What is Knowledge? – The Prophet’s Answer in 5 Steps
In today’s world we are bombarded with content from all sides. Email, Facebook, Phonecalls, SMS, Whatsapp and the list goes on and on!
Isn’t it overwhelming? It’s almost as if we are being drenched by a torrential downpour of information.
Even if we set aside the ‘unessential’ social media posts and tweets, there is an over-abundance of potentially useful insights, impressions and take-aways from Online Lectures, TED Talks, e-books and podcasts.
It forces us to ask: How we can translate all this information into knowledge that we & others can benefit from?
We often think that reading books & hearing lectures will make us a “knowledgeable” person.
But that is not sufficient.
Reading & hearing constitute step one of the journey of acquiring knowledge. If we only consume & do not implement or internalize, we’ll end up becoming an arm-chair intellectual, someone who can talk, but can’t generate results by taking appropriate action!
Infact God says in the Qur’an “It is most hateful to Allah that you should say that which you do not do.” (61:3)
5 Steps to Acquire True Knowledge
So how does one go about acquiring ‘true’ knowledge?
Someone once asked the Prophet, “What is Knowledge?”
And He broke down the process of understanding & acquiring it into 5 simple steps. You can enjoy the pearls of his wisdom through this comic: