Seeking knowledge and understanding in Islam allows us to better appreciate the world around us and be more conscious of our actions and reactions. It also helps us become more aware of our spiritual journey and strengthens our bond with Allah (SWT).
Not only should we seek knowledge, but we should also teach it. There is great reward and benefits to doing so. Let’s look at five hadith for evidence!
- Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.
Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 224, Grade: Sahih
Seeking knowledge is a responsibility of every Muslim, and it is necessary because knowledge protects us from many problems. It also has immense blessings in worldly life as well as in the Hereafter. Religious education provides answers to our questions about Allah and His rulings. This kind of knowledge brings hope, peace and joy to humankind as it casts light on the path of our lives. Islam made it binding for its followers to seek knowledge and considers negligence in seeking knowledge as a sin. Without gaining knowledge, understanding Islam entirely is not possible, and thus, it is compulsory for all Muslims to learn as much as they can about their faith.
- Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. People do not gather in the houses of Allah, reciting the book of Allah and studying it together, but that tranquillity will descend upon them, mercy will cover them, angels will surround them, and Allah will mention them to those near him.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2699, Grade: Sahih
Gathering together in groups for recitation and study can bring about a special connection between individuals and increase their understanding of the love of Allah. We should treasure this opportunity where we learn about our faith with warmth and gratitude; by embarking on this journey of knowledge, Allah is showing us the way to Paradise.
- No one leaves their house in search of knowledge, but that angels will lower their wings in approval of what he is doing.
Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 226, Grade: Sahih
Knowledge is a precious asset, and studying it should be taken seriously, as is supported by a statement in the Sunan Ibn Mājah. It teaches us that even angels approve of people who are seeking knowledge.
- When the human being dies, his deeds end except for three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1631, Grade: Sahih
Death is the ultimate reality of life, and all that comes with it ends, including our deeds. But some rewards for good actions remain perpetual even after death. An individual has the power to impart words of wisdom and advice that will remain with those who learn them long beyond when they were no longer able to offer instruction themselves, including those virtuous and pious children left behind.
- The virtue of knowledge is more beloved to me than the virtue of worship, and the best of your religion is piety.
Source: al-Ādāb lil-Bayhaqī 818, Grade: Sahih
As Muslims, we know how vital worship, especially prayer is. In this hadith, we learn that knowledge even surpasses worship. Without knowledge, how would we understand and perform worship properly?
We should take full benefit of it not only to increase our own understanding but also to teach it to others. Doing so will bring immense rewards both in this world and the hereafter.