Newsletter October 2006
Eid-ul-fitr—feast of breaking fast—marks the end of
Ramadan and is a day of happiness and celebration for
Muslims all over the world.
During Ramadan we focus on prayers and reciting the
Holy Quran; which is our guide book in life. Do you
think that an understanding will result merely by
reciting the text? In reality the process of
understanding and learning is much more complicated.
In this newsletter we will look at the different
stages of learning and understanding and why using our
intelligence is vital.
Process of Understanding
Understanding will not
result merely from reading the text. To learn or
understand a student has to go through its stages.
In this essay Ahmad Ibrahim explores the different
stages of learning and understanding; questioning,
conceptualizing, experimentation and consolidation.
Importance of using mind and being rational
In this essay Dr. Tanveer Hussain explores the
Importance of using mind and being rational.
Parable of the Quran: Blind Follower vs.
A Person who
uses intellects A person, who uses his intellects to
judge, based on the principles of God, is on the right
path and is rewarded accordingly. And the one, who
blindly follows others, without understanding the
principles, is like a slave.
In this essay, Saif Manzoor examines a parable from
Quran, in which God tells us that blind followers are
not equal to a person who uses intellects.
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Rewards for those who reform themselves
Pursuit of Happiness
Covetousness, lust and gluttony
cannot give us happiness or peace, because indulgence in
these 'natural' passions creates discontent, discord,
corruption, and conflict, which ultimately result in
suffering for individuals and communities.
This is an excerpt from an essay by Akhtar Hameed
Ahmad Ibrahim [email protected]