The year 2021 was announced as a Year of Propagation by Thaqlain. As the world was recovering and people were spending more time in front of screens, we took the opportunity to spread the teachings of the Quran and Ahlulbayt — more than ever.
This year, apart from continuing our mission to propagate the Divine Knowledge of the Quran and Ahlulbayt, we will be embarking on a new journey: A journey towards the preservation of the profound knowledge we’ve shared so far.
How to Preserve Knowledge?
The Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his progeny, has said:
قَيِّدُوا العِلمَ. قيلَ: و ما تَقييدُهُ؟ قالَ: كِتابَتُهُ
“Tie the knowledge. Companions asked: How to tie it up? Prophet responded: By writing it down.” (in order to remain for others)
(Mizan-ul-Hikmah, Volume 10, Hadith #17332)
Imam Jafar as-Sadiq alaihis salaam has said,
اكْتُبْ وَبُثَّ عِلْمَكَ فِي إِخْوَانِكَ فَإِنْ مِتَّ فَأَوْرِثْ كُتُبَكَ بَنِيكَ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْتِي عَلَى النَّاسِ زَمَانُ هَرْجٍ لا يَأْنَسُونَ فِيهِ إِلا بِكُتُبِهِمْ
“You must write down and spread your knowledge among your brethren. If you die, your children will inherit your books. A time will come when people will face chaos, and they will find no comfort but with their books.”
(Al-Kafi, Vol. 1, Chapter 17, Hadith #11)
When we write down what we see and hear, we engrave it forever on the pages of history. Whatever knowledge that we have so far survived because people chose to write them down.
Since we focus on preserving the most important and unique bits of information during writing, it also serves as a filter for mundane or unwanted pieces of information. Thus, this is the evergreen, age-old method of safekeeping knowledge which is encouraged by the holy Ahlulbayt.
New Blog Series: Thaqlain Guides
As Thaqlain is growing, the amount of educational and informational content from various reputable scholars is growing and starting to pile up. Hidden in these stacks of posts and videos are gems of knowledge… that will be forgotten over time due to the length and multiplicity of information contained within them.
Unless: someone picks those gems and turns them into compact articles that can be read in less than five minutes! And that is the idea for Thaqlain Guides, a series of blogposts that will jot down the most useful information collected from a large database of lectures available online.
Pulpit’s Work Penned Down
As our great scholars continue to give great lectures, we will be capturing the lessons learnt from these lectures in the form of text. Unlike the whole lecture, this text will be available and readable at a glance — acting as a guide for people who seek that particular information.
Although it sounds simple, these blogposts will neither be transcripts nor summaries. They’ll be standalone articles that will present the gist of the lecture’s most worthy parts, ensuring that the scholar’s ideas and words are accurately conveyed through them.
فتعلموا العلم من حملة العلم وعلموه إخوانكم كما علمكموه العلماء
“…so seek knowledge from the bearers of knowledge and teach it to your brothers in the same way as the scholars had taught it to you.”
(Muʿjam al-Aḥādīth al-Muʿtabara, Section 1, Chapter 4, Hadith #2)
Thus, as we enter 2022, we’ll be working more solemnly to bring our viewers closer to the Quran and Ahlulbayt through the teachings of authentic scholars of the School of Ahlulbayt.
We wish you all a spiritually enlightening and successful year ahead. May Allah hasten the reappearance of Imam al-Mahdi and guide us all towards his tent.
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