Definition of Knowledge

The Shaykh حفظه الله began with a definition of ‘ilm (knowledge). In the Arabic language it means ‘understanding’ or ‘knowing’, and its Sharee’ah (legislation) meaning is: ‘knowing the Deen (Religion) of Islaam with evidences’ .

From amongst the best of what I am aware of regarding the definition of knowledge is what al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab رحمه الله has mentioned in his book The Virtues of the Knowledge of the Salaf above the Knowledge of the Khalaf. He رحمه الله said concerning knowledge:
” Knowledge is light which is cast into the heart. With it the servant understands the truth, and with it he distinguishes between truth and falsehood; and he articulates this with concise expressions which achieve the intent (goal)”

The meaning of “light which is cast into the heart” is not from the realm of inspiration, or that an individual awakes from sleep or from inattentiveness and then finds knowledge in his chest. However, it is with an abundance of seeking knowledge and ‘ibaadah (worship) and a desire to follow the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه و سلم, and to act upon this knowledge , put it into practice and teach it to the people. This is one of the highest stations of subservience to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى . So if a servant fulfils this, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى casts into his heart understanding of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah and makes him from the People of Understanding.


1 Comment

  1. Talha said,

    September 7, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    MashaAllaah, I really like the design on the left. Did you get that from the designs that you can choose from in wordpress?

    I would suggest that you take out the tag cloud. I think it gives the page a really messy and unorganized feel when you get to that area.

    May Allah make us from those who truly realize the definition of the knowledge that is meant here and make us from those who learn it, act upon it, understand it and then teach it to others.

    Barak Allahu feekum.

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