Archive for February, 2010


Thought of the Day


“Radical Middle Way” for Troubled Muslim Intellect

We had the honour meeting an islamic scholar (not a fiqhi) in Lahore, named Dr. Israr Ahmed, in a personal conversation.

My friend asked about his personal struggle. He said something like this: Now-a-days we are being bombarded with all sorts of ideas. When i sit among secularists, i am carried away by them. When i go to religious elite, i become religious. Like there’s so much confusion.

Dr. Israr gave us a 3-step process to find certitude and ultimately Truth and to assimilate truth, to put in my stammering, vague terminology.

1. Access/check/scrutinize your Faith (emaan). Is it real, is it based on certitude, yaqeen? Sadly, our faith is mere dogma. Its racial creed i inherited this religion, and i subscribe to it. This is not true, real emaan with yaqeen. The real faith is testified from within. (I forgot what he explained later.)

2. Learn Arabic. Learn Qur’an. Qur’anic grammar is very easy. So learn arabic quickly, you’re young, you must learn and then keep fixed in Qur’an.

3. Following the model of Prophet. The best model to follow that is.

I believe that most modern confusions stem from the first problem. And then all deficiencies of thought are a direct cause of the lack of Qur’anic learning or even mere reading in Arabic, the language in which Allah has talked to mankind. And then all deficiencies in action is due of lack of following like an instinct the sunna of Rasool ullah, saw.

This is similar to what is very much known among scholars, preachers and Sufism about the reality of Islam: Intention, Knowledge and Action.


Is taking ideas from West in education sane?

I was searching about homeschooling, because i’m interested in it, and i came across the blog of a writer from Canada who wrote a book on home-schooling. It shocked me partially to read their ignorance, even those who can write books, not surprisingly. He writes in a causal way:

“We all have our favorite term and can passionately defend it and explain why it describes our family’s way. Of course, we all know there is no one right way to learn or to live…”

Okay, there may be no right way to learn – acceptable. But so causally say that there’s no right to live, no aim, no purpose, no direction, clearly shows how ignorant the masters of westernized oriental are. We, Muslims, cannot find much good in the alien to Islam educational systems, while i agree there’s nothing wrong with the tools, provided the “direction” is right. As the Quran urges us to know: “81:26 | Then where are you going?” (Source.)

I am Muhammad Umer Toor. Murid, Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmed Naqashbandi.

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