رَّبِّ زِدْنِى عِلْمًا
“If Allah wants to favor someone, He grants him comprehension (understanding) of this religion.”
[Sahih Bukhari vol.1 # 71, Tirmidhi and Musnad Ahmad]
“It is only those who have knowledge amongst His slaves that fear Allah.”
[Soorah Al-Fatir (35): 28]
“Seek knowledge, because seeking it for the sake of Allah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh. Through knowledge Allah will be known and worshipped. With the knowledge Allah will elevate people and make them leaders and imams, who will in turn guide other people.”
[Fatawa Ibn Taymiyya vol.10, p.39]
“Whoever treads on a path in search of Islamic knowledge, Allah will ease the way to Paradise for him. The angels will lower their wings, pleased with this seeker of knowledge, and everyone in the heavens and on earth will ask forgiveness for the knowledgeable person, even the fish in the deepest of waters will ask for his forgiveness”
[Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi # 2835-sahih hadith]
“He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise .”
[Al-Tirmidhi Hadith no. 249. Narrated by Al-Hasan al-Basri]
Islam calls us to seek knowledge. The Prophet (PBUH) made seeking
knowledge an obligation upon every Muslim, and he explained that the
superiority of the one who has knowledge over the one who merely
worships is like the superiority of the moon over every other heavenly
body. He said that the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and that
the Prophets did not leave behind dinars and dirhams (i.e., money),
their inheritance was knowledge, so whoever acquires it has
gained a great share. The Prophet (PBUH) said that seeking knowledge is a
way to Paradise. He (PBUH) said:
"Whoever follows a path in the
pursuit of knowledge, Allah (SWT) will make a path to Paradise easy for
him." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, Kitaab al-'Ilm, 10)
us to learn all kinds of beneficial knowledge. Branches of knowledge
vary in status, the highest of which is knowledge of sharee'ah, then
knowledge of medicine, then the other fields of knowledge.
best of all branches of knowledge are the sciences of sharee'ah through
which man comes to know his Lord, and his Prophet and religion. This is
the knowledge with which Allah (SWT) honoured His Messenger; He taught
it to him so that he might teach it to mankind:
conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a
Messenger (Muhammad) from among themselves, reciting unto them His
Verses (the Qur'an), and purifying them (from sins by their following
him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur'an) and Al-Hikmah [the
wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet (i.e. his legal ways, statements
and acts of worship)], while before that they had been in manifest
error" [Surah Ali-Imran, Ayat 164]
There is no goodness in knowledge which is not confirmed by action, or words which are not confirmed by deeds:
"O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?
Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.
Indeed, Allah loves those who fight in His cause in a row as though they are a [single] structure joined firmly."
[Surah Al-Saff , Ayat 2-4]
brings a great reward. The one who points the way to something good is
like the one who does it. When the knowledgeable person dies, his reward
with Allah (SWT) does not cease when he dies, rather it continues to
increase so long as people benefit from his knowledge. The Prophet
"When a man dies, all his deeds come to an end
except for three -- an ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge or a
righteous son who will pray for him."
(Narrated by Muslim, 1631)
first and most crucial obligation on us is to acquire knowledge and
secondly to practice and preach this knowledge. No man becomes truly a
knowing the meaning of Islam, because he becomes a
Muslim not through birth but through knowledge. Unless we come to know
the basic and necessary teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) how can
we believe in him, have faith in him, act according to what he taught?
It is impossible for us to be a Muslim, and at the same time live in a
state of ignorance.
A person without knowledge is like someone
walking along a track in complete darkness. Most likely his steps will
wander aside and he easily can be deceived by shaytaan. This shows that
our greatest danger lies in our ignorance of Islamic
teachings and in
our unawareness of what the Qur'an teaches and what guidance has been
given by the Prophet (PBUH). But if we are blessed with the light of
we will be able to see plainly the clear path of Islam at
every step of our lives. We shall also be able to identify and avoid the
dangerous paths of Kufr, Shirk and immorality, which may cross it. And,
whenever a false guide meets us on the way, a few words with him will
quickly establish that he is not a guide who should be followed.
Knowledge is pursued and practiced with modesty and humility and leads to beauty and dignity, freedom and justice.
main purpose of acquiring knowledge is to bring us closer to God. It is
not simply for the gratification of the mind or the senses. It is not
knowledge for the sake of
knowledge or science for the value of sake. Knowledge accordingly must be linked with values and goals.
of the purposes of acquiring knowledge is to gain the good of this
world, not to destroy it through wastage, arrogance and in the reckless
pursuit of higher standards
of material comfort.