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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 9 (Importance of perception development)

24 Oct

(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,

Here I will like to remind my audience that the education that I am discussing in my e-mails is the elementary education, the basic years of education. I feel it is around the age of twelve where a child’s personality is well stabilized and main perceptual filters are matured.

Once the correct perception/worldview/paradigm/thought basic structure is correctly placed prior to maturing all that follows will be seen from that perspective by the person, which we have to call the correct point of view, or Haq – the Islamic point of view, as Allah wants us to see. The world and its events will be seen from the correct perspective. Let us re-visit my earlier deduction of Rationality to avoid any complications or misunderstandings:

WHAT IS RATIONALITY?
1) RATIONALITY IS PERCEPTIONAL
2) CAN MAN’S KNOWLEDGE BE COMPARED TO GOD’S KNOWLEDGE? (A question for you)
3) DOES MAN KNOW EVERY THING? (certainly not and no one claims)
4) HOW MUCH DOES A MAN KNOW? (very, very little)
5) IS MAN PERFECT? (not possible at all)
6) IS IT RATIONAL TO CLAIM THAT MAN CAN COMPREHEND AND EXPLAIN EVERYTHING? (logically not possible)
7) SO WHAT IS MORE RATIONAL: ‘To Trust in man’s knowledge or Creator’s (God’s)? (Man created logic or God’s)

Haq is nothing other than the commands and principles from Allah subhana wa ta’ala. Either we go for the Western secular perception, value system, and concepts as Haq, or Allah’s (SWT). This is the main confusion of the present age. The western concepts and ideals have been spoken so loud to us that we can hardly hear anything else, and that of Islam’s as well. We tend to prove that Islam too says the same as the western secularism. We have adopted western standards of rationality and believe that it is the only one that exists. Right or Wrong?  Wrong?!! well how excited do we feel reading ‘chicken soup for the soul’. Please try to look a little deep into messages this book conveys; wholly secular, is it not?. For us everything is for our Creator, and for secularism everything is for this world alone. Can we see this big difference? Many schools have adopted this book as standard of values. I will request brother Jawad to comment on this. If audience so wills we can discuss this further.

Can the audience feel any connection between the perceptions that we carry, and our belief and actions? Kindly respond.

As I mentioned that this whole exercise is to develop the realization that our perceptions play main role in our conduct in this life, and thus its implication in, and to education. I see that as of prime importance; as I believe that a person’s action follows her/his perceptions.

Will anyone from the audience give me feedback whether my writing is easy enough to understand. There are two reasons why I ask this question again and again: firstly I am weak at English. English is not my mother tongue and secondly some among the audience may even be weaker, which is not at all something to feel shy about, as English is a foreign language to us. We should be more concerned about the language of the Book from God rather than English. Do we reflect on this? Again it is a perceptional matter.

Truly,
Br. Abid

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