Dr. Silvio Sergio Scatolini Apostolo
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The intellectual quest is exquisite like pearls and coral,
But it is not the same as the spiritual quest.
The spiritual quest is on another level altogether,
Spiritual wine has a subtler taste.
The intellect and the senses investigate cause and effect.
The spiritual seeker surrenders to the wonder.
I have done studies in the following disciplines:
C-TEFLA, Cambridge Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. Barnet College, London, UK
Enige Kandidatuur, Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
ALO, Academic Teacher Training Programme. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
MA, Educational Sciences. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
BA/STB, Theology. Missionary Institute London, UK, per affiliationem: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
MA/STL, Theology. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
PhD/STD, Theology. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course, Caribbean Studies. KITLV, Leiden, the Netherlands
Postgraduate course, Experto profesional en cultura, religion y civilizacion islamicas. UNED, Spain
Masters after Masters, Advanced Linguistics. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
MA in Arabic Language and Literature, Univ. Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Qor’anic Exegesis. Universidad Autónoma de Ciencias Islámicas, Argentina
SOME UPLIFTING SAYINGS ATTRIBUTED TO IMAM ALI, THE FOURTH CALIPH
„The man of knowledge is the one who recognizes that what is known is very little compared to what is not known, and as a result he considers himself ignorant, and accordingly he increases his efforts to know more by going out in search of knowledge.“
„The intellect is better than desire, for the intellect makes you a king over your destiny, and desire makes you a slave of your destiny.“
„The intellect is a natural disposition which learns from experience.“
„The intellect is what arrives at what is correct through reasoning, and recognizes what has not yet happened through what has already taken place. Use your intellect to understand something when you hear about the intellect that examines, that is, and not just the intellect that repeats what it hears, for surely there are many who repeat the knowledge that they hear, and there are few who examine it.“
„Surely hearts have desires, and they turn towards, and they turn away … so approach them by means of what they desire and what they turn towards, for surely if the heart is forced to do something against its will, it goes blind.“
„I advise you, and all my children, my relatives, and whosoever receives this message, to be conscious of Allah, to remove your differences, and to strengthen your ties. I heard your grandfather, peace be upon him, say: ‚Reconciliation of your differences is more worthy than all prayers and all fasting‘.“
Currently, I am:
– the instructor of Islamic Religious Education at Group T, Leuven International College (www.groupt.be)
– the General Secretary of IMSAL (www.imsal.be)
– the Spanish translator of Abdullah Saeed’s book: „interpreting the Qur’an. Towards a contemporary approach“ (to be published in 2009 in Spain)
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