The first and most crucial obligation upon a Muslim is to acquire knowledge. Why?
Because correct knowledge must come before correct action.
The opposite is also true: that partial or false knowledge could, and does, lead to wrong or disastrous conduct. It is impossible for a Muslim to live according to the requirements of Islam and at the same time live in a state of ignorance and barbarity.
Our attitude, as Muslims, to knowledge is an important part of our worldview. How well we understand and fulfill our role as human beings will depend on the type of knowledge we acquire, the sources we depend on and the ways in which we gain knowledge, and the purposes for which we use our knowledge.
Knowledge is connected in Islam with worship. The acquiring of knowledge is worship. Reading the Qur‘an and pondering upon it is worship. Travelling to gain knowledge is worship.
The practice of knowledge is connected with ethics and morality – with promoting virtue and opposing vice, enjoining right and forbidding wrong. Knowledge is to be pursued and practiced with modesty and humility and leads to beauty and dignity, freedom and justice.
The main purpose of acquiring knowledge is to bring us closer to Allah. It is not simply for the gratification of the mind or the senses. It is not knowledge for its own sake or science for its own sake. Knowledge accordingly must be linked with values and goals.
One of the purposes of acquiring knowledge is to gain the good of this world, not to destroy it through wastage, arrogance, and shamelessness in the reckless pursuit of higher standards of material enjoyment.
Another purpose of knowledge is to spread freedom and dignity, truth and justice. It is not to gain power and dominance for its own sake.
The Qur’an is our most important link with reality. A Muslim must therefore acquire knowledge of the Qur’an and its essential guidance. A Muslim needs to have a knowledge of the sunnah of the sacred Prophet Muhammad [saw].
This is because his sunnah is the practical method or path for implementing Islam. The Sunnah includes what the noble Prophet [saw] said, what he did and what he agreed to. From the Qur’an and the Sunnah, Muslims need to have a knowledge of the shari’ah or the Islamic Moral and Legal System which regulates man’s actions.
A Muslim needs to know the purposes of the shari’ah and how it categorizes life’s transactions, that is, what is lawful (halal)and what is unlawful (haram) and the principles and values that govern each.
Islamic knowledge is the only authentic way to come nearer and closer to the Creator. It informs us of Him, of His attributes, of how He rules over the cosmos and history, of how He relates Himself to us, and how we should relate to Him, to ourselves and to our fellowmen, and to every other being. It is also important to remember that the search for knowledge is a life-long process and does not end with the receiving of a certificate.
For this divine knowledge, Pakistan Parenting has translated Mawlana Feizel Chothia‘s Books My Faith Islam in Urdu, with his consent, for East Asian Children and Parents.
You can download the first lesson of level 1 which is appropriate for Age 7 and above.
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