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Worshiping is good but acquiring knowledge is better

'Umdat al-Salik by Ahmed ibn Naqib al-Misri (d769/1368)Translated in English by Nuh Ha Mim Keller - a specialist in Islamic law.
It is a classic in the Islamic literature , and it is selected here to remind us of the contemporary note.It is interesting to see that within religious circles,often worshipping is given priority to knowledge as a mark of devotion. It is done now and was done in the past such as 700 years agoThe following is excerpted from the book "Reliance of the Traveler." The Classic Manual of Islamic Law"

Superiority of Knowledge over Devotions

a2.1 (Nawawi:) Allah Most High says:

(1) "Say, 'Are those who know and those who do not know equal?' " (Koran 39:9). (2)  "Only the knowledgeable of His slaves fear Allah" ...

Sports hijab reflects MUSLIMS QUEST FOR A WESTERN IDENTITY

AFP, MONTREAL
Elham Seyed Javad, center, poses with a taekwondo team on April 22 in Montreal wearing the sport hijab she created. Photo: AFP

Elham Seyed Javad, center, poses with a taekwondo team on April 22 in Montreal wearing the sport hijab she created. Photo: AFP

Letting out shrill cries, several young women in a Montreal taekwondo class kicked their way through the exercises, not a hair out of place as they were demurely covered by an Islamic sports hijab. Their religion prohibits these female athletes from showing off the...

The Michael Moore - comments

The Michael Moore- the controversial filmmaker, made critical comments of the apparent decision to kill Osama bin Laden. The decision to kill Osama is endorsed virtually by all Muslims of America, and by all others. They accepted whatever Osama fared as the legitimate result of what he did in the killings of the innocent people. Yet the following excerpt from Moore’s commentary that is given below comes to them as a total surprise where he is faulting Americans ar large. It is highlighted under "Be American, be proud" .This is to recognize the highest level of spirituality  that it displays which is  associated typically with high religions : Christianity, Islam ( hard to believe  because of its distorted form in which  West is presently encountering so called Islam), Judaism and ot...

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

#1 New York Times Bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin VIKING Hardcover 2006 / PENGUIN Paperback 2007
In Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time , Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin, recount the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. By replacing guns with pencils, rhetoric with reading, Mortenson combines his unique background with his intimate knowledge of the third-world to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education an...

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