The Reward Of One Who Treads A Path In Search Of Knowledge- 29th November 2015
Narrated by Abu Hurairah: Prophet Muhammad (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allah will make the path to Jannah (Paradise) easy for them.”
This is restricted to religious knowledge.
There are two kinds of ‘treading a path to knowledge’:
1) طريق حسي – Sensual Path
Physically treading a path in order to seek knowledge. It could be by travelling from one country to another, like the companions did. If you do this, Allah will make the path to Paradise easy for you.
2) طريق معنوي – Intellectual path
The person doesn’t move with his feet, rather he treads this path through books. He may not even leave his room, yet he is considered a person treading a path in search of knowledge. He doesn’t move by feet, but by effort.
The more effort you put, the easier Allah will make it for you to reach Paradise.
This is an important intention to have.
When you seek knowledge, you’re learning Allah’s rulings; what He has commanded and prohibited. This is something noble and high in status with Allah. He is the All-Knower and loves the knowledgeable people, therefore He makes the path to Paradise easy for them.
This hadith exhorts Muslims to acquire knowledge and take all means to learn, especially if you’re young because you’re in a better situation in terms of health and time. Take advantage of your youth, your free time, your health before you are occupied.
The most noble of all actions is spending your time and effort worshipping and serving Allah and the most noble utterances are when you remember and praise Allah.
If you spend your time and life learning about Allah, then you will get the noblest reward with Allah on the Day of Judgement.
Understand the value of the knowledge you are seeking.
Allah loves to be praised by His names and attributes.
Abdullah Ibn Mas‘ood (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) said: The Messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “There is no one whom praise is more dear to than Allah, and because of that He praised Himself. In addition, there is no one whose protective jealousy is greater to than Allah’s, and because of that He forbade immoral actions.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]
Whenever you supplicate to Allah, call Him by His names and praise Him. The more you praise Allah, the more Allah will love you.
But how can you love and praise Him if you don’t know Him?
Allah tells us about Himself in the Qur’an and through the tongue of the Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), so we can know about Him.