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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 50 (Perception mechanism – March & Simon’s model)

5 Dec

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

Assalamu Alaikum,

InshaAllah today we will have brief introduction to the models of perception developed by March and Simons which shows how the perception works and how it is developed. The figurative presentation is copied below which I will like you to refer to in our following discussions.

One important aspect that we Muslims should realize is that every soul comes with the knowledge of its creator. Please refer to Allah subhana wa ta’ala’s following conversation with all the souls after the creation of Adam alaihe-salam:

 وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِنْ بَنِي آدَمَ مِنْ ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَى شَهِدْنَا أَنْ تَقُولُوا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَذَا غَافِلِينَ

 When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): “Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?”- They said: “Yea! We do testify!” (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: “Of this we were never mindful”: 007.172 (Al-Araf)

The above is not just an assumption but is quite observable as we find every tribe or nation having some concept of the creator, even in the most remotest corner of the earth. Some remote tribes are still being discovered in the jungles of Amazon, and amazingly they too have concept of the God.

It is also a fact that many a people have tried to refute the creator in many times in history and at times it was the government that tried to implement atheism on the people with an iron fist and designed its education systems accordingly, and for a time their harsh measures did seem to succeed and we saw a people in masses denying the existence of God apparently but as soon as the regime fell the people turned back to religion, the recent example is that of Russia and the Russian liberated states. This indicates that human is basically religion oriented and carries some concept of God.  This priori knowledge of the Creator is already programmed in every human being.  Since west has progressed in sciences and technology by the denial of their clergy distorted religion and concept of God they have turned purely secular.  This is reflected quite evidently in all aspects of their lives.  Their literature and education being one such area.  That is what we have to be very careful about, which most of us are not.  Isn’t it?

This is also a fact that the west has gone intensely into research and have worked on many theories investigating some abstract concepts relating to human cognitive sciences, sciences relating to human learning.  We have one example of John Holt, who based his research on pure observation of children and came up with amazing theories more based on nature rather than prevailing theories or assumptions.  That is what makes his research very valuable and beneficial to us.  The same way I see the Perception model developed by March and Simons. Though they have some assumptions which are quite negative but their general explanation seem very natural and logical.

Briefly their model explains how a person’s internal state keeps on changing as he comes across different learning experiences (Intervention from environment).  Insha’Allah in my next email we will discuss this model in details.  Please do not be fended off by the look at the attached figurative model. I assure you that insha’Allah you will learn a lot from it, especially when I talk on other models and then compare them. You will be able to understand and appreciate how the perception is developed and how we can manage it from the Islamic perspective.

Please do not be misguided here into thinking that I am talking of programming. The perception will result into some dimension. If you provide all learning from secular perspective the perception will tend to be secular and create a secular dimension for you from where you will look at the world and judge accordingly. This is happening presently. On the other hand if we believe in a Creator and believe that he has provided us with some guidance than we have to look at every thing from the Creator’s perspective. In the first case you will have a secular worldview and in the second the Creators or Islamic worldview. Let us not go into complications now till the models are explained.


Br. Abid.