Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysRamadan · 9 years ago

Why should Every Muslim Seek Knowledge?

Salam Alaikum,


1) "Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have been granted knowledge to high ranks." [58:11]

2) "And say: My Lord increase me in knowledge." [20:114]

3) "It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah." [35:28]



1) "Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim" [Ibn Majaah]

2) “Whoever follows a path in the pursuit of knowledge, Allaah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.” [Bukhari]

3) “When Allaah wishes good for a person, He makes him understand the religion.” [Bukhari]


So every Muslim has an Obligation of learning Matters in his Religion that Affect his Life/Worship.

Trust me...

Knowledge is like a Lamp in the Dark...

Knowledge is your Sword against the Enemies of Islam...

Knowledge is your Protection Shield from Fitnah....

May Allah swt increase us in Knowledge AMEEN.


@flower of islam:

Jazakallahu khairan for the great answer. Mash'Allah

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Prophet Muhammad (saws) said: "Seeking Knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim." (Related by Ibn 'Adiyy, Al-Bayhaqi & Al-Tabarani)

    Though this Hadith is known and memorised by most Muslims, the essence, the amount, and the kind of knowledge referred to in this Hadith remains misunderstood by many.

    If it is true that the knowledge incumbent upon every Muslim pertains to religious knowledge, or al-'Ilm al-Shar'i, how deeply does one have to pursue his quest of this knowledge to fulfil his duties and discharge the learning obligations placed upon him? In other words, what are the minimum teachings that every Muslim - male or female - is required to know about his Deen?


    Muslim scholars classify knowledge into two categories:

    Obligatory Knowledge (fardh 'ayn)

    This refers to knowledge of the fundamentals of Islamic beliefs which every Muslim must know Seeking this knowledge is an obligatory duty upon every Muslim. All obligatory knowledge deal exclusively with al-'Ilm al-Shari'i, that is, knowledge pertaining to Islamic faith, acts of worship, and the necessary transaction in the daily dealing of a Muslim.

    Optional Knowledge (fardh kifayah)

    This is not a duty required of every individual, but rather it falls upon the community as a whole. Hence, if a group of individuals in the community undertake to acquire this kind of knowledge, all other individuals will be exempted from this duty, and the whole community will be free from responsibility or negligence to acquire this kind of knowledge. Examples of such knowledge include studying Islamic law and other basic sciences, industries and professions which are vital for the welfare of the society.

    Unlike obligatory knowledge, optional knowledge covers part of Islamic knowledge and all worldly knowledge. The former is called al-'Ilm al-Shar'i al Kifa'i (optional Islamic knowledge), while the latter is called al-Ilm al-dunyawi (worldly knowledge).

    Religious sciences: These cover all branches of Islamic Shariah, such as: tafsir (Qur'anic exegeses), fiqh, hadith sciences (known as mustalah al-hadith or 'Ilm usul al-hadith), seerah (the Prophet's biography), Islamic political science, (As-siyasah al-shar'iyah), Islamic history, etc.

    Each of these sciences may require knowledge of other sciences to fully and comprehensively cover the substance of the matter studied. For example: tafsir needs Arabic grammar, Arabic literature, and other linguistic skills; Hadith sciences need the science of criticism (which looks at the narrators' credibility, trustworthiness, power of memorisation, etc.), called 'Ilm al-jarh wat-ta'deel.

    The natural and applied sciences: These are all the basic sciences, industries and professions which are of vital necessity for the welfare of the community. Examples of such fields include: engineering; agriculture, fisheries, food sciences, etc.

    Leaders of every Muslim community should always do their best to procure the necessary number of scholars, professionals and qualified men and women in all fields of optional knowledge needed by the community. For example, Muslims in America must train sufficient number of Shariah scholars to answer questions raised by members of the community. They must also prepare enough educators – administrators, teachers and counsellors to fill the growing needs of Islamic schools in this country. Both male and female Muslim doctors are needed in every city to care for male and female Muslim patients, respectively.

    From the above discussion, we can fully understand the responsibility that lies upon the shoulders of Muslims in this continent. Any community which does not take the necessary steps to satisfy its own needs in all fields of optional knowledge becomes subject to the punishment of Allah. Consequently, all its members will share the blame and the sins for their shortcomings.

  • Lisa
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Knowledge is about knowing things. What do we need to know of things? The more we know about everything the more knowledgeable we are. Knowledge is gathered with the main purpose of knowing benefits and harms of a particular thing. Hence, seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslims. The thing that is most important for Muslims is their fate after death. Hence, gaining knowledge of Almighty Creator's religion holds prime slot. The books one should gain knowledge from are Quran and authentic Hadeeths. One should gain knowledge of science of Quran and hadeeth. Almighty Creator says in Quran: [003:191] Those who remember Allâh (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): "Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. @ Muhammad k : Knowledge and deep thinking are in no way dependent on literacy. You have insulted Prophet Muhammad by linking him to the actions of (fake - media reported) taliban. May you live a wretched life and may Allah ruin you utterly ruined if you do not apologise and take your words back.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Ws and amen tnx for sharing this may Allah grant you janatul Firdowsa

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I was going to say "Because we are admonished to in the Qu'ran and Hadith," but you summed it all up!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Wa Alaykum As-salaam, thank you very much!

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Can't agree more.

  • Eva
    Lv 4
    9 years ago


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