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.
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
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
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
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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