Author: Pure Matrimony
Seeking knowledge is the easiest path to paradise, as is stated in the following hadith:
The Prophet SAW said, “Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allaah will make easy for him the path to Paradise. The angels beat their wings in approval of the seeker of knowledge, and those who are in the heavens and on earth pray for forgiveness for the scholar, even the fish in the water. The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like the superiority of the moon over all other heavenly bodies. The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets, for the Prophets did not leave behind dinars or dirhams, rather they left behind knowledge, so whoever gains knowledge has gained great good fortune.’”
(narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2606; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani)
Being a seeker of knowledge doesn’t mean seeking knowledge for the sake of it. It means turning your knowledge into full understanding and actionable change in your life.
We see a disease in the Ummah whereby people habitually seek knowledge, but it doesn’t change them in any way. There is no improvement in character, no improvement in manners or how you live and behave with others. When you take knowledge and it doesn’t change you for the better, it’s a sign there is something spiritually wrong with you.
The analogy of someone who seeks knowledge but doesn’t change because of it is like a donkey carrying books on its back – its of no benefit to the donkey. Be aware also that knowledge which you attain and fail to act upon will punish you in the hereafter.
Therefore remember that even though this is one of the easiest paths to Paradise, in practise, it’s actually a difficult thing to do.
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