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!
There is no easier path to Jannah than seeking knowledge. Try your best to learn about your religion (from reliable teachers).
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.
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]
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.
One of the people of the past mentioned, I don’t eat or sleep unless I’m extremely hungry or have been overcome with sleep. My desires are fulfilled by learning, revising and gaining benefits from wherever possible.
This same Imam became an Imam at the age of 20! Yet at the age of 50, he was still studying with mashaayikh!
The ulema mention that a person should spend their day between revision, memorisation, reading, and depending on his level, research and this is with his ibaadah and so on.
In our times, we sleep 8 hours a night, eat 3-6 meals a day, drink 2 litres of water. This is in addition to work and whatever else a person does!
Where is the time for Allah and knowledge!
Some of the people of the past would say that seeking ilm is more important than eating and drinking! Why? Eating is needed once, twice or thrice a day but as for ilm, we need it all the time!