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Spiritual Meditations (02 Oct 2018 NewAgeIslam.Com)


  • The  specialists of hadith like al-Khatib al-Baghdadi in his book The Journey for seeking hadith, base themselves on a well known tradition attributed to the beloved Prophet (peace be upon him), “Search for knowledge even as far as China, for this is incumbent upon every Muslim”. The hadith scholars label its chain of narration “weak”, but sound in its significance.

    Its significance is weighed and supported by the Divine Speech (the Quran) and a number of Ahadith which encourage the people to seek knowledge.

    Seeking or searching for knowledge’’ (utulub al-‘ilm) in the aforementioned hadith does not necessarily make it binding for Muslims to go only to China. The scholars, who quote this hadith, quote it to tell the Muslims about significance of knowledge.

    There are a number of ahadith which speak of significance of knowledge. Some of them are;

    “A Muslim is never satiated in his quest for good (knowledge) till it ends in paradise." [Tirmizi: narrated by Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri)

    “A person who goes (out of his house) in search of knowledge, he is on Allah's way and he remains so till he returns." [Tirmizi: Anas]

    "One who treads a path in search of knowledge has his path to Paradise made easy by Allah thereby." [Muslim:  Abu Hurayrah]

    "To seek knowledge for one hour at night is better than keeping it (night) awake." [Darimi: Abdullah ibn Abbas] 

    "The word of wisdom is [like] the lost property of awise man. So wherever he finds it, he is entitled toit." [Tirmizi: Abu Hurayrah]

    "Knowledge is a treasure house whose keys are queries." [Mishkat and Abu Na'im: Ali]

    Muslims should also ponder over the statement made by Mu'adh ibn Jabal (RA): "Acquire knowledge for the pleasure of Allah, for learning engenders piety, reverence for one's Lord and fear of wrongdoing. Seeking knowledge for Allah's pleasure is an act of worship, studying it is a celebration of God's glory (lit. Zikr), searching for it is a rewarding struggle (lit. Jihad), teaching it to someone who realizes its worth is a charity (lit. Sadaqa), and applying it in one's home strengthens family unity and kinship. ...Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness. It is the best companion to a traveller. It is the innermost friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is your most effective sword against your foe, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close comrades." [Hilyat'ul Awliya Wa Tabaqat'ul Asfiya]

    Similarly, Hazrat Sharafuddin Maneri said, "Knowledge is the fountainhead of all happiness, just as ignorance is the starting point of all wretchedness. Salvation comes from knowledge, destruction from ignorance."[Maktubat-i Sadi]  

    By Kaniz Fatma - 2/2/2019 12:32:27 AM

  • hatts off, you cannot expect from Hindu hate lover like Gulam Mohyuddin to acknowledge that numerical system was given by Hindus, they will talk of absurd things of Hindus, that how they devalue anything that is given to world by Indian civilisation.

    Indian subcontinent Muslims are like solve mentalities not like Iranian or Indonesian who proud of their heritage.

    Thus sicko's help to western world to degenerate Hindus as much they can.

    By Aayina - 12/15/2018 4:10:38 PM

  • " It was the Babylonians who first conceived of a mark to signify that a number was absent from a column."

    Whether the decimal system is Indian or Arabic is not something one can be categorical about. Probably both contributed."

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/13/2018 10:30:53 AM

  • https://yaleglobal.yale.edu/history-zero
    By hats off! - 12/13/2018 5:02:29 AM

  • What, according to the Quran, is the root cause of evil?
    By Ali Murtuza - 12/13/2018 12:55:14 AM

  • Now Hats Off rushes to support those who are claiming that aeroplanes (which could even fly backwards), space travel and plastic surgery existed in Vedic times! Hats Off would lie if the lie is sure to hurt Muslims! Whether the decimal system is Indian or Arabic is not something one can be categorical about. Probably both contributed.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/12/2018 1:38:59 PM

  • the decimal system was appropriated by the marauding bedouins from the idol-worshiping hindu polytheists.

    lying is the main vocation of the soft islamists aka "moderate" muslims.

    By hats off! - 12/12/2018 4:28:15 AM

  • Mr. Uvais Cassim, from Sri Lanka, writes,

    “Real education began when the world’s first degree awarding University was founded by an Arab Muslim woman named Fathima al Fihri from Morocco in the year 859 CE. The then world didn’t know a world divided from God and the word Secularism was unheard of. The Holy Quran was the basis of all the scholars and scientists of the Muslims in the Golden Ages of Islam where real experimental science began in place of the speculative science which existed from ancient times in Greece and Athens. Real science began when the Muslims introduced the concept of the zero and Arabic numerals to the Western world which was struggling to do even the simplest of calculations with the Roman numerals. All hell broke loose in the Western Church when the Arabic numerals were first introduced. The death penalty was decreed for anyone caught using the Arabic numerals. Gradually it caught on and thus was born the Western Renaissance.

    “Due to the illogicality and irrationality of the church doctrine, the neo intelligent people rejected its teachings and lost their faith and divided themselves from God and thus was born Secularism. The Muslims who pioneered in the Sciences never saw themselves opposed to God whereas the secondary recipients of Knowledge opposed the divinity of knowledge.

    “In Islam, one of God’s name or epithet is Al-Alim (The All Knowing). Knowledge comes from God and once you get to know and forget your God, your knowledge will lead to chaos and division. The current world we live in is on fire due to our rejection of God and the ignorance of divine knowledge. During the Muslim rule mankind was united with God and now the Western rule divided it into separate compartments. We have to reunite with God if our knowledge or whatever, serves us to live in peace. Knowledge is power and if power is not in the hands of the God-fearing, mankind will suffer the consequences.” (Quora)

    Is this comment of Mr. Uvais Cassim fine?

    By Kaniz Fatma - 12/12/2018 12:43:24 AM

  • Why is it not fine to make division between religious and secular education?
    By Huzaifa - 12/12/2018 12:33:30 AM