Here begins a rant…
I contend that if Allah transformed Muslims into parrots, there would be little to no change in our intellects.
Why is there so much copy-pasting hadith spun off as wisdom, verbose insincere Islamic articles about half-twisted, half-imagined religious emotion, fake sentimentality catering to sheltered middle class mentality and overall so much inconsequential and meaningless kitsch-Islamic spam? Why do we venerate and applaud all this?
Write and think like you mean it dammit!
If your heart isn’t solidly behind your religious-speak, then you are a liar. People can tell when your words sound like a lie because you are talking about religion in terms of hypothetical things, not experienced straight from the heart. Islam comes truly only from a heart that has Islam in it, not a heart that only likes to talk about the idea of having a real Islam or has Islam ‘on the side.’ Its the difference between hearing Malcolm X talk and hearing someone talk about Malcolm X. Its the difference between a venal, fantasized Islam somewhere ‘out there,’ and having your heart ready to face up to the punishments of the Shariah, should you mess up.
How often do you hear Muslims talking about Muftis as opposed to a random shaykh so-and-so? And how often are doctors and engineers spun off as shaykhs and their (lack of) credentials overlooked? If they are of any benefit, does that automatically mean that there is also no harm?
This is not to demean the simple Muslim, but just to say, don’t pretend to be something you aren’t. If you feel it- express it, if you don’t, then don’t. God didn’t ask us to be a posers.
So many Muslims are becoming accustomed and conditioned to an airbrushed image of Islam, not Islam itself. “I like these articles and speakers because they make me believe that I believe in Islam.” They like this ‘fluffy’ Islam and so when a real bonafide scholar comes along they will get intimidated by real knowledge, because they’ve only seen parrots, not minds, not aql, not true raw inspiration from Allah. And that is how Islamic knowledge is most likely to die- when parrots are venerated because they are economical with our neurons, keep us cozy in our boxes, and become our daddy figures that make us finally feel valued.
If you find this all ridiculous, then just wait until you feel despondent, desperate and finally angry and betrayed as to why this ‘fluff’ Islam has not gotten you anywhere. Then you’ll realize this is all true and then you will drop your prejudices and search for real ideas, real ilm.