An Invitation Toward Wisdom
Seyed Zeinul Abadeen Shahrestani
What is our objective, the basis for our thought, and our vision; and, what is the way to disseminate it?
Our objective is exactly the call and invitation of the Holy Quran when it states in " [16:125] You shall invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind admonition, and debate with them in the best possible manner; " and, in " [29:46] Do not argue with the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) except in the nicest possible manner - unless they transgress - and say: We believe in what was revealed to us and in what was revealed to you, and our God and your God is one and the same; to Him we all submit."
Imam Ali (A.S) mentioned that: Wisdom is the pursuit of the believer. Seek it, even if it comes from disbeliever )Behar Alanvar V.5,P.34)
ALLAH (SWAT) (SWAT) had never forbidden debate. However, HE only forbids the fruitless ones.
There are numerous prophetic traditions on wisdom. This word has also been cited in the Holy Quran twenty times. Additionally, the Holy Quran describes ALLAH (SWAT) as being Al-Hakim (the Wise, or the Sage).
It is known that the hearing, the sight, and the heart are entrances to the faculty of human thinking. The human being will be asked about this distinct privilege on the Day of Judgment.
This is because of its importance in perception, as ALLAH (SWAT) said “[17:36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.”
The pervious verses and other ones guide us toward the importance of the hearing, the sight, and the heart in the system of human cognitive power. It is well known that providing our soul with true knowledge is as important as feeding our body with healthy food. But unlike the regular food, which can be tested for its suitability by our senses, the spiritual food could often get into the mind and the heart without any barriers. Therefore, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) stressed the importance of the source of knowledge. Imam As-Sadiq (A.S) also pointed out to the importance of spiritual food in his interpretation of the holy verse “[80:24] Let the human look at his food! …"
Therefore, we must exercise caution while seeking divine knowledge. We shall be critical enough not to take ideas from misguided individuals. We must look first for the righteous persons who are credible enough as a source of knowledge and wisdom. For there are some God-fearing, learned scholars who stand between the devil and the minds of people.
Thus Islam considers purification as a prerequisite for acquiring divine knowledge. Beginning with the inherent and fundamental premises, Islam envisions such knowledge as a light that ALLAH (SWAT) throws in the heart of whoever He chooses.
Based on these principles, we have opened our University (Canadian House of Wisdom Open University) and published this magazine to disseminate its vision.
We are calling upon all academics and scholars to help and guide us in achieving this noble objective. To the contributing pious scholars we send our gratitude and greetings.
Seyed Zeinul Abadeen Shahrestani
Founder of Canadian House of Wisdom