Why the change?
Previously when I was writing on this blog page of mine, I as writing articles about interesting Islamic leaders from the past as well as their biographies. Some of them tended to be viewed as controversial people. The term controversial doesn’t have to have negative connotations surrounding it. It just meant that they were individuals who people would often disagree about. I realised whilst writing those long 4k word articles that it just didn’t represent me at all. I am not someone who is born into a political family or someone who has political ambitions. I am someone who has more of an academic mind. I enjoy reading books as a hobby and learning definitely keeps my mind engaged. That’s why I don’t enjoy politics too much as politics is by nature something that moves very slowly.
My whole life I have been in education and surrounded by books. My first memories of life, aside from family and home, include me going to nursery, then primary school. After primary school I went to secondary school (like everyone else) and then sixth form and now university. My university years have been slow as I went form university to university to university trying to figure out what I want to study for the rest of my life. However, the overall point remains the same, I have always just been in learning environments. Even after school would finish growing up I would head straight to other institutions where I would study me religion. Many many people around me have all lived like this but it doesn’t mean that it’s the norm around the world.
Someone who comes from my native country Somalia would look at my life somewhat shocked as they realise how different it is to theirs. This doesn’t have to be a negative thing however as I have always felt comfortable around books and the cozy learning environments that I have studied in. Furthermore, the knowledge that I gained in my lifetime was the sort of knowledge that benefitted my life greatly. I was able to meet amazing people, have great memories and do amazing things. The books that I also read were just jaw-dropping kind of good. For someone like me who came from a background like that, it didn’t make much sense for me to write articles about political figures since I am not “one of them” in every sense of the word.
Truth be told Libraries is where I felt at home. Being surrounded by books was a strangely comforting feeling to me. Growing up a great hobby of mine was getting lost in other stories and spending hours upon hours reading something. Don’t get me wrong, I was extroverted in my school days and I loved socializing and going out but I realised that being in a quiet place reading an interesting book or academic article is when I would be most happy. Which is why I want to pursue a career in academia, so that I could spend the rest of my life reading and writing. If I mind myself working in the corporate world out of necessity (in the future) then so be it, one thing I will never do is give up my love of reading and writing. Reading and publishing works are the pride of true academics and if you have something to say and contribute then prove its importance by publishing a work about it.
As I wrote all of my previous articles on HistoryFusion, I realised how incredibly burnt out I began feeling. I started disliking the idea of writing blog posts and eventually when the summer holiday started, I took a complete break from blogging altogether. I went on a holiday and when I returned from my holiday, I realised that I needed to begin making changed. My main blog page, LibraryEx, was one that I loved as it was a blog page that represented me and one of the main interests in my life which was books and education. However, I was left with a quick question which was, how do I deal with my history blog? History was something that I was very interested in. I loved diving deep into past events as if I was there myself and coming back to the shores of reality with a new profound wisdom.
I realised that I have to make my new blog page, History Fusion, also one that represents me and my interests as well. In order to make that happen, I decided that I have to link my academic loving tendencies alongside history and therefore I decided to delete my past blog posts and begin writing new articles that represented exactly what history I was interested in. This type of history being scholars from the past. Successful scholars from the past who had great minds always interested me deeply. For one, I loved reading about how they viewed knowledge. It is a consistent theme in all of their biographies that they viewed knowledge as something more important than happiness itself. They viewed it with a indescribable awe that always made me revere knowledge itself even more.
Ibn Sina is a great example of this. I definitely disagree with his theological views that weren’t really representative of normative Islam but I admired the way that he would read a book cover to cover 40+ times before giving up on it. That taught me a great lesson in my own academic career that the next time I struggle to understand a book I will probably go back and read it over and over again until I finally understand it. Therefore I decided that LibraryEx will also become a website where I write articles about great minds from the past and explain why those people were amazing as well as the lessons that I can take from their life. The beauty of history is that we can study the successes and mistakes of the people who came before us and then apply that knowledge into our lives and avoid errors.
This is why the famous companion of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and third great scholar and Caliph of Islam, Uthman Ibn Affan (ra) said: “Acquire wisdom from the story of those who have already passed.” What else is there to gain from history? Undoubtedly there are people who read history and completely miss the point but they are the minority. For most people, they dive deep into history and discover gems of wisdom and by the time they are finished their reading they emerge as far more knowledgeable and wise. That is one of the main aims of LibraryEx, for people to come and read my blog posts and take benefit out of it. I might even cross-post some of blog posts on to my main blog page LibraryEx if it is indeed relevant to LibraryEx.
History is something that found in libraries and is apart of academia so this new series is something that I defenitely want to do. I understand that those of you who follow LibraryEx look like you are interested about book reviews as well as academic articles that I write. This new series might be something that is right up your lane now since I will be writing articles about people who were not only scholars but clearly book worms as well. I do apologize to anyone who has been following my blog pages who was waiting for a new blog post this summer. I never wrote any articles because I was busy and had somewhat of a writers block myself. From now on, my plan is to dedicate 10 hours a week minimum to my blogging life and hope that my websites grow organically. I have some really interesting content on the way so thank you all for being patient.
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