Why Muslims must seek right Islamic knowledge, avoid seeking hidden knowledge by Ustadh Yunus Al-Imam

Why Muslims must seek right Islamic knowledge, avoid seeking hidden knowledge by Ustadh Yunus Al-Imam

Editor’s note: It is a fact that all Muslims should seek knowledge about their creator – Allah, before they should start worshiping Him. This, undoubtedly, will enable them to know who Allah is, what is expected of them and what they should jettison while worshipping Him.

In this piece with Legit.ng, an Islamic scholar, Ustadh Yunus Al-Imam, emphasises the need for every Muslim to seek sound and correct knowledge about Islam.

He also gives reasons they should shun seeking hidden knowledge (Al-ghayb) and go in search of only knowledge that will be beneficial to them in their worship of Allah.

In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful. All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alameen’ (Mankind, Jinns and all that exist), the only owner of the day of recompense. I testify that Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah is His last and seal of the prophets. May Allah continue to shower His blessings and bounties upon him.

Basically, Islam is best practised with adequate knowledge and understanding of the religion and not on human reasoning.

For every Muslim, understanding of the glorious Qur’an is essential. This is because, it is only with this the purpose for which Allah created us can be achieved.

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One of the many advantages of seeking Qur’anic knowledge is that, it exposes the mind of the worshippers to the knowledge that is required to live a better and fulfilled life. It softens the heart of the believers and establishes in it the fear of Allah.

Islam thrives on knowledge and not on human reasoning. And whoever fails to seek this beneficial knowledge may end up seeking to know about what Allah alone has the knowledge about (Al-ghayb).

Essentially, it is only when Muslims have adequate knowledge about the nature of Allah that they will be able to worship Him according to His dictate.

So, how do we achieve this? It is by learning and understanding the letters of Arabic language. Seeking Arabic knowledge is very important than the worship of Allah because it is the language with which the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him).

It is also the language Muslims use in praying, that is why learning it is very essential for all Muslims. I therefore want to implore all Muslims to seek Arabic knowledge even if it is basic to complement whatever knowledge they might have.

But it is forbidden for Muslims to seek knowledge that will be destructive to him, his neighbours and mankind in general.

Muslims should seek knowledge that will bring him closer to Allah and increase him in faith and be of benefit to him in this world and in the hereafter.

Muslims are forbidden to seek hidden knowledge because all things hidden are known to Allah alone, therefore, the future is known to only Allah.

The Qur’an describes “Al-ghayb” as something that is known to God alone. This is evident in Suratul Al-An'am (Q6:59) which says: “With Him are the keys of the unseen (Al-ghayb). No one knows them other than Him. He knows what is in land and sea. No leaf falls but He knows it; nor there is a grain in the darkness of the earth or a green or dry thing but in a manifest Book.”

Even Prophet Muhammad was instructed to tell people that he has no knowledge of the unseen: Say (O Muhammad!): “I do not say to you that I have the treasures of Allah nor that I know the unseen (ghayb). And I do not say to you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me.” (6:50)

In Suratul Al-A’raf (Q7: 188), Allah says, say (O Muhammad!): “I cannot control any benefit or harm for myself save what Allah wills. Had I known the unseen (Al-ghayb), I would have revelled in good and no harm would have touched me. I am only a warner and announcer of good news for people who believe.”

To teach Muslims the correct Islamic knowledge and what is required of them by Allah, Right Path Arabic school, Lagos, was established some years ago and to Allah be the glory, we did our first graduation ceremony last year and the second graduation is coming up on Sunday, March 24.

The school has recorded great success over the years in terms of the students being graduated. The number of graduating students this year will be more than the last year because three categories of students would be graduated unlike last year when only students in advanced class graduated.

We give thanks to Almighty Allah that the Right Path Arabic School is waxing stronger despite some hitches. This year’s graduation ceremony will be different because we are graduating three classes of students – The Foundation, the Intermediate and the Advanced.

While the students in foundation will be graduating to intermediate, the intermediate will be graduating to advanced class and those graduates in advanced class can proceed to pursue their university education in Medinah, Saudi Arabia.

The understanding of Islam and following the commandments of Allah recently played out when a Muslim sister, Firdaus Amasa, stood her ground that nothing would make her remove her hijab when she was about to be called to bar after graduating from the Law School.

Although the sister was denied access to the event, she has become an example for others. Most Nigerians have taken up her matter and they have vowed to ensure she gets justice. Hijab is compulsory for every Muslim woman not a matter of choice and asking her to remove it is a violation of Allah’s injunctions and even the Nigerian constitution.

Using hijab is a fundamental right of every Muslim just as the constitution guarantees its usage.

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Also, the Nigerian constitution guarantees the right to fair hearing of every Nigerian. From this end, the House of Representative committee should have given Firdaus right to fair hearing rather than the unwarranted postponement of the public hearing. For me, this is an act of hypocrisy and injustice which urgently need to be addressed.

Al-Imam is the director, Right Path Arabic Institute, Lagos.

He could be contacted through: +234 8056628764, +234 7032630506

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