Knowing to Know
The route to wisdom to follow is achieved through following pathway.

Listening   -------  Knowing --------- Sharing  --------- Caring
"We hear and we Obey."  (2:285)
    It is wise that one should hear everything attentively, watch things carefully and
    think over the matter thoroughly, making the best use of one's intellect in reaching a
    conclusion. Do not follow other people blindly. Those who do so are not human
    beings but animals, even worse than that:
"They have minds wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith
they see not and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,
nay more confused, for they are neglectful. (7:179)
    Students must ponder over what you hear and then act on all that is good. It is
    useless to hear good things and then neglect them. It is listening and learning and
    then implementing that initiates the pathway to wisdom. Keeping oneself away from
    vain and useless talk is another route to wisdom:
"And when you hear vain talk, turn away there from."
(28:55)
    The people who do not use their intellect, Qur'an calls them blind and says that
    they cannot be equal to those who use intellect and act carefully:
"Say: Can the blind be held equal to the seeing? Will you thus not
consider?"(6/:50)
&
One must think over all what one hears, but try not to dig out
other people's affairs: "And spy not on each other."  (49:12))
    It is established that people of earth live on their emotions, while people of heaven
    on their wisdom (Aql). Emotional reactions and impatience will each time make an
    incurable wound in the tender heart of the others. No matter how much one may
    apologize, those wounds will always be there. An oral attack will hurt someone at
    least as much as a physical attack. To benefit from Allah's guidance, men must
    think with a cool, rational, unbiased and analytical mind.  An unreceptive mind just
    cannot hope to gain anything from Allah's message “ it is a practical impossibility."
And only Allah guides to the Path that is straight!
Route to Wisdom
    We all agree to disagree is the motto of Satan, who disagreed with the divine
    principles of evolution of human kind and of life, and is still spreading the seeds
    of doubts and confusion. Agreeing to mutual good while sacrificing the personal is
    the divine route to salvation. Achieving consensus on major and minor issues is on
    the priority list of the leaders.
“And fulfil every engagement for (every) engagement shall be
required into."  (17:/36)
    Therefore all promises and all contacts must be fulfilled. But one must keep in
    mind that this fulfilling of obligations should not remain confined only to big
    matters. This also applies to small every-day affairs. A promise is a promise
    whether it concerns a big matter of small. May it be designing of the curriculum
    or setting of timetable, once it is announced, then it should be fulfilled at all
    cost, all objectives realised, and all goals achieved to deliver the promised ends
    to the concerned parties.
"O You who believe! Fulfil (all) obligations." (5:1)
    It is highly important that promises must be fulfilled at all costs.
    Human affairs run smoothly if individuals as well as nations are
    faithful to one another. Otherwise there shall be utter confusion all
    around.
"And turn not your cheek in scorn towards
people."  (31:8)
    Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has also advised us that before reaching a
    decision one must consult those who know more about it, so that all aspects of a
    matter become clearer. But such consultation does not include matters of sin and
    enmity (58:9). It is limited to matters that are useful to humanity and are consistent
    with the principles laid down in the Qur’an. Mutual consultation is possible
    only if one behaves politely with others. That is why it is said:
"Who conduct their affairs by mutual
consultation."  (42:38)
    The word (�برّ) above means matters of righteousness and
    broadmindedness and (تقوى) means to live a life in consistence with the
    Divine laws and injunctions ordained by Allah. The word (اثم) is used for a
    camel that gets tired or remains behind the herd. Thus any act, which retards the
    human progress, is called (اثم). The word (عدوان) means
    'Rebellion' i.e. to act against the Divine laws and whose acts are more and more
    useful for humanity and do not help those who rebel against the Divine laws and
    whose actions serve as an obstacle to human progress. In other words help others
    in matters declared to be good by the Qur’an but not in matters declared to
    be bad therein.  The Holy Qur’an has described mutual consultation as a
    distinguished act of Muslims: The word (�برّ) above means matters of
    righteousness and broadmindedness and (تقوى) means to live a life in
    consistence with the Divine laws and injunctions ordained by Allah. The word
    (اثم) is used for a camel that gets tired or remains behind the herd. Thus
    any act, which retards the human progress, is called (اثم). The word
    (عدوان) means 'Rebellion' i.e. to act against the Divine laws and whose
    acts are more and more useful for humanity and do not help those who rebel
    against the Divine laws and whose actions serve as an obstacle to human progress.
    In other words help others in matters declared to be good by the Qur’an but
    not in matters declared to be bad therein.  The Holy Qur’an has described
    mutual consultation as a distinguished act of Muslims:
"You cooperate with one another in matters of () broadmindedness
and (تقوى) matters consistent with the Divine laws and do
not cooperate in matters of (اثم) sin and (عدوان)
enmity." (5/2
    Nobody is able to accomplish all his affairs single-handed. Off and on, one needs
    help of his /her colleagues. This act of mutual help is called "T'aawun" or
    cooperation. But the question arises whether one should render help to everybody he
    comes across or only to a certain type of people? For example, on usurps the rights
    of another person. Shall we help the wrong doer or the one who is wronged? It is
    apparent that we should help the latter. Holy Qur'an has laid down the principle:
An Excerpt from Conceptual Model of Educational Leadership in Islamic Perspective
Seema Arif (2004)
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