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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 48 (Is the concept of perception anti-truth)

2 Dec

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

Assalamu Alaikum,

In my last discussion I talked of perception as a function of Qalb and presented a few Qur’anic ayats and a hadith in substantiating same.

The whole exercise is to make you realize how our perception is developed and affects our thinking and actions. Please do not take perception as opposing the reality in any way as the west has used, because they tend to deny the reality, in fact they try to justify their state of not accepting the reality using the concept of perception. When a Muslim looks at an issue he is in fact looking at it from Allah’s perspective. As the whole structure or network of this world is based on haq, anything which is against haq cannot stay in a state of stability and cannot flourish for long. Please refer to the Qur’anic allegory/simile of Kalima Tayyaba (good word) and Kalima Khabissa (evil word):

أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاءِ

Seest thou not how Allah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the heavens,- of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition. (Ibrahim:24)

تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الأمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ

It brings forth its fruit at all times, by the leave of its Lord. So Allah sets forth parables for men, in order that they may receive admonition. (Ibrahim:25)

وَمَثَلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اجْتُثَّتْ مِنْ فَوْقِ الأرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِنْ قَرَارٍ

And the parable of an evil Word is that of an evil tree: It is torn up by the root from the surface of the earth: it has no stability. (Ibrahim:26)

يُثَبِّتُ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِالْقَوْلِ الثَّابِتِ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الآخِرَةِ وَيُضِلُّ اللَّهُ الظَّالِمِينَ وَيَفْعَلُ اللَّهُ مَا يَشَاءُ

Allah will establish in strength those who believe, with the word that stands firm, in this world and in the Hereafter; but Allah will leave, to stray, those who do wrong: Allah doeth what He willeth. (Ibrahim:27)

There is nothing un-Islamic in the concept of perception. It is just the way a person processes any information. For example present day science suggests that eye can handle about 5 million bits of information per second, where as brain can resolve about 5 hundred bits only. So the brain has naturally to select what it thinks is important information and leave the rest. Now what is the criteria of this selection? It has to perceive what is important and what is not important. In the same scenario we see people differing in their selections. There are games on this process and we can very well realize that the filtering of this information is natural and different for different persons.

A Muslim has to be very clear regarding the objective of this life and this should make her/him prioritize things accordingly.

Brother Umair does this clarify my understanding of perception to you?

Insha’Allah in my next e-mail I will discuss March and Simons model of perception. How the perception develops and works?

Br.  Abid