Category Archives: Acquiring Knowledge

Allah’s Knowledge VS The Creation’s Knowledge (Part 2)

Since knowledge is a common attribute of Allah and the Creation, how do we establish Tawheed with regards to it?

To establish Tawheed, we have to single Allah out in that attribute and negate it from others. But since knowledge is a common attribute of Allah and the Creation, we have to attribute Perfect complete knowledge to Allah and attribute deficient knowledge to the creation. We need to compare the knowledge of the creation to the knowledge of Allah in order to know how to make Tawheed.

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Allah’s Knowledge VS the creation’s knowledge (Part 1)

Allah’s Name العليم   implies the attribute of العلم   (Knowledge). Allah is attributed with having knowledge, and the creation also has knowledge. How can we single Allah out with this attribute?

Affirmation: 

  • We affirm perfect and comprehensive knowledge to Allah 
  • We affirm deficient knowledge to the creation

Negation: 

  • We negate any deficiency in the knowledge of Allah (ignorance, forgetfulness, etc.)

Allah affirmed perfect comprehensive knowledge to Himself in many verses in the Qur’an, for example: Read the rest of this entry

A True Monotheist is always Seeking Knowledge about his Lord

In Surat at-Talaq [65:12], Allah says:

“It is Allah Who has created seven heavens, and of the earth the like thereof (i.e. seven). His Command descends between them (heavens and earth), that you may know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah surrounds (comprehends) all things in (His) Knowledge.”

Allah created the heavens and earth and sent down His Command for the purpose of Tawheed; for the creation to know their Lord.

And in Surat adh-Dhariyat [51:56], Allah says:

“And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except that they should worship Me (Alone).”

These two verses in the Qur’an tell us that if we know Allah, we will worship Him; and when we worship Him we will be fulfilling our purpose on earth. Read the rest of this entry

The Importance of Seeking Knowledge (From Surat Al-Fatiha)

The Shaytan knows about the importance of knowledge very well, which is why he makes it very heavy on the heart of the believer. The Shaytan prefers a person to be an عابد (worshipper), not an عالم (knowledgeable person). 

If knowledge is not purely sought for the sake of Allah, it will not benefit the person. Surah Al-Fatihah, which we recite in our prayers, teaches us the importance of seeking knowledge.

The Prophet ﷺ said,

“Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim…” [Ibn Majah]

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The Importance of Seeking Knowledge (From Surat Al-Fatiha)

Surat Al-Fatihah, which we recite everyday in our prayer, teaches us that seeking knowledge is an obligation.

How can you praise Allah, saying “الحمد لله الرب العالمين”, without knowing Him and His Perfect Attributes? You need to know Allah in order for the praise to truthfully come out of your tongue.

How can you say الرحمن الرحيم while you do not know the different aspects of the Mercy of Allah? Many people do not know the difference between الرحمن and الرحيم.

When we say ‘مالك يوم الدين’, we should know Allah’s Name Al Malik and the Day of Judgement in detail.

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The Importance of Seeking Knowledge (From Surat Al-Fatiha)

It is very important to purify our intentions, especially before attending an assembly of acquiring knowledge. Seeking knowledge is one of the most beloved deeds to Allah.
The Prophet ﷺ said: 

“Allah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.” [Muslim] 

If everyone understood the meaning of Al-Fatihah, which Allah opened the Qur’an – His Speech – with, and which He commanded us to recite in our obligatory prayers, they would know the importance of acquiring knowledge.

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The Description of the Seeker of Knowledge

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Muhammad Ibn AbdulWahhab رحمه الله began his book Al Qawaa’id Al-Arba’a with the following Du’aa’ and Sheikh Salih Al Fawzan explained it. From it, we can deduce the description of the student of knowledge:

“I ask Allah, the Most Generous, Lord of the great Throne to take care of (protect) you in this world and the hereafter. And (I ask Allah) to make you blessed wherever you are. And (I ask Allah) to make you of those who are grateful when provided, patient when tested, and of those who repent when they fall into a sin, for these three issues are the core of happiness.”

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The Importance of Seeking Knowledge (From Surat Al-Fatiha)

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Verse 5:

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

“You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).” 

This verse calls the believers to acquire knowledge in many matters:

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