Learning to Survive

A derived lesson I find compelled to share:

Seeking knowledge is an obligation. Many people apply this to seeking worldly knowledge, but the hadith in which this is mentioned refers to the religious knowledge.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 74

Man of our youth go to college, learn philosophy and lose their Iman. Most likely this is because their knowledge in Islam is weak. We focus a lot on our children acquiring worldly knowledge and skimp when it comes to religious knowledge, thinking it to be secondary in importance.

You are putting your iman at risk when you don’t seek knowledge in your deen, because Shaytaan is putting in overtime in his job. There are so many propagandas out there and it is easy to be confused when our grounding in religious knowledge is not solid. Religious knowledge that is meant here is true knowledge, which is comprehensive and reflective of the manifestations of that knowledge in a person’s behavior. It should include manner of dealing with others, true understanding of the religion, the Quran, and not a superficial understanding that is often-time considered ‘religious knowledge’. And of course, seeking knowledge is a life time pursuit. You are never ‘done’.

This quote of Sr. Taimiyah really struck me:-

If learning worldly knowledge is important to survive in dunya, then isn’t learning religious knowledge important to survive in the akhirah?

May Allah guide us and keep us on His guidance till the very end. Ameen!

[Taken from Sr. Taimiyah’s tafseer of Surah Aali Imran]


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