Gaining Understanding Through EducationEducation, both formal and informal, shapes the lives of everyone. As soon as we are born, we start to learn things about the world we live in. We learn how to speak to those around us and how to express our emotions. We learn not to touch the stove while someone is cooking because we will get burned. Eventually, we get old enough to learn about beliefs. We are taken to a mosque, church, synagogue, temple, or whatever building correlates to our family’s religion, and learn about what people believe. Generally, children are brought up in the faith of their parents, and they may never learn enough about other peoples’ religions to actually understand them. Abdelkader was fortunate to have parents who wanted him to be well educated in all things– including other religions. His father took him on a two-year pilgrimage where he was introduced to Jews, Arab Christians, and Druze. He took time to talk with the followers of those faiths because he wanted to understand them. What he learned from this experience would be very influential in forming his values as an adult. Wisdom: Precious as Pearls“Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.” – Emir Abdelkader
Abdelkader posits that wisdom is something to be as valued as precious pearls. This may appear obvious, since almost all of us strive to become smarter individuals. But the more relevant question is from whom we obtain the wisdom necessary for our improvement. This is where Abdelkader’s guidance is crucial. “Precious pearls” come from the wise and virtuous. Often, we believe that we know best, but there are many other people out there who know far more. Abdelkader believes that we should learn from those who know more and are also at their core good people. In order to improve ourselves, we must learn from the wise and virtuous and treat their wisdom as valuable as precious pearls.
This post will attempt to do exactly that by isolating Abdelkader’s “precious pearls” and analyzing how his wisdom can be used to guide our lives today. Lessons Learned from the EmirAn important aspect of studying history is applying what we learn to our own lives. One way this can be done is by analyzing the traits of historical figures that had such a strong impact on the world. With the case of AEP’s namesake, Emir Abdelkader, there are a multitude of traits we can learn and embody from his example, a few of which are explained below. Looking to the pastMay 12, 2019 Written by Michaela Hill Abdelkader’s personal identity was inseparable from his spiritual identity. He viewed himself as a devout Muslim above anything else. One of the most defining aspects of his
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