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Passion Islam I July 2008 SPECIAL FEATURE I 25
The True Knowledge
In today’s world, we constantly find morning and learn one ayah (verse) from man whereas man has to safeguard his
ourselves asking the very same the book of Allah, it will be better than wealth.”
question, ‘What is true ‘Ilm’? What is true offering 100 rak’at nafl Salaah. And if you Allah gives wealth to his beloved and
knowledge? learn one chapter of knowledge, it will be non-beloved, but only gives knowledge
Due to our weak Imaan and our love for better than offering one thousand rak’at to his beloved. When a man dies, he
the world and its luxuries, true knowledge nafl Salaah.’ leaves all his wealth behind in the world.
does not enter our hearts. In one Hadith, it states, “An Alim enforces Whatever he has done with his wealth
The question arises ‘What is Ilm’? a much greater task upon Shaytaan than only comes to use if he spent it in the
Ilm is that asset which not only one thousand pious men.” path of Allah, he will be rewarded for it.
increases one’s knowledge and respect You may be asking yourselves why this On the other hand, if he spent it wrongly,
in his community, but it also makes his is? he will be punished for it. When a learned
heart pure and keeps it protected from The answer to this is that Shaytaan will person passes away, his knowledge goes
evils. It also teaches the heart and soul to find it relatively easier to lure pious men with him. For every Hadith a man learns,
live according to the commands of Allah away from Islam than an Alim who has his status in Paradise gets higher and
Taa’la. studied and learnt Islam.. higher.
The knowledge of Allah is the best of all Once an argument took place in Basra Always remember that no matter
knowledge and to seek this knowledge is about Ilm. Some people said that Ilm was how hard life becomes and how many
compulsory on each and every Muslim, better than wealth while others disagreed difficulties a man has to face in life, his
be they male or female. saying wealth is worth more than Ilm. Ilm is always there for him to turn to.
A Hadith states, “To seek knowledge is Eventually they asked Hazrat ibn Abbas Whereas his wealth is here today, gone
compulsory on each and every Muslim” who agreed that Ilm was worth more. tomorrow and may never return.
Abu Zar narrates that the Prophet once When he was asked why this is the May Allah give us the ability to learn true
told him that, ‘O Abu Zar, if you go in the case he replied, “Ilm is a safeguard for Ilm and accept us with this Ilm.
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