By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Generally, people do not like asking others about anything. They think that asking questions means admitting one’s ignorance. This is fatal. Asking should rather be regarded as being like consulting a dictionary or an encyclopedia. No one can learn everything on his own to compensate for the gaps in one’s knowledge. One studies books. Similarly, one should develop the habit of asking questions of those who are well-informed. The knower is like a living book for the seeker of knowledge. If no bias comes in the way of reading a book, no such feeling should come in the way of putting questions to one who knows. Interacting with people, while asking them questions not only increases our knowledge, it also develops human relations.
Thinking and learning a lesson through it is the greatest action of an individual. That is reflection on the things around him and learning lessons from them. It is as if the process of intellectual and spiritual development which sets in in man in the form of serious reflection and meditation never comes to an end until the time of his death.
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