The Reason for Seeking Knowledge

Your main intention when teaching knowledge or giving reminders should be to benefit yourself! If your main intention is to remove ignorance from others first, you will not see barakah in your teaching and you’ll also call people to things you don’t do yourself!

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The Path to Jannah

There is no easier path to Jannah than seeking knowledge. Try your best to learn about your religion (from reliable teachers).

Knowledge Does Not Equate to Guidance

Knowledge does not automatically equate to guidance! How many have amassed knowledge (information) yet haven’t improved themselves or their state?

A person needs to have the correct intentions before knowledge helps them. From these intentions is to want to seek guidance through the knowledge you are seeking.

The Importance of Seeking Knowledge

Some narrations about seeking knowledge in Islam:

The Prophet, may Allah praise him, said:

“When Allah wishes good for a person, He makes him understand the religion.” (al-Bukhari)

Abu Huraira (ra) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ طَرِيقًا إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ

(Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah makes easy for him a path to Paradise).

[Source: Sahih Muslim 2699, Grade: Sahih]

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ خَرَجَ فِي طَلَبِ الْعِلْمِ كَانَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ حَتَّى يَرْجِعَ

(Whoever goes out seeking knowledge is in the path of Allah until he returns).

[Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2647, Grade: Hasan]

Struggling to Seek Knowledge

Remember to always seek and hold on to knowledge, regardless of what’s happening in your life. Don’t let anyone or anything distract you from it, without doing wrong to anyone.

What is the Best Action?

Sufyan al Thawri (rh) said that there is no action better than seeking knowledge, if a person has the correct intention.