Monday, December 31, 2012

Hatred of Wisdom: modern East & West

Deep down our society has become perverted due to the historical process called colonization. It's a spiritual problem. Colonial education stripped away elements of sacredness from the very business of instruction and education. In Mirror and the Lamp, economic historian Atiyab Sultan with illuminating and ground breaking research from earliest and contemporary scholarly sources showd how Britishers in the name of reform actually deformed everything.

Our society has developed a materialistic mindset. A pursuit of knowledge for personal ilmi consumption that is not related to something "practical", (say the professional degree) is frowned upon as a toxic waste that will rust one's mind, especially if it serves no monetary purposes. Our muslim forefathers, a philosopher and a polymath scholar told us, would sell everything for ilm, and not sell their knowledge for money. (Surely stipends were given to teachers, scholars and their those who reflected on deen.) Their love for knowledge was unearthly - starting with the First Principles of Prophecy which influenced all other fields like a canopy over earth. I too want to drink from that cup. For Iqbal, taking the sip from modern west is a big no-no (perhaps because their 'intellect is atrophied'); for the method in the recipe of Hashmi (pbuh) is unique and superior. As Frithoj Schuon puts it: West thinks too much and thinks wrongly; East is sleeping over treasures and doesn't think much.


  1. I fear what we hold in our future as a nation and as a society as the generations we are bringing up are only materialistic souls knowing no norms, not even educated in real sense :/

  2. Lack of spiritual education i'd say. you gotta read that research paper. It shatters so many myths our "educated" native-orientalists spout day and night in english dailies and where not.