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Seeking knowledge plays a very important role in increasing our emaan. The more knowledge we gain with wisdom, the more we become close to Allah SWT which is what we are striving for. So, what better way than seeking more 'ilm.
1. It will clear our minds of doubts regarding faith and practices. And hence, we will have a better stand on matters and will be able to be a better practising muslim. It will help us to realise more and more the truth of the message.
وَيَرَى الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ الَّذِى أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَّبِّكَ هُوَ الْحَقَّ وَيَهْدِى إِلَى صِرَاطِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ
"And those who have been given knowledge see that what is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, and that it guides to the path of the Exalted in might, Owner of all praise." (Surah Saba': 6)
2. It will increase our fear in Allah Azza Wajal. (Yes, believe me...inshAllah may Allah give us the tawfeeque to attain this height where we will fear Allah more. Allah always wants us to have a balance of HOPE in Allah's Mercy and Just, and FEAR of His wrath and punishment. So whenever He mentions Paradise, it will be followed by Hell-fire and vice-verse. And whenever Allah’s wrath is mentioned, His Mercy is mentioned too. I feel we have already been having a lot of the "HOPE" factor and reflecting on it, its time we focus on the "FEAR" factor now.)
إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ
"It is only those among His servants who have knowledge that fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Almighty, Oft-Forgiving."(Surah Faatir: 28)
3. High status in the eyes of Allah SWT:
Allah says in the Qur'an:
يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَـتٍ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ
"Allah will exalt in degress those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do."(Surah Al-Mujahida: 11)
4. It will increase us in humility (may He save us from arrogance and pride, aameen) to Allah Azza Wajal.
قُلْ ءَامِنُواْ بِهِ أَوْ لاَ تُؤْمِنُواْ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْعِلْمَ مِن قَبْلِهِ إِذَا يُتْلَى عَلَيْهِمْ يَخِرُّونَ لِلاٌّذْقَانِ سُجَّدًا - وَيَقُولُونَ سُبْحَانَ رَبِّنَآ إِن كَانَ وَعْدُ رَبِّنَا لَمَفْعُولاً- وَيَخِرُّونَ لِلاٌّذْقَانِ يَبْكُونَ وَيَزِيدُهُمْ خُشُوعًا
Say: "Believe in it or do not believe (in it). Verily, those who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, fall down on their chins (faces) in humble prostration.'' And they say: "Glory be to our Lord! Truly, the promise of our Lord must be fulfilled.'' And they fall down on their chins (faces) weeping and it increases their humility. (Surah Isra': 107-109)
May Allah guide us always on Sirathul Musthaqueem, in this journey of ours towards Jannah, and may He, with His Mercy, grant us high positions(Jannathul Firdaws) inshAllah. May Allah make the 'ilm we have and seek beneficial in the true sense, aameen...
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