thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Weekly Hadith – Obligation of Knowledge;
Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) says in His Perfect Word, “...ask those who possess the Message (i.e. Ahl adh Dhikr) if you do not know”
[Surah an-Nahl, 16:43, and Surah al-Anbiyah 21:7]
Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said, "If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and (even) the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave (no monetary inheritance), they leave only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion
[Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1631]
Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim (man and woman), and this has been confirmed by the Prophet (SAW) in a hadith in Al-Tirmidhi (74). Yet for many of us, the Friday Khutbah is the primary, and in a number of cases, the extent of Islamic knowledge that we will endeavour to gain within our week.
We may not realise and appreciate it, but living in the UK we have access to some of the most highly respected and sophisticated sources of knowledge that the West has to offer, in the form of learned scholars, literature and various Islamic Educational organisations. However, how many of us can honestly say that we are availing what Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) has made accessible to us? Surely not many.
It is reported that the pious men of the past would travel on foot for months on end to far and distant lands, just to learn a single authentic hadith from a Raavi (narrator) who may have been present there. With the emergence of the internet, channels of communication and the printing press, there is no doubt that we have far more access to readily available sources of knowledge than the great leaders of our Deen from the past. However, while we are unlikely to be able to emulate their achievements, we should still all make a concerted effort inn sha Allah to dedicate time towards attaining what is the real and eternally beneficial knowledge, i.e, the knowledge of our Deen. This could be by reading a good book, regularly attending a good Islamic Circle/Halaqah, or by seeking the company of Ahl adh Dhikr as mentioned in the ayah above. Hence we would be fulfilling our obligation as Muslims, and will most certainly feel more content within our actions and lives.
May Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) inspire us to attain knowledge of His Rightly Guided Path, allow us to implement it upon ourselves in this life, and thus ease our plights on the Promised Day, when ignorance will undoubtedly not be an excuse.
Pearls of Wisdom – Celebration of Knowledge;
One of the noble things about knowledge is that he who is given a portion of it, no matter how small, rejoices while he who is deprived of it grieves.”
[Imam Shaf'i (rahimAllah)]
Q. Is it permissible for people with little knowledge of Islam to give Da'wah to non-muslims?
Praise be to Allaah.
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,
There is nothing at all wrong with conveying what you know of the religion of Allaah to non-Muslims, as long as you are certain that it is correct, such as the basics that you mention, like the five pillars of Islam or the pillars of eemaan (faith). Indeed, this is probably obligatory upon you, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining al-ma’roof (i.e., Islamic monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding al-munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful.”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:104]
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Convey from me, even an aayah.” [Reported by al-Bukhaari]
Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: He said in the hadeeth, “even an aayah”, meaning one aayah, as if he was saying that every listener should hasten to convey whatever aayaat he heard, even if it is only a few. Some of the Sahaabah set out to call their tribes to Islam when they had only a little knowledge that they had gained during the brief time they had sat with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). But even though their knowledge was so little, it was correct and was blessed, and because of their sincerity, Allaah benefited others through it.
Al-Tufayl ibn ‘Umar went from Makkah to his people Daws with the limited amount of knowledge that he had, then he came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in Madeenah accompanied by eighty families of Daws, all of whom had become Muslim, and among whom was Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him).
Know that some non-Muslims may become Muslim for the slightest reason and by hearing the briefest word said to them. Do not think that the knowledge you have is too little for the purposes of conveying the Message.
“… invite them to your Lord. Verily! You indeed are on the (true) straight guidance.”
And Allaah (SWT) knows best.
Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Start Educating Yourself; Attend a Course/Lecture....;
Following on from the aayah and hadeeth above, we should all make a commitment from this week on to reflect on whether we are really doing enough to educate ourselves regarding our Deen. There are a number of courses which are available which will be beneficial to all of us and our families, regardless of our persuasions in terms of madhabs (Schools of Thought) etc. ; inn shaa Allah we should pick at least one in the coming weeks and attend.
Many of the Scholars involved in these courses/lectures are highly knowledgeable masha'Allah, and significantly sought after, hence it will undoubtedly be beneficial to learn from them while they are visiting the UK.
Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Knowledge:
رَّبِّ زِدْنِىْ عِلْمً
'Rabbi dhidni ilma'
‘O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge' [20:114]