Peer o Mureed: The Teacher and the Student [For the Youth Specially]


The question by Allama Iqbal:

Discerning eyes bleed in pain;
For faith is ruined by knowledge in this age.

Explanation of the Stanza: The discerning eye (the eye which recognizes the reality) is bleeding because the knowledge of the current age has ruined the faith. Please tell me, what is the solution to this?

The answer by Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi: 

Fling it on the body, and knowledge becomes a serpent;
Fling it on the heart and it becomes a friend.

Explanation of the stanza: 
If you will use knowledge to use it for the decoration of your body, then it will bite you like a snake, but if you will use knowledge for discovering yourself and for improving your inner self, then knowledge will be like a gentle friend for you in your whole life.

Meaning knowledge should not be used for showing off, but it should be used for improving yourself from your heart, soul and brain. If Muslims use the knowledge of the west(secular knowledge as they call it), then it’ll become a source of mercy for the humanity, a source of peace for the humanity. The dilemma is the knowledge and research of the west is used badly, in a negative manner, in a neglectful manner. Hence, it has been the source of trouble for the religion, for the faith today, and the religious scholar today are even cursing these knowledge
A message by Iqbal to today’s youth that if you’ll always observe intellectual humility and always use knowledge for improving your inner self, your heart, the khudi that Allama Iqbal usually talks about, then it will be better for you and for the humanity as a whole.

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