Hazrat Ali quotes about ignorance can guide us toward the meaning of ignorance and how to protect ourselves from it. Ignorance is usually referred as the lack of awareness or knowledge. But Hazrat Ali (R.A) has given us a comprehensive definition of ignorance. He has told us that ignorance is a lot more than just the state of unawareness. Being ignorant does not just affect the person himself but it can harm the whole society. It is one of the biggest obstacles to intelligence and learning and even in respecting others. It makes the ignorant unable to understand that what is happening around him and why.
Through Hazrat Ali quotes about ignorance, it becomes clear that it also have negative effects on person’s beliefs as well. It effects the physical and spiritual growth of the ignorant. Hazrat Ali (R.A.) said that the ignorant believes that he has the perfect knowledge of everything. That constraints him and make him uninterested in knowing and learning. Ignorance is such an evil that is self-defeating. No one can harm an ignorant the much he harms himself. Imam Ali (R.A) has told us that it can bring down even the mighty and powerful persons. He has also told us that there are two people Allah hates the most and ignorant is one of them.
“Ignorance reveals itself in the following:
- Being angry without cause,
- Speaking without need,
- Rewarding the undeserving,
- Not distinguishing between friend and foe,
- Revealing a secret,
- Trusting everyone.
- The ignorant never realizes his mistake nor accepts advice.”
Hazrat Ali (R.A) said that there are two people who are most detested by Allah. One is the person who is devoted to himself and the second is ignorant.
“The other man is he who has picked up ignorance. He moves among the ignorant, is senseless in the thick of mischief and is blind to the advantages of peace. Those resembling like men have named him scholar but he is not so. He goes out early morning to collect things whose deficiency is better than plenty, till when he has quenched his thirst from polluted water and acquired meaningless things.”
“Whoever hankers after whims does not incline towards truth; whoever keeps on disputing every argument on account of his ignorance, will always remain blind to truth, whoever deviates from truth because of ignorance, will always take good for evil and evil for good and he will always remain intoxicated with misguidance.
He further said:
“Similarly, doubt has also four aspects absurd reasoning; fear; vacillation and hesitation; and unreasonable surrender to infidelity, because one who has accustomed himself to unreasonable and absurd discussions will never see the Light of Truth and will always live in the darkness of ignorance. One who is afraid to face facts (of life, death and the life after death) will always turn away from ultimate reality, one who allows doubts and uncertainties to vacillate him will always be under the control of Satan and one who surrenders himself to infidelity accepts damnation in both the worlds.”
“There is no greater wealth than wisdom, no greater poverty than ignorance; no greater heritage than culture and no greater support than consultation.”
“There are many educated people who have ruined their future on account of their ignorance of religion. Their knowledge did not prove of any avail to them.”
“If you do not know a thing, never feel ashamed to admit ignorance. If you do not know a thing, never hesitate or feel ashamed to learn it.”
Someone asked a very difficult question to Hazrat Ali (R.A) as an effort to confuse him. He replied to the person:
“Ask in order to understand, and do not ask in order to find fault, for surely the ignorant man who wants to learn resembles a man of knowledge, and surely a man of knowledge who wants to be difficult resembles an ignorant man who wants to find fault.”