Monday, November 23, 2009
-Society of Iqbal Studies, 21st Nov', 2009
Last session of SOIS explored various stages from which the course of consensus passed. Although to keep one and unified desire is contrary to principles of Nature herself as variation is a soul of nature and collectively it is constructive to acknowledge it.
To accommodate diversified thoughts and opinions constitute real base of Spiritual democracy that represents the real foundation of society. The decrement in tolerance and aversion in present era against opinions of fellowman greatly due to the patterns we have developed by our own choice. There is a clear sense of perception of arrogance which has divided and induced attitude of indifference among people. From last 30 years the reading culture which has been followed was classifying the level of cognition and understanding.
It was a high culture society in which vendor, unschooled mass was devoid of any brain, thoughts and spirit.
Not only in this regard, the most important thing of high culture is "this world is permanent and bad, which one can not avoid." The concept contains suicidal direction and course for its followers. This has been a pre-dominant theme of thought in Europe from where the reading culture has been derived. It has introduced disappointment and obscurity in thoughts of society. These emotions are engraved into souls of those who closely linked up with this culture.
It is the idea of higher and lower states of thoughts; moreover this inspiration of ignorance from people who were considered as "Lower Mass"; our approach in modern days manifests rotten minds engulfed by creepers of high culture.
Friday, November 13, 2009
"There are no contradictions in universe; contradictions exist when you want to see contradictions."
-- SOIS session- 7th November.
The session concentrated on "Nine Questions". The idea of Nine Questions was introduced by Khurram Ali Shafique in "The Republic of Rumi". (2007). He explained, what were the Nine Questions which Iqbal persistently asked and concerned for???
The answer is given by course of "NATURE" itself.
Earlier when we read it at session we related the links and studied how after an era of Iqbal the asked terms unfolded in works of next generation.
Later now, recently we studied it with a poem of Iqbal "Taaloo-e-Islam", where we have realized the answering pattern of whole poem regarding "Nine Questions". These are based on following parameters:
"I am the creative Truth"
Iqbal has conceptualized the unification of religious thoughts with scientific or modern minds. In "IQBAL; Ibtadai Daur", Khurram Ali Shafique has pointed out this infra-structure of Iqbal's era that people were curiously interested to put science in every realm of knowledge even in philosophy and social studies.
Chapter-04, page- 53
"Taslees ka Madressah ;1905"
Although, it's not a futile process but there are evidence of Religious themes/ Hikma behind every scientific moves, if one considers without any bias inference.
Iqbal Academy Pakistan is offering a series of weekly workshops about the basic ideas of Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal and related subjects. Participation is free for the month of April, but due to limited space, please register yourself in advance and be there in time (seats will be given on a “first come first” basis).Resource Person:Khurram Ali Shafique, author of The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality Venue: Teachers’ Development Center, Karachi.
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Monday, November 2, 2009
It seems to have a magic of its own, but even if we don't discuss that for now, the minimum that humanity needs today, especially Pakistan for its survival, is that everyone should be willing to modify their views in order to accomodate others'.
We might be amazed to see that none of the so-called progressive ideologies and so-called perfect democracies have this on their agenda. They have created myths of "commitment", "conviction", etc, all nice words to hide the fact that no political party, ideology or "ism" today is willing to say to another, "I may be wrong as well, and I will know this from your response."
This is what we need to change. What do u think?
Khurram Ali Shafique
Iqbal Academy Pakistan.
Personal Homepage http://theRepublicOfRumi.com