Message for Friday – Guard against ignorance

بِسمِ ٱلله الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيـمِ

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه وبعد:

 

من قال: أنا عالم فهو جاهل

‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (RH) stated, “Whoever says ‘I am a knowledgable person’, he is an ignorant person.”

One of the most dangerous and ignorant persons that walks the earth is a self proclaimed “know it all.” The “know it all” is ignorant because he IGNORES or is not open to consider different perspectives. The “know it all” is a danger to himself because he closed his mind and structured preconceived notions about subjects and events, which causes him to miss information that can save him from spiritual or social harm. He then puts others in jeopardy by acting upon or shoving his ignorance onto others, many times without evil intent.

The “know it all” mentality is also anti-social. Who likes to be in the company for protracted periods of time with a “know it all”? How about the person, who is educated in topics that constantly refers to himself as a “scholar?”  What about the one who seeks to be the leader because no one else knows anything?

This person should not attribute scholarship to himself; he should allow others to recognize his scholarship. How many Phd’s have we seen that lack common sense and interpersonal intelligence? How many of these people are screwing up the socio-political world as we speak?!?

So in the quest for becoming educated, the real educated person understands that learning is a life long endeavor. The truly knowledgable person recognizes his own lack of knowledge because the more information he comes into contact with, the more he realizes how little he truly knows! 

In others words, humility is a sign of a person who has truly obtained beneficial knowledge.

The supplication of the true scholar is:
يا إلهي إنك عليم و إني جاهل

“Oh my G’d! Surely You are All-Knowing, and I do not know.”

And surely G’d knows best.

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4 thoughts on “Message for Friday – Guard against ignorance

  1. ASA, great piece. I agree these people need to take an enema and chill or something…. When one walks the earth thinking their Islam is better, this is in fact spiritual arrogance and pride, which may be in itself haram. I mean no disrespect to true scholars and students of knowledge. In the words of Ibn Qayyim, “knowing people is a significant principle of a scholar,” I will copy and paste his words here;

    Knowing people, is a significant principle of which the Mufti is in need of, as well as the Ruler. If a person is not knowledgeable of it, as well as in the understanding of commands and prohibitions then he proceeds to implement one over the other. If this be the case then he corrupts more than reforms [because of his partial understanding].

    If he has no knowledge of the affairs of people then it is possible that the standing of an oppressor is characterized to him as that of the oppressed and vice versa. And the deserving is painted as the undeserving and vice versa.

    …And he because of his ignorance of people and their states and customs and convention does not differentiate to ascertain what is the case. It is upon him to be conversant (faqihan) with the artifices of people, their duplicity and fraudulent ways and conventions along with their customs and habits. For indeed fatwa changes with time and place and customs and states (ahwaal). This in its entirety is from the Deen of Allah…

  2. ASA, excellent piece. As you stated true scholars are evident by the effect they have on their students. By ‘effect’ I mean, they are truely changing their condition as people (13:11). Some of these pseudo scholars and students of knowledge with their know it all mentality need to take an enema and chill or something. STOP calling muslims kafirs because they dont think like you. In effect what these diseased individuals have is spiritual arrogance which may be Haram itself. In the words of Ibn Qayyim (r),

    Knowing people, is a significant principle of which the Mufti is in need of, as well as the Ruler. If a person is not knowledgeable of it, as well as in the understanding of commands and prohibitions then he proceeds to implement one over the other. If this be the case then he corrupts more than reforms [because of his partial understanding].

    If he has no knowledge of the affairs of people then it is possible that the standing of an oppressor is characterized to him as that of the oppressed and vice versa. And the deserving is painted as the undeserving and vice versa.

    …And he because of his ignorance of people and their states and customs and convention does not differentiate to ascertain what is the case. It is upon him to be conversant (faqihan) with the artifices of people, their duplicity and fraudulent ways and conventions along with their customs and habits. For indeed fatwa changes with time and place and customs and states (ahwaal). This in its entirety is from the Deen of Allah…

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