This memo is to myself for personal consumption. You are more than welcome to question, add, or edit this memo.
Scene/course of action: orthodoxy in action and thought. learning Quran to know more about human nature, psychology, society, history and world from Traditional point of view, i.e., as per
the interpretation of Prophet, sahaba, scholars, saints. Careful use of
the superior knowledge of Quran complemented with: firstly, various
mental and spiritual abilities, methodologies & perspectives - of
tasawwuf, logic, philosophy [various branches], theology, law, social
sciences [line of action of Imam Ghazzali]; secondly, open-ended
reflection; thirdly (& simultaneously), constant back and forth
exchange of academic bullets & bombs with more knowledgeable; and above all constant prayer
to Allah to shows us the true nature of things, lest we are misguided...
And Allah knows best!
Post-Script: Most important thing that I clearly missed here was pointed out by a dear friend Dr Usama Abubakar: Eemaan. Only this produces a nur in a believer which sets him apart from the rest when it comes to analyzing and discerning things. To borrow Seyyed Hossein: "the Sword of Furqan/discernment [with which to] destroy the idols of western ideologies ..."