Ignorance Is Not A Bliss

Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?”

– Quran 39:9

The first divine verse Allah has revealed to prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was Iqra which means “read”. This gesture truly indicates the importance God has given to education/knowledge. The benefits of education are numerous as it plays an indispensable role in life and greatly contributes to the development of individuals and nations. Education creates employment, improves living standards, reduces chronic poverty and preventable diseases.  It unlocks the human mind as it spurs creativity, imagination and innovation. Similarly it leads to critical thinking and reasoning. When people are educated, they are hopeful and are socially & politically aware. They cannot be easily misguided, manipulated or exploited. On the other hand, when people are uneducated, their social mobility is limited and they have fewer choices in life.

Education is the gateway to society’s development and growth. The more a country’s citizens are educated the more chances that country will have to grow and develop economically, socially, culturally and technologically. Japan barely has any natural resources, yet in the 1960’s and 1970’s its economic growth was averaging nearly 8%. This is a true testament to the value of education which is a human capital.

In the 21 century, the future belongs to those who heavily invest in education since we are now transitioning to a knowledge-based economy where education is of paramount importance. That is why it is now more imperative than ever to invest more time, energy and money on education. Governments should invest heavily on education and make education one of its main priorities. Education is a precious gift. I believe that it is in our nature/DNA to share things. When we receive a good news we can’t wait to share it with someone else. Likewise, education is a glad-tidings and therefore it should be shared. We should not just expect or demand from the public and private education institutions to educate people as we know that governments cannot solve all the problems that exist in society and cannot also educate every single citizen. Hence,  we should all embrace the spirit of volunteerism . Every educated individual should strive to share his/her knowledge and try to educate the unlearned ones.

Ironically there is this wide-spread believe that only through teachers one can truly get full education and knowledge. Of course the primary role of a teacher is to disseminate knowledge to students. However, we have to realize that our teachers cannot teach us everything specially when there are many other students sharing the class with us. You have to take the initiative and educate your self. You have to realize that your teacher is just there to guide you.

Education is a long-term project. It is challenging and time-consuming. You need to have patience,perseverance and determination to successfully gain your desired level of education. To those who want[ed] to study but found it difficult can I hope get inspiration and courage  from the following classical examples. A man  once found studies to be extremely tough. He lost his will and confidence and decided to go back to his home town. On his way back he saw a well on the other side of the road.  To his astonishment he saw how constantly drawing water  from the well makes the soft rope cut the hard stone. Then by getting encouragement from what he just witnessed said to himself:if this soft rope can cut the stone, why shouldn’t I also master my studies.” Suddenly he decided to go back convinced that he will finish his studies. This man was none other than  the great Islamic scholar, Ibnu Hajar Al-Asqalani.

Always remember that nothing in life is impossible when heart and mind is put into it. In the words of the great inventor, Thomas Edison,” Every time I failed, I was one step closer to success.


8 thoughts on “Ignorance Is Not A Bliss

  1. Education— investment in human capital is even more important than investment in other tangible assets. We cannot achieve more success unless we educate our youngsters. “Investing in education” is the only chance we have today in order to reap the fruits of tomorrow. Some countries are developed while others are lagging behind due to differences in education. Economists regard expenditures on education training, medical care, and so on as investments in human capital.
    Developed countries (Mostly in Western Europe, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan) share common characteristics such as high literacy rate (over 95%), economic growth, high per capita income, life expectancy of almost (80 years) and many other good things whilst the opposite is true for developing countries. Why these countries (20% of world population) have almost 85% of the world income? Why they are more technologically advanced than others? And why they surpassed more than their counterparts? Therefore, I wholeheartedly concur with your wonderful article about the importance of education and we (Muslims) used to be the champions of education/knowledge centuries ago, unfortunately we lost our prestige because of this. Rgds.

  2. Great bro its wonderful article my point of view man is problematic by nature on the other is problem solver so education is the best mechanism to eradicate or to minimize the problem.Civilized societies there is no room of conflict,hostile and war but there are cooperation,dialogue ,conciliation,compromise instead because of they are highly educated society they are fully aware what is good what is bad what is wrong what is right among themselves and society as a whole. Education is play major role any aspects of social life and throughout it we can get out the crisis.See our continent Africa is full of different kind of resources but there is no human capital due to the lack of education and the result is water scarcity,disease,crime unemployment and etc.

  3. Knowledge and Information should be attained not solely to help people earn a living in life but to becom a qualified individual who has a refined way of thinking,is considerate of others and can debate his opinions on proven grounds.Anyone can say something about a particular matter but truly successful and respected are those who think before they speak and when they do they can instill their ideas in others without causing chaos or bloodshed in the land.Great article bro!

  4. Abdu.i agree ..Ignorance is not bliss — ignorance is ignorance.
    and we know the ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star
    The educatoin is the power of ur life and even we know the great objective of education is not knowledge but to make actoin
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
    ― Nelson Mandela
    An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.
    -Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    by miss amale

  5. When it comes to the formulation of policies about higher education, structuring the system, financial assistance, grants and salary, the statutory body-University Grants Commission-is mentioned like a sacred cow worshipped as well as butchered in the streets. How far the UGC is autonomous is a common knowledge. It has become a post office, a government organization, disbursing petty grants, sanctioned by the Central Government, among universities or institutions with a number of tags attached to them depending upon the status of the recipient institutions, state, Central, autonomous or deemed universities. There is a perpetual complaint about the non-availability of funds. The administration should appreciate that the jumbo cabinet and expenditure on legislatures could be cut down to feed and educate a few villages. The teacher wants to be a ladder upon which students could climb and scale new heights.

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