One exemplar that knows the importance of beneficial knowledge is Musa (A). One example is when he met Khidr and as Musa followed him he wanted to question khidrs actions towards a boy, boat, and the wall/barrier. Musa (A) later learned that Khidr had the greatest knowledge on earth. In that case he knew the importance of useful knowledge.
I agree Khaleeq, one must strive for the best and keep going and not stop to achieve perfectness in this case to achieve knowledge wisdom!
Just to dd on to your point, Khidr knew a lot, but Allah is the One who blesses us and gives us all this beneficial knowledge. If one has lots of knowledge, know that Allah is the One who gave you it, and that you didn't do anything yourself.
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I agree with this because you need to strive to gain useful and beneficial Knowledge.
One example that I think knew the example of beneficial knowledge was Omar (r). I think he knew the importance of beneficial knowledge because when he got stabbed then woke up from fainting, he asked about Salah not if he was going to live, he only asked about Salah nothing else so I think Omar (r) had the importance of beneficial knowledge!
One examplar that knows the importance of knowledge is the prophet Muhammed(s). One example is when the qurayash asked him three questions to prove that he is a prophet. The prophet Muhammed(s) didn't know the answer and will answer it the next day. However the next day he still didn't know the answers for about a week. Then he realized that he never said inshallah so the angels didn't come down to give him knowledge from Allah(SWT). Now we know that knowledge can only come from Allah(SWT) and no one else except Him and to be thankful for what you know and what you don't know.
Wow!!! Heba that was a beautiful story. From now on I will make sure to say insh'allah. That is also very true that knowledge only comes from Allah (SWT).We should be thankful for what we know instead of what we don't like you said,but we don't always apply this to ourselves.
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I totally agree with your comment Heba, because the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is the greatest human being and the greatest exemplar for human beings. He (SAW) not only had beneficial knowledge, but he used it wisely, and those who do that are the ones who really have beneficial knowledge and wisdom.I also agree with your point that knowledge comes only from Allah (SWT) and He created everything and is the All-Knowing.
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My exampler is Prophet Muhammad (SAW). One day he was calling prayer and some non muslim kid was following him. When he finished his prayer he got up and patted the boy's head and said that he would be a great Imam. I want to do the same and be kind and generous to my sisters. Prophet Muhammad is an exampler to 7s all.
How did he understand beneficial knowledge?! You never explained that!
An example of a person whose actions reflected that they understood the importance of beneficial was Benjamin Franklin. He was a scientist, an author, printer, politician, inventor, and more. As a scientist he invented the lightning rod and that came into great use all over the world and saved many lives. And what do you know he wasn't only a scientist he was also one of the founding fathers of our country. He wasn't even a president! This truly shows that even though he may have not been a president or may have displeased his family, he still went on with his life and benefited the world and his country with all the beneficial knowledge he discovered. Another person whose actions displayed that he understood beneficial knowledge was the Prophet Muhammad (saw). The Prophet (saw) narrated a hadith that said that we should divide our stomach in 3 parts 1/3 for food, 1/3 for water and the 1/3 for air. This shows that he understood beneficial knowledge because even though it was such a small thing he knew that this was needed to take care of our body the right way.
That's very true Saarah.
Did you know that scientists only recently discovered that there is actually an air bag in your stomach that is only for air, and is exactly 1/3 of your stomach! The rest of the two thirds are used for water and food.
Wow Sarah! I never knew that! That is really interesting because that air bag is exactly a third of your stomach and it perfectly fits with the hadith!!!!!!! Subhanallah!!!!!!!! Allah has created our body so uniquely and has given that knowledge to the prophet (saw) to reveal to us!!!!!!
I know right Sara but didn't they discover that long ago
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I did a little research about the stomach afterwards and it was found out just recently.
I agree Sarah! Some people devote their whole lives to gaining knowledge....... I hope to follow in their footsteps Insha Allah.
Wow! Saarah that was really deep! I think that a very exemplary character was probably Abraham Lincoln, his actions really reflected beneficial knowledge. For example, he was really against slavery which was an exemplary act. He could have chosen to not speak for his country and do something else like make a new movie. This movie could have taught a good lesson but would not have made such a huge impact such as the abolishment of slavery. The abolishment of slavery left such a very positive impact on the world. Beneficial knowledge also is something that others benefit from which was visible in this case. Inshallah we all strive to be exemplars of beneficial knowledge and people who don't seek non-beneficial knowledge.
Wow I agree Hanan! I always thought Abraham Lincoln was a wonderful leader and amazing exemplar.
I think the reason Ms. Tasnim put this blog up was because of Nelson Mandela's death. Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr were both civil right activists. Even though they weren't Muslim, they are still exemplars due to their outstanding character and their passion. When Nelson Mandela was in jail, the rights of the colored were very low. So low that the entire South African cricket team was white, and because of that the Cricket administration banned them from playing. Nelson Mandela strive for equality, which is mentioned in the Qur'an. The better one in Allah's view is the one that is closest to Him.
It was a good thing to bring up Nelson Mandela because he expressed his own thought and knowledge about slavery and we should also do that so we can correct the wrong things people are doing
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Although they were not muslim, the people of the past were great role models that we should try to look up to.
An example of a person who actions showed that he understood what the importance of beneficial knowledge was Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ali Ibn Yusuf Al-Jazari. He traveled far distances just to get knowledge. Thats how he became a scholar. He made a poem with more than a hundred lines, which still benifits us till today. This shows that he understood the benefits and importance of beneficial knowledge to the point that even a rhyming poem that makes sense and is teaching us knowledge after 602 years.
WOW NAzzer this beneficial knowlegde is very useful to all of thank you for sharing that.
One person from the past that showed that he knew the importance of beneficial knowledge was Nikola Tesla. Not sure if most of us have had heard of him.
Anyways, lots of times you will see a picture of him doing an experiment with electrical current everywhere. Tesla really wanted to make things wireless. Of course, that didn't really come true, looking at our fully wired world. But his ideas never really went away. A little after the nineteenth century (in other words, nowadays), we do have smartphones and a lot of computers are wireless.
So that was definitely beneficial knowledge since now we have multi-purpose phones, and LOTS of portable gadgets.
One of his quotes is:
“Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life.”
He understood that the world needed portable things, like GPSs, and similar things. His research did not have direct results, but it lay the foundation for newer inventions that benefit us today.
It's like the saying that the reason you are sitting under the shade of a tree today is because somebody planted a seed long ago.
luqman used knowladge wisely and under stood its benefits. he passed it on to his son and has some quotes and stuff in the quran so he counts ',:[
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the prophet muhammad (saaw) because every thing he did was good and had reason behind it
A person from the past that was an exemplar and showed it was Martin Luther King Jr. He was a man who stood up for people's rights no matter the skin color. He wasn't scared to go and fight for what's right, and the Prophet (SAW) even explained that every man is equal. Martin Luther King Jr. and his speech effected the reason why we don't have separate bathrooms or water fountains. He had understand that knew,and had the knowledge that we are equal, and he didn't want to stand and live like that. His "I had a dream speech" really explained that he had understand and had beneficial knowledge,not only in academics, but that he knew what is right. That was being fair and equal to one another.
I agree! Martin Luther king was a great example!
I agree with you Sanaa that Martin Luther King JR. he is a good example because he stood up for what he thought was right.
One figure who I think was very inspirational is Helen Keller. Helen Keller was both blind and deaf, but she didnt let these obstacles overcome her. Though people said it was impossible Helen Keller strived to learn to read and write. Impossible right? Nope! Helen Keller both learned to read as well as write. She ignored the fact that she couldnt see or hear, and became a very good reader and writer. This shows how Hellen Keller valued beneficial knowledge in her life. She went out of her way to learn to read and write.
Very inspiring Sara, very inspiring indeed...
Wow Sara! That's so true. Helen Keller was very determined to learn despite the obstacles she faced throughout her life!
Yup! thats right, She was a great example. she did not give up at all and kept trying! thats what a person should be like!
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim." - Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 74. To me what the Prophet SAW is saying is that we can never learn to much in Islam. For example, if we know how to pray and we fast, we should strive to learn more, like sunnahs after prayer or fasting on Mondays and Thursdays. This is also to strive to get closer to Allah SWT.
thats a good tip, fasting on those days would be really beneficial
I think prophet Muhammad piece be upon him is an exemplar because we should fallow the the sunnah of prophet muhammad piece be upon him because everything we did should be sunnah. For example it is sunnah to eat while sitting because it is sunnah.
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One exemplar that really contributed to not only the Muslim Society but actually had a greater effect on the World, was Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī. This guy (a Muslim) basically invented Algebra. Al-Khwārizmi is a Persian, but he came all the way to Baghdad to learn beneficial knowledge. This action itself shows that if he has to, then he will go that far for useful knowledge. Also, Al-Khwārizmi didn't just keep his knowledge to himself, but he shared his knowledge of Algebra. We as Muslims should strive to be like this great inventor.
Wow! That is actually really interesting! I knew that a Muslim invented algebra, but never knew his name or that he was Persian. All of the blog posts are about people who have done something great or had a special ability which by the way is great. But this blog talks about something that we can actually use on a daily basis even though we might not realize it. This is a really amazing exemplar who really understood beneficial knowledge.
I totally agree with you about how this guy actually change our life but we don't even know that he changed. he made algebra and we don't even acknowledge him for making it
Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was a great exemplar towards all Muslims. When the people had put him into a catapult and launched him into the fire he did what he knew must be done. Prophet Ibrahim (AS) prayed and made du'aa to Allah (SWT) to save him, to let him live. Prophet Ibrahim (AS) took the knowledge he knew of Allah (SWT) and did everything he could do in his power to ask Allah (SWT) to save him. The knowledge that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was no doubt about it useful toward himself. When in a crisis one should cry for the help of Allah (SWT) while doing all that is possible themselves. Afterwards Prophet Ibrahim (AS) went on his way praising Allah (SWT) and gaining more useful knowledge.
Someone who I think is an exemplar is the Prophet Muhammad (SAW):
When the prophet Muhammad went to Taa'if to spread Islam the children threw rocks and stones at him. The angel came and told the prophet that he could crush the people in between the 2 mountains but the prophet (SAW) said no because one day Allah (SAW) might guide them to the straight path. This shows that he didn't just do things because of revenge and hatefulness, the prophet actually thought about his actions and I leaned that we should do the same.
I agree the Prophet (SAW) had the choice to hurt all these people, but believed that they might be guided one day. In the end some people did, Inshallah we can think out problems, and not hurt others out of revenge.
An exemplar who looks like they understood the value of knowledge is Prophet Ibrahim (SA). He knew understood the value of knowledge because he wanted to know more , and so that is why he went to look for the truth. He knew that to gain knowledge is to know more truth so he wanted the truth (knowledge
One exemplar was the Bilal RA. He was treated very harshly, and still accepted Islam. One example was when they put a rock on him. The people told him to disagree with what the prophet SAW was saying, but he still believed in it
yes thats true. he was a great person. He knew that Islam was the right religion he never gave up on it.
An exemplar from the past is Rosa Parks. She fought for African American civil rights and she knew in her heart that all people are equal and she fought for that justice. I think everyone know her famous story where while riding a bus she found an empty seat in the front where it was always crowded and so she sat down, but at the next stop a white boarded the bus and wanted her seat so they told her she had to go to the back of the bus cuz she was black but she refused and they forced her out of the bus and since then she fought for the justice she and all blacks desrve.
One person from the past that i think showed the importance of knowledge would be Abraham Lincoln. Even though his parents were illiterate, he loved books. He studied law and became a politician and lawyer. Then, later he became president and stopped slavery. If it weren't for him to have studied in his early years, he wouldn't have had much knowledge and America would have probably still have slavery and many other problems.
One person who understood the importance of beneficial knowledge is Prophet Muhammad (SAAWS). When he got a new hadith or a new ayah from the Quran, he would tell his companions about it so they could spread the knowledge around the world. Islam is the only religion in its orthodox form because the Quran was passed down from generation to generation and not a single letter has been changed ever since the time of the Prophet Muhammad (SAAWS). This is how the Prophet Muhammad (SAAWS) understood the point of beneficial knowledge and how it can benefit others too.
One example that I think knew the example of beneficial knowledge was Omar (r). I think he knew the importance of beneficial knowledge because when he was attacked during slah he passed out and he asked if he had prayed and when he woke up agin he only asked about Salah nothing else so I think Omar (r) had the importance of beneficial knowledge!
Name one exemplar from the past whose actions reflect that they understood the importance of beneficial knowledge. Share a specific example from their life that supports your response.
An exemplar from the past whose actions reflect that they understood the importance of beneficial knowledge is Omar (R). He shows that his actions reflect his understandings because when he told the 2 loud and noisy men in the masjid he made sure of where they were from before he told them their punishment. Once he knew they were travelers he told them " If you were not travelers then you would be punished because of your actions". This shows that Omar uses his knowledge so that the travelers will not get punished for not knowing the rules in an area.
the prophet Muhammad (SAW) because he did not go after the non-beneficial things so he is not distracted form the in important thing in life. he never gave out beneficial knowledge.
The person that I saw as an exemplar of useful knowledge is Musa (AS) He strived to be the most knowledgeable of his time, and when Allah told him that someone was more knowledgeable, he jumped into the opportunity to meet him and become like him. I think that if everyone in this world truly wanted to become knowledgeable, our world would be so much better. The problem is a lot of people are lazy, and deep in their hearts, they don't care for being useful. That is why Allah put specific people on this Earth, such as Prophet Musa, to be role models.
I think that one person who had useful knowledge were all the Sahaba because all of them were serious about learning about Hadith rather than sports stats because Hadith are useful knowledge which can be used in this life and the herafter.
Very good point Moosa. Mashaallah this is very applicable to our lives in specific because we now find ourselves in situations where we know a lot about sports figures and superstars but not a lot about Hadith .
I agree Mr. Moosa, you did make a good point
Yes Mr. Tariq, I agree. Also, I think that we shouldn't forget about all the other Heroes of the World, like Mr. Tariq, Mr. Lenin, Mr. Anaan, Mr. Washington, and especially Mr. Reagan. Although he was a Non-Muslim, he was a man who we can learn a lot from. He fought for freedom, and was famous throughout the world for it. Even when he was shot, he still fought for basic human rights. We can learn a lot from Mr. Reagan.
One exemplar are all the Prophets.The knowledge they got from Allah (SWT) was beneficial and they used it wisely. They spread the message of Islam and today we now worship one god-Allah (SWT). The beneficial knowledge they spread will help us on the Day of Judgement.
May Allah (SWT) let us all enter Janaah (insh'allah)
The person from the past who showed that they knw the benifits of benificial knowledge is prophet musa. when he followed Al-Khidr he was seeking knowledge Al kidr got this knowledge from Allah.
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Prophet Musa was a examplar who searched and searched for beneficial knowledge. When he was folowing Al-Khidr for knowledge, he was searching for knowledge. We shouldn’t be cramming our mind with useless information. We should be out there following the amazing example of Prophet Musa. In the Khidr story one of the things we learn is that all knowledge comes from Allah.
I think that a very true and inspirational exemplar was Ayub (a) because even after losing so much, he still prayed and worshiped Allah (s) being thankful for what he had (even though he didn't have anything left) which is really inspirational and would help an unthankful and greedy person.
I have to agree with your statement Fatima because he is truly inspirational. And even though he had almost everything stripped away from him, he still trusted Allah (swt) and believed in him. Even after everything, his faith, beliefs, and morals were still able to conquer all. Over course, he still felt some sadness, but that is natural and shows that there are times when humans break down, but we just need to get right back up again. So thank you very much for not only reminding me, but others one here of that story.
I think the people of the cave are exemplars because even though they were in a bad environment they still worshiped Allah. Also to protect their religion they fled to a cave so that they can worship Allah.
There is a story of a great scholar, who once went with a caravan to seek knowledge. He had brought some money with him, as well as his mother had told him not to lie. On the way back, they were attacked by bandits. He told them they could take his money but not his notes, because he valued them more. The bandits told him that he should learn his knowledge by heart. That is some of the best advice he had gotten.
Or something like that. Please correct me if I got this story wrong.
It's good. Nothings wrong. But as a result to the story you said Musa, honesty is a very important thing in life, and if you lie, there's no point in doing because you might get away with it in this world but not on the Day of Judgment.
An exemplar from the past whose actions reflect that they understood the importance of beneficial knowledge, was the Prophet Aiyyub (AS). I think this, because if we have patience, like Prophet Aiyyub (AS) did, it shows that we actually have wisdom and beneficial knowledge. A specific example of this is the well-known story in which Allah (SWT) really tested him by taking away his wealth and family, and on top of that, giving him a severe disease where no one wanted to go near him, yet he was so patient, and kept on praying and thanking Allah (SWT). Eventually, he was rewarded with more wealth, and another family, for trusting Allah. That is why we should always try to have the patience and perseverance of Prophet Aiyyub (AS), and take that example of useful knowledge and try to really apply it in our everyday life.
Someone who I feel has really taken knowledge, analysed, dissected, taken it into affect and understands the importance of it is the sahaba Omar (R). The reason I feel this, is because before he was a Muslim, he had this deep, engulfing hatred for Muslims. Not only that, but before that he wasn't the best person either, I mean he even buried ALIVE his OWN daughter! I mean, can you believe that? Because sure didn't at first. However, that had all changed when one day he had went over to his sister's house. and when he got there he had caught his sister and brother-in-law reading Quran. When he had caught them he was so angry that he began to beat his sister, and tell her how wrong it was to read the Quran. However, once he had heard the words they were reading, and everyone was talking about he began to cry. He not only began to cry, but he realized how wrong many of his actions were. But, it was a good thing he heard them because once he had he made a complete 180 and became one of the best men we have ever learned, or anyone has ever known. He is a man that shows great encouragement of the fact that even though you could be of one of the many that commit shirk in the world, but if you choose to turn towards the truth and make sincere dua to Allah (swt) and ask for forgiveness, then there is still hope.
Abe Lincoln because of him fighting for equality. this shows me that he cared for all of the people around him
Instead of choosing one person I chose multiple, my teachers. My teacher are very thoughtful and care about everyone and their feelings. Teachers have a very important role in our live and I would like to do that for the next generation to come, inshallah
Wow, Maryam.. Usually when people look at what ms. Tasnim asked we think of famous ex people that changed the world or did something big, but teachers are very appreciative and understanding, we're so lucky to have them :D
An exemplar I would chose is Martin Luther King because he helped the world become a united whole. Martin helped the world in many ways, but the greatest effect he had on the world is that he stop racism and made justice to the world.
One person that was inspirational was Martin Luther king jr., Martin knew what was right and what was wrong so he used it to bring change in the world giving equal rights to all wheat her black or white.
One exemplar I thought was good was Abraham Lincoln. He read a lot of books and had a lot of knowledge. he studied and went to law school. Later he became a politician and Lawyer. Then a president. He stopped slavery because of the knowledge he knew before told him that this was wrong and the way people are getting treated are getting treated badly. This shows that he knew knowledge and it was useful knowledge because that helped free blacks.
One exemplar that I admire a lot is Nelson Mandela. Against all odds, he fought for freedom. Even when he was thrown in jail, his people continued fighting for black rights. Once he got out, he still fought for freedom and become president of South Africa. He died a week ago but his legacy will live on for generations to come.
Another person I admire is Malcolm X. Living in poverty and a bad person, he found Islam. But he didn't stop there. He found that his teacher wasn't a good Muslim himself, and found TRUE Islam when he actually went to hajj. There he learned that what the Prophet (SWS) about racial equality was true, everyone was equal in the eyes of Allah except by Eman. Malcolm X's story is truly amazing, and he died in the most honorable way, as a martyr. The different is that he died on Ilsam, which only made his death more honorable. May Allah grant him Jannah. Amen!
One exemplar is Prophet Muhammad [S.A.W] because he taught knowledge about Islam and spread it all around. That benefited people then and now.
one person with lots of useful knowledge was the prophet Ibrahim (AS). he was very knowledgeable. even from a young age he questioned idol worship, and knew that there was a supreme God. he stood up for what he believed in, even though that got him thrown into a fire. he knew Allah (SWT) was sufficient for him, and he fully trusted Allah (SWT). he was a true exemplar of a knowledgeable person, who put his knowledge to action.
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an exemplar from the past is Abraham Lincoln. he understood the importance of beneficial knowledge. His actions reflect this because he tried teaching and showing people that slavery is bad. Abraham Lincoln technically died because of his beliefs when he was assassinated at a theather
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One exemplar that really stands out to me is Ayubb. He was a very wealthy, happy, caring man unti one day shaytan ruined his life. Slowly he had lost his wealth.... Then his house that collapsed on his children.... He became sick.... His wife cut hernhair to sell because of their poorness (if its a word)..... And she lost her job.... However Ayubb was told t stomp if im not mistaken and water gushed into the air curing him, as well as restoring his losses with even greater wealth... Haha shaytan you failed :P
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One person that I think did an exemplary thing in the past is Martin Luther King Jr.. he helped fulfill the rights of all the mistreated and oppressed Black people when they needed it most. This thing helped millions of people change their lives to a better life
An exemplar from the past that really stood out to me was Nelson Mandela because he wanted to have freedom for the south Africans even though his punishment was 27 years in jail. This action helped many south Africans lead to a free life.
I also agree with Yasmeen because with out nelson Mandela we would not have good friends to help us when we needed it like oil or coal
One exemplar who understood benificial knowledge was the author of Farenheight 451 Ray Bradbury. He was born in the time of the world war and in the time where everyone was burning books. Ray Bradbury felt that is was horrific to burn books because they carry benificial knowledge. That is why he wrote Farenheight 451 which exemplifies the importance of keeping books. He sat in a room writing Farenheight because he was so attached to books which carry beneficial knowledge.
One person who was an exemplar from the past was Abu Bakr (RA). This is because he always acted on the knowledge he knew was accurate and then portrayed it to others. Since Abu Bakr was one of the close friends of Prophet Muhammed (SAW), he knew the difference between knowledge that was good to learn, and the other things that one should avoid. By being careful with his actions and words, Abu Bakr made a perfect example for the people around him. So in the end, Abu Bakr not only increased his rank in the Eyes of Allah (SWT), but he also helped other people strive to be a good Muslim like he was.
One specific example was:
When the Prophet (SAW) dies, everything was chaotic, and one of the Sahabah actually threatened to kill anyone who said the Prophet was dead, and he said,
"O People! If anyone among you worshipped Muhammad, let him know that Muhammad is dead. But those who worshipped Allah, let them know that He lives and will never die. Let all of us recall the words of the Qur'an. It says:
'Muhammad is only a Messenger of Allah, there have been Messengers before him. What then, will you turn back from Islam if he dies or is killed?' "
This is truly beautiful because though he loved the Prophet, he knew that he was supposed to please Allah (SWT) not anyone else.
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I think an exemplar who used beneficial knowledge was Uthman ibn Affan. I say this because he spent his time and devoted his efforts to learning the Quran and did his best to influence Islam, and learn it himself. He was also very modest, had alot of Hayaa', and was very humble. He even died while working towards beneficial knowledge: he got stabbed in the back while reading the Quran. This is also a great example for following "the Word" from the previous Ayah of the Week. :D :P :)
I REMEMBER ANOTHER ONE!! Imam Ibn Ul-Jazariyy spent his ENTIRE life teaching knowledge and learning it. He was a scholar who memorized the entire quran at 13 and became an Imam at 14. His dad prayed for a son who would be a scholar...... and lo and behold his son became. . . in my opinion a great exemplar of useful knowledge. Imam Ahmed Ibn Ul-Jazariyy went to travel far and wide VERY FAR AND WIDE to teach his students that didn't have enough money to travel, and traveled even more to learn from other scholars.
Oh wow, Amira! I didn't even see your response on Muhammed ibn Jazarri, I only saw the one about Uthman ibn Affan. What a coincidence!
One exemplar from the past who always gained knowledge was Muhammad ibn Jazarri.
He accomplished many amazing things in his life. He became an Imam at a very young age and he also memorized the Quran when he was young too.
Muhammed ibn Jazarri travelled the world to teach people about Islam. He was constantly gaining knowledge, and he has truly made an impact on the world.
One person that really stood out to me is imam abu hanifa what i really liked about him is that he made it clear to a person on what he is worshiping like the story of him and the atheist: Long ago in the city of Baghdad, there was a Muslim empire. On one side of the River Tigris were the royal palaces and on the other side was the city. The Muslims were gathered in the Royal Palace when an atheist approached them. He said to them, ‘I don’t believe in God, there cannot be a God, you cannot hear Him or see Him, you’re wasting your time! Bring me your best debater and I will debate this issue with him.’
The best debater at the time was Imam Abu Hanifah Rahimullah. A messenger from amongst the Muslims was sent over the River Tigris to the city, where Abu Hanifah Rahimullah was, in order to tell him about the atheist who was awaiting him. On crossing the River Tigris, the messenger conveyed the message to Abu Hanifah Rahimullah saying, ‘Oh Abu Hanifah, an atheist is waiting for you, to debate you, please come!’ Abu Hanifah Rahimullah told the messenger that he would be on his way.
The messenger went over the River Tigris once again and to the Royal Palaces, where everyone including the atheist awaited the arrival of Abu Hanifah Rahimullah. It was sunset at the time and one hour had passed, but Abu Hanifah Rahimullah still hadn’t arrived. Another hour had passed, but still there was no sign of him. The Muslims started to become tense and worried about his late arrival. They did not want the atheist to think that they were too scared to debate him, yet they did not want to take up the challenge themselves as Abu Hanifah Rahimullah was the best of debaters from amongst the Muslims. Another hour passed, and suddenly the atheist started laughing and said, ‘ Your best debater is too scared! He knows he’s wrong, he is too frightened to come and debate with me. I guarantee he will not turn up today.’
The Muslims increased in apprehension and eventually it had passed midnight, and the atheist had a smile on his face. The clock ticked on, and finally Abu Hanifah Rahimullah had arrived. The Muslims inquired about his lateness and remarked, ‘Oh Abu Hanifah, a messenger sent for you hours ago, and you arrive now, explain your lateness to us.’
Abu Hanifah Rahimullah apologises for his lateness and begins to explain, while the atheist listens to his story.
‘Once the messenger delivered the message to me, I began to make my way to the River Tigris, and on reaching the river bank I realised there was no boat, in order to cross the river. It was getting dark, and I looked around, there was no boat anywhere nor was there a navigator or a sailor in order for me to cross the river to get to the Royal Palaces. I continued to look around for a boat, as I did not want the atheist to think I was running away and did not want to debate with him.
I was standing on the river bank looking for a navigator or a boat when something caught my attention in the middle of the river. I looked forward, and to my amazement I saw planks of wood rising to the surface from the sea bed. I was shocked, amazed, I couldn’t believe what I saw seeing. Ready made planks of wood were rising up to the surface and joining together. They were all the same width and length, I was astounded at what I saw.
I continued to look into the middle of the river, and then I saw nails coming up from the sea floor. They positioned themselves onto the boat and held the planks together, without them being banged. I stood in amazement and thought to myself, ‘Oh Allah, how can this happen, planks of wood rising to the surface by itself, and then nails positioning themselves onto the boat without being banged?’ I could not understand what was happening before my eyes.’
The atheist meanwhile was listening with a smile on his face. Abu Hanifah Rahimullah continued, ‘I was still standing on the river bank watching these planks of wood join together with nails. I could see water seeping through the gaps in the wood, and suddenly I saw a sealant appear from the river and it began sealing the gaps without someone having poured it, again I thought, ‘O Allah, how is this possible, how can sealant appear and seal the gaps without someone having poured it, and nails appear without someone having banged them.’ I looked closer and I could see a boat forming before my eyes, I stood in amazement and was filled with shock. All of a sudden a sail appeared and I thought to myself, ‘How is this happening, a boat has appeared before my eyes by itself, planks of wood, nails, sealant and now a sail, but how can I use this boat in order to cross the river to the Royal Palaces?’ I stood staring in wonderment and suddenly the boat began to move. It came towards me against the current. It stood floating beside me while I was on the river bank, as if telling me to emb
sorry forgot to finish : bark onto it. I went on the boat and yet again it began to move. There was no navigator or sailor on the boat, and the boat began to travel towards the direction of the royal palaces, without anyone having programmed it as to where to go. I could not understand what was happening, and how this boat had formed and was taking me to my destination against the flow of water. The boat eventually reached the other side of the River Tigris and I disembarked. I turned around and the boat had disappeared, and that is why I am late.’
At this moment, the atheist burst out laughing and remarked, ‘Oh Abu Hanifah, I heard that you were the best debater from amongst the Muslims, I heard that you were the wisest, the most knowledgeable from amongst your people. From seeing you today, I can say that you show none of these qualities. You speak of a boat appearing from nowhere, without someone having built it. Nails positioning themselves without someone having banged them, sealant being poured without someone having poured it, and the boat taking you to your destination without a navigator against the tide, your taking childish, your talking ridiculous, I swear I do not believe a word of it!’
Abu Hanifah Rahimullah turned to the atheist and replied, ‘You don’t believe a word of it? You don't believe that nails can appear by themselves? You don't believe sealant can be poured by itself? You don't believe that a boat can move without a navigator, hence you don’t believe that a boat can appear without a boat maker?’
The atheist remarked defiantly, ‘Yes I don't believe a word of it!’
Abu Hanifah Rahimullah replied, ‘If you cannot believe that a boat came into being without a boat maker, than this is only a boat, how can you believe that the whole world, the universe, the stars, the oceans, and the planets came into being without a creator?
There are many people from the past that exemplify the importance of gaining beneficial knowledge, but one person that really stood out to me is Imam Al-Jazzriy. he traveled by land and boat, all over the middle east just to gain and spread knowledge, may Allah SWT be happy with him.
Another knowledgeable person was prophet Yunus. Before he left the ship he was sailing, he didn't question Allah or his fate. He prayed to Allah with the knowledge that Allah was by his side at all times. Many of us would not think of praying while we are drowning, we would be worried about getting out of the water, but prophet Yunus had faith in Allah, and if you have faith in Allah, you are using your knowledge usefully.
The best example is the Prophet (SAAWS). He had the most knowledge, and he used it in a good way, like helping others. The Prophet used to help people by giving them some advice of what Allah (SWT) told him. For example, when a man came to the Prophet, and asked him whether he should leave his donkey and rely on Allah, or tie his donkey, then rely on Allah. The Prophet told him to tie his donkey, then rely on Allah. So the Prophet used what he knew about relying on Allah, and He gave the man some advice.
One knowledgeable person was Prophet Ibrahim (AS). He knew that worshiping idols was wrong. He tried to figure out who is God was. and when he was put in the fire he prayed and made duaa for Allahs help. and Allah helped by making the fire cool for him. Prophet Ibrahim had beneficial knowledge and figured out who his lord was.
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