I begin in the name of God, the Most Loving, the Wise, the one who deserves all praise. And we ask that He send the best benedictions upon His beloved, prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. In writing this, I intend, only after seeking the pleasure of Allah, to inspire and serve others:
In the past two posts, this post, and the next two posts, will be a means of laying a foundation for the female student of sacred knowledge. We’ve gone over the obligation of seeking knowledge, what knowledge is obligatory; today we’ll cover some of the merits of seeking knowledge; and the future posts will finish off this first part of our first foundation.
We will only be examining 11 of the merits of seeking knowledge and there are plenty more merits. Ultimately, our goal in doing anything, should be seeking the pleasure of Allah. But if we are honest with ourselves, sometimes we feel lazy or we lose our motivation and we just need a little push in the right direction. These 11 merits are aimed at giving that little push.
Without further adieu:
1.} We’re that much closer to fulfilling our purpose, as Allah says:
I didn’t create Jinn and Mankind so that they may worship me (and know me). (51:56)
2.} We are able to fulfill our obligations:
O you who believe, fulfill all of your obligations. (5:1)
We wouldn’t be able to fulfill our obligations without first knowing what is obligatory.
3.} We are able to avoid the prohibitions, as the prophet, peace and blessings upon him, said:
Avoid that which I forbid you to do and do that which I command you to do to the best of your capacity. Verily the people before you were destroyed only because of their excessive questioning and their disagreement with their Prophets. (Sahih Bukhari: Hadith # )
We wouldn’t be able to avoid that which is prohibited without first knowing what is prohibited.
4.} We are able to develop a more intimate relationship with Allah:
And those who believe are overflowing in their love of Allah. (2:165)
5.} We are receiving the inheritence of the prophet Muhammad, may the best benedictions be upon him:
Scholars are heirs to the Prophets. Prophets bequeath not Dinar nor Dirham, but they bequeath knowledge… (Sunan at-Tirmidhi: Hadith #2606)
6.} Seeking knowledge is a means of Allah raising your rank:
Allah will raise the status of those who believe among you and who are given knowledge by degrees. (58:11)
7.} When we are seeking knowledge, we are on an active path to Jannah:
Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah makes easy for him a path to Paradise. (Sahih Muslim: Hadith #2699)
8.} Seeking knowledge is a sign that Allah intends good for you:
If Allah intends good for someone, He bestows understanding of the religion. (Sahih Bukhari: Hadith #71)
9.} Beneficial knowledge is one of the few good deeds that remain after we pass away:
When the human being dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him. (Sahih Muslim: Hadith #1631)
10.} You get to share it with others, and Allah says:
By Allah, were Allah to guide a single man through you would be better for you than a herd of red camels. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Hadith #3661)
11.} And on a final note;
Imam Ghazali said: “Knowledge brings to fruition a state, and the state brings to fruition a station. Meaning that if we want to reach a particular state such as zuhd or taqwa, we must change the state we are in within ourselves (ie, how they see and do things) – and we can only do that, if we take the first step, which is to begin by seeking knowledge.
To conclude, it is important to note, as we see in this list, seeking knowledge rewards us in ways that exceeds the confines of this dunya. Seeking knowledge is the first step in achieving any real kind of success. Knowing Allah and loving Him; knowing the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and loving him; being able to align yourself with the commands of Allah and His beloved; and being of benefit to those around us.
May Allah give us success in all the good we seek to accomplish and make it easy for us.
Sacred Student Aspirations team