|Imam Zijad’s Corner: Blessings of KNOWLEDGE!
Knowledge in Islam is a life-long JOURNEY!
Those who acquire knowledge, it leads them to the greatest awareness of the Creator.
Seeking it is an act of worship (‘ibadah) and an Intellectual jihad!
Studying it is praising Allah!
Teaching it to those who do NOT know is an act of charity (sadaqah)!
Giving it to people draws one closer to them!
Knowledge points to the permissible (Halaal) and the forbidden (haram) – what we are allowed and what NOT!
It is a shining light pointing the way to paradise!
It comforts the lonely!
It befriends the estranged!
It talks to you in seclusion!
It is a guide through prosperity and adversity!
And it is the best of friends!
With knowledge, Allah raises people to high stations, making them leaders in goodness, whose steps are traced.
Their example is emulated, their opinion followed.
The angels like to sit with the people of knowledge.
Knowledge gives life to the heart in the midst of ignorance, and illumines vision in the darkness.
With knowledge, God’s servants become the elite and reach the highest degrees in this life and in the hereafter.
Contemplation with knowledge is equivalent to fasting (sawm)!
Spending time to study it is equivalent to standing at night in prayer (qiyam)!
Through it the halaal and haraam are known!
Knowledge precedes action (‘amal) and action always follows it!
The fortunate ones attain it and the miserable ones are deprived of it!
O Allah! Help us to be the fortunate ones so that we attain this blessing in our lives! We beg of you NOT to deprive us of ‘ILM!