Islamic Date18 Thu al-Hijjah
English Date19 August
Indulge in the Meadows of Paradise
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When you pass by the meadows of Paradise indulge freely in them!" The Sahabah asked: "O Messenger of Allah! What are the meadows of Paradise?" He replied: "The circles of Ilm.” [Tabarani, Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabir]
Ilm that is mentioned here is 'beneficial knowledge'. This is the knowledge that brings us closer to our Creator and Sustainer. Many are the rewards for the seekers and teachers of ilm. This is because it is through beneficial knowledge, knowledge of the reality of this world and knowledge of the Hereafter, that we draw nearer to Allah (subhana wa ta'ala), which in turn brings us closer to Jannat.
It is a great blessing from Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) when a person is able to see and value the things of this world as they really are. That is when he or she will be able to utilize their learning to benefit their Akhirah. As Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to, we should also ask Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) to show us the reality of things as they really are.