَاهُ إِنَّا جَعَلْنَا عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ أَكِنَّةً أَنْ يَفْقَهُوهُ وَفِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرًا وَإِنْ تَدْعُهُمْ إِلَى الْهُدَى فَلَنْ يَهْتَدُوا إِذًا أَبَدًا

018.057 And who doth more wrong than one who is reminded of the Signs of his Lord, but turns away from them, forgetting the (deeds) which his hands have sent forth? Verily We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this, and over their ears, deafness, if thou callest them to guidance, even then will they never accept guidance. (Al-Kahf :057)

Mind that Qalb is the reflective center of human being and mind is the processing unit.

Br. Abid.