Benefits of Seeking Knowledge in Islam

Seeking knowledge is obligatory for Muslim and Muslimah,” so it applies to both of them together, because Islam does not differentiate between them in acts of worship. It pleases Allah, guides Muslims towards Paradise, and brings goodness and happiness in this world and the hereafter.

Essential for every Muslim, it aids in worship, elevates one’s status, and combats ignorance. Knowledgeable individuals become exemplary role models and heirs of the prophets, with their wisdom continuing to benefit them even after death.

10 Benefits of seeking Islamic knowledge

Let’s learn the numerous and profound advantages of seeking knowledge in Islam.

1. Reaching the pleasure of Allah Almighty

Useful knowledge is the knowledge with which its possessor intends to get closer to Allah Almighty, benefit from it, and lead its possessor to Jannah. Knowledge is a path to attaining satisfaction and obedience.

Knowledge is considered a path to knowing Allah Almighty, and this is not possible except through faith in Allah and knowledge of what is intended from the Book of Allah and His Sunnah. It is only known through knowledge and diligence. Whoever knows and then acts according to the true word will reach the true knowledge of Allah. 

Allah Almighty made it clear that those with knowledge are not equal to others, as Allah said:

“Are they better˺ or those who worship ˹their Lord˺ devoutly in the hours of the night, prostrating and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of their Lord? Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” None will be mindful ˹of this˺ except people of reason.” (Surah Az-Zumar – 9)

2. A reason to enter Jannah

Knowledge is considered one of the reasons that lead and facilitate Jannah and its path, as seeking knowledge is a path to guidance and obedience, and therefore it brings its possessor to Jannah, and beneficial knowledge is knowledge with which its possessor intends to get closer to Allah Almighty.

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Allah makes the way to Jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.” [Muslim]. Riyad as-Salihin 1381

3. A Source of Goodness and Happiness in This World and the Hereafter

Knowledge is the reason for happiness in this life and the hereafter. The seeker of knowledge must remember that a strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than a weak believer, then among the strengths beloved by Allah Almighty is the strength of a Muslim in his knowledge and work, which is represented in the perfection of love for this knowledge.

Make sure to attend knowledge gatherings and learn the Holy Quran, as knowledge gatherings are attended by angels, tranquility, and mercy cover them. Enrolling children in “quran classes for kids” in early age is the best decision to let them know about the Quran and Islam.

4. An Obligation for Every Muslim

The main goal of our existence in this world is to worship Allah Almighty. The knowledge that every Muslim man and woman is obligated to learn, such as knowing Allah alone with no partner in His lordship and divinity and His names and attributes in general and knowing His Prophet Muhammad and the obligation to follow him in everything he commands and avoid what he forbids, and learning ablution and washing. And prayer and so on.

As for the Communally Obligatory Knowledge (fard kifayah), such as washing the dead, praying over him, and so on, they are not obligatory for every Muslim man or woman. Therefore, parents must teach their children from a young age the necessary acts of worship in the Islamic religion so that they grow up with a correct understanding of the Islamic religion and are committed to it. Providing proper Islamic studies for kids ensures they receive the right knowledge and grow up adhering to true Islamic teachings.

Note: It is necessary to ensure the accuracy of information sources so that the learner does not fall into innovations “Bid’ah”

5. Helping us to Comprehend the Present and Helps in Worship

Seeking Islamic knowledge is one of the important matters that saves a person from matters of innovation and ignorance, as those who know and those who do not know are not equal. 

He makes mistakes due to his ignorance of the correct legal matters. Religious legal knowledge makes you upright in your worldly life, which is a crossing and path to the afterlife. The Muslim seeks Islamic knowledge through which his belief, worship, and dealings are correct.

6. Knowledgeable People are Role Models

The importance of a good model is that Islam is a realistic and applicable religion, and it is easy for people to adhere to Islam with its provisions without difficulty. Having a good role model and people watching her makes people feel that achieving commitment to worship and high morals is possible and easy.

Examples of role models, the best of human beings, include our noble Messenger Muhammad, the Companions, and the Tabi’een, and among our venerable sheikhs such as Al-Husri, Abdul Basit, Ibn Baz Zabin, Uthaymeen, and other dignified sheikhs. Providing Islamic classes for adults can help the young generation connect with these exemplary figures and reinforce their commitment to Islamic teachings.

7. Heirs of Allah’s Prophets

Scholars are the heirs of the prophets, and a great responsibility may fall on them. They must convey it to the people, spread it among them, not hide anything from it, and strive to guide the people to the guidance of the prophets, for this is how knowledge is inherited.

“If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of paradise, the angels will lower their wings from good pleasure with one who seeks knowledge and the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and the fish in the depth of the water will ask forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout man is like that of the moon on the night when it is full over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the prophets who leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who accepts it.” accepts an abundant portion.” Mishkat al-Masabih 212

8. Allah Raised Them in Rank and Status Among People

Scholars have an important place in societies and a great role among its members. They are the successors of the Messengers, and they are the ones who correct what people have corrupted and strive to direct people to good. The Prophet (PBUH) said that scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and that they must strive to reform people’s affairs, guide them, command what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient. 

 Society, in turn, is keen to give scholars, their due value, and give them their status while emphasizing that none of them are infallible, and any mistake may occur from them. So we must teach Islam to kids in a proper wat to make them a good Muslim in community.

Allah said: “Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allāh is Aware of what you do.” (Surah Al-Mujadila – 11)

9. Removing ignorance from the nation 

One of the greatest benefits of knowledge is that it distances its possessor from ignorance and deviation from the method of Allah and His Messenger. The Prophet (PBUH) explained that ignorance spreads in a nation if scholars are absent from it, as knowledge is one of the reasons for the success and leadership of nations.

Muslims in the early ages were interested in knowledge; This thing put them at the forefront of nations, and this is a call for all Muslims in every time and place to pay attention to seeking knowledge in all its forms of legal knowledge and worldly knowledge.

10. Useful knowledge Benefits its Possessor After Death

Useful knowledge is one of the deeds that benefit a person after his death, as useful knowledge benefits people during his life and after his death, so the reward for that reaches him while he is dead. So whoever conveys knowledge, communicates it, spreads it, or is the cause of its delivery to others; The reward for this reaches him even after his death, simply because people benefit from it because of him.

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased).” [Muslim].

Types of Knowledge in Islam

Islamic knowledge is categorized into two types:

A. Individually Obligatory Knowledge (fard’ayn): What the Lawgiver has firmly requested from every individual of the taxpayers to do. Such as prayer, zakat, fasting, Hajj, honoring one’s parents, and maintaining family ties…etc.

B. Communally Obligatory Knowledge (fard kifayah): It is what the Lawgiver requested from the total number of taxpayers, and did not demand from each one of them. If a sufficient number is established, it is waived from the rest, otherwise they are all sinning.

Conclusion

Almuhammadi Academy has explained previously that the best thing for a Muslim man or woman to do in his worldly life is to learn Islamic knowledge so that he removes ignorance from himself and becomes knowledgeable about Allah, His names and attributes, the pillars of Islam, and other religious constants that he must be aware of so that it will take him to the path of Jannah to have Higher degrees in the afterlife. 

Having good intentions in seeking knowledge to seek the face of Allah Almighty and act according to it, illuminating his heart, being close to Allah Almighty on the Day of Resurrection, and attaining what Allah has been prepared for.

Let us, our dear students, join us in the classes for teaching Islamic studies, including doctrine, interpretation, and other matters, so that you will be on the right path to Jannah, Allah willing.