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 KNOWLEDGE: The Key to Success

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PostSubject: KNOWLEDGE: The Key to Success   Mon 24 Aug - 14:12

KNOWLEDGE: The Key to Success

By Sr. Sumayyah bint Joan

Al-Jumuah Magazine


The adage that ignorance is bliss could not be farther from the truth
when seriously put into practical application. Throughout the annals of
time, what great accomplishments has ignorance made? What great empires
and what marvels of science and technology now bear witness to
ignorance's strength and power? That's right, none. Nothing of true
worth is achieved without wisdom and knowledge.

It was with supreme knowledge that Allah, , laid the foundations of the heavens and the earth. It was with wisdom, knowledge and understanding that Soleiman
ruled the greatest empire the world has ever known. Our own Prophet,
Mohammad (SAW) told us that acquiring knowledge was a duty placed on
each and every Muslim. But the knowledge of what and who, remains the
question.

Many of us have used the above saying of the Prophet (SAW), to justify
dealing in riba (interest), in order to send our sons and daughters to
the finest universities to become doctors, lawyers and engineers. We
use it to justify sending our children to private schools, because they
supposedly have higher academic standing and prestige than Muslim
schools. We say we are doing it, because the Prophet (SAW) said to get
knowledge, but is this the knowledge he was speaking about?

It is narrated by Abu Musa that the Prophet (SAW) said, "The example of
guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant
rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed
rain-water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And)
another portion of it was hard and held the rain- water and Allah
benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, (making
their animals drink from it) and to irrigate the land for cultivation.
(And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor
bring forth vegetation (then the land was of no benefit). The first is
the example of the person who comprehends Allah's Religion and gets
benefit from the knowledge which Allah has revealed through me and
learns and then teaches it to others. The (last example is that of a)
person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's Guidance
revealed through me (He is like the barren land.)" (Bukhari).

Through the above narration, the Prophet (SAW) is telling us of the
superiority of religious knowledge. This is the knowledge that we
should give priority to. All other knowledge will not be of benefit if
we do not have this one. First and foremost, comes the knowledge of
Allah. Knowing His names and His attributes. Knowing what is expected
of us in regard to our servitude to Him, and what mutual rights exist
between us.

Secondly, we should strive to know Allah's Book, the Qur'an. We should
learn to read it in Arabic, if we don't already know how to do so. We
should also be trying to memorize as much of it as possible, and
stressing the importance of both of these things to our children.
Reading the Qur'an should be something commonplace in every Muslim
home, and is an activity that the whole family can, and should
participate in.

Thirdly, we should know about the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhe
wa sallam, and his companions. It's by reading their stories that we
learn of their bravery, love for the Deen and their complete devotion
to Allah. It's by knowing them that we grow to love them, and through
loving them, we strive to become more and more like them. This is
especially true, when most children nowadays want to be like Mike
(Michael Jordan) or Janet Jackson or some other celebrity. They want to
emulate these people, because they know so much about them. It then
becomes increasingly important for us Muslims to introduce our children
to our heroes. Who were braver in battle than Umar and Hamza; who was
more wise and gentle than Abu Bakr (RAA); and which women were more
graceful and honourable than the wives of the Prophet were?

Yes, in these times of increasing technology and information
superhighways, it is important to obtain secular knowledge. Also, as a
nation, we do need doctors, lawyers and engineers. But we need people
who are knowledgeable of their religion first and foremost. What good
will it do us to have a nation of professional people who do not know
how to make the salah, or to calculate the zakat, or how to perform
Haj?

Ignorance is not bliss. Through it runs the deviant courses of
innovation, shirk, disunity and hatred. Knowledge is the key to our
success. It give us the power to govern ourselves, our households, and
ultimately our communities. A nation, which forgets why it was founded,
who it serves and what its responsibilities are, by embracing
ignorance, is a nation destined to fail.


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PostSubject: Re: KNOWLEDGE: The Key to Success   Mon 24 Aug - 18:02

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in these times of increasing technology and information superhighways, it is important to obtain secular knowledge. Also, as a nation, we do need doctors, lawyers and engineers. But we need people who are knowledgeable of their religion first and foremost. What good will it do us to have a nation of professional people who do not know how to make the salah, or to calculate the zakat, or how to perform Haj
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PostSubject: Re: KNOWLEDGE: The Key to Success   Tue 25 Aug - 0:51

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Many of us have used the above saying of the Prophet (SAW), to justify
dealing in riba (interest), in order to send our sons and daughters to
the finest universities to become doctors, lawyers and engineers. We
use it to justify sending our children to private schools, because they
supposedly have higher academic standing and prestige than Muslim
schools. We say we are doing it, because the Prophet (SAW) said to get
knowledge, but is this the knowledge he was speaking about?

Unfortunately, no


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