Assalamualaikum wonderful peeps,
I hope and pray you are all in the best of health and Imaan (and if your’e not then I make dua that Allah makes it easy for you, eases your affairs and rewards you for your patience and for being forbearing, Ameen). I’m really starting to dig introductions like this, I feel like I have a connection with you guys even though none of you comment or engage 😦 . Anyways today’s topic is based on Knowledge (nothing about it in specific, just a general post but I will probably get passionate at one point and just waffle so I do apologise in advance, anyways I’m going to stop waffling and get straight into it, enjoy 🙂 and I hope you benefit from this).
So let me begin with a quote:
“All humans are dead except those who have knowledge; and all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds; and those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere; and those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.”
Imam Shafi’i (rahimullah)
I really like this saying from Imam Shafi as it shows not only the importance of having knowledge but also acting upon it with sincerity for the sake of Allah. Seeking knowledge is the easiest out of the three things to do as it is just like going to school, college or university where you go to learn and seek knowledge.
The biggest difference between studying at college/university and Islam is that Islam is a way of life and a template on how we should be living our lives whereas academics will either be just stored in our brain or used in a job! Academics won’t teach us how to live our lives, that is why there is no need to act upon it and there is no need to be sincere whilst studying it.
We can fill our brains with Islam but it’s useless without action, it’s like having a bookshelf full of books but never reading a single one of them, you don’t benefit from it, you don’t reap the rewards from it. Islam is the religion which rewards you for sleeping, eating, working (when you make the intention of being rewarded for it as you are doing it for Allah) – my point is don’t miss out man, act upon what you learn and do it sincerely for the sake of Allah! I know it is easy to say this but putting it into action is much harder but that is where the most blessings lie, it might be a lot of effort and challenging but it isn’t impossible.
“There is no worse calamity for knowledge and its people than when outsiders intrude. They are ignorant, but presume to know. They cause trouble yet think that they are helping.”
Imam Ibn Hazm Rahimahullah
This is probably something that bugs me a lot, when people haven’t studied Islam (or have only studied a small amount) start to preach and class themselves to be knowledgeable and think they can start handing out fatwas! I have seen people who have studied for so many years and have dedicated so many years studying still calling themselves students of knowledge and worried about giving any fatwa at all. It’s difficult man, it is hard to trust people without seeing their credibility.
I know sometimes people are just questioning but honestly it sounds like they are saying the scholar is wrong or trying to prove them wrong. I am aware of the Hadith which mentions a long the lines of ‘There is no shyness in religion’ but there is an etiquette to asking as well, sometimes the questioner comes across arrogant, if your’e worried about the way you are asking just clarify it is a question and that you genuinely want to know the answer or send the question as an email or text or some other way.
We should leave it to the scholars if we know we do not have the knowledge, don’t try and answer the question, just say “I don’t know” (which is also part of knowledge) and refer them to someone you know has the knowledge, your status isn’t going to be lowered if you say you don’t know and you won’t lose anything (tbh I don’t know why people think it’s a necessity to know everything).
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “The Messenger of Allah said: “…Whoever follows a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather in one of houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and teaching it to one another, but the angels will surround them, tranquility will descend upon them, mercy will envelop them and Allah will mention them to those who are with Him. And whoever is hindered because of his bad deeds, his lineage will be of no avail to him.”
(Sunan Ibn e Majah, Book of Sunnah, Hadith no 225, Classified as Sahih By Allama Albani)
So why has knowledge been given such a high status, why are students of knowledge so important, what is so special about both? Knowledge allows a person to grow intellectually but at the same time allows them to deffrenciate between right and wrong over a period of time (which majority of being able to deffrenciate comes from doing ones own research and questioning and not just following like blind sheep).
A person with knowledge will be know what to do when put in a situation because they would have been taught how to think, they will know many rulings and will be able to apply them in their daily life. They will be able to set the right example by following the guidelines and be a good role model. They will be able to pass on their knowledge and benefit a vast amount of people.
Knowledge is a sacred thing, not everyone is given it and not everyone can fulfil its rights. Allah chooses who he wants to grant knowledge to and those are the most blessed people because Allah has chosen them to learn his religion so they can grow close to him and be close to his Prophets and the pious people. He has chosen them to be the leaders of the next generation. (And if you don’t know if you are one of those chosen few pray to Allah sincerely because only Dua changes destiny!)
Jazakallah khair for your precious time, I hope you benefitted and didn’t get bored or annoyed by my rambling inshallah. Anything good I have said has come from Allah and anything wrong is from my own shortcomings, please forgive me and may Allah forgive my sins and my shortcomings (Ameen). I hope and pray you have a blessed day/week/month/year/life/afterlife (Ameen). May Allah allow us to be from the ones chosen to seek knowledge and may he allow us to act upon on it all with sincerity and may he allow it to be a way to gain closeness to him and a means to forgive our sins/shortcomings and elevate our status. Ameen.