Category Archives: Acquiring Knowledge

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

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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