Knowledge/education sans moral and spiritual virtue

A Persian poet, Sana'i, once remarked:
If a thief comes with a lamp, he will be able to steal more precious goods.
A person with mere knowledge and no 'moral and spiritual virtue' is a like a thief with a lamp, as symbolized in the already mentioned quote. This mostly happens when formal education or attainment of knowledge is divorced from the spiritual and moral training of man. In this assertion of Sana'i lies the reflection of the so many, seemingly unsolvable problems the modern literate society faces today, and a clear proclamation of the solution.

(Quote from Traditional Islam in the Modern World, p.124.)

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Omar said...

Nice quotation, Umer. It's been a long time since I've read your blog. You're keeping it really interesting. Miss you on the facebook though :P

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