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Rewards of knowledge in Islam



[ February 19, 2016 ]
Knowledge brings greatest reward to mankind. The one who points the way to something good is like the one who does it. When the knowledgeable person dies, his/her reward with the Almighty Allah does not cease when he/she dies, rather it continues to increase so long as people benefit from his knowledge.



The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: "When a man dies, all his deeds come to an end except for three — an ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge or a righteous child who will pray for him." (Muslim). On other side, a person without knowledge is like someone walking along a track in complete darkness. Most likely his/her steps will wander aside and Satan can easily deceive him. This shows that our greatest danger lies in our ignorance of Islamic teachings in the first place and in our unawareness of what the glorious Quran teaches and what guidance has been given by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). On the other hand, if we are blessed with the light of knowledge we will be able to see plainly the clear path of Islam at every step of our lives. We shall also be able to identify and avoid the dangerous paths of disbelief, Shirk (associating with Allah) and immorality, which may cross it . whenever a false guide meets us on the way, a few words with him will quickly establish that he/she is not a guide who should be followed. Knowledge is pursued and practiced with modesty and humility and leads to dignity, freedom and justice. Islam calls us to learn all kinds of beneficial knowledge. Branches of knowledge vary in status, the highest of which is knowledge of Sharee"ah (Islamic Law), then other fields of knowledge. This is the knowledge (Sharee"ah) with which the Allah honoured his great messenger the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The main purpose of acquiring knowledge is to bring us closer to our creator-the Almighty Allah. It is not simply for the gratification of the mind or the senses. It is not knowledge for the sake of knowledge. 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 in the reckless pursuit of higher standards of material comfort. According to Quranic perspective, knowledge is a prerequisite for the creation of a just world in which authentic peace can prevail. In the case of country’s disorder or war the Quran emphasizes the importance of the pursuit of learning, Allah says (what means): "Nor should the believers all go forth together: if a contingent from every expedition remained behind, they could devote themselves to studies in religion, and admonish the people when they return to them - that thus they (may learn) to guard themselves (against evil)." [Quran, 19:122]. Islam calls us to learn all kinds of beneficial knowledge. Branches of knowledge vary in status, the highest of which is knowledge of Sharee"ah (Islamic Law), then other fields of knowledge. This is the knowledge (Sharee"ah) with which the Allah honoured his great messenger the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He taught it to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) so that he might teach it to mankind and we have to understand the importance of knowledge in the same context. One can safely say that a human being is not in the proper sense till he/she is educated.