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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 32 (Replying to respectable Imam – a person is what his perception is)

17 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,

Sorry for this break. Continuing my dialogue on Br. Jawad’s queries, ‘the reason why many reject or do not heed to or be influenced by Qur’an is again perceptional. It is not with the non-Muslims alone, it is with Muslims as well, though they do not express it out rightly, as a non-Muslim does, but have little priority for Qur’anic injunctions. Again the perceptional filters come in.

What will cause this paradigm shift where people start listening to Qur’an is quite difficult as Allah Himself says that Hidaya is in His hands alone and He will give to the seekers of truth and those sincere.

وَمَا أَنْتَ بِهَادِ الْعُمْيِ عَنْ ضَلالَتِهِمْ إِنْ تُسْمِعُ إِلا مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِآيَاتِنَا فَهُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ

Nor canst thou lead back the blind from their straying: only those wilt thou make to hear, who believe in Our signs and submit (their wills in Islam). (Ar-Room:53)

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who are Mohsin (do right). (Al-Ankaboot:69)

ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لا رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah; (Al-Baqara:2)

Muslim, Muh’sin, Muttaqi are all perception related. It is all related to thought structure of a person which makes him such. I do not see any aspect out of this thought structure or the perception a person is carrying.

Our primary goal is to win Allah’s Reza (pleasure/approval), isn’t it? How will you make this a primary goal lest you realize its importance? Your perception or angle of thinking has to be inclined for this. I agree totally that the primary goal of education is to discover or realize the Creator, rather to feel the need for same. Those who do not feel the need for this will not bother to see any ayah of the Creator. They will remain dumb:

كَذَلِكَ يَطْبَعُ اللَّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِ الَّذِينَ لا يَعْلَمُونَ

Thus does Allah seal up the hearts of those who understand not.(Ar-Room:59)

 أَفَأَنْتَ تُسْمِعُ الصُّمَّ أَوْ تَهْدِي الْعُمْيَ وَمَنْ كَانَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ

Canst thou then make the deaf to hear, or give direction to the blind or to such as (wander) in manifest error? (Az-Zukhruf:40)

As we see in these Ayahs all is related to what approach one has towards the world around? What priorities one has developed in life?

I feel the recognition of creator comes as the person starts taking this life from the perspective of ayahs (Creator’s signs) around. The word ayah is probably the one of the most used words in Qur’an, and is used to invite human towards recognizing their Creator and His dominion over everything that exists. Please correct me if you feel I am wrong. As mentioned above this recognition is only when the need is felt, which is purely related to perception. I will invite the audience to please present their views.

Br. Jawad I feel Insha’Allah as we go ahead in discussions on perception you will realize my convictions better. May Allah keep us all in His straight path. This lovely Surah Fatiha is such a great perception corrector and perception developer. It gives one such a hope on Allah’s guidance. Insha’Allah we will soon be discussing on it.

Br. Please do remain engaged in these discussions and do please let me know if I have been able to satisfy your concerns?

Truly,
Br. Abid.

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