Knowledge and application of disciplining the lower self are totally different

  “Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture? Then will you not reason?” (The Qur’an, Baqarah, 2:44) Years ago one of my friends complained about a man who frequented his lectures: “He is so egotistical and arrogant. I do not know how to teach him not to be so egotistical and proud.” I advised him “Talk about the badness of egoism and arrogance and the ways to overcome them when he is present in the classes. Do not directly address him however!…

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The illnesses that blind you and their treatment

In this piece we are going to discuss the illnesses that blind both the physical and spiritual sight of the human, cover the reality, and deaden insight and foresight of people although they should see the truth bright like daylight. These illnesses are familiarity, custom and monotony. Familiarity means ‘being used to something’. It becomes a veil in front of the eyes and prevents the reality to be seen. Another veil which is similar to familiarity is the laws of adatullah. Sunrise and sunset, cycle of seasons, the laws of…

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The philosophical core of the educational system must change

Education is the activity of changing the ideas and behaviours of people through teaching. The ideas they are taught first start to change their understanding and then their behaviours follow. Once the change of ideas and behaviours is accomplished, it means that education has achieved its goal. The Philosophy of Positivist Education In today’s educational system, the dominant philosophy in teaching the physical sciences to students is that of positivism. The positivist education philosophy assumes the existent beings as if they act on their own. It describes the relation of…

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The real purpose of those who deny the School of Thoughts, interpreters and the Companions

Today there are people commonly called experts in various areas. They naturally express their ‘expert opinion’ on only their fields. However, when the subject is religion, a lot of people who do not even have enough knowledge easily give a so-called opinion. As a matter of fact, it is also the principle of religious sciences like of all other sciences that ‘those who are knowledgeable talk about it.’ At such a time when people who are not knowledgeable talk and stir up trouble, we can also come across people who…

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