Monday, December 19

I Once Felt: Part II

Refer to the previous post for why I'm writing this.

*I'm not sure how to describe what I was hoping to accomplish with this piece. I guess I regard it as an address to some ummah that once existed in my head. I was in some pseudo-conscious state when I was in South Dakota, sitting at home while writing it. It is probably not worth reading.

M/10.04.04
Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


The Falling Intellectual

Subhaan Allah. This society has truly materialized the previously subjective term, “confused.” What is most frustrating to see is that no one seems to understand his or her own grounds, whether of religion or politics, or both. We have intellectuals engaged in passionately supporting his or her own claims over those of others, while undermining the fact that the very ideologies being criticized are in actuality strikingly similar to those being promoted. The level of enlightenment of the intellectual is in a crisis. Furthermore, the intellectual is unconscious of it all.

As we strive to fight secularism, one by one, we passionately express our own beliefs as being (more) representative of “the bigger picture.” And what I, myself, am expressing now is of no exception. However, my intention is that, not just as Americans or flag bearers of democracy and “civilized society,” but also as human beings, citizens of one world, we turn towards a new direction. We must, collectively, cease engaging in belittling the beliefs of others’ ideologies, rising above the innate and juvenile nature of human beings to retaliate or “prove” some sort of superiority. There is no greater mark of ignorance in a society above the unwarranted practice of criticizing without knowledge. Let us change.

How? Advising myself first, I propose the taking of extraordinary initiatives, launched by the religious institutions, political parties, cultural associations, and other groups with whom we have strong associations, to seek knowledge. Knowledge, the word, is not limited to parameters circumscribing only one particular area. It is of an infinite quantity, and of the highest quality—so being connoisseurs of one distinct scientific field, one school of thought in a religion, or one region of the world is hardly an accomplishment at all. It is in similitude to one who speaks a language, however fluently with charm and poise, claiming that he “knows language.” Such a person, in “the bigger picture,” is not better than one who is mute in every foreign culture wherein a different language is spoken. In order to “know language,” in the truest sense, one would have to be fluent, literate, and relevant with words in every language. And although this is quite impractical to achieve, the aspiration and efforts of a person on such quest is truly commendable. Why? Because this person has taken initiative and, more importantly, is actively implementing logical steps to attain success.

Initiatives are empty without actions to follow. Implementation of our initiatives is the most important step. So, the cause and significance of the initiative to increase our knowledge must be understood by each individual to promote an atmosphere in which success can be attained. Half-hearted, “go-with-the-flow,” “because-everyone’s-doing-it,” people are nearly assured to failure by their own weak convictions and determinations. The quality of commitment can make or break the community’s path to success.

Let us, our immediate associations and groups (beginning with the idiosyncratic symbol of the finest example of an institution, the family), engage in discussion of defining and understanding the desirable goal. Upon this, let us cooperate with one another, parents and children, member and officer, organization and organization, draw a plan by which we can attain our common goal. This undoubtedly will be difficult, as is any other task that requires cooperation, compromise, and commitment. However, the outcome is directly dependent, above anything else, on the level of belief, or faith, of the people aspiring to serve a truly higher purpose.

Silly girl. Hahaha : )
It's also ironic that I've become that which I criticized most.

1 comment:

Samira said...

HAHA

I think I wrote this in reaction to watching a Zakir Naik debate. He was arguing against a preacher/priest who's pretty well known. (Obviously not to me, as his name totally escapes me at this time.) I was so ashamed of the lack of akhlak (character) that was being represented by the Muslim speaker. I was so disgusted. Eww.

And he was sooo PROUD that he had won some kind of battle against the Christian. Disgusting, dude. It really illustrated to me that no matter how much you may know about Islam--how skillful a debater you may be--without practicing Islamic adab (mannerism), you are just another ugly person. Eww.

We should make du`aa for all adabically ugly people, including ourselves.