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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 64 (Contemporary Education: Can we achieve our goals -the vector effect theory 2)

23 Dec

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

(from a brother)

Br. Abid, While I am not aware of vectors, this is what I could decipher from the diagrams.

VECTOR FIG 1

It seems that the first shows the direction that we take by each
learning experience compared to our target destination. The green line is the
ideal direction (straight line – which is very close to impossible). The red

and black lines denote the results of two approaches that we take.

The next diagram shows the result of taking up an approach (curriculum, program
etc.) thinking that it will achieve our desired objective, when in fact it may
be completely opposite to our desired objectives because that program was
developed with different set of objectives in mind.

VECTOR FIGURE 2

Using this approach, we would either achieve what the program’s objective (an undesirable state) are or
if we incorporate certain other things in it (like some Islamic studies subject
etc.) – the best that we can achieve would be though far from the program’s
objective – but simultaneously not anywhere close to our desired objective.
With a program made with a different objective in mind, we cannot achieve our
desired objectives – not even close to that.

Regards

(my response)

Assalamu Alaikum,

Jazak’Allah Br.  sorry for the delay in responding, considering you have not done vectors in your education your representation of the diagrams is Masha’Allah quite elaborative. I did vectors in my matriculation or Inter and I was amazed at its relevance to many of the Islamic concepts which Insha’Allah we will be discussing in the next few e-mails. They represent a lot of principals referenced to in Qur’an. Like effect of good-deeds and bad-deeds; the establishment of meezan (the scale) on the yom e aakhira (last day of judgment); the law of recompense (the affect of sawab [good deed] and gunah [bad deed] ), and especially the law of cause and effects.

Simply put in mathematics and Physics the vectors are used to calculate the resultant of all activity which has a direction and magnitude (is measurable) Suppose there are say ten different difference forces acting from different directions, the resultant will be the final outcome of the forces. Since the forces were acting in the different directions the result will not be simply the adding up of the forces.

Let me present my understanding of the vector theory and its implication on our perceptions. Few important things to consider are:

1) Allah’s law of cause and effect is a powerful natural law which is universal and quite impartially implemented on all. Be it Prophet or a common man, saint or a sinner. This is the law under which a Prophet too falls sick or is cut into two by an axe (astaghfrullah) . The Prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, lost his tooth in the battle of Uhud and was injured. He suffered the pain of being poisoned by a Jew lady, etc, etc. every effect has to be preceded by a cause. It also goes, ‘you will only reap what you sow’. Things do not happen by themselves. I am writing all this to make my audience realize that if we want to bring any change it has to be preceded by equivalent preceding efforts. We Muslims wish and aspire very high but are quite short on logical efforts. We wait for nusrat (help) from Allah’s without exerting ourselves logically and appropriately. But the vector theory says otherwise. The resultant will be proportionate to the qualitative appropriateness ,or the magnitude (sincerity and intensity of efforts), and the direction of efforts. For example, as I always remind, if the ladder is on the wrong wall no amount of efforts will make us reach the correct desired destination.

Please refer again to the above figures.

….TO BE CONTINUED.

Truly,

Br. Abid

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