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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 43 (Qur’an on perception and perception filters)

27 Nov

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

Assalamu Alaikum,

My below email has provided some idea to my audience about this discourse.

We move ahead. Please note I am not going to go into the depth of theories on perception, unless the readers want me to or if they have relevant questions.

We were talking about perceptional process from Qur’anic perspective. There are a lot of ayahs on how the eyes, ears and mind stop recognizing the facts or truth when the Qalb goes the wrong way or dead. Technically it is talking about perceptional filters which are developed and governed by a persons perception. It is the perception which decides what to see, what to hear and what to think. In other words it is the mind structure which controls a person’s cognitive mechanism. And it is very important aspect in education; probably the most important aspect.

From the Islamic perspective the right perception will open your heart and mind to knowledge and Haq(the Truth), where as wrong perception will make us blind from many an Ayahs (signs) of Allah subhana wa ta’ala.

I will like to quote a few ayahs of the Qur’an here to be more elaborate (extra focus to bold script):

إِنَّمَا السَّبِيلُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ يَسْتَأْذِنُونَكَ وَهُمْ أَغْنِيَاءُ رَضُوا بِأَنْ يَكُونُوا مَعَ الْخَوَالِفِ وَطَبَعَ اللَّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ فَهُمْ لا يَعْلَمُونَ

The ground (of complaint) is against such as claim exemption while they are rich. They prefer to stay with the (women) who remain behind: Allah hath sealed their hearts; so they know not (What they miss).   (At-Tawba :93))

خَتَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ وَعَلَى سَمْعِهِمْ وَعَلَى أَبْصَارِهِمْ غِشَاوَةٌ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ

Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur). (Al-Baqara:07)

وَمَثَلُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا كَمَثَلِ الَّذِي يَنْعِقُ بِمَا لا يَسْمَعُ إِلا دُعَاءً وَنِدَاءً صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْيٌ فَهُمْ لا يَعْقِلُونَ

002.171 The parable of those who reject Faith is as if one were to shout Like a goat-herd, to things that listen to nothing but calls and cries: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they are void of wisdom.

كَلا بَلْ رَانَ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ مَا كَانُوا يَكْسِبُونَ

By no means! but on their hearts (Qalb) is the stain of the (ill) which they do!  (Al-Mutaffifin:14)

وَإِذَا مَا أُنْزِلَتْ سُورَةٌ نَظَرَ بَعْضُهُمْ إِلَى بَعْضٍ هَلْ يَرَاكُمْ مِنْ أَحَدٍ ثُمَّ انْصَرَفُوا صَرَفَ اللَّهُ قُلُوبَهُمْ بِأَنَّهُمْ قَوْمٌ لا يَفْقَهُونَ

Whenever there cometh down a Sura, they look at each other, (saying), “Doth anyone see you?” Then they turn aside: Allah hath turned their hearts (from the light); for they are a people that understand not. (at-Tawba:127) 

أَفَلَمْ يَسِيرُوا فِي الأرْضِ فَتَكُونَ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ يَعْقِلُونَ بِهَا أَوْ آذَانٌ يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا فَإِنَّهَا لا تَعْمَى الأبْصَارُ وَلَكِنْ تَعْمَى الْقُلُوبُ الَّتِي فِي الصُّدُورِ

Do they not travel through the land, so that their hearts (qaloob) may thus learn wisdom and their ears may thus learn to hear? Truly it is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts (Qaloob) which are in their breasts. (Al-Hajj:46)

كَذَلِكَ يَطْبَعُ اللَّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِ الَّذِينَ لا يَعْلَمُونَ

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

وَقَالُوا قُلُوبُنَا فِي أَكِنَّةٍ مِمَّا تَدْعُونَا إِلَيْهِ وَفِي آذَانِنَا وَقْرٌ وَمِنْ بَيْنِنَا وَبَيْنِكَ حِجَابٌ فَاعْمَلْ إِنَّنَا عَامِلُونَ

They say: “Our hearts are under veils, (concealed) from that to which thou dost invite us, and in our ears in a deafness, and between us and thee is a screen: so do thou (what thou wilt); for us, we shall do (what we will!)”  (Fussilat:05)

وَلَقَدْ مَكَّنَّاهُمْ فِيمَا إِنْ مَكَّنَّاكُمْ فِيهِ وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُمْ سَمْعًا وَأَبْصَارًا وَأَفْئِدَةً فَمَا أَغْنَى عَنْهُمْ سَمْعُهُمْ وَلا أَبْصَارُهُمْ وَلا أَفْئِدَتُهُمْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِذْ كَانُوا يَجْحَدُونَ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَحَاقَ بِهِمْ مَا كَانُوا بِهِ يَسْتَهْزِئُونَ

And We had firmly established them in a (prosperity and) power which We have not given to you (ye Quraish!) and We had endowed them with (faculties of) hearing, seeing, heart and intellect: but of no profit to them were their (faculties of) hearing, sight, and heart and intellect, when they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah; and they were (completely) encircled by that which they used to mock at!  (Al-Ahqaf:26)

There are many ayahs (verses of Qur’an) which indicate this process of perception and perception filters.

A request to my audience: please take these discussions seriously as without a clear idea of the educational processes we will not be able to see the mistakes in our education of our children, and the flaws in the contemporary education systems. Remember we have to be very careful of where we have put our ladders, because we get only a solo chance to educate our children. May Allah open our hearts to Haq.

Truly,
Abid

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