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March 09, 2009

Knowledge for the sake of your Lord

Writing about web page http://www.bt.com.bn/en/files/digital/%5CIslamia%5CIssue36/SP09Mar.2.pdf

Just something that I found quite thought provoking:

Nowhere but in Islam is the seeking of knowledge given the loftiest status when it is done on the intention of pleasing Allah the Almighty. Numerous sayings of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, point at how the toil at Islamic knowledge bears fruit not only here but also in the Hereafter. The angels, the dwellers of the heavens and the earth, even the fish show their support for the seeker of knowledge. “Whoever treads on a path in search of Islamic knowledge, Allah will ease the way to Paradise for him. The angels will lower their wings, pleased with this seeker of knowledge, and everyone in the heavens and on earth will ask forgiveness for the knowledgeable person, even the fish in the deepest of waters will ask for his forgiveness.” (Sahih hadith of Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, and Tirmizi) “Seek knowledge, because seeking it for the sake of Allah is worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbih (glorifying Allah). Through knowledge Allah will be known and worshipped. With the knowledge Allah will elevate people and make them leaders and imams, who will in turn guide other people.” (Fatawa Ibn Taymiyyah) “It is only those who have knowledge amongst His slaves that fear Allah.” (translation of the Quran surah Al-Fatir: 28) “He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise.” (At-Tirmizi, narrated by Al-Hasan al-Basri) No excuses for reluctance to embark on the quest for knowledge, no matter how late it is for us to begin because of old age, physical frailty, etc.


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