A wise man once said, ‘the more I learn the more I learn how ignorant I am.’ Seeking knowledge is like getting into a boat and rowing out to sea. The deeper you go the more you realize how deep and vast it is. The knowledge of all humans put together is not even equivalent to a drop in the ocean compared to the knowledge of Allah.
The prophet sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallamsaid, ‘acquire knowledge because knowledge enables us to know what is right and what is wrong.”If we have Islamic knowledge we will be able to differentiate between Halaal, Haraam and what is doubtful. Knowledge guides us to Allah’s pleasure and Jannah.
A person without knowledge is like someone walking along a track in complete darkness. Most likely his steps will wander aside and Shaytan can easily deceive him. This shows that our greatest danger lies in our ignorance of Islamic teachings. On the other hand, if we are blessed with the light of knowledge we will be able to see clearly the illuminated path of Islam at every step of our lives. We will be able to identify and avoid the dangerous paths of disbelief,Shirk and immorality, which may cross it.
Hazrat Abbaas (radi Allahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, ‘there are two people whose greed never ends, one who is greedy for knowledge and the other who is greedy for the world.’ People should choose greed for knowledge because greed for wealth will only create restlessness in the heart while a greed for knowledge leads to contentment and happiness. The pious people of the past used to travel for months just to learn one Hadith and upon gaining it would rejoice like a worldly person would if he had acquired a kingdom.
Rasulullah sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said that seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” Women are not excluded from attaining knowledge however, allowances have to be made. In the time of Rasullullah sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam the Sahaaba would teach their wives and daughters while Rasulullah sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallamwould have gatherings exclusively for women in which he would guide and admonish them.
One of the objectives for women to acquire knowledge is that the first Madrassah for a child is the lap of his/her mother. While the child is as young and impressionable as a clean slate, the words of the mother reflect in the actions of her child.
The sahabiyaat were so knowledgeable of Islamic matters that they would even contest the fatawa passed by the Ameerul Mu’mineen. Once Hadhrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu) wanted to stipulate a set mahr for the entire Muslim community. This would have had some social benefit but an old woman stood up and instructed Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu) to fear Allah and informed him that a woman had the right to stipulate her own Mahr(dowry)in the rulings of Shariah. Hazrat Umar (radi Allahu anhu) recognized the truth of this statement and withdrew his ruling. This incident displays the great wisdom and the extent of knowledge of the Sahabiyaat(radi Allahu anhu).
Rasulullah sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallamsaid: “A Muslim is never satisfied with knowledge until he reaches Jannah.” A Muslimah with the correct tools of Islamic Knowledge can live her life in a way that secures her place in Jannah, Insha’Allah.