Knowing and Doing …


Rashidun Caliph Abu Bakr as-Șiddīq (Abdullah ibn Abi Quhafa) - أبو بكر الصديق عبد الله بن عثمان التيمي القرشي أول الخلفاء الراشدين.svg“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.”

Abu Bakr (senior companion and father-in-law of Muhammad)

We take our wisdom where we find it and today, two historic Islamic figures speak the same message to us.  

If you value only knowledge, you have facts without impact and details without context.

If you value only action, you have energy without form and activity without value.

So both knowing and doing are necessary.  Just be sure you know the things which are needed to do the things you need to do.

To paraphrase another tradition, there is a time to learn and a time to do.

“Knowledge without action is insanity, and action without knowledge is vanity. Know that knowledge today will not distance you from sin, nor bring you into obedience, nor distance you from the fire of Hell tomorrow. If you do not act today and do not derive lessons from your past days, you will say on the Last Day: ‘Return us to our previous life, and we will do good deeds,’ and it will be said to you: ‘O Fool, it is from there that you have come.’”

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali (Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic)    

 

Well, are you going to just sit there?  The direction and process are clear:  

First, Learn Something …

Next, Use the Knowledge …

Then, Repeat …

Considering what I need to know so I can do what I need to do in the Heartland ….

John

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