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19 November 2018 CE | 10 Rabbi al-Awwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Learning can Save from Hell


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When on the Night of Ascension I peeped into Hell, I saw that most of its inmates were the poor people. The noble Companions (radi Allahu anhum) asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Were they those who had no money?” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “No, they were devoid of (poor in) knowledge and learning.” [Minhaaj ul Abideen by Imam Ghazali]

Knowledge is the root of right and acceptable deeds. Knowledge is the guiding factor for appropriate action and indispensable for it. A man without knowledge is ignorant of the injunctions of worship. Thus, he cannot worship Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) according to the prescribed etiquettes.

For worship to be in order and rightly offered it is necessary that the worshipper have adequate knowledge about his Lord whom he is worshipping, concerning His entity and attributes. This can only be correctly gained from studying what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has revealed about Himself and reflecting on His creation.

Thereafter, man should acquire knowledge about essential duties and prohibitions as laid down in the Shariah. Then these commands must be obeyed and the prohibitions shunned totally. It is not possible to worship Allah in the right way and refrain from sins, unless a man learns the method and style of worship prescribed by Him.

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