Two days ago I was talking to a sister about a book — one of my favorite — Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy: Knowledge by Presence, written by Mehdî Hâ’irî Yazdî. The book was given by a lecturer when I was still in university 🙂 He gave me the book for my birthday I guess, I forgot 😀 I love it when people give me gifts, makes me feel special 😀 And books are the best gifts ♥
I do think that understanding a book also based on our own knowledge at the time. So since I read the book first in 2003, I guess my understanding will evolve by my own experience or other books that I have read along these 7 years 😀 I hope I really learned something *lol* So I think it’s good for me to read it again, to get better understanding, and to remind me of what I had forgotten. 🙂
This is a brief review of the book that I can tell you:
Knowledge of presence is the knowledge based on intuitive awareness. Some example for it can be listed as knowledge on self of being, feelings, and mystical experiences. This kind of knowlegde tends to be denied by modern philosophy of its genuineness. It is considered as imaginative only because it has no cognitive content.
By this book, the author, Yazdî with his outstanding sophisticated philosophycal arguments not only proves that mystical experience — which has been considered only a matter of imagination — has undeniable existence, but also is the real basic constitution of all kinds of knowledge known to man kind.
And yes, books are only descriptions on how a man think of a subject. We may agree, or disagree. No pressure 😀 But looking at other people’s brain is more interesting than watching them naked I guess *lol* It’s like looking at another world, and hopefully learn something from it.
Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasalam said;
“To spend more time in learning is better than spending more time in praying; the support of religion is abstinence. It is better to teach knowledge one hour in the night than to pray the whole night.”
“Acquire knowledge. It enableth its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lighteth the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless; it guideth us to happiness; it sustaineth us in misery; it is an ornament amongst friends, and an armour against enemies.”
Aww, the wisest man in the whole universe said that already ♥. So, don’t stop learning, don’t stop reading.. 😀