One Way to Attain Jannah is Acquiring Knowledge- Sunday 2nd Dec.2012
We all hope that Allaah admits us into Paradise, and going to paradise has many ways. One of the ways that one can attain paradise is by acquiring religious knowledge. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) has honoured the students of knowledge and has elevated them in high ranks in Jannah. So accordingly, we have to honour and respect these assemblies. The only condition required is that we seek knowledge sincerely and truthfully from our heart, seeking the pleasure of Allaah.
These assemblies are full of blessings, and one of the blessings is that even if a person comes for another need but just sits for a while in these gatherings he will be included in the forgiveness of sins. This is out of the Barakah of the study circles.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (radhi-Allaahu ‘anhu) from the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam), who said: Allaah (glorified and exalted be He) has supernumerary angels who rove about seeking out gatherings in which Allaah’s name is being invoked; they sit with them and fold their wings round each other, filling that which is between them and between the lowest heaven. When [the people in the gathering] depart, [the angels] ascend and rise up to heaven. He said, “Then Allaah (mighty and sublime be He) asks them—[though] He is most knowing about them, from where have you come?” And they say, “We have come from some servants of Yours on earth. They were glorifying You, exalting You, witnessing that there is no god but You, praising You, and asking [favours] of You.” He says, “And what do they ask of Me?” They say, “They ask of You Your Paradise.” He says, “And have they seen My Paradise?” They say, “No, O Lord.” He says, “And how would it be were they to have seen My Paradise!” They say, “And they ask protection of You.” He says, “From what do they ask protection of Me?” They say, “From Your Hell-fire, O Lord.” He says, “And have they seen My Hell-fire?” They say, “No.” He says, “And how would it be were they to have seen My Hell-fire!” They say, “And they ask for Your forgiveness.” The Prophet said, “Then He says, I have forgiven them and I have bestowed upon them what they have asked for, and I have granted them sanctuary from that from which they asked protection.” The Prophet said, “They say, O Lord, among them is So-and-so, a much sinning servant, who was merely passing by and sat down with them.” The Prophet said, “And He says, And to him [too] I have given forgiveness. He who sits with such people shall not suffer.”[It was related by Muslim also by al-Bukhari, at-Tirmidhi and an-Nasa’i]
The most important knowledge that one should seek is the knowledge about Allaah, His Names and Attributes. It is the knowledge which the whole religion is based on. Even the actions of the heart and limbs are dependent on the knowledge of Allaah. You will not reform your heart, or your actions unless you know who Allaah is. You will not be one of the Mukhliseen, Saabireen etc., unless you know who Allaah is by His names and attributes. If you want to be a righteous person, learn about Allaah.
Every day you have to ask yourself, Did I increase in knowledge about Allaah or not? Check your heart and ask yourself. From where can I learn about Allaah? You have no source except the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
The Qur’aan from beginning to end, is about Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). You will not be able to answer the questions in the grave, unless you make the project of your life the knowledge of Allaah. The aim you want to attain in this life is to know who your Lord is, you want to worship Him by His names and attributes. If your concern is this in your life then Allaah will guide you and keep you firm in the grave and you will say, “My Lord is Allaah.” You spent your life knowing him and seeking His pleasure. This is the person who will answer the question like this.
The Qur’aan starts with Surah Al Fatihah which comprises of these names of Allah: Allaah, Al-Malik, Ar-Rabb. The Qur’an ends with Surah An-Nas. And the same three names which Allaah started the Qur’an with ends with it. This is to tell you the whole Qur’aan is about these three mighty, great, comprehensive names: Allaah, Al-Malik, Ar-Rabb. We have no excuse to say I didn’t know who my Lord is!
Why do the three last Surahs in the Quran (Surah Al- Ikhlaas,Surah Al-Falaq,Surah An-Naas) come in the order they are in?
Surah Ikhlaas comes first, then Surah Falaq, then Nas. The Surah’s in the Qur’an are put in sequence by Allaah and His Messenger. There is a wisdom why Al-Ikhlaas came before Al-Falaq and An-Nas, although it is shorter than Al-Falaq and An-Nas.
Why? In Surah Ikhlaas Allaah is introducing himself, that He is One in His being. He is one in the uniqueness of His names and attributes. There is no one comparable to Him. He is One. Your heart should be attached to One. You are the one on earth who should be attached to The One in the heavens. He is The One who is the Self-Sufficient Master, whose attributes are perfect. He is perfect in His power, ability, wisdom, seeing, etc. He is besought for our needs and He stands in need of no one. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is telling us that He is One, As-Samad.
Then in Surah Falaq it is as if you are told you are surrounded with external evil in the creation. You are afraid of the magicians, of Hasad. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) tells you to seek the protection from Allaah, As-Samad, who is Perfect. He can protect you from all the external evil. Surah Falaq is about all kinds of evils from the creation. You have no one except As-Samad.
Then in Surah Nas it talks about the internal evil which is from Shaytaan. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) tells you He, As-Samad, can protect you from the external and internal evil. He mentioned in Surah Nas alone, three great names, in order to protect you from One evil. This is very serious. Three names used to protect you from one evil to indicate the evil of the whispers of the Shaytaan is so serious. Therefore we need to seek protection in Allaah, Ar-Rabb, Al Ilah, Al Malik.
All kinds of evils you see around you is because of the whispers of the Shaytaan. He just whispers, this is his job, and people are listening to him and doing according to that. You have no one to protect you except Allaah, As-Samad.
Three Surah’s we are repeating everyday and we don’t know the relation between them? Why do we have to say these three Surahs all the time? Why did Allaah and the Prophet command us to recite them?
For this great reason we have to know whom Allah, our Lord, is. If you know Allah is Samad, we won’t be scared.
We have to learn about Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). Our life and actions will not be reformed unless we know who Allaah is. If you see that you are not changing to a better person, then something is wrong in the knowledge you are taking. The beneficial knowledge is the knowledge which will change you to a better person.
Every day you should increase in knowledge and faith. If you read the Qur’aan every day, it is the way of keeping you firm. Allaah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) mentioned in Surah Ibrahim, the parable of the good tree.
أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاءِ
24 – See you not how Allaah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. very high).
This is the tree of faith in the heart. If you learn about Allaah from the Qur’aan this should increase you in faith. If your faith is increased, the tree of faith in your heart will be rooted firmly and the branches will extend high towards the sky.
After He set forth this parable (Surah Ibrahim: 24-26), Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) talked about firmness in verse 27,
يُثَبِّتُ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِالْقَوْلِ الثَّابِتِ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ ۖ وَيُضِلُّ اللَّهُ الظَّالِمِينَ ۚ وَيَفْعَلُ اللَّهُ مَا يَشَاءُ
27- Allaah will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allaah Alone and none else), and in the Hereafter. And Allaah will cause to go astray those who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.), and Allaah does what He wills.
If your tree of faith will be rooted firmly, you will be kept firm. Whatever storms (trials) come, it will not pluck this tree from your heart. Therefore you should increase in faith. Every time you learn, you need to ask yourself how you can apply this?.