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Monday, August 23, 2010

The adage that ignorance is bliss could not be farther from the truth when seriously put into practical application.

Throughout the annals of time, what great accomplishments has ignorance made? What great empires and what marvels of science and technology now bear witness to ignorance's strength and power?

That's right, none. Nothing of true worth is achieved without wisdom and knowledge.

It was with supreme knowledge that Allah, subhanahu wa tala, laid the foundations of the heavens and the earth.

It was with wisdom, knowledge and understanding that Soleiman, alayhe assalaam, ruled the greatest empire the world has ever known.

Our own Prophet, Mohammad, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, told us that acquiring knowledge was a duty placed on each and every human being.

But the knowledge of what and who, remains the question.

Ignorance is not bliss. Through it runs the deviant courses of innovation, shirk, disunity and hatred.

Knowledge is the key to our success. It give us the power to govern ourselves, our households, and ultimately our communities. A nation, which forgets why it was founded, who it serves and what its responsibilities are, by embracing ignorance, is a nation destined to fail.