Educated Ignorants Everywhere

22 July by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani


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A’ūdhu bi-Llāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm:

أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثًا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا تُرْجَعُونَ

(Qur’ān 23:115). ‘Afaĥasibtum ‘Annamā Khalaqnākum `Abathāan Wa ‘Annakum ‘Ilaynā Lā Turja`ūn’, ‘Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?’ Ṣadaqa Llāhu l-‘Aẓīm. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is saying in Qur’an ‘Azimu sh-Shan, “Do you think We created you for nothing? Do you think you will not return to Us?”

People living in this time think they were created for no reason. They think they were created for entertainment and play. They think they are living for their mood to be good. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says, “Did We create you for entertainment?” Eventually, there is no escape from where you are going. People will go to the presence of Allah ﷻ, and they will be questioned there: “You were given so many favors. So many things were given to you. But you have lived your life in vain. You have strived for nothing. You have lived all your life in order to satisfy and serve your ego.”

People of the present time think they are more knowledgeable. In old times, those who graduated from elementary school were educated. They knew everything. Nowadays, there are universities everywhere and they think they’ve become knowledgeable. Everywhere is full of ignorant ones, not knowledgeable people. From any perspective you look, when you even look from the perspective of knowledge, those who graduated from elementary school in old times and studied for 5-6 years were more knowledgeable than those at universities now. They were people who knew why they were created, why and what they did.

It is not over with studying. Studying doesn’t make your brain work. The only goal is to get that paper and hang it on the wall. That has no benefit. Benefit is in knowing why we are living. Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says, “We didn’t create you for entertainment. Eventually, you will return to Us, and you will see everything”. The things you don’t like and don’t accept will confront you. You will be in regret then. But regret will not bring any benefit.

Allah ﷻ gave everyone mind. He ﷻ gave both mind and opportunities. As we said, people of old times didn’t have the chance to study. However, they were benefitting from what they had learned. As we said, studying is useless if it doesn’t teach about knowing Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. That is not knowledge but ignorance. People of old times call such people educated ignorants. The whole world now is full of educated ignorants. May Allah ﷻ give us mind and understanding. May people understand the meaning of everything and find the way which is beautiful insha’Allah.

Some people feel proud of opening a school or university. No need to feel proud at all. Look if it brings any benefit or not. What they set forth in the country is the knowledge that keeps people away from Allah ﷻ. No benefit comes from that knowledge. No benefit comes to those who study and to those who teach. First of all, we must teach about Allah ﷻ, make them know Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla. May Allah ﷻ make us all from those who know this insha’Allah.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

22 July 2023/ 04 Muharram 1445

Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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