The Importance Of Knowledge


Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Aspiring to virtuous deeds is the highest goal of those who strive yet virtuous deeds vary in status and ranks. Some people consider them to mean abstaining from worldly vanities and others think they stand for dedicating oneself to worship. The truth, however, is that complete virtue is nothing but joining knowledge with action…

Beware of just having theoretical knowledge without putting it into action, for those who accompany the rulers and associate with worldly people have turned their backs to enacting their knowledge which in turn has deprived them of the blessings and benefit it can bring. Be careful of busying yourself with mere worship and no learning, as many ascetics and Soofees have gone astray due to acting without knowledge…

Those who hear your speak will benefit from your knowledge according to how much you yourself benefit from it. When a preacher does not apply his knowledge, his exhortation will flow off the hearts’ surface like water flows off a rock.” [“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.39 & 80]

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil-‘Azeez said:

“Whoever acts without knowledge, harms more than benefits.” [Musannaf of Ibn Abee Shaybah, 13/470]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Seek knowledge in a way that does not harm (you acting on) your worship, and worship in a way that does not harm (you gaining) your knowledge. Whoever acts without knowledge harms more than he benefits.” [Musannaf of Ibn Abee Shaybah, 13/499]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“A person who acts without knowledge is like someone who travels without a guide, and it is known that a person like this will more likely be destroyed than saved. In any case, even if we suppose that he would survive by agreement, his deed would never be considered as something praiseworthy. All men of intellect agree that the case is quite contrary. Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah used to say, ‘Whoever abandons te guide strays from the path, and non can be guided with other than that which the Messenger came with.‘ ” [Miftah Daar As-Sa’ada, 1/82-83]

One Response to “The Importance Of Knowledge”

  1. Salams brother, can you pleeeeease answer this comment?

    https://theauthenticbase.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/opportunities-for-sisters-to-study-the-deen-live-in-saudi-arabia/#comment-2891

    (im sorry for posting this here, but this is your latest post and you have not been on the above link for a while. Sorry for the bother. Delete this comment if you wish inshAllah…Jzak Allahu khayran katheeran)

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