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Writings of Ottawa MAC Youth WorkersFri, 15 Jul 2011 13:57:13 +0000enhourly1Together… Let’s Seek Knowledgehttp://ottawamacyouth.ca/articles/2008/04/11/together%e2%80%a6-let%e2%80%99s-seek-knowledge/
http://ottawamacyouth.ca/articles/2008/04/11/together%e2%80%a6-let%e2%80%99s-seek-knowledge/#commentsFri, 11 Apr 2008 22:59:17 +0000MAC Youthhttp://ottawamacyouth.ca/articles/?p=98by Ahmed Shalaby
Let me first correct the very false misperception of Muslims not contributing to humanity. If we go back in time, around the year 700, it was indeed a glorious starting point for the world. Muslims went to Andalusia and for more than 800 years, they invented, they taught, they created, they produced, they shared, they helped, they were fair, they did justice, and it was a true Muslim Civilization. Before Islam and Muslims in Europe, there were dark ages, it was a flood of ignorance and injustice, women were treated like slaves…etc. The Muslims invaded the world, not with the sword, but with Knowledge.
This quote is very dear to me, Carli Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard said “Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration. Its writers created thousands of stories; stories of courage, romance and magic. When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others. While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent. Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians.”
So how the Muslims did became pioneers of their own fields? Simple answer, they acquired knowledge.
Seek knowledge because knowledge is power. Let’s follow the footsteps of our ancestors and learn from what they did, perhaps, take their examples as our way of life. Ever wonder why the first word revealed to prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was “Read”. The second revelation was “Nun and the Pen…” and it is believed by many scholars that the first creation that God Almighty created was the Pen.
Islam is known for its five pillars that are obligatory, however, there are other obligations such as treating our parents well and such as seeking knowledge. The Prophet (pbuh) said “Seeking knowledge is an obligation on every Muslim”. It’s an obligation and not an option. In a weak narration, the Prophet (pbuh) said “seek knowledge even if it was in China” emphasizing that knowledge must be acquired even in far lands.
Seeking knowledge is a beauty in its own, its makes us intellects with power than no one can defeat. Isn’t the correct knowledge of Islam and other sciences more powerful and more effective than the greatest power of our world?!
Knowledge is the legacy of the prophets. Wealth is the inheritance of the Pharaohs.
You have to guard your wealth but knowledge guards you.
A man of wealth has many enemies while a man of knowledge has many friends.
Knowledge increases with distribution, while wealth decreases by that act.
A man of knowledge is apt to be generous while a wealthy person is apt to be miserly.
Knowledge cannot be stolen while wealth can be stolen.
Time cannot harm knowledge, but wealth rusts in course of time and wears away.
Knowledge is boundless while wealth is limited and you can keep account of it.
Knowledge illuminates the mind while wealth is apt to blacken it.
Knowledge induced the humanity in our Prophet to say to Allah, “We worship Thee as we are Your servant,” while wealth engendered in Pharaoh and Nimrod the vanity which made them claim Godhead.
When do we stop? Aren’t we “old” or isn’t it too late?
When Abu Rayhan Biruni (a great Muslim scientist, physicist, astronomer, sociologist, linguist, historian and mathematician) was on his deathbed, his neighbour visited him. When he saw his neighbour, he asked him a question on inheritance law. His jurisprudent neighbour was astonished that a dying man should show interest in such matters. Abu Rayhan then said, “I should like to ask you: which is better, to die with knowledge or to die without it?” The man said, “Of course, it is better to know and then die.” Abu Rayhan replied “that is why I asked my first question.” Later on the day, Biruni passed away.
Learn what’s beneficial to you first. If you are not a farmer, don’t learn farming and livestock zakat calculations.
Once you did that, you can learn the other sciences.
Plan for yourself to read 1, 2 or 3 books per one week, one month…etc
Plan for yourself to attend as many lectures as possible…(hint: MAC Youth Learn series)
Listen, understand and contemplate. Differences of opinions are a mercy to our nation as the Prophet (pbuh) said.
Write down in no more than 2 sentences the target of seeking knowledge.
Walk, live, sleep and eat as a student of knowledge…Learn from every single opportunity.
Don’t live to consume, live to produce
I’d like to remind myself and others to act and be one of those who “listen to the words and follow the best of it.”
Note: Some of the article context was extracted from Dr. Habib Sidiqqui’s articles.
]]>http://ottawamacyouth.ca/articles/2008/04/11/together%e2%80%a6-let%e2%80%99s-seek-knowledge/feed/0Did you feed your soul or just your stomach?http://ottawamacyouth.ca/articles/2008/03/11/did-you-feed-your-soul-or-just-your-stomach/
http://ottawamacyouth.ca/articles/2008/03/11/did-you-feed-your-soul-or-just-your-stomach/#commentsTue, 11 Mar 2008 22:53:08 +0000MAC Youthhttp://ottawamacyouth.ca/articles/?p=93by Ahmed Shalaby
How different are we from animals if we are living like them but in a ‘smarter’ way. Nowadays men and women follow their temptations blindly and wildly. Temptations such as excessive eating, sexual lust, envy and greed. We spend so much time, effort and money seeking one thing which is feeding our body, satisfying desires, while we miss an important human need which is feeding the soul.
Human creature without religion (inner satisfaction) becomes a total consumer, he or she don’t see an end to their inventions, there is no limit, there is always a chance to get more and more and more. The message is clear, lets start feeding the soul but not in a secular way. Feed the soul by knowing Allah, His names, His attributes. Feed the soul by reciting Quran and understanding it, reflecting upon its meanings and obeying by its rules. Feed the soul by following the Sunnah of our beloved, peace by upon him. Feed the soul by giving other beings their rights. Ever wonder why in Surah Al-Kawthar, Allah says:
“Therefore to thy Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice” — [108:2] (The Meanings Of The Holy Qur’an by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)
So by thanking your Lord, we give him His rights (prayer) and give the people their rights (sacrifice).