Travelers on the Path of Knowledge

Knowledge is an ocean and a few drops just aren’t enough. -Unknown

We ARE Drowning in Information, but STARVED for knowledge. August 23, 2006

Filed under: Reflections — musaafir @ 9:23 pm

You see that quote at the top of the blog? Well… It’s true. Look at today’s society. We get our knowledge from books, from teachers, from the internet, from magazines, from the TV, from newspapers. But we know nothing.

What did we learn in high school? We learned simple facts. We learned many things that would never prepare us for the “real” world. So when we were going through high school, how many of us sought education OUTSIDE of school? How many watched the news? How many read non fiction books? Not many.

And we graduate. We go to college and often we only learn about subjects in our major. We still don’t know what happens in the world. Often, way too often, we are taught our opinions. I can’t say I’m not guilty of it. Someone tells me a political opinion and maybe I’ll start to agree with them. Sometimes I won’t check out the matter for myself. But I shouldn’t let others shape my opinion. I should find the truth for myself.

Anyhow, it makes me think harder about reliable and trusted knowledge. For current events, I understand you check out a bunch of news sources. However, what about when it comes to other subjects. History? Religion? Politics? Now there are some things you can’t mess with. Like WW2 did happen, and there is a such thing as feminist political theory. But when we pick up books do we check how credible the author is? Do we see where they studied? I mean, I think I realize this more because when I’m reading up on Islam I have to screen the authors. I need to know where they studied and see what others think of him. But too often, I don’t do this with other subjects. I should.

Obviously since I’m Muslim, I’ll bring back examples of this in Islam. Many people are all ready to learn about Islam from people with Muslim sounding names. Especially when they have problems with Islam. For some reason this gives them legitimacy in the eyes of the public. Need names? Tariq Ali? The born Muslim who turned atheist. I started to read his book on Fundamentalism. But he attacked Islam so much that I felt he had a personal connection with Islam that was clouding his writing. To talk about Fundamentalism you need to talk about Islam (It was on Islamic Fundamentalism). I understand. But you don’t need to criticize it and Christianity as well. Irshad Manji? The lesbian Muslim who calls for reform? She’s now viewed by some as a know it all on Islam. Please. She talks about the lack of ijma (consensus by Islamic scholars) in these days. But does she realize that Islamic scholars still meet to discuss new issues that arise (like the Muslim astronaut and how he can pray in space with short days).

I just feel that we could all do with a little more knowledge. We talk our mouths off without knowing anything. We pick up a book on a subject and start talking about it as if we know. I know nothing, you know nothing, we know nothing. I emphasize… we know NOTHING. 😦

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Seven Groups August 19, 2006

Filed under: Islam — Lena @ 12:42 am

Just a hadith that I really like and felt like sharing. And plus it’s one you will often hear people refer to, so I thought it would be nice to put the entire text of it up:

 

Narrated Abu Huraira (radi Allahu anhu):

The Prophet (sala Allahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) said, “Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His. They are:

(1) a just ruler;

(2) a young man who has been brought up in the worship of Allah, (i.e. worship Allah (Alone) sincerely from his childhood),

(3) a man whose heart is attached to the mosque (who offers the five compulsory congregational prayers in the mosque);

(4) two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only;

(5) a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth and says: ‘I fear Allah’;

(6) a person who practices charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity).

(7) a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes get flooded with tears.”

Bukhari Vol. 2 : 504

May we be among those in His shade. Ameen.

 

Ten Things We Waste August 18, 2006

Filed under: Islam,Reflections — musaafir @ 12:57 am

Stolen from here:
1. Our Knowledge

Wasted by not taking action with it.

2. Our Actions:

Wasted by committing them with out sincerity.

3. Our Wealth:

Wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr. We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in akhirah.

4. Our Hearts:

Wasted because they are empty from the love of Allah, and the feeling of longing to go to Him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In it’s place, our hearts are filled with something or someone else.

5. Our Bodies:

Wasted because we don’t use them in ibadah and service ofAllah.

6. Our Love:

Our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.

7. Our Time:

Wasted, not used properly, to compensate for that which had passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds.

8. Our Intellect:

Wasted on things that are not beneficial, that are detremental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.

9. Our Service:

Wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah, or benefit in dunyaa.

10. Our Dhikr:

Wasted, because it does not effect us or our hearts.

 

The Sunnah is In! August 17, 2006

Filed under: Funny,Random — musaafir @ 10:19 am

So relatively recently, one of my friend’s wrote in his blog about how beards are in. For those who don’t know, the Prophet Muhammad* had a beard and many Muslims keep one to be following his way (the Sunnah). Anyhow, a lot of the time the people with beards were primarily Muslim or Jewish. But not anymore. Fashion models, celebrities.. all are keeping beards.

But now, a better thing for me is in. I don’t know if many of you know, but shaping the eyebrows is a sin in Islam. You are allowed to remove unibrow hair and excessive hair that is harmful to eyesight or makes one overly manly, or that is not in line with the eyebrow shape. It is based on a saying of the Prophet* that, “Allah has cursed the women who do tattoos and those who have this done, the women who pluck eyebrows and those who have this done, and the women who file their teeth and change the creation of Allah.”

EDITED: And so, today, while reading the NYTimes, I find an article saying the same thing! The article is called Throw Your Tweezers Away.

Anyhow, some excerpts:

Autumn’s most prized pelt is the hairy eyebrow.

For women who overpluck, this season will be about growing your eyebrows back so that they have a natural arch that extends out and ends in a beautiful point,” said Pat McGrath, a makeup artist for Max Factor and CoverGirl and the creative director for Procter & Gamble Beauty.

“On both coasts, everybody wants a thicker brow that reminds you of Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner,” said Robyn Cosio, an eyebrow stylist who works at the Salon by Maxime in Beverly Hills and Eiji salon in Manhattan. “People love that I leave the two bottom layers of undergrowth and don’t take out so much in between the brows so that they can stick up and look feathered.”

Ladies, lay down your tweezers. Facial hair hasn’t been this much in demand since the advent in 1978 of Brooke Shields. Indeed, this month French Vogue devotes an entire page to the tinted, brushed and glossed eyebrow, recommending a “dense and proud” brow as the best way to structure a face.

For those with very sparse brows, some salons offer eyebrow extensions. (Now that is just odd!)

“It’s for women who previously had their brows made too thin,” Ms. Cats said.

But oh yeah, my eyebrows are in style. Oh, how I love to be a pioneer of fashion. I’ve had these eyebrows all my life. Just waited for an opportunity like this ;).

 

Oh, how the people need to hear both sides of the story… August 8, 2006

Filed under: News — Lena @ 5:59 pm

Even though I’ve seen this on several blogs, I had to post it since it is the most level-headed response I have yet heard in regards to the Israel-Lebanon and Israel-Palestine conflict, well at least, as Journey of a Traveler put it, from a Westerner. The Western media is horribly biased, and it actualy has driven me to not watch most news channels…it still amazes me that FOXNews had the audacity to report the other day that American news is being biased against the state of Israel and being easy on Hezbollah. They were kidding, right??

WordPress wins for now; I can’t figure out how to embed the video (anyone willing to let me know, please share)…so you’ll just have to visit Yaser‘s blog.

“Because you believe, whether you know it or not, that Israeli blood is more valuable than the blood of Lebanese or Palestinians.”

A little about George Galloway.

‘Galloway states that he is a non-drinker from a non-drinking family. ‘My father didn’t drink alcohol and his father didn’t and my daughter doesn’t… I think it has a very deleterious effect on people'”

He just moved up a notch with me. =)