Pillars Of Wisdom

Pillars Of Wisdom

 While knowledge is part of wisdom, wisdom is not part of knowledge. The components of wisdom exist independently despite wisdom’s dependence on them. A roof raised upon four pillars is only as high as the pillars. The roof without the pillars is not a roof, but the pillars without the roof are still pillars. The roof is not the sum total of the pillars for it is a different thing all together despite its dependence on them. Likewise is wisdom. It rests upon the four pillars of knowledge, logic, empathy, and experience. The stronger these pillars are the heavier and higher the wisdom they can carry; and the better it can shelter its possessor whether an individual or society. The “roof” however will lose balance and collapse into arrogance if the knowledge pillar is much higher and stronger than the rest. It collapses into closed-mindedness if experience is much higher and stronger than the rest. It collapses in to callousness if the logic pillar is much higher and stronger than the rest. If the empathy pillar is much taller and stronger than the rest it collapses into narcissism.

How many are they who have acquired knowledge, experience, and possess both logic and empathy yet lack wisdom?

In conclusion wisdom rests on the harmonious balance between well developed knowledge, logic, empathy, and experience, but even if in balance they do not produce wisdom. They merely form the foundations upon which latent wisdom can manifest. 

Originally Published Feb 12, 2017

Note: Critics have emphasized the role of humbleness and assumed that this equation lacks that element. Humility is very much part of the formula. Humility is often but not necessarily a byproduct of the four pillars, and true wisdom which has been identified as a separate thing inherently contains humility. Finally and due to some debates it is necessary to reemphasize that the four pillars do not automatically produce wisdom, they simply raise it up and allow it to display itself. One may have been blessed with a strong potential for wisdom but without the four pillars it does not manifest. Like a roof, the stronger the foundations beneath the greater the storms it can weather, yet without pillars a roof on the ground is by definition not a roof. 

Update: Nov 25, 2020: Recently i saw i talk by Dr. Jordan Peterson where he too states his realization that wisdom is a separate thing from knowledge. In fact he clarified in his talk that wisdom, knowledge, and intellect are completely separate things. With that i do agree and even a less than thorough look at modern higher educational system products is more than sufficient to emphasize this. 

(Binimad AlAteeqi)

RESPONSE TO EP 18 TRIGGERED COMMENTATOR

RESPONSE TO EP 18 TRIGGERED COMMENTATOR

Assalam Alaikom

This is a quick blog post about the Quran math videos series. In the free e-book titled Quran Math Miracles available for free download from this website I highly praised and supplicated good for those whom I benefit from in these videos. Furthermore I likewise make it clear in this series of videos that my videos are based on two separate methodologies. One being based on the Uthmanic Quran codex which follows more faithfully the Quran as it was written and is the methodology used by the Noon Center for Quran Research and Studies, directed by Sheikh Bassam Jarrar. The other methodology uses modern grammar rules and is used by those at QuranWay.com. Whenever I add my own findings or observations I follow the methodology of the Uthmanic Quran codex which is used by the Noon Center for Quran Research and Studies.

The purpose of this post is to explain why I will no longer be referring to or using the findings published by Quranway.com. I was contacted by an employee from Quranway.com in Oct 2017 and while the researchers and the owner of Quranway are honorable and seem to be good polite and well mannered reasonable people, this zealous employee was unfortunately extremely the opposite. He claimed I was stealing their findings and claiming that they are mine! Other than such accusations he added all sorts of rather unpleasant language and hostilities in both the comments section on youtube and also then via my contact email from the website. This included comments telling me that I am worse than atheist who are more honorable than me, and also that I purposefully do all sorts of falsehood. Imagine that; this person apparently was not only extremely disrespectful but clearly believed he can also look into my heart and know for sure the unknown. He further made several threats including the making of a video to basically ruin my reputation. This behavior is simply ironic because I always understood that, while very unfortunate, once a Muslim tries to do any good it is the attacks from Muslims that are to be expected before any attacks from non-Muslims. I responded with very gentle politeness and a fully respectful manner (all this is documented but it is usually wrong to publish private communications) while also highlighting and quoting their own policy which gives me and all others the right to translate and spread all their findings not just the few I select to contribute to a video so long as I mention the source. I also said that if this was their position I will no longer use their material or help spread the word about them and their findings. Needless to say this was painful due to how much I respected their efforts and especially after having highly praised their work and noting them as the source for certain findings and making this clear in the relevant work. Yet what happened next made everything good again….

I was again contacted by the same account but this time by the real honorable and respectable owner of Quranway who explained that he has many employees who work for him and use his account and email and that the language they used against me was unacceptable and apologized to me. He used polite and respectable language which clearly reflects his high moral character. He said he was honored to be in contact with me and confirmed that I and all Muslims have every right to use the information in their website so long as the source is mentioned.

Yet today (June 2, 2020) I again received hostile comments by presumably a new employee, who not only was highly disrespectful but actually literally questioned if I am even Muslim! He said several unpleasant comments after which he said that I was using some of their material and that I am mixing methods up and that my book mixed up between two separate methodologies. My book makes it very clear that there are two separate methodologies and likewise I note this in my series on youtube about the mathematical findings. I clearly explain that there are two separate methodologies and called them Approach A and Approach B.  It is not some secret or conspiracy. I clearly state that there are two methods used and this is explained in the book and noted in the video series. Likewise I am always making it clear that I use other peoples findings and often add some of my own but for someone to suggest that all the finding in this episode (Ep 18) are from them and that I stole them and attributing them to me dishonestly is not just silly but borderline insane.

The irony is that this was the accusation I got in a comment section in a video where I not only clearly stated Quranway verbally but literally write it out on the video screen in big bold letters showing the source! (see for example min 9:00 of episode 18 which is the video that triggered all this hostility from this employee).

Furthermore I say no, and by by no stretch of the imagination was that video all from information taken from them as that employee falsely again suggested, but rather indeed a lot of it if not most is, not for Quranway, but rather the other sources, mainly Sheikh Bassam Jarrar whom I also clearly cite) which I also clearly mention in the video, and some are of my own!

One would imagine that for his efforts and for stickig his neck out for Allah’s sake and to support his community, that this brother would be supportive and if there are mistakes then they should be pointed out so that they may be fixed. Maybe the brother would aso notice that the channel has never been monitized albeit there is nothing wrong with that (and may change in the future) but i simply want people to be able to see the videos and benifit with as little interuptions as possible. Alhamdulillah almost all of my brothers and sisters have been otherwise tremendously supportive and their kindness is overwhelming and highly appreciated, including their sincere good willed criticism which is also important, helpful, and appreciated.

For this and other reasons related to the tremendous time consuming work on the Prophet’s biography and the mapping of Makkah as well as other project I have decided to stop using all material from Quranway.com in all future works. With “friends” like that who needs enemies? I can only urge Quranway to give better guidance to their employees and pray for them to have even more success in their work. I must also repeat that those at Quranway doing this research and the owner are very respectful and good people! This is not a criticism of Quranway which have done great work, rather this is a response to just one seemingly rogue employee, and also to my respected audience some of whom had urged me to continue adding to my videos the findings by the respectable establishment of Quranway. If I make any future videos or writings about Quran Mathematics they will from now on strictly follow the Uthmanic Quran codex which follows more faithfully the Quran as it was written and is the methodology used by the Noon Center for Quran Research and Studies. Having said that, I will also not hesitate to add my own findings and those by others (of course citing them) so long as they also adhere to this methodology. This, in-sha’Allah, is actually better, more authentic, and helps keep things even clearer. For Example the honorable Eng. Abduldaem Al-Kaheel is also involved in this research and a lot of his findings can be seen to match this methodology albeit he may not limit himself to just this approach.

This blog was posted out of consideration to inform and address any questions the respected viewers of my youtube channel may have regarding this matter. To you respected viewers I also give you the glad tidings of an amazing surprise I have been working on day and night with an honorable and kind brother from Pakistan, regarding Makkah at the time of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, which I should announce soon and which will be freely available to all.

May Allah protect our hearts from animosity to our brothers and sisters and protect us from ever attributing to ourselves the work of others.

Binimad Al-Ateeqi, June 2, 2020, and Assalam Alaikom.

POEM: THE WAY ASTRAY

POEM: THE WAY ASTRAY

A Heart pulsing with tears

And eyes shedding blood

A Chest beating with pain

And a mind under strain

A soul torn between

Promises and dreams

The path which was hardest

And by no means the fastest

Was in fact the wisest

But It was not the chosen way

And into darkness one did stray

Yet there is hope there is light

For not endless is the night

And from the ashes and dust

Beneath the rubble and rust

Deep can sink those roots

From which burst green shoots

(Binimad AlAteeqi)

GREAT COUNTERPART OF THE LAW OF ATTRACTION STUDIES (REVIEW BY AASIYA NOOR)

GREAT COUNTERPART OF THE LAW OF ATTRACTION STUDIES (REVIEW BY AASIYA NOOR)

Great Counterpart of the Law of Attraction Studies

Abdulaziz Imad Al-Ateeqi has written a profound book based off of the movie and subsequent book, “The Secret” as written by Rhonda Byrne. This book answers questions for many Muslims who have been confused about whether or not the Law of Attraction, as described in the original movie, The Secret, is one that can be followed in accordance to Islam or not. And this author has answered the questions, as well as demystified the things that did not make sense from the original movie and book.

The Law of Attraction is described as the “like attracts like” that whatever we want will come to us if we change our thoughts and feelings about what it is we want. If we act as if what we want is already here for us, that we will be ready to allow and to receive what we desire by the Universe. Al-Ateeqi says that through the Islamic point of view, The Secret has perhaps unintentionally, misrepresented beliefs about what the Law of Attraction really means. We are told that we are God, and we can create our own destinies, but that is not the truth – we are nowhere near close to being God. However, by knowing God’s (Allah’s) role in our lives as Muslims (and even as non-Muslims, as this book is not written solely for Muslims to read according to the author), we can understand how to use the basics of the law of attraction for us the right away so that we can fulfill our desires as according to our destiny and invocation.

Al-Ateeqi does a superb job in first introducing the aspect of the Law of Attraction he personally perceived from the movie and the book, “The Secret” in the first section, and breaking down from it, seven points he addresses in the second part of his book discussing the role of Islam and “The Secret.” Al-Ateeqi takes each point he received from “The Secret” and analyzes it with actual excerpts from the Qur’an and the Hadith of the Prophet (SAW). He uses the Quranic verses to show that the Law of Attraction does have a significant role in the life of a Muslim and a non-Muslim. For example, Al-Ateeqi says, “That whatever situation you find your life to be in will not change until you change what’s within yourself…” He then correlates that with the Quranic verse that says, that God (Allah) states in Surah Arra’d, “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves…” I found this to be a profound statement, and definitely one of the ways to see how there is the Law of Attraction working in our lives, through Allah.

Al-Ateeqi also does a good job of showing the misconceptions that have come about from “The Secret” and one of the major misconceptions is the belief that we are all God, that because we are energy, we have always and will always be, that if we do “die” we will simply be taken into a new form and will not be judged. This is a severe misconception and the reason why many things that are said in the original, “The Secret” does not make sense for many people. Al-Ateeqi again, shows from the Islamic point of view, along with using many different sources about these misconceptions and what we can do to right it.

I also liked Al-Ateeqi’s discussion in the book about destiny, free will and invocation. He states that it is our choices which we make (our free-well) to react with what is already destined for us. Invocation, or prayers, helps us to change a part of what is already destined if it is something that is good for us in accordance to Allah. However, since Allah already knows our past, present and future simultaneously which is beyond our own comprehension. So we must put our faith, and not worry about it. It helped me to understand that the things we desire, visualize and act upon all occur in the time that is destined for us, and not to worry about the timing, only to just enjoy the moment, be happy and make good choices in life that help us, not hurt us.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about how the Law of Attraction can be used in accordance with religion – especially Islamically.

(on August 30, 2012)

[Book Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079S193GN ]

أسماء وألقاب ونسب الرَسُولُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ

الاسم:

هو محمد و أحمد بالقران:

 قال تعالى: (ومَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلَّا رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ) [آل عمران:144].

– وقال تعالى: (مَا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِنْ رِجَالِكُمْ وَلَكِنْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ) [الأحزاب:40].

– وقال تعالى: (مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَى الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ) [الفتح:29].

– و قال تعالى: (وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَآمَنُوا بِمَا نُزِّلَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَهُوَ الْحَقُّ) [محمد:2].

–  قال تعالى: (وَإِذْ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ إِنِّي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ إِلَيْكُم مُّصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ مِنَ التَّوْرَاةِ وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُولٍ يَأْتِي مِن بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ فَلَمَّا جَاءَهُم بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ قَالُوا هَذَا سِحْرٌ مُّبِينٌ) (الصف : 6)

ألقاب وأسماء أخرى:

للرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم عدة أسماء والقاب وأشهرها ما جاء بالحديث الصحيح.

قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: إِنَّ لِي أَسْمَاءً، أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ، وَأَنَا أَحْمَدُ، وَأَنَا الْمَاحِي الَّذِي يَمْحُو اللَّهُ بِيَ الْكُفْرَ، وَأَنَا الْحَاشِرُ الَّذِي يُحْشَرُ النَّاسُ عَلَى قَدَمِي، وَأَنَا الْعَاقِبُ ‏”‏‏. (البخاري 4896)

وفي رواية مسلم: أنّ النّبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “لي خمسة أسماء: أنا محمد، وأنا أحمد، وأنا الماحي الذي يمحو الله بي الكفر، وأنا الحاشر الذي يُحشَر الناسُ على قدَمَيَّ، وأنا العاقِب، والعاقِبُ: الذي ليس بعده نبيٌّ، وقد سماه الله رَؤوفاً رحيماً” (مسلم 2354)

وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: فَقَالَ ‏ “‏ أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ وَأَحْمَدُ وَالْمُقَفِّي وَالْحَاشِرُ وَنَبِيُّ التَّوْبَةِ وَنَبِيُّ الرَّحْمَةِ ‏”‏ ‏. (مسلم 2355)

كنيته صلى الله عليه وسلم:

 عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ‏:‏ نَهَى رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنْ نَجْمَعَ بَيْنَ اسْمِهِ وَكُنْيَتِهِ، وَقَالَ‏:‏ أَنَا أَبُو الْقَاسِمِ، وَاللَّهُ يُعْطِي، وَأَنَا أَقْسِمُ‏. (الأدب المفرد 844)

وفي حديث صحيح اخر: رُوِيَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ رَجُلاً، فِي السُّوقِ يُنَادِي يَا أَبَا الْقَاسِمِ فَالْتَفَتَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ لَمْ أَعْنِكَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ لاَ تَكْتَنُوا بِكُنْيَتِي ‏”‏ ‏.‏ (جامع الترمذي، صحيح، 2841)

النسب:

هو: محمد بن عبد الله بن عبدالمطلب (واسم عبدالمطلب: شيبة وقيل عامر) بن هاشم (واسم هاشم عمرو) بن عبدمناف (واسم عبدمناف: المغيرة) بن قصي (واسم قصي: زيد) بن كلاب بن مرة بن كعب بن لؤي بن غالب بن فهر (واسمه او لقبه: قريش او قريش اسمه ولقبه فهر، واليه تنسب القبيلة) بن مالك بن النضر (واسمه قيس) بن كنانة بن خزيمة بن مدركة (واسم مدركة: عامر او عمرو) بن إلياس بن مضر بن نزار بن معد بن عدنان…

وإلى عدنان عامود النسب صحيح وثابت اما بعد عدنان فهو مضطرب وبعض العلماء قالوا بكراهية ذكر ما فوق ذلك لعدم صحة تسلسل اي من سلاسل النسب.

ولعل أشهر ما قيل بعامود النسب بعد عدنان ما يلي:

1. عدنان بن أد بن أدد (أو فقط أد ويقال له أدد) بن الهيسمع بن سلامان بن يشجب بن ثعلبة بن عتر بن سعد بن بريح بن محلم بن العوام بن المحتمل بن رائمة بن العيقان بن علة بن الشحدود بن الظريب بن عبقر بن إبراهيم بن إسماعيل بن يزن بن إسماعيل بن المطعم بن الطمح بن القسور بن عتود بن دعدع بن محمود بن الزائد بن ندوان بن أتامة بن دوس بن حصن بن النزال بن القمير بن المجشر بن معدمر بن صيفي بن نبت بن حمل بن قيدار بن إسماعيل بن ابراهيم عليهم السلام.

أو…

2. عدنان بن أد بن أدد (أو فقط أد ويقال له أدد) بن ناحور بن تيرح بن يعرب بن يشجب بن ثابت (ويقال له نابت) إبن إسماعيل بن إبراهيم عليهم السلام.

أو…

3. وذكر الحديث الذي رواه البيهقي في كنز العمال من حديث ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول : أنا محمد بن عبد الله بن عبد المطلب بن هاشم بن عبد مناف بن قصي بن كلاب بن مرة بن كعب بن لؤي بن غالب بن فهر بن مالك بن النضر بن كنانة بن خزيم بن مدركة بن إلياس بن مضر بن نزار بن معد بن عدنان بن أد بن أود بن الهميسع بن يشجب بن نبت بن جميل بن قيدار بن إسماعيل بن إبراهيم بن تارح بن ناحور بن أشوع بن أرعوش بن فالخ بن عابر وهو هو والنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بن شالخ بن ارفخشد بن سام بن نوح بن لمك بن متوشلخ بن أخنوخ وهو إدريس بن أزد بن قينان بن أنوش بن شيث بن آدم .

ولم يصح شيء من ذلك أو غيره من عدنان إلى إسماعيل بن إبراهيم عليهما السلام، إلا أنه لا خلاف بينهم أن عدنان من ولد إسماعيل عليه السلام.

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: إِنَّ اللهَ اصْطَفَى كِنَانَةَ مِنْ وَلَدِ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، وَاصْطَفَى قُرَيْشًا مِنْ كِنَانَةَ، وَاصْطَفَى مِنْ قُرَيْشٍ بَنِي هَاشِمٍ، وَاصْطَفَانِي مِنْ بَنِي هَاشِمٍ. (مسلم 2276)

وقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ” أَنَا سَيِّدُ وَلَدِ آدَمَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَأَوَّلُ مَنْ يَنْشَقُّ عَنْهُ الْقَبْرُ وَأَوَّلُ شَافِعٍ وَأَوَّلُ مُشَفَّعٍ ” (مسلم 4223)

المصادر (غير المذكورة بالنص):

(1) فتوى رقم 70753 ورقم 26532 من موقف مركز الفتوى http://fatwa.islamweb.net

(2) السيرة النبوية لإبن هشام (دار المعارف) 2012، ص 26.  

(3) دلائل النبوة للبيهقي، المجلد الأول (دار الحديث) 2007.