Who is the student of ILM (knowledge)

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem

Ilm is in abundance like the water in the oceans that is beyond anyone’s imaginations. It is easy to acquire when you want to, hard to achieve when you take it lightly, beautiful if you perceive it within your heart.

“And say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’.” – (Quran 20:114)

Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala has made seeking knowledge as mandatory for every Muslim. We as students of knowledge shine as stars in obedience to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. We worship Him only and make our goal higher to attain Jannah Insha’Allah.

I see the student of knowledge as a person like no other. A student who adheres to his master.

When you become a student of knowledge, you learn something you do not know. If you really want to learn something new you would first need to respect your teacher. The teacher is the person you get your knowledge from; if you do not take the teacher seriously you will never learn anything from them. Therefore we should respect our scholars and teachers.

The Prophet (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

“He does not belong to my ummah who does not honor our elders, show compassion to our young ones, and pay due respect to our scholars.” – (Ahmad and Tabaraani)

We as Muslims love Islam. As a student of knowledge, we have a passion to learn about the Qur’an, the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). We take him as our role model. We spend years and years learning, trying to read and understand Al Quran. We really take into practice of our Deen when we do our best to follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)

Knowledge teaches us humbleness. We open our minds to fully acknowledge our Deen and its laws. We learn to embrace it in our hearts. Knowledge is light that comes from within then only we come out of the darkness.

The way we see things does not always mean that what we think is right. This is why we gain knowledge to be able to learn the difference between right or wrong. We are not intellectuals. We cannot make our decisions based on assumptions. If we really want to see the truth, we carefully take great steps and go through a lot of hardships to really understand the different rulings and applying it in our lives.

Just because we are the students of knowledge does not mean that we have the authority to name people or even talk about Scholars. This should be left for other scholars to decide, not us.

I remember when I first started to gain more knowledge on Islam. I had a passion to study about the Islamic studies. I received an “Excellence in Islamic studies” award Alhamdulillah. After a year or so, I felt really great and I thought I knew so much about Islam that I can tell people what is haram and what is not. It was ok to do that but then there were things that weren’t really haram. I thought they were and that’s where I became ignorant thinking I was right but I wasn’t.

There is no “I think” when we tell others something is wrong. We need to be hundred percent sure about it. Alhamdulillah after meeting some righteous people I changed my mind. I became more humble and felt that compared to others I was a preschooler in knowledge.

The knowledge we gain is not for ourselves. It is for the sake of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. It really starts with sincerity. If we have the correct intention to learn and teach others then only we will be successful.

Knowledge is good if you use it wisely. Knowledge can also lead to arrogance. Once we have knowledge, we tend to look down upon others thinking the person doesn’t know. We would be amazed to find out how much that person can know.

We are all on a path of great struggles. We all have goals and dreams that we want to accomplish thus we gain knowledge.

There has been a time in which we had lived in darkness. The pain becomes immense and we lose hope thinking there is no light. When all hope is lost, Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala shows His Light through His mercy and that is knowledge. We come to learn that there is a purpose in this life for us. Our hearts become soft full of mercy. The knowledge is then engraved in our hearts.

In hardships, we learn that ease is coming. When we are afraid, we know Allah will protect us. When we are alone, we know Allah is with us. Time goes by and we come to trust our Lord. We are content knowing that whatever will happen is Allah’s Decree. Who loves us more than anyone? He is Allah! The Most Merciful One. Our Rabb!! SubhanAllah, knowledge is passed down to us from the generations and generations. It shines and guides us when we are lost. This is where we find so much peace inside knowing our Lord.

“O’ you who believe! Guard your own souls: if you follow [right] guidance no hurt can come to you from those who stray…” – (Quran 5:105)

Knowledge is a great blessing Alhamdulillah. We ask Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala to guide us in every prayer when we recite Surah Al Fatiha. It takes lots of patience, understanding and wisdom to reach that level of the ILM. A student of knowledge has a great status in Islam. His walking, standing, and every step he takes are rewarded for his intention to seek knowledge.

In the olden days, mothers would send their sons to travel to Baghdad and different cities to make sure they learn well. They sacrifice so much for their children’s education. I see now a days, many mothers doing the same thing. If we as parents together focus on our children’s education, then we can do a lot for this ummah Insha’Allah.

“If we turn towards Andalusia, we find the brilliant, ambitious ruler ‘Abdur Rahmaan an-Naasir who, having started life as an orphan, went on to establish an empire in the West, to which the leaders and kings of Europe surrendered and to whose institutes of learning the scholars and philosophers of all nations flocked to seek knowledge. This state made great contribution to the worldwide Islamic culture. If we were to examine the secret of this man’s greatness, we would find it lay in the greatness of his mother who knew how to instill in him the dynamic spirit of ambition” – Ideal Muslimah page 237

Over all, my reason for writing about the student of knowledge is to show that it really takes a lot to be on the path of gaining knowledge, to enlighten our minds. If we focus on our Deen and seek guidance from the Quran and the Sunnah, we will be able to help this ummah and become better Muslims ourselves Insha’Allah.

May Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala bless us with knowledge, wisdom, understanding of the religion and happiness Ameen Ya Rabb. May He help us in the implementation of our knowledge and make us more humble Ameen.

Article submitted by Ishrat Ali

2 responses to “Who is the student of ILM (knowledge)”

  1. This is a beautifully written article and I am surprised it has not received more comments. May Allah reward the writer and may He bring us all the knowledge we need to draw near to Him. Ameen

  2. This is the first time I am reading this article. To me, It has a great meaning and knowledge is flowing from this article to each one of us. Thanks Allah for his blessing and I hope oneday to learn as much knowledge as I can and hope to be a Muslim oneday soon.