Read: the first word to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Even if this was the only reference to seeking knowledge in Islam, the fact that it is was chosen as the first word of the Quran to be revealed to humankind would be enough to demonstrate its utter magnitude. With the proper intention and etiquette, seeking knowledge is one of the greatest acts of worship. Today, there are few better ways to strengthen ourselves and our community than by seeking knowledge of our faith and the world — and then implementing and passing that knowledge on.
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani highlights six key lessons for seekers of nowledge from six beautiful stories from the life of Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah be pleased with him).
These six practical lessons are relevant for everyone who wishes to become a true seeker of Islamic knowledge, and to fulfill the true purpose of knowledge–namely, seeking Allah’s pleasure, and living and spreading the light of the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers the question: who do we take knowledge from? He details the advice of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, from his work al-Faqih wa’l Mutafaqqih, which revolves around three main points: (1) consulting the scholars experts in the discipline, (2) following those who act on what Islam entails, and (3) following those who learned with scholars and not through only reading books.
Mufti Hussain Kamani shares many examples from the life of the Prophet (s) and the sahaba on how they balanced their life from seeking knowledge, to their familial responsibility, working to provide for themselves and their families and the general community and society.
Dr. Tariq Ramadan visits Zaytuna College, part of the visiting scholars lecture series, and discusses a wide variety of topics including Islam in academia, politics, philosophy, logic, rationality, the Muslim tradition and Islamic education.
Do we really want to achieve excellence or are we merely satisfied with being ordinary? At a Texas summer youth retreat, Siraj Wahhaj shares his observations that can help the believer progress on the road to excellence by improving one’s overall understanding, appreciation and practice of Islam. In this talk, he makes a brief synopsis of the well-known hadith of Gabriel with an emphasis on the critical aspect of ihsan (striving for perfection). He also implores the audience to remember that the Islamic teachings are for one’s benefit and that we must strive to learn and practice the deen. But this striving comes at a price! What is that price and are we willing to pay it? A great lecture for any Muslim, especially teenagers, who want to move from one level of faith and practice to the next. Other topics discussed: good and bad leadership, seeking leadership, fear and humility before Allah, demonstrating gratitude, and praying correctly with calmness. (Duration: 56 min)
Knowledge is mentioned around 850 times in the Qur’an. Knowledge is important. Knowledge is sacred. But what kind of knowledge?
Do you want the reward for help sharing Islamic knowledge to 500 people a day for the rest of your life and even when you pass away?
Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
"When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for three: Continuing charity, knowledge that others benefited from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him."
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