Archive for the ‘Seeking ‘Ilm (Knowledge)’ Category

The Quest for Knowledge

December 1, 2012 2 comments

Mufti Taqi Uthmani


Mawlana Mufti Muhammad Shafi Uthmani (may Allah have mercy on him) was the Grand Mufti of Pakistan. His life was spent in teaching and learning. He qualified from Dar ul Ulum Deoband and then also taught there. He was the chief Mufti of the Dar ul Ifta there.

He said once: “Whenever I am going anywhere and observe anyone delivering a sermon or reminder, I stop even for a while to listen to him even if I am in a hurry, for Allah may have inspired him with something that is beneficial to me.”

This was the Grand Mufti to whom people, including the ulama (scholars) came to solve their difficult issues. During his time the people giving the sermons were generally younger than he, his students, or students of his students, or even their students. But he did listen to them so that maybe he might learn what he did not know.

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‘strongest opinion’ doesnt mean ‘all other opinions are weak or invalid’

January 22, 2011 1 comment
Islamic Law: Between ‘Selecting’ and ‘Negating’ a Position

Knowledge is becoming widespread. More and more Islamic books are being translated into English. The number of avenues in which a Muslim may learn the Arabic language is growing, thus access to the abundance of resources that exist in the source language is becoming much easier. Yet if this growth in knowledge is not gradual and organic, it may lead to certain abnormal characteristics and traits. One such trait is adopting the approach of a zealot – hastily choosing a scholarly opinion in Islamic Law and deeming all others as having little or no value. Alternatively one may adopt the position of a certain scholar he or she follows and then deem all others as ‘weak’ or invalid. This attitude is what this article aims to address. Read more…

Do not attain learning in order to….

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment
It is narrated that RasulAllah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said:
“Do not attain learning in order to express pride before the ulema (scholars), nor by its help quarrel with foolish people, nor through it try to overwhelm meetings, but he who does so, his destination is fire.”
[Ibn Majah]

Quran translations are not enough!

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Advice to The Youth Who Love to Refute

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

What is ‘Ilm (Knowledge)?

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment
‘Ilm [Knowledge] is that which vanishes from committing sins. And is not obtained by a sinner. If solely word-ism was the name of ‘Ilm, it would come together with sin, too – but even with Kufr [Disbelief]. Otherwise in Beirut and Germany Christians are instructors of Arabic, their memory is very strong and their mind is very fast. So, one comes to know that ‘Ilm is not the name of that.

The reality of real ‘Ilm is Read more…
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