“There are two kinds of intelligence:
one acquired, as a child in school memorizes facts
and concepts from books
and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining information.
You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge,
getting always more marks
on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet,
one already completed
and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox.
A freshness in the center of the chest.
This other intelligence does not turn yellow or stagnate.
It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through the conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing
is a fountainhead from within you,
moving out.

The Prophet of Islam (pbuh) said:"Knowledge is of two kinds:
there is knowledge of the heart.  That is the knowledge that is of benefit.

Then knowledge of the tongue.  The latter is Allah's proof for the child of Adam."  Heart knowledge (ilmu 'l-qalb) has nothing to do with what heart means in today's language.   Heart knowledge is above the senses. Indeed it is beyond the intellect.   It represents the core of human reality.

Of it the Prophet (pbuh) said:"The hearts of the children of Adam are like a single heart between two of the fingers of the All Merciful.  He turns it wherever He desires.   O Allah, Turner-of-Hearts, turn our hearts toward obeying Thee.
"from A Spiritual Commentary on The Chapter of Sincerity, Suratu 'l-Ikhlas


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