(As mentioned) The Muslims had the trivium and quadrivium, studying abstract sciences like Logic, Rhetoric, Grammar and their physical applications like Astronomy, Geometry, Mathematics, etc.
People are at times intimidated to be around those they know are better than them, so they hang around those worse than them in order to aggrandize their egos; but no, if you are not praying properly don’t hang around the drug-dealer or the lazy person, but rather around the practicing brother, it will improve you and kill your ego.
Consider how the current technopoly is dumbing us – yes, they call it progress, but it is in fact enslaving our cognitive abilities to a great degree. The impact this is having on the society at large cannot be overlooked, especially since the legacy ‘institutions of progress’ are in fact antiquated and cannot deal with the commotion and social-toxicity being wrought by technology/ the technopoly.
It is strange that some Pan-Africanists say they want Islamic and Arabic out of the African picture. To this it is said: Well, ALL Native African languages pre-colonial period were written in Arabic script; so if you throw this out, then you only have African people through the lens of European scripts, narrations and lenses.
Hip-hop popularized the concept of looking different and going against the normative culture. While the Muslims are against a lot of hip-hop culture, yet this zeal to be what one is (and not be afraid of normative modern non-Muslim opinion) is important for us to consider while living in the modern world.
We Muslims should have the level-headedness to look at events in the world and see how we can direct them towards a path broadly beneficial to us, rather than make only on the spot Halal and Haram pronouncements concerning situations imposed upon us from the outside.
1026. Consider that people who have lots of money also have huge responsibilities and worries. This is why one hears from time to time of very rich people killing themselves (since they may have lost a lot of money, got caught cheating on business deals, etc.) so not everything is easy sailing in this world, even for the ones who seem to have amassed all the material goods of this world. Continue reading
We should remember that when one becomes a Muslim, brotherhood with other Muslims is not a choice, it is part of Islam just like Prayers, Hajj, Fasting, etc.
The Prophet (ﷺ) dealt with evil qualities much more than specific people (i.e., calling them out) – so much so that he (ﷺ) didn’t mention hypocrites by name but told us of their qualities, so this is a temporary mercy for them and a big lesson for all Muslims of later generations.
Nifaaq comes from Nafq, a tunnel, meaning that the hypocrite can come out from any side of the tunnel (either as a Muslim or a non-Muslim) as per the winds of the situation.