Category Archives: Acquiring Knowledge

Means which will aid a person in Seeking Knowledge (Part 3)

The Prophet said:

من يرد الله به خيرا يفقه في الدين

If Allaah wills good for a person He bestows comprehension of the Religion upon him.” [Agreed Upon]

Religious knowledge has many merits. In order to attain these merits, we have to follow the correct means of acquiring knowledge. In his book “The Book of Knowledge – “كتاب العلم“, Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) mentioned some means which will help the student of knowledge in his seeking knowledge.

3- Memorization (Al-Hifdhالحفظ )

It is required for the student of knowledge to be keen on studying and learning accurately, either by memorizing the knowledge by heart or by writing it down. This is due to the forgetful nature of the human being. If one does not take care of reviewing and memorizing the knowledge, it will be lost and forgotten. Read the rest of this entry

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Means which will aid a person in Seeking Knowledge (Part 2)

All the Scholars are in consensus in regards: there is nothing better than acquiring knowledge to come close to Allaah. It is أجل العبادات Ajal Ebadah (The loftiest act of worship).

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet ﷺ  said: 

مَنْ جَاءَ مَسْجِدِي هَذَا لَمْ يَأْتِهِ إِلاَّ لِخَيْرٍ يَتَعَلَّمُهُ أَوْ يُعَلِّمُهُ فَهُوَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ الْمُجَاهِدِ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَمَنْ جَاءَ لِغَيْرِ ذَلِكَ فَهُوَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ الرَّجُلِ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى مَتَاعِ غَيْرِهِ 

Whoever comes to this mosque of mine, and only comes for a good purpose, such as to learn or to teach, his status is like that of one who fights in Jihaad in the Cause of Allaah. Whoever comes for any other purpose, his status is that of a man who is keeping an eye on other people’s property. [Ibn Maajah]

This Hadeeth emphasizes the importance of knowledge. It is of the same level as Jihaad in the Way of Allaah, as Allaah says in Surat at-Tawbah [9:122]:

“And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihaad) all together. Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil).”

In our previous post, we mentioned the first means – Taqwa, which will aid a person in seeking knowledge.

In this post, we present the second means which will aid a person in seeking knowledge:  Read the rest of this entry

Means which will aid a person in Seeking Knowledge

Acquiring knowledge is one of the noblest acts of worship with which one can draw nearer to Allaah. Allaah made knowledge a counterpart to Jihaad in Surat at-Tawbah [9:122]:

“And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihaad) all together. Of every troop of them, a party only (i.e. some of them) should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may receive instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil).”

The Prophet said:

من يرد الله به خيرًا يفقه في الدين

If Allaah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the Religion (I.e. understand the Qur’an and Sunnah.” [Al-Bukhaari]

So if you see that Allaah (Ta’ala) has opened the gates of understanding the Religion for you, then receive the glad tidings that Allaah wants good for you. This is a blessing from Allaah for certain people whom He chooses; not just for anyone. Read the rest of this entry

The legacy of the Scholars

The Prophet ﷺ said: 

 وَمَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ بِهِ طَرِيقًا إلَى الْجَنَّةِ

 “Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, then Allaah will make easy for him a path to Paradise.

This either means that Allaah will guide him to perform righteous deeds that will lead him to Paradise or that Allaah will enter him into Paradise without any trouble or difficulty.

وَإِنَّ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ لَتَضَعُ أَجْنِحَتَهَا رِضًا لِطَالِبِ الْعِلْمِ

And indeed the Angels lower their wings in approval for the one seeking knowledge.

The Angels either truly lower their wings expressing their appreciation for what the seeker of knowledge is doing, or they stop flying and sit to listen to the knowledge.

وَإِنَّ الْعَالِمَ لَيَسْتَغْفِرُ لَهُ مَنْ فِي السَّمَوَاتِ وَمَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ حَتَّى الْحِيتَانُ فِي الْمَاء

Indeed forgiveness is sought for the knowledgeable one by whomever is in the heavens and whomever is in the earth, even the fish in the waters.”

We cannot enumerate the number of creatures in the heavens and the earth, and yet all of them – the ones we know and the ones we do not know, the ones we see and the ones we do not see, the ones in the heavens and the ones on the earth and the ones in the depths of the sea and in the air and on other planets – all seek Allaah’s forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge. This is an honor for the knowledgeable person.

وَفَضْلُ الْعَالِمِ عَلَى الْعَابِدِ كَفَضْلِ الْقَمَرِ عَلَى سَائِرِ الْكَوَاكِبِ

“And superiority of the scholar over the worshiper is like the superiority of the moon over the rest of the celestial bodies.”

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The Importance of learning the Names of Allaah

عن النووي وَقَالَ الشَّافِعِيُّ رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ طَلَبُ الْعِلْمِ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ صَلَاةِ النَّافِلَةِ وَقَالَ لَيْسَ بَعْدَ الْفَرَائِضِ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ طَلَبِ الْعِلْمِ وَقَالَ مَنْ أَرَادَ الدُّنْيَا فَعَلَيْهِ بِالْعِلْمِ وَمَنْ أَرَادَ الْآخِرَةَ فَعَلَيْهِ بِالْعِلْمِ

An-Nawawi reported: Ash-Shafi’ee, (رحمه الله) said: “Seeking knowledge is better than voluntary prayers.” And he said: “Nothing after the obligations is better than seeking knowledge.” And he said: “Whoever desires the world should seek knowledge, and whoever desires the Hereafter should seek knowledge.” [Majmu’ Sharh Al-Muhadhab 1/42]

We ought to live in the Dunya by living for the Hereafter. And the best thing we should spend our lives and time in doing is acquiring knowledge. Acquiring knowledge is the most virtuous deed after the obligatory acts of worship.

One of the most important عبادات [Ibaadaat (acts of worship)] one should spend his life and time in, is acquiring knowledge. And the noblest, most important knowledge that one should seek is knowledge about Allaah: Read the rest of this entry

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