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Information and knowledge

One of the vital matters for the information age is to know the difference between information and knowledge. If one is informed of something that someone else knows then that is information. When one knows it oneself with genuine knowing then it is knowledge. Quite properly in every culture there are means to verify information. This differs from discipline to discipline. In the sciences of Islam, there are, for example, the sciences of intellect (‘aql) and the informational sciences of transmitted reports (naql). For this latter there are very necessary sciences of verification of the authenticity of the chains of transmission and other sciences. So the sciences of naql revolve around isnad and ijazah.  However, if a person fulfils all of these criteria he does not necessarily yet have knowledge. He is a master of information but is not necessarily a person of knowledge. What it takes to become a man of knowledge is another matter, which is not well attended to. One of the great afflictions of the age is that people take the masters of information for people of knowledge.

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  1. Zafer says

    as-salamu ‘alaikum

    This is an amazing piece of insight. So true how someone can be ‘knowledgeable’, yet not be knowledgeable at all at the same time!

    How could one attain knowledge though?

  2. admin says

    wa alaikum as-salam,

    I don’t lay claim to knowledge, but someone who knows that he is ignorant and recognises knowledge and its people is not entirely ignorant. Then if one has the patience to keep the company of those who have knowledge perhaps some of it might rub off on one. The Companions were after all not called students, disciples or followers but Companions, may Allah be pleased with them.

  3. Zafer says

    And for a woman. How could she do this?

    Thank You.

  4. admin says

    She keeps company with her husband, and she must marry for deen and her guardian must also think ‘deen’ when considering suitors. She keeps company with family and other knowledgeable women, and of course she can attend the circles of the people of knowledge, and she herself may have to teach men. After all: “Take half your deen from this girl (A’ishah).”

  5. Zafer says

    I appreciate your sentiments, as always. Jazaka’Allahu khaira

    as-salamu ‘alaikum

    Abdul Hayy

  6. Mika Angel-0 says

    And each sect is happy with what they have.

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