It is extremely important to seek knowledge. To the point that its important to break previous judgements. Just because a large group of people believe something doesn’t make it true. That large group could be 10 or 100 million. So it’s important to say, I don’t know, and ask the divinity for knowledge about it.
It’s known that just before Socrates died he said “the one thing I know very well, is that I don’t know”
Which is a popular muslim saying “allahu Alam”
God knows better. Or, I don’t know as well as god knows. Or I don’t know.
And when u are in the constant process of asking divinity to show you, instead of just going by what a large number of people tell you, you get pushed towards your direction.
As it says in the Quran:
“For each We have appointed a divine law (qibla) and a traced-out way. Had God willed, He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He has given you. So vie one with another in good works. Unto God you will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein you differ.” (Qur’an, 5: 48)
About the seekers of knowledge, or people seeking out the different sciences, it is said in the Quran:
إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ
It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah. (Quran: Fatir 35:28)
There are enough number of knowledgeable people in Islamic jurisprudence. Seek other things.
With what eyes do you see the world that you do not see the perfection with which god has created this world. Everything and everybody is playing the part that god willed for them to play.
Surath al mulk:
3. Who has created the seven heavens one above another, you can see no fault in the creations of the Most Beneficent. Then look again: “Can you see any rifts?”
4. Then look again and yet again, your sight will return to you in a state of humiliation and worn out.
And another verse,:
وَلَا تَسُبُّوا الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ فَيَسُبُّوا اللَّهَ عَدْوًا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ زَيَّنَّا لِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ عَمَلَهُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِم مَّرْجِعُهُمْ فَيُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
(lest they insult Allah wrongfully without knowledge.)” `Abdur-Razzaq narrated that Ma`mar said that Qatadah said, “Muslims used to insult the idols of the disbelievers and the disbelievers would retaliate by insulting Allah wrongfully without knowledge. Allah revealed,
[وَلاَ تَسُبُّواْ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ]
(And insult not those who worship besides Allah.)” – it is recorded in the Sahih that the Messenger of Allah said,
«مَلْعُونٌ مَنْ سَبَّ وَالِدَيْه»
(Cursed is he who insults his own parents!) They said, “O Allah’s Messenger! And how would a man insult his own parents” He said,
«يَسُبُّ أَبَا الرَّجُلِ فَيَسُبُّ أَبَاهُ وَيَسُبُّ أُمَّهُ فَيَسُبُّ أُمَّه»
(He insults a man’s father, and that man insults his father, and insults his mother and that man insults his mother.)
I remember when I talked about this to my son, he said, yeah, because its like a reflection. And it reflects back on you. Clearly he is wiser than what I was at his age.
Carl Jung says:
“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”