Monday, 7 July 2008

A cure for week iman

In the name of Allah the most beneficent the most merciful

Seeking Knowledge - a Cure for Weak Iman

Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid

From the chapter "Healing Weak Iman" in "The Weakening of Faith - Its Symptoms – Causes & Cure"

© 1997 Daar of Islamic Heritage

3 -- Seeking knowledge of the religion helps achieve Taqwa (fear) from Allah and increases Iman. Allah said, what translated means, "It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah." [35:28]. Therefore, how can those who have knowledge in the rules of the Shari'ah (Islamic Law), the meaning and implications of Ash-Shahadatayn (the two testimonies, there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, and Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah), the wisdom behind the various rules of the religionwith regards to the permissible and the impermissible, the life story of the Messenger of Allah and knowledge in what will occur after death, such as the torment in the grave, the hardships of the Day of Resurrection, the bounties in Paradise and the torment in Hellfire, how can they be compared to those who do not have knowledge in such aspects? Those latter ones only blindly follow and imitate others, "Say, ‘Are those who know equal to those who know not?’" [39:9].