Monday, July 11, 2011

Are You Captivated By Ilm?





--knowledge is needed to know and please ALLAH swt
--without ilm, we cannot go to Jannah
--jahiliyiah is the opposite of Ilm
--Umar ra said there is no Islam for the one without Ilm
--we have, today, ilm that is not beneficial
--how will we be accepted by ALLAH if we do not have ilm of the DEEN?
--how will we protect ourselves from jahiliyiah without ilm?
--ilm is a must in all cases
--some must remain in order to attain and teach ilm, and some may go to Jihad

(The believers whose lives Allâh has purchased are) those who turn to Allâh in repentance (from polytheism and hypocrisy, etc.), who worship (Him), who praise (Him), who fast (or go out in Allâhs Cause), who bow down (in prayer), who prostrate themselves (in prayer), who enjoin (on people) Al-Marûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all what Islâm has ordained) and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism of all kinds and all that Islâm has forbidden), and who observe the limits set by Allâh (do all that Allâh has ordained and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which Allâh has forbidden). And give glad tidings to the believers.[] (Al-Tawba 9:112)

--mujahideen may go to Jihad, but some must remain behind to preserve the ilm of the Deen, and also teach the mujahideen upon their return
--those who remained behind will also advise the mujahideen :: after Tawheed, Jidah is the greatest deed as Rasulallah saws said in Hadith ::
--the mujahideen hold the banner of Islam high, we must supplicate, support, and defend them

An-Nisa O you who believe! When you go (to fight) in the Cause of Allâh, verify (the truth), and say not to anyone who greets you (by embracing Islâm): "You are not a believer"; seeking the perishable goods of the worldly life. There are much more profits and booties with Allâh. Even as he is now, so were you yourselves before till Allâh conferred on you His Favours (i.e. guided you to Islâm), therefore, be cautious in discrimination. Allâh is Ever Well-Aware of what you do. (94)

--the mujahideen are preferred by ALLAH swt in 4:95-96 than those that remain behind

Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allâh with their wealth and their lives. Allâh has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allâh has promised good (Paradise), but Allâh has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward; (95)

(Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25, Narrated Abu Huraira) - Allah's Apostle was asked, "What is the best deed?" He replied, "To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad). The questioner then asked, "What is the next in goodness? He replied, "To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's Cause."

--the Jihad encompasses many things and not merely Qitaal

Degrees of (higher) grades from Him, and Forgiveness and Mercy. And Allâh is Ever Oft¬Forgiving, Most Merciful. (96)

--seeking is also a form of Jihad as said the Sahabah ra
--seeking knowledge also elevates someone's status

Abu Darda (R.A.) said: He who thinks that to go at dawn in search of knowledge is not jihad is deficient in intellect.

--what is the purpose of seeking ilm?
--some become like donkeys as they do not implement or understood the reason behind seeking the ilm
--for some, the intention wasn’t right to start with

And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). 51:56

--ALLAH swt has only created men and jinn to worship HIM alone swt

Adh-Dhariyat And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). (51:56)

---Reason for seeking Ilm----

1)seeking Ilm - ilm is to emulate Rasulallah saws and doing it according to his Sunnah

2) to protect the Deen with its original foundations

--don’t let the kuffar interfere in our affairs and teachings, nor let bid'ah*
being mixed into our Deen*
--our Imams acquired Ilm to preserve this Deen
--they leaned one ayah, one hadith, solely to Please ALLAH swt and to preserve this DEEN
--we have American Islam, British Islam, etc.. but there is only one type of Islam and that is the one Rasulallah saws brought
--the true mujahid is the one who goes off in the morning or the latter part of the day to fight in the way of ALLAH swt

“The student of knowledge is like the one who goes off in the morning, or later in the day to fight in the way of Allaah, the Mighty and the Majestic.” (Ka’b al-Ahbaar )

--the true ibad is the one seeking the ilm and fighting to make Allah’s swt Word the highest
--seeking ilm of this Deen is to pledge allegiance to ALLAH swt

"Whoever seeks knowledge then he has pledged allegiance to Allaah" Sufyaan ibn Uyainah al Hilaalee

--Rasulallah saws was seeking knowledge for 23 years, from the first day of revelation till death came to him saws

“The excellence of knowledge is greater than optional actions and the best of your religion is piety.“ [Saheeh At-Targheeb Wat Targheeb, 65]

--Rasulallah saws said that the excellence of knowledge is better than nawafilah acts of worship and the best of this DEEN is piety
--if ALLAH swt desires good for one of HIS slaves, HE gives understanding of the DEEN

If Allah desires good for someone, He gives him understanding in the Deen. ( Bukhari)

--True Ilm is to implement the teachings of the DEEN, not merely studying for the sake of studying
--whatever a person is busy with, if he is committed to seek and acquire Ilm, he will do so no matter what

Al-Tawba And if anyone of the Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh) seeks your protection then grant him protection, so that he may hear the Word of Allâh (the Qur'ân), and then escort him to where he can be secure, that is because they are men who know not.

--if we are serious about seeking Ilm, we will do anything to acquire it
--the true brotherhood in DEEN is not to call someone ""Akhi", but true brotherhood is to implement that brotherhood in our actions
--the hukm is the Shariah of ALLAH swt, the true wisdom is Quran wa Sunnah

Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. (An-Najm 53:3)

--those seeking the pleasure of ALLAH swt, they need to seek the Ilm and attend the circles of knowledge
--whoever seeks the path to knowledge, ALLAH will make his path to Jannah easy , from a hadith
----mercy and sakina will come to you from ALLAH swt when you seek knowledge
--many countries are beautiful for they are the creations of ALLAH swt, but Jannah on earth are the circles of Ilm
--Rasulallah saws said the circles Ilm are visited by angels from ALLAH swt
--many majalis are founded upon Baatil and not the Sunnah of Rasulallah saws, at times these deviants have a mission, at times they are sincere, nonetheless their actions will be rejected
--today, knowledge is scarce, people are engaged in Shirk, Kufr, and many other haraam of this dunya, all this is due to a lack of knowledge
--Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal RH, held on the donkey of Imam Shafi'i, due to his love for the DEEN

--one Imam of Hadith died due to his students crashing him for they surrounded him due to their zeal to acquire ilm of this DEEN


1) one who craves this dunya (world)
2) the student of knowledge
-we always want another ayah another Surah or more hukm ... never enough
-to have the opportunity to sit w/ someone from ASWJ, is the most blessed place
-the ulema are the inheritors of the prophets

Ulama are the inheritors of the Prophets

“The scholars are the inheritors of the prophets.” [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasa?i, Ibn Maja, Ahmad, Ibn Hibban]

--Abu Bakr ra was asked what he loved most by Rasulallah saws, he replied, to sit by Rasulallah, to look at Rasulallah saws, and to listen to Rasulallah saws
--therefore we must also love to be in the company of the Ulama

O you who believe! Answer Allâh (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he (SAW) calls you[] to that which will give you life,[] and know that Allâh comes in between a person and his heart (i.e. He prevents an evil person to decide anything). And verily to Him you shall (all) be gathered. ( Al-Anfal 8:24)

--how will we respond to ALLAH swt and HIS Rasulallah saws if we do not have the knowledge or correct understanding of the DEEN
--Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri reported that Rasulallah saws said that the worldly pleasure will be opened up for us, but also that the evil will follow these goods, the Sahabah were in complete submission
--in the hadith of Jibril we learn from the manners of Umar ra how to conduct ourselves as students of Knowledge where he said "ALLAH and HIS Rasul know best."

So if they believe in the like of that which you believe, then they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition. So Allâh will suffice for you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. (Al-Baqara 2:137)

--if we believe as the Sahabah believe, we will be successful, this also means to follow them in actions, how they behaved in the majalis, how they behave with Rasulallah saws.. etc
--if we must imitate someone, then let us imitate the Sahabah for they had the deepest of Ilm, the less superficial, not attached to dunya..etc..
--they lived with Rasulallah saws, each one of them is an encyclopedia, they are legendary people, and they were chosen by ALLAH swt to be the Sahabah of Rasulallah saws
--the issue of knowledge is not a light matter nor can it be neglected for it is an obligation to ALL Muslims (men and women alike), no matter where we are, no matter what background we are from

So know (O Muhammad SAW) that Lâ ilâha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh)[], and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women. And Allâh knows well your moving about, and your place of rest (in your homes). (Muhammad 47:19)
Say: "Are those who know equal to those who know not?" It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allâh's Signs and Verses). ( Az-Zumar 39:9)

--those that know are not equal to those that do not know, these are 2 class of people, ALLAH swt will elevate in ranks those of Ilm

Al-Mujadila O you who believe! When you are told to make room in the assemblies, (spread out and) make room. Allâh will give you (ample) room (from His Mercy). And when you are told to rise up [for prayers, Jihâd (holy fighting in Allâh's Cause), or for any other good deed], rise up. Allâh will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (11)

--if we are ignorant about a matter, we must refer back to the Ulama for they have the Ilm of the Quran and Sunnah, we do not go others

Except those who believe (in Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma'ruf) which Allâh has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar) which Allâh has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allâh's Cause during preaching His religion of Islâmic Monotheism or Jihâd). (Al-Asr 103:3)

--gates of Jannah will be opened for us with Good Action and that is the passport of Jannah, and for good deeds, we need Ilm
--we must be knowledgeable in all matters of the DEEN (Tawheed, Shariah, Hadith, Fiqh.. etc)