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How to Start a Journey of Self-Learning and Success

Every day our world is changing, and we can’t stop it. Change is the only constant thing in life. The best way to stay on top of all the changes that happen constantly is to start a lifelong learning adventure. In order to do this, you need to take a step back from what you are currently doing and find out what you want out of life. What do you want to do? What are your passions?  Learning is one of the most important steps to take for achieving something in your life. It can help you in your career, make you more successful in the world, and even give you a better quality of life. Learning is a lifelong process. It can be difficult to change habits, but with patience and practice, it is possible to live a more fulfilling life at any stage of life. Learning new things every day, even if it’s just a little bit, will open your horizons and help you grow as an individual. Here are some tips that will help you start your lifelong learning adventure: -Affirm the "you" in you: This

7 Famous Philosophers from the Islamic Golden Age

The study of philosophy has been a constant in the Islamic world for centuries, and Muslim philosophers have made significant contributions to this branch of knowledge. The Muslim world was the first to establish a modern institutionalized system of higher education, which led to unprecedented advances in science, philosophy, and technology. They also helped integrate mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and other sciences into a coherent body of knowledge. Muslim philosophers were at the forefront of this development. They incorporated Greek philosophical traditions along with Persian and Indian philosophies to create a vibrant intellectual culture.  Philosophers and thinkers have long been a source of wisdom and deep thinking for centuries. They provide not only insight but also critical thinking. And Muslim philosophers are no exception to this tradition. One of the most famous Muslim philosophers is Al-Ghazali who was once called "The Proof of Islam". He was a proponent of S

7 Famous Ancient Greek Philosophers

Greek philosophy originated in Ancient Greece from 600 BCE to 200 CE and was continued by philosophers who lived in the Islamic world. It is considered a philosophical tradition, which would include thinkers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  For the Greeks, philosophy was not only an idea or way of life, but also a system of discovery that focuses on the search for a deeper understanding of the world, how it operates, and what it means to live in it.  The teachings of Greek philosophers have left their mark on the way we think about life and our place in this world. Some examples are as follows: • All human beings should be treated as equals and given respect. • It is important to question everything around us, learn from those who came before us, and live a life using reason as a guide. • An understanding of oneself leads to a greater understanding of others and how they might see or behave. The tradition of philosophizing in ancient Greece started with Thales (624-546 BC

20 Quotes of Rumi - Poet of Love

Rumi is an epic poet, Sufi saint, and Islamic philosopher, whose spiritual journey through the ages has influenced millions of people. His works are considered to be the source of the Sufi philosophical tradition. Rumi's works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic, and Greek. Rumi's poetry is expressive and imaginative. He uses metaphors that are easy to understand and connect with. His words have been translated into several languages and can be found in numerous books, magazines, blogs, poems, songs. Let us take a look at the 20 quotes of Rumi - the poet of love. 1) "Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself." 2)  "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I'll meet you there." 3) “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” 4) "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." 5) "Be like a butterfly,

20 Quotes of Al-Ghazali: A Creative Genius

Al-Ghazali was one of the greatest philosophers in history. His works have been translated into almost all the major languages of the world. He encouraged people to engage in life with more zest and enthusiasm. His quotes has been quoted by numerous influential figures in different fields, including Gurdjieff, Gandhi, Lincoln and many others. Al-Ghazali’s philosophy is primarily based on rationality and self-reflection, which are key concepts in modern-day cognitive psychology. He also wrote on ethics and the place of human reason in religion, particularly in relation to Islam's relationship with philosophy and science. His most important work "The Incoherence of the Philosophers" is often cited by philosophers as an example of "a philosophical argument so absurd that it cannot be believed". Al-Ghazali's work is still studied today by many religious scholars. His thought has served as inspiration for many. Al-Ghazali is known for his creative quotes that giv

20 Quotes of Ibn Khaldun: The Father of Sociology

Ibn Khaldun is recognized as the "father of sociology." He was a medieval Islamic scholar who took an empirical approach to study humans. Ibn Khaldun’s work discusses the group dynamics of humans and how they can be influenced by power struggles. Ibn Khaldun has influenced many twentieth-century thinkers such as Franz Boas, Max Weber, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Karl Marx. He influenced other Muslim thinkers like Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani who used Ibn Khaldun's ideas in his writings on Sufism. Ibn Khaldun was the first to use the modern term "civilization." He also developed sociology as a discipline that studies society itself rather than individual behavior. His ideas on social change and development were ahead of his time and had a significant impact on later social theorists such as Karl Marx. The following are some of his famous quotes: 1) "The best social scientists are those who learn from their predecessors, correct what they find to be wrong, add what

20 Quotes of Ibn Rushd: The Champion of Reason

Ibn Rushd was one of the most influential philosophers during his time and still remains one today for many people around the world. His philosophy is also highly regarded and has been referenced in various works such as those by Bernard Lewis, Sigmund Freud, and David Hume. His works were translated into Hebrew in 1290, and into Latin in 1485. He argues that philosophy should be studied alongside theology and jurisprudence rather than being seen as a separate discipline. Ibn Rushd is renowned for his commentaries on Aristotle. These commentaries were written in response to Al-Ghazali's "Incoherence of the Philosophers". He was an influential polymath whose writings influenced Christian, Jewish, and Islamic thought for centuries after his death. Following are some of Ibn Rushd’s quotes that provide insights into his views on creativity, intelligence, imagination, knowledge, society, etc. 1) “Man is not free from ignorance except when he knows that he is ignorant” 2)  “A s

20 Quotes of Ibn Arabi: The Greatest Shaykh

Ibn Arabi is one of the greatest intellectuals in history. He was born in 1165 AD, and he lived until 1240 AD. He was a philosopher, mystic, theologian, astronomer, logician, and psychologist. His work has influenced numerous religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism. Ibn Arabi's work has been studied by scholars from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, literature, and philosophy. He has been described as one of the most original thinkers in history   Ibn Arabi wrote the Fusus al-Hikam or "Bezels of Wisdom" which is what inspired many people including Rumi to have a deep understanding of spirituality. He is often compared to such philosophers as Plato and Socrates for having laid out a theory of knowledge that relies on cognition rather than faith alone which helped shape the foundations of modern philosophical thought. Ibn Arabi recognized that there were three types of creativity: conceptual, empirical, and spiritual

How to Become a Master or Ustaad of Your Craft

If you are looking to be the best in anything, then you have to understand what mastery means.  Mastery is about the quality of being a master or ustaad at something.  Mastery is the process of mastering your skill or craft. When someone masters a skill, they are able to perform tasks with ease and fluency. It may be from music to sports, from coding to cooking. You can also refer to it as developing a high level of expertise in a subject area. However, mastery is not just about being at the top of your profession. It's about being able to think outside the box, take risks, and continuously improve yourself. Mastery is when you are so good at what you do that people start seeing you as an expert or guru or ustaad in your field of expertise.  Mastery is a process that takes years and is not easily achieved. It takes time and patience to get to the point that you can feel confident in your skills. However, this process will help you improve your work and your life in general if pursu