Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?

Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Ramadhan Day 15

By Jeewan Chanicka

The purpose of seeking knowledge is self-improvement and then action. Not knowledge for the sake of knowledge only.
If you are to truly attain your potential, it can only be done from a place of humility and literacy as opposed to arrogance and ignorance.

Dear Self,

We know so much, but sometimes I think we have only really learnt a little. It’s as if we learn things to satisfy our egos, that we are studying Islam and “know” more than we did before.

Yet, Self, what do we do with what we know? What have you done with what you learnt?

If you want to attain a higher level of being, you need to be more conscious of the One who put you on this earth and the only way to do so is to learn. We have heard time and time again that knowledge is the

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of a Muslim. That s/he should seek it wherever it takes them, even as far as China, but why is that? Why should we seek knowledge?
Today, we spend so much time trying to memorize the Qur’an- is that wrong? I don’t think so…but I often wonder if people spend time reflecting on the fact that the Sahabahs (Companions of Prophet Muhammed)didn’t spend time “memorizing” the Qur’an. In fact, their understanding of “memorization” was to commit some verses to memory and then act on them. When they became good at doing so, THEN they would memorize some more.

Additionally, in the Qur’an, the words, “ilm” and “amal” are always coupled- knowledge and action. It is because knowledge is supposed to lead to action.

So Self, the questions you really have to ask are- what do you know? How have you used each day to improve what you know? and what have you done with what you know?

You see, if you are to truly attain your potential, it can only be done from a place of humility and literacy as opposed to arrogance and ignorance.

During this month, please, try to find one thing each day that you can learn and use it to improve yourself and to be of benefit to those around you.

Love,
Me

Diary Series:
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word
Letter to the Self # 12: A Blessing or a Curse?
Letter to the Self # 11: PurposeLetter to the Self #10: Let’s Partey
Letter to the Self #9: Looking Good
Letter to the Self #8: Worship
Letter to the Self #7: Rights of the Body
Letter to the Self#6: Time
Letter to the Self #5: Gratitude
Letter to the Self #4: Laziness
Letter to the Self #3: Arrogance
Letter to the Self #2: Ego
Shaban: Letters to the Self

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Finding the Real You!
Climbing the Mountain
The Law of Three: Concealment and Attraction
The Sieve

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