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The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.--- Confucius

Holy Quran denounces irrationality in religion again and again. Man is directed to use reason and common sense in matters of religion.
_Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry, Author of Islamic Culture and Philosophy

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. -Michel Eyquem

To seek knowledge is the duty of every Muslim, male or female.

Ink of scholar is more sacred than the blood of a martyr.

One hour of contemplation and study of God's creation is better than a year of adoration.

He dieth not who seeks knowledge.

The first thing created was reason.

To listen to the words of the learned and to instil into other the lesson of science is better than 
Mere religious exercise.

He who leaves home in search of knowledge walks in the path of God.

Sayings attributed to Holy Prophet Muhammad (sws)

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein



The Crisis of "Knowingness"
By Shah N. Khan

The only way to arrive at a decision is through knowledge, knowing and understanding facts and realities besides analysis of alternatives if available. The worst decision could be indecision. Knowledge may be metaphysical or theoretical, instinctive, intuitive or mystical and acquired or gained through experience and edification. But acquisition of knowledge is largely dependent on individual intelligence, environments, circumstance and ability for learning and reasoning, which is generally God gifted.

Epistemology is concerned with the definition of knowledge, the sources and criteria of knowledge, the kinds of knowledge possible and the degree to which each is certain, and the exact relation between the one who knows and the object that is known.

Rationalism emphasizes the role of reason in obtaining knowledge whereas empiricism emphasizes the role of experience, especially sense perception.

As Jonathan Lear observes: " The crisis of modern life, is a crisis of "knowingness" : people do not understand themselves, and they make political decisions without understanding the forces that govern perception and behavior."

About the Shortcomings of the Muslim clergy about the Worldly Knowledge al- Imam al-Qurafi said:

"..and how many scholars and judges have had the truth hidden from them in many issues because of their ignorance regarding mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc.? So, it is a must for those who have high ambitions that they do not abandon the effort to attain this knowledge as long as it is within their reach, as I do not consider any fault in the people to be as bad as the shortcomings of those who are able to attain perfection."

The tendency to interpret the holy scripture with literalism
and without acquisition of modern knowledge by study or
consulting the experts leads to wide differences, controversies and disunity.

But at the same time we must realize as Charley Reese says:
"It’s possible to be a Ph.D., doctor, lawyer, businessman, journalist, or an accountant, just to name a few examples, and at the same time be an uneducated person. The difference between true education and vocational training has been cleverly blurred in our time so that we have people successfully practicing their vocations while at the same time being totally ignorant of the larger issues of the world in which they live."

Process of Learning Continues from cradle to grave.

A saying is attributed to the Holy Prophet of Islam.
"Acquire knowledge. It enableth its possesor to distinguish right from wrong; it lighteth the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless, it
guideth us to happiness; it sustaineth us in misery; it is an ornament amongst friends; and an armor against enemies."

Poor Educational Standards in Pakistan

The U.N. Development Program's 2004 Human Development Report had assigned Pakistan the lowest education index rating of any country outside Africa. But that didn't jolt our politicians and rulers.

During President Musharraf' era, the than Education Minister Dr. Ataur Rahman did some commendable work for higher education but not enough for improving teaching standards at lower schools - specially those in small towns and villages. Since 1908 education at all levels has become victim of bad governance, neglect and under-funding. Recruitment of teachers in Government schools without due regard to merit has paved the way for corruption beside fall in teaching standards.

Corruption in education has facilitated copy culture and students do not try hard enough to get education and many talents go in waste due to wrong attitude.

People are forced to send their children to private schools because of miserable environments, lack of facilities and discipline besides rampant corruption. But private schools have charging such a heavy fees that Middle class families cannot afford.


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