RSA- 21st century enlightenment


  1. Umm Sulaym said,

    June 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm


    SubhanAllah, what a delightful find. JazakAllahu khayran. Only watched the 1st video and I’m so relieved that I wasn’t overthinking things. This video confirmed my sanity. Alhamdolilah.

    I took 2 History courses and 1 Archaeology course which attempted to debunk myths and how history is studied in general. To cut a long story short: even though we’re way past the Renaissance and ‘Englighment period’ and all the different ages and periods they’ve made up, our mentality is still stuck there. If you study in Psychology as to how intelligence was first measured (standardized testing), you will again come to the same conclusion. SubhanAllah, as a result there’s a new hype about ’emotional intelligence’. I still have to study that to talk about it neutrally.

    I’m not knowledgeable about ADHD as to whether it’s genetically linked or is a lifestyle-problem but I do agree it’s a fictitious epidemic. I never said that out loud because I felt I’d be pelted with eggs & tomatoes since I have no research to back me up with… anyway, the intellectuals of our time have a habit of blaming the genes/health instead of paying attention to the social problems they have allowed to arise. For e.g., if the Scientists stopped looking for AIDs vaccines and tried to solve the problem by reforming the social issues which cause AIDs, things will be resolved and lotsss of government money would be saved. That’s why as fascinating Science is to me, the attitude it brings about in solving world’s problems has disappointed me.

    Social darwinism and how it affected social politics (euthanasia etc.) is a major culprit too. It’s horrifying how it defined intelligence according to race (survival of the fittest) and conducting of ‘ethnic cleansing’ (killing) of those who were of lesser intelligent race (acc. to them) and were of weaker social backgrounds. That is where intelligence is again defined in an ugly manner.

    There’s an interesting book called ‘Dumbing us down’ which talks about similar issues raised in the 1st video. I haven’t completed reading it but it’s very short and I’m sure it’s worth a read inshaa’Allah.

    The issue of changing educational paradigms is a multi-faceted issue but it begins with an ardent desire to set things right. It is a topic close to me. I’m more interested in coming up with solutions which are Akhira-centered rather than just worldly. I try to make sisters think about it but unfortunately they’re more concerned about TV shows than their kids growing up as puppets of Shaytan and being fed false information. I’m not judging them but honestly we’ve been distracted by popular media & entertainment industries so well. If you listen to Sh. ‘Abdullah Hakim’s talks, your eyes open up even more. There’s lots more to what an eye can perceive.

    One can talk about this for hours.

    Never knew that you were interested in this, mashaa’Allah. I’m sure you’ve thought about this a little bit as well as solutions. What are your solutions to this problem? (apologize for the long comment but it’s a very important topic seldom discussed anywhere and I’m looking for solutions.) JazakAllahu khayran once again for sharing it!

    • mogreen88 said,

      June 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Walaiuk as salam wr wb. Never heard of the “emotional intelligence” argument. Jazak Allahu khairan

      This is a good book on the topic (ADHD), reading at the mo:

      Focusing on the social problems would mean exposing their kufr and its naive they will do this. Some do, like this guy:

      Yes (Dumbing us down) have it on the blog also. A sister wrote a review here:

      This might interest you also:

      I have a passionate hatred for TV and truly believe it to be one of the major tools the enemies of Islam are using to create “brain dead” humans, let alone muslims. I had the pleasure of meeting Shaykh Abdullah Hakim at JIMAS (my first and probably last trip). One of the things I love about him is how he offers practical advise in his lectures and not just your regular “emaan” boosters. Very nice and humble person. May Allah prolong his life so that we may continue to benefit from him. Ameen

      I love education fullstop; Linguistics, psychology, sociology, history, biology. May Allah increase us in beneficial knowledge. Ameen

      Wa eyaak. No I am far too young and unexperienced to come to conclusion on such a complex matter. Yet, it seems like you have done some detailed research on the matter may Allah put baraka in your studies.

      -Abu A.

      • Umm Sulaym said,

        June 4, 2012 at 2:56 am


        Yes, he’s one of my fav. speakers right before triple -ay. Sh. ‘Abdullah’s conducting a tour in al-Andalus by the end of this month with a group of brothers & sisters from all over. The course he did here was amazing and one can only imagine how amazing his tour’s going to be inshaa’Allah. An inspirational figure mashaa’Allah who’s very knowledgeable. May Allah SWT protect those who speak the truth and put barakah in their lives and our lives. ameen. Sh. ‘Abdullah knows how to teach and make people think. When I asked him whether the solution to such problem would be a new curriculum, he said that that is what we must do & work towards. Combine the secular & religious curricula and come up with something refreshing inshaa’Allah so that Muslim parents don’t need to compromise on their children’s Deen. That’s when he also suggested that homeschooling be done and that history must be taught in a proper manner so children don’t forget their identity. I did a post on this on my blog The first documentary he showed us was mind-blowing subhanAllah. It was about Timbuktu and the beginnings of the legacy of knowledge & how our ‘Ulema struggled there:

        I don’t think looking for solutions is an age-dependent journey.SubhanAllah I’m not knowledgeable at all, probably much less than anyone…but I don’t like same mistakes to be repeated. What’s the point of being aware of the problem and not being motivated enough to do something about it? A very wise person once said that if you’re not part of the solution then you’re part of the problem. Plus when you wish to forbid something, you must have an alternative ready. Otherwise like the by-stander effect, everyone will throw responsibility on the other and despite knowing that something’s wrong, nothing will be done.

        If one doesn’t want them to watch TV then some beneficial entertainment should be in place. Also, if one doesn’t want Muslim children to go to public schools (and wants them to be homeschooled) then they should have an organized curriculum ready in place. It’s a matter of education, something infinitely more serious than say earning a living.

        But I know what you mean.

        I haven’t done any research. Allah SWT blessed me with opportunities to learn Himself through diff. Univ. courses & later on Islamic lectures. Like everything in this world has a tax, I believe this awareness that He granted me has a tax to it as well which I must pay. All Praise, Knowledge & Taufeeq belongs to Him Alone and may He protect us from hypocrisy… and aid us in what we wish to accomplish in our lives. ameen.

        Will look into the links above inshaa’Allah.

        JazakAllahu khayran Wa salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullah.

      • mogreen88 said,

        June 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

        History is a very important subject and the shaykh is an expert in the field. He has done a fantastic job on Islam in the Americas and his research on the great scholar Uthman dan fodio is also valuable.

        As for home schooling I do see its importance but I have also seen its negative effects. Are you against even schooling for children in an Islamic environment or do you mean public schooling?

  2. Umm Sulaym said,

    June 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Everything has its’ pros and cons. So far with homeschooling I can at least mentally tolerate the cons but thinking & doing it are 2 diff. things. Requires a lot of sacrifice & Sabr.

    Against is a strong word. I have my reservations for public schooling(secular education). But it depends.

    Pls clarify what you mean by Islamic environment. I don’t understand.

    • mogreen88 said,

      June 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      I mean an Islamic school with an Islamic environment.

      • Umm Sulaym said,

        June 8, 2012 at 3:13 am

        It depends how Islamic the school & environment is. It also depends on the quality of education.

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