Ramadan 2012 Prep Tip #1: Seek Knowledge… – Part 1
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
As I mentioned in this post, the first few posts of the Ramadan 2012 Prep series will focus on seeking knowledge.
Well, we were created to worship Allah alone. We’re supposed to do this in Ramadan and outside of it. Obviously, due to the virtues of Ramadan, we increase in ibaadah (worship) during it.
However, we need to worship Allah based on the correct knowledge, not our desires. So, if we want to worship Him properly, we need to get the required knowledge first.
[Later on in this series, insha-Allah, I’ll give you various examples about how correct knowledge can really improve our Ramadan.]
Which knowledge is being referred to?
As the scholars pointed out, when the word knowledge is mentioned in the Quran and the Sunnah, it refers to Islamic knowledge.
Why seek knowledge?
As I mentioned above, knowledge is sought in order to worship Allah. Due to this, it (i.e. the act of seeking knowledge) is itself an act of worship.
Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) pointed out that knowledge was sought to raise ignorance from oneself and others.
So, subhan Allah, we’re supposed to be seeking this knowledge in order to worship Allah properly, to know Him, to get closer to Him and to gain His Love.
In the survey, I asked “If you seek knowledge, then what motivates you to do that?”
From the answers, it became apparent that some people did not know the real reason for seeking this knowledge. I would divide the answers into three categories:
1) The ones who got it right, alhamdulillah
They were doing it to get closer to Allah
2) The ones who were sort of in the middle
The answers varied: reminding one about Islam, reminding one about the hereafter, to improve oneself, etc.
These answers weren’t wrong but they didn’t quite hit the target.
3) The not-so-right ones
Some of them were:
[Note: To the ones who filled out the survey, I’m not discussing the answers in order to put you down but rather so that everyone can benefit.]
– Just for the sake of seeking knowledge
Variations of this included thirst/yearning/desire for more knowledge
– To know/feel the beauty of the Quran or Islam; the sadness about not knowing about Islam
– Greater understanding in order to answer other people’s questions
– To do ijtihad on day to day issues
Now, many people might be a bit confused at this point because, on the face of it, these answers sound fine.
And they sound similar to No. 2 (the group who wasn’t wrong but wasn’t that accurate).
So, what’s the difference between No. 2 and No. 3?
And what’s wrong with the answers in No. 3?
Well, I’m going to answer that in the next part, because I want everyone to ponder over this issue.
For those who may disagree with my grouping, that’s fine. I’m not infallible. However, please wait for Part 2 so that I can explain.
[I would have asked you to post your thoughts but I’ve come to realise that 99% of you really don’t like to do that so…]
To be continued…