A wise guy once told me…
“If a man lived for 80 years and spent every minute every second of his life acquiring knowledge, that knowledge would be equivalent to only one cup of the ocean.”
Just one cup. There are no limits on how much knowledge we can obtain. From reading tons of books to newspapers, from travelling around the world to sharing personal experiences, there is an abundance of insight into how the world works, how to live and what we can do to achieve success. And the process starts from the very beginning, from birth. Babies who can barely walk begin to explore and investigate the motions of crawling, the process itself can be pretty complex as they need to coordinate the movement of their arms and legs but once they have accomplished that, you instantly see an expression of innocent joy and pleasure in their faces.
I find seeking knowledge gives me just that… a natural pleasure. I am always thirsty for knowledge and curious about new information, always asking myself why this, why that… Like a child, I too am intrigued about certain things in life and I am not afraid to ask. It’s a pleasure to discover the unknown and unexpected; knowledge expands our minds into new dimensions, changing perspectives and strengthens our intelligence as life goes on. There is knowledge out there to educate us, inspire us, to motivate us, to benefit from… and Islam is the Ocean of Divine Knowledge.
Say, “If the sea were ink for [writing] the Words of my Lord, the sea would be exhausted before the Words of my Lord were exhausted, even if We brought the like of it as a supplement.” (Surah Al-Khaf 18:109)
This is further explained by Ar-Rabi` ibn Anas, “The parable of the knowledge of all of mankind, in comparison to the knowledge of Allah, is that of a drop of water in comparison to all of the oceans.”
Allahs knowledge is limitless.
The very first revelation from Allah was sent through Angel Jibraeel (as) to Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) in these five verses:
“Recite: In the name of your Lord who created – Created man from a clinging substance. Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous – Who taught by the pen – Taught man that which he knew not.” (Surah Al-Alaq 96:1-5)
Taught man that which he knew not.
From that point onwards Muhammed (pbuh) was the chosen Messenger to carry out this Divine Message of Allah. The task itself was difficult as history tells us how he dedicated all his efforts from that moment up to the point he took his last breath. The extreme lengths he went through as he met with endless adversity so we can benefit from the knowledge – right at our fingertips. I remember reading the biography of the Prophet (pbuh)… 800+ pages long. Taken the author four years to complete. Taken me one year to pick it up from my bookshelf.
There is a great emphasis on learning and seeking knowledge in Islam however as Muslims it is essential that not only should we acquire knowledge, but we seek wisdom so we are not unproductive or on the road to a lonely path… Knowledge without wisdom is dangerous, it gives us little until we use it and apply it.
Question: What is the difference between intelligence and wisdom?
Google: Intelligence indicates knowledge not wisdom. A wise man knows how to use his knowledge to make a good decision. A person may have a lot of knowledge but be unable to use it properly.
Reflect on how many Hadiths, Quranic verses or any Islamic literature is meaningful to you… Why is it stuck in your memory? How much of it inspires you? How much of it makes you a better version of yourself? There’s a reason why certain things are known to us – but our outlook on it dictates whether it’s a supplement of inspiration or has no value at all, whether our deed is accumulated or deducted, whether it’s made us humble or arrogant.
Pay attention to new knowledge, as we mature step-by-step that knowledge will reveal to us the right thing at the right time. God will reveal to us the secrets of eternal success and happiness when we fully understand the purpose of our existence. Do not dismiss the treasures we hold within us . The profound insight of knowledge is evidence of His Rahmat, His Mercy, so that He may reward us abundantly. Knowledge comes from Him, and the Rewards come from Him…
Praise Allah. “He is the Ever-Living; there is no deity except Him, so call upon Him, [being] sincere to Him in religion. [All] praise is [due] to Allah , Lord of the worlds.” (Surah Ghafir 40:65)
Know Allah. “Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?” (Surah Al-Mulk 67:14)
Ask Allah. “…My Lord! Enrich me with knowledge” (Surah Taha 20:114)
Remember Allah. “Say, ‘Are those who know equal to those who do not know?’ Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.” (Surah Az-Zumar 39:9)
Benefit from Allah. “And the one who has brought the truth and [they who] believed in it – those are the righteous. They will have whatever they desire with their Lord. That is the reward of the doers of good” (Surah Az-Zumar 39:33-34)
True wisdom is not rooted from extreme knowledge but it is the understanding of our place before Allah, Our Master.
Knowledge + Wisdom = Taqwa (Fear in Allah)