People used to say that a person who has less hairs on his head is a rich person or would be a rich person. The simple story behind it was that people used to believe that a person who has more tension has less hairs. As the arrival of money increases the worry (not the worry of spending the money but the worry of saving it), so the hairs start falling. But, since the last decade, people use to say that the one who has less clothes on his body is more fashionable and rich. Likewise, it is said that more knowledgeable person has less etiquettes and respect for others, although we have ever listened that knowledge teaches etiquettes. The justification of these opposite things is that people just study knowledge but do not learn or apply that knowledge on themselves. Today, we will try to explain this issue.
From the first day, there were two kinds of knowledge. One knowledge was the knowledge that was bestowed to Adam and was transferred to Prophets and from Prophets to mankind. According to Islamic (Tasawwuf) teachings, the top seven attributes of a spirit are lightness, love, knowledge, mildness, affection, immortality and life. Ibn-e-Arabi said that souls were created perfect, mindful and mature and they were aware of the Oneness of the Allah and His Lordship. This knowledge is called Muhammadi knowledge or Rahmani knowledge. It teaches us etiquettes, mildness and all the good manners. However, there’s another knowledge that teaches us proud and everything opposite to the knowledge just described above. This knowledge is called Satanic knowledge. There’s a video of Shaykh Habib Ali al-Jifri, attached below, that talks on the same matter.
As the world is going towards the End of the Times, people are getting closer to the Satanic knowledge. Nowadays, students just study and do are unaware of the manners that were once considered the base of knowledge. In old days, people used to spend their 18 out of 20 years in learning manners and study books for just 2 years. Those were not the people like me and you but those were the people who are still praised with good words and has their name in the fields of knowledge. On contrary, nowadays, students are found less caring about such things and are more towards the marks than the knowledge and more towards the job than the experience. Today, a student just learn how to score 900+ marks out of 1100 but is never taught how to treat his parents. Today, we are lost in the world of books and digital media; either a student is found spending his whole day in front of a computer screen or is found reading his textbooks. Today, we want our children to score A+ in every subject. In today’s world, every parent’s wish is that his child should become a great person like Einstein or Bill Gates. How can a person be great when he don’t have any etiquettes?
Allama Iqbal said about today’s student,
تھے وہ بھی دن کہ خدمتِ استاد کے عوض
دل چاہتا تھا ہدیۂ دل پیش کیجئے
بدلا زمانہ ایسا کہ لڑکا پس از سبق
کہتا ہے ماسٹر سے کہ ’’بل پیش کیجئے!‘‘
There is a story in the Punjab Textbooks, for FSc, of Pakistan called Overcoat. The theme of the story was that a person is not what he looks like from outside. The gentleman in that story was well-suited and well-mannered but he hadn’t, even, took bath from weeks. The same is the situation nowadays or it is worse than that. Today, no one cares about his books, class and other belongings. We only care that how we is our appearance and we never focus on what we actually are. At one side of the world, we never clean our streets and throw rubbish in front of our neighbour’s house, while on the other side of the world, our roads are clear, streets are clean but still our hearts are filled with proud and hatred. One half of the world has dust on its surrounding while other half has dust on its heart.
Who is responsible for all of this? Are teachers responsible for all of this? Why not? Why don’t they teach the true knowledge to their students? Are students responsible? Why not? Why they just focus on studying than focusing on learning and applying that knowledge on themselves? Are parents responsible? Why not? Don’t do they have any other duty for their children than admitting them in schools and paying their fees? Are societies responsible? Why not? Why they do not find it bad and invite people to do something for this?
One day, I entered the class and saw the dust on the benches as usual. Before cleaning the bench, I thought to capture that scene and let the people ponder on it themselves. Unfortunately, I had a mobile with a low quality camera. However, it fulfills the need of the video (if not totally). I edited the video and uploaded it on YouTube. See the video below and leave the comment.
I’ll be waiting for your thoughts on this topic. Your ideas can help me to make my thoughts better. I am here to learn as well as teach.