Islam has given great importance to learning new knowledge and has especially encouraged believers to acquire Islamic knowledge. Rasulullah (s.a.w.) educated the Sahaba As-Suffa and sent them to newly converted lands to teach Islam, this is a great example for all Muslims.

The true heirs of the Prophets, the Ulama, have strived hard day and night to acquire knowledge, teach them to others so that the Ummah can benefit and also make sure that they live with what they have learnt by putting it into practice. Allahu Ta’ala states in Surah Zumar Ayah 9 the virtue of the Ulama and thus the importance of knowledge by saying: “My beloved, say to them: surely those who know and those who do not know are not equal.”

The greatest blessing and honour in this world is to acquire Islamic knowledge and teach it. Because for Islam to stay strong is linked with this. Those who have been blessed with this Nimah must work hard to not lose this but to increase it day by day. Firstly, they need to perform amal with what they have learnt. Because Ilm is needed before amal, but as Ilm alone is not enough, one needs to transform their knowledge into actions, otherwise it will be a witness against them.

Abul Faruq Silistrevi (k.s.) said: “We should know for certain that knowledge is required for amal. Knowledge without amal and useless knowledge is the greatest and most severe calamity. Tomorrow it will be a witness against them in the presence of Allahu Ta’ala. It is for this reason that Rasulullah (s.a.w.) sought refuge in Allah from useless knowledge.”

There were two people from Beni Israel: One of them was an Alim who prayed his Fard Salah and would then sit and teach other people what is good. The other was a man who prayed extra in the night and fasted in the mornings. The Sahaba said: “The virtue of the man who just prayed his Salah and taught other people over the man who prayed at night and fasted in the morning, is like the virtue of me over the lowest in rank among you.”

Rasulullah (s.a.w.) has stated in the Hadith Shareef’s the rewards a person who is seeking knowledge will gain: “If a person goes out on a path in search of knowledge, Allahu Ta’ala will make the path to Jannah easy for them.” Our Dear Jamaah If we do not have the time to go and seek knowledge, then we should at least help Talabe – the students of Qur’an al Kareem to gain knowledge and reach the rida of Allahu Ta’ala.

As Muslims, we need to strive to find students. Each individual must use all the means possible to find students of the Qur’an al Kareem. We have the opportunities in our buildings for our children to learn about Islam together with their school lessons so that they can reach good grades in both.

For more information please speak to one of our Imams. I would like to end the article with the words of Rasulullah (s.a.w.): “The highest of all ranks, is the rank of Islamic Knowledge.”