November 9, 2012
As far as spiritual training is concerned, the attributes of imān progress from a virtuous company [suḥba] that fits the individual into the community [al-jamā‹a], enables him to be present with God [dhikr] and assimilate imān through emotional, intellectual, moral, and spiritual inspiration, qualifies him to demarcate from liars and hypocrites, and makes his soul altruistic, generous through boundless giving [badhl].
But Knowledge or Science [‘ilm] is the light that shows the way. By Knowledge or Science is meant in the first place the Truth inspired from the Qur’ān and the sunna. Then, and only then, come the universal sciences whose true worth and decisive role should be recognized in the equation of the ummah’s revival and survival.