Useful knowledge and useless knowledge are usually very easy to distinguish. On the occasions that they are not, however, we should be able to recognize the difference.
The major difference is obvious. Useful knowledge is knowledge that will help you and/or others in the dunya and/or Day of Judgment.
We probably don't do this often, but we should. If we were about to learn about something, we should stop and ask ourselves how it will benefit us.
Remember that learning new things takes up time, and we will be asked about how we spent our time on the Day of Judgment.
Useful knowledge could be watching the news and learning about what's going on places like Syria. That could benefit you AND others, because then you could make a plan to help the refugees and citizens of Syria.
Useless knowledge could be finding out about the latest gossip about the famous celebrities. That sort of knowledge really is NOT necessary.
Even though some types of knowledge are tempting, we should resist because they are useless.
Another thing I remember is learning about the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is like knowing facts, but wisdom is learning through experiences throughout your life, therefore making you wise.
So I will strive for two things:
1. Learning only USEFUL knowledge.
2. Gaining wisdom through my actions and experiences.
What I think useful knowledge is knowledge that you can apply in your life.Also, that knowledge has to be helpful to you in your life or it won't be useful at all.An example is knowing that some Barbie dolls have real dido ands on them that cost 1 million per doll! Wasteful!
I meant diamonds not "dido ands"!
Sarah I really like what you are striving for. Good luck!
This is so true, Sarah!
Lots of people waste time by hearing about the latest gossip news, but they don't realize there are so many more beneficial things to learn about and they should spend more time seeking that knowledge. :)
You guys are right, useless knowledge is not only knowledge that will never be used, it can also be knowledge that you won't find a purpose for, like what Hibah said, gossip.
Wow Sara that was really inspiring it made me realize that if we pay attention closely we can usually get knowledge from anywhere
that's a good thing you noticed, knowledge is available everywhere just depends on if its good or bad
I agree with Sarah. Some types of knowledge you do have to resist, but you have to avoid them for the greater good.
WOOOW..... You wrote a lot!
Anyways, I completely agree with you. Striving for purpose in our minds should be one of our priorities in this life. We should focus on productivity and spend our time learning things we NEED to know.
this really helps me understand the diffrence between usless and useful knowledge. thanks sara!
Wow Sarah that really helped me see the difference!!!!! Thanks a lot. Your explanation was really clear and in depth.
I admire that. Great Job!!!!
useful knowledge is knowledge you can actualy use
Really, Is that it.
As Muslims, we need to be aware of the knowledge swirling around us. It could be useful knowledge, useless knowledge, or just regular knowledge that piles up in our brain. (although someday, it might come in to use)
Nowadays, in the American Society useful knowledge is taken lightly. Before, if a person wanted to learn, they would probably have to walk a LONG walk to get to school, and they also have to WORK EXTRA to get in a good high school/college. Think about doing all that hard work just for education. We, as Americans even tend to complain about school.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that benefits us humans in this life or the akhirah. Useless knowledge is futile information that blocks our minds from our true goal. See the difference?
An example of useful knowledge is learning how to pray. One can get good deeds, and fill their minds with goodness at the same time. Examples of useless knowledge are facts about random basketball players. Knowing those facts don't make a person better at basketball, but it actually makes them worse by occupying their mind with useless information.
I agree with you, shekh Arham.
Good job, Arham
The antonyms useful and useless can be easily differentiated. But when it comes to knowledge, one might be doubtful whether the knowledge will be useless or useful in his future. Also, when something is useful it means that it will impact the person beneficially in the long run. Useless means that it will effect the person harshly in long/short terms.
This relates to the Hadith of avoiding doubtful matters however gaining knowledge is an amana, privilege, and blessing therefore it should not be avoided.
Other knowledge like small facts about interesting things are more of a personal matter. If it is interesting to you, then learn about it only if it does not hinder other more important things to learn about.
An example of useful and useless knowledge is: learning about and applying the Quran and looking at the personal lives of celebrities. The Quran will surely help that person while celebrities are just people that will not.
Lastly, useful knowledge impacts a person powerfully one way, or another.
Nice, this is really inspiring.
Wow! This really shows the deep meaning and thought you put into this.
Useful knowledge is... Islam and knowing about the prophets, Allah (SWT), or the Angels,and knowledge that helps you with your careers or school. Useless knowledge is learning about details about celebrities or about your favorite actors as well as athletes in sports. The difference is that useful knowledge will help you and you will become a better Muslim and enter Jannah inshAllah. Useless knwoledge, however,, does not help you later in life or doesn't help increase your iman.
THATS TRUE NICE THINKING!!!
any kind of knowledge is useful the way human use the knowlegde they turn it to useless knowlegde for example the media and the technolegy influences the young in the usa they use it log online facebook to chat instead of reaserch for information or reading book.
Useful knowledge is something you need to know or can benefit while useless knowledge is what you want to know but probably should not know and definitely do not need to know. Useful knowledge is usually knowledge you don't want to learn but have to in order to succed or fulfill your environment's requirements.
Kathir ibn Qays said: I was sitting with AbudDarda' in the mosque of Damascus.
A man came to him and said: AbudDarda, I have come to you from the town of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) for a tradition that I have heard you relate from the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him). I have come for no other purpose.
He said: I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned man over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes it takes an abundant portion."
This tells us that if we seek the right knowledge with the right intention then we will be on the path to jannah but this doesn't mean any knowledge like useless knowledge like when th last hour is because our goal should be to prepare ourselves for it instead of wasting our lives trying to find the signs and figure out the dates.
yes most people do that but most people do the right thing.
useful knowledge is knowlege that can help you in life. if you strive on useless knowledge then you will have nothing. for example if you memorize everything about football that wont help you future but if you memorize all of the Quran that is something that will help you in the ahelah
I agree Muhammad. I liked your example because it is relevant to many of us and is definitely something that we should avoid
I agree with you Ibby!
ibby couldn't have said it any better myself ever
I have to say that I agree with your comment, and that I feel that these days many people have conflict between both concepts. It is actually quite sad because Allah (swt) has gave us our brains, which can obtain a large amount of information, yet people use it for the wrong reasons. I hope that one day humanity can see the significance of the need to knowing the difference between useful and useless knowledge.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that you act upoun whereas useless knowledge is knowledge that doesn't do you any good the reason you learn is so that it can effect you in a good way in the long term ( or short term) either way its knowledge that you take a lesson from that
From my opinion useful knowledge is knowledge that can benefit you in any way. Useless knowledge is knowledge that does not benefit you in any way. Useful knowledge is also something that you can act upon and won't regret acting on it. An example of Useful knowledge and useless knowledge is that a person can use his computer to search up Hadiths, Quran, Duas, etc.. But the person can also use the computer to search up movies and actors. Searching up (for example) Duas benefits the person because the person gets good deeds, and also increases his knowledge. On the other hand, searching up actors won't do him any good because he would not gain anything from that knowledge.
I agree, lot's of information on a computer can be useless to you. Everyone needs to push to try avoiding things that present these to us.
Very true Layla.
Just because we cant see the benefit of our actions right now, doesn't men there won't be any benefit derived from our choices.
We are humans, so if we don't see the benefit of something, stay patient, because you will definitely be benefited in the afterlife.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that you learn that can benefit you and help you in this life. Whereas, useless knowledge is knowledge that is not beneficial and does you no good in this life. Learning about Islam is useful knowledge so you can know how to worship Allah properly. Useless knowledge is like learning about maybe your favorite football player and basketball player because that isn't going to help you in this life and it will definitely not increase you in Iman because the result you will get out of the knowledge is nothing and it will not help you enter Jannah. Useful knowledge like learning about Islam will help you know how to worship Allah (SWT) and do what is obligatory because if you do all of the obligatory acts, they can lead you to Jannah and that is useful knowledge which as a result, is good.
I think that useful knowledge is knowledge that can be used in order to do something beneficial. So what is useless knowledge. Well it's obviously the opposite which is knowledge that can't be used and if it can it can be used for negativity. Finally, an example of this is memorizing Quran, for it is the guide through life
Useful knowledge is knowledge you can use that will benefit one's self and others. Useful knowledge differs from useless because useless knowledge doesn't benefit a person or others. For example a person learns knowledge about Islam that will benefit them were as another person has knowledge about something that is useless. Both of the people with knowledge spread their knowledge to others. The people who heard the knowledge of Islam benefited from it where as the others who took the useless knowledge did not.
Everyone has been looking at the question posted in the same way, and everyone is saying that useful knowledge gets you into Jannah when useless knowledge doesn't. But is there another way to look at this?
Useful knowledge can be looked at inmany levels and can be used in many ways. It can also have a long term affect on the rest of the actions that you make.
For example, if you stay home and study for a test instead of going out with your friends, you will pass the test and it could determine if you pass the next test and get into a good collage and get a good job; all of this is useful because it strengthens your Iman and leads you into Jannah.
Similarly, the exact opposite can happen and you could end up as a failure and a Kaafir.
Think about the actions you make and the impact that they may have to the rest of your life, because your life on this Earth may end tomorrow, or in a hundred years,, but we must always be prepared for the tests Allah gives us in this life, to see if the knowledge that we obtain will be useful to us in the long run.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that will truly benefit you in this life and also in the 'akhirah. This differs from useless knowledge, which is knowledge that will only benefit you for a very short period of time, because useful knowledge, if shared, can benefit others as well, instead of harmful knowledge such as gossip. An example of useful and useless knowledge is in a magazine. There may be some very beneficial articles that will increase our learning, but there also may be some useless knowledge like gossip, facts about celebrities as others mentioned, etc. This is why we should always strive to seek good knowledge and make an effort to avoid useless knowledge, because some knowledge, though we may not know, can harm us immensely.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that people use daily, benefits, and acts upon. The difference between useful and useless knowledge is shown in the word itself. Useful knowledge is something that would help you and leave happy with. Useless knowledge is unnecessary things to know. For example, if you watch television, you can watch a show that you learn things about Islam, this is useful. However, you can watch television and watch something useless, such as a cartoon, and hurt your faith in Allah (SWT) by watching. The television can be a hindrance to your Iman, and give useless and unnecessary knowledge which will harm you. Inshallah, we can strive and use useful knowledge often toward our daily life, if not all the time.
useful knowledge is when you have knowledge that's beneficial to others and yourself. the difference between useful and useless knowledge is that useful is beneficial and useless is something that is not important and isn't beneficial. an example would be for useful knowledge is to learn about hadiths and understand them and for useless it would be like to know about the colors of your shirt. their are more examples of useful and useless knowledge besides the examples above as well.
Knowledge is something that not only benefits one, but also its surroundings. Useful knowledge is something that helps one progress in life it helps one accomplish something, like a goal. On the other hand useless knowledge will get one nowhere in life, one cannot not succeed anything or a goal in life with useless knowledge. For instance, many people these days play tons of video games or are on electronics instead of reading, playing outside, or being with family. Majority of the information consumed from the video games are unhealthy, useless information. As for books, and family these things can give a lot of fascinating, imaginative, useful information. This another reason out of a hundred for one to read books and not be on electronics 24/7!
Useful knowledge is necessary things we need to know. For example, Allah (swb) said we have to give shahada when we become Muslim. Useless knowledge would be a question like " Do we have to make shadah in the day or night?" these useless questions limit us and puts us on more stricter schedule. Useful knowledge gives us something that can benefit us in life. Useless knowledge gives us neither beneficial information and just wastes our time
The difference between useful ans usless knowledge is that useful knowlegde is something that will help you later in the future of this life (when you get a job inshallah) and something that will help you in the Akhira. Useless knowledge is something that wont help you in the future in this life or in the Hereafter.
what i learned today in islamics is people with diseased hearts are idol believe more than on god and, the people who's hearts are hard worship idols.
*What I learned today in Islamic studies is that the people with diseased hearts believe in more than one god, and those who have hard hearts are idol worshipers. And I have also learned that Allah (swt)'s reward of teaching someone Islam is better than all the red camels (ex: Camaros) in the world.
Useful knowledge is information about something that will benefit you in some way.It does not go against the prophet or the Quran, and it gets you somewhere in life. Useless knowledge is information that will get you no where in life. An example of useful knowledge would be knowing when to pray. An example of useless knowledge would be a question, that would not help you in any way such as "do i have to pray early"
useful knowledge is knowledge that you learn that will be useful in your life, while useless knowledge is knowledge that has no purpose in your life. we learn about multiplication because it comes in handy in life, while learning how to do origami wont be as useful (even though I love origami :))
I agree with you, also useful knowledge not only helps you in this life, but it helps u in the akhirah
I think that useful knowledge that you can use to make your Iman stronger. An example is that somebody tells you that lying is haram and Allah doesn't like it. Wasteful knowledge can be an Ipad which costs $500. Wastefulness. ..................
Useful knowledge must be applicable. Useful knowledge cant just be learned, it must be applied to your life. Useful knowledge should drive you to heaven. Useless knowledge is knowledge you don't need and cant apply. For example learning how to pray is useful and learning whats the most expensive toy is useless.
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.
This quote shows that if you find something to be useful knowledge you must go out and apply it. There are no limits.
Useful Knowledge is the knowledge that we are able to absorb, and for it to just stick there, but for you to use it to benefit humanity and not use it for destruction. Not only that, but for you to also spread that knowledge that you have obtained for others to try and use it for good benefit as well.
Furthermore, there is a saying that goes "curiosity killed the cat", (If someone doesn't know what it is, then they should definitely get out a little more) well this saying couldn't have been anymore right. The reason is because curiosity is a good thing, but it is the things that you want to know that determine whether it is useful knowledge or not. Meaning, if the “cat” wants to know about things that are not beneficial then that is when the cat dies. For example if the “cat” wants to know about how to stop bullying that is of assistance because it allows for them to help others. However if the “cat” wants to know how many ways you could kill a person, I don’t think that is helpful.
So the next time you want to know something ask yourself this, is this information really something that is of benefit? Or will it just be excess information that doesn't help anyone?
As Muslims, we should only have useful knowledge, or at least only speak of useful knowledge. Allah (SWT) will ask us on the day of judgement what we spent in our lifetime doing, and we should answer Allah that we were learning and reading about Islam. Reading and learning about Islam is useful knowledge because Islam is our religion. We should not reply to Allah saying, "I spent my time reading a gaming book." This is useless knowledge, because Muslims are not usually gaming geeks. We should spend our time worshiping Allah and learning about Islam. We are blessed to have an Islamics class because the people who go to public schools and they are Muslims do not have a class on Islamics, so they cna not learn much about their religion. Learning about Islam, arabic, L.A, S.S, and science is all in the section of useful knowledge. Basically, the difference between useful knowledge is that you can use useful knowledge later in your life, but you can't use useless knowledge later because it will be useless to you and your work, and it will waste a lot of your time weather you are young or old.
The difference between useful knowledge and useless knowledge, is that useless knowledge is stuff you don't need to know or it won't help you like knowing the updates to your favorite singer on twitter (couldn't think of anything else on the spot man, sue me) and useful knowledge is knowing stuff that you need to know or stuff that will help you in life and akhirah like knowing the whole Qur' an.
useful knowledge differs from useless knowledge because useful knowledge will help you in life, when useless knowledge may not exactly help you. when reading something or watching something ask, is that beneficial?
useless knowledge can be everywhere. for example when reading things online, magazines, or on billboards. adds online are (i consider) USELESS. its also very annoying when they just pop up. anyways, useful knowledge can be used in some way. jeopardy, the contestants are learning things for the money and forgetting about it later. an example of useful knowledge is attending lectures about useful subjects, and halaqas. these are useful because you can gain some knowledge an then apply it in life. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim." - Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 74. this (knowledge that a muslim) finds inshallah will be useful.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that has a purpose that is helpful and that also can be useful in this life and in the hereafter. Its knowing something for the better. However useless knowledge can be implanted in this dunya. But cant be used in the hereafter.
Wow i didn't even think about how useful knowledge affects the akhira.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that will help you and benefit you throughout your life. It is what will help you throughout your life and it will be hard to forget. For example if you learn know how to pray then it will be easier for you to pray in the rest of your life. it differs from useless knowledge because learning how to pray and how to play games are both a form of knowledge, but learning how to pray is useful because it is a pillar of islam
Useful knowledge is something that comes in handy in life, and you are truly happy with the knowledge. It differs with useless knowledge because useless knowledge never comes handy in life, meanwhile useful knowledge comes handy in life a lot. An example for useful knowledge is like knowing that if one learns the Quran, teaches the Quran, and imparts it, then they will receive glad tidings.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that is beneficial and can really help us in this life and the HereAfter.
Useful knowledge may be learning and applying the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). This will help us in this life and will also help us in the Hereafter.
Useless knowledge is unnecessary and will not help us in this life or in the HereAfter. Learning about celebrities or movie stars will not help us in any way, whatsoever so we must try to avoid such useless topics.
There are so many beneficial things to learn about and we should choose that type of knowledge over useless.
It may be tempting to search up useless things, but if we are strong and don't let our desires get the best of us, then Inshallah we will surely succeed!
Useful knowledge will definitely come in handy one day or another, while useless knowledge won't, no matter how tempting it may be!
Now I see useful and useless knowledge in a whole different perspective.
useful knowledge benefits us and is always the truth while useless knowledge doesn't lead us anywhere, its just useless
useful knowledge is something that we can use in that can help us and useless knowledge is something we don't need in life, things that distract us
Useful knowledge is knowledge that benefits you, and that you are seeking it in the right way. Useless knowledge is the exact opposite.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that can help you in this life and the Akhira. Gaining more of it will only help you and will never cause a negative effect on you. Useless knowledge will never benefit you and might even harm you in this life and the Akhira
Well the difference is that useful knowledge can be used in your life that will hopefully lead to success, and the useless knowledge isn't really helpful, an example for useful knowledge is the knowledge taken in islamic studies or any islamic knowledge because that knowledge will take you farther which is jannah, inshallah.
i agree because useful knowledge does lead to good and success and useless doesn't help at all.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that can be used to benefit others. It differs from useless knowledge because useful can be used for benefit where as useless knowledge cannot. A example of useful knowledge is the Quran because it is knowledge that benefits everyone.
I think useful knowledge is knowledge that will help you in the akhira, or if it will help you at all. I think it's more important to know the tarsier of the Quran than the favorite food of a celebrity. Gaining useful knowledge is a command from Allah swt in the Quran. In all, knowledge is very ambiguous, and we should all make holistic judgements about what is important to know.
Useful knowledge is knowledge that benefits you and other on a daily basis. Useless knowledge is knowledge that is stored in your brain and is no use to you or knowledge that is not needed.
Useful knowledge can be looked at from different perspectives. For example, you can learn a new exercise to keep healthy and active.
Useless knowledge surrounds us all the time, and it's our job to be able to differentiate between them. It's also like a test from Allah to figure out useful and useless.
The difference between the two is that one can help you in Dunya and Akhirah (useful) and the other can't help you in either.
It is important to realize that not all things in life are necessary, like browsing the internet for the most random things like rubber duckies or something, which most unfortunately is true sometimes.
Anyways, we should all strive to be able to know what is good for us or what is not good for us or what we should know or not know.
Useful Knowledge is knowledge that can be used for faith, belief, and the betterment of the world, while useless knowledge is knowledge that is the exact opposite.
to me there is a big diffrence between useful and useless knowledge. useful knowledge is knowledge that can help you in this life and the next, can help others, or even if it is only helping you for a short while, you at least benifit from it.
useless knowledge is knowledge that you do not need to know, or is negative. for example what a celebrity wore for their music video is useless knowledge. instead of filling our heads with useless knowledge, we should strive to seek out knowledge that can help us instead of harm us.
To my understanding of the difference between useful and useless knowledge is that useful knowledge is something that you can apply to your every day life and something that will help you in the next life. Useless knowledge is something you don't need to know and won't help you in daily life or the next life. An example of useful knowledge is islamics because it teaches you to help and be kind to others and an example of useless knowledge is why your friend got into a fight with their sibling. Instead of getting caught up with things that don't concern you, we should do something more useful with our time
Useful knowledge is something that benifits your akhira. It is something that that is put into your head that will drive you to success.
Useless knowledge is something that will not benifit you. It will effect you in a negative way. Useless Knowledge doesn't necessarily effect you negatively but it fills your brain with information that is not necessary for you to succeed. For example, if one is curious about something that happened to a celebrity, finding out that information is useless because not only does it not affect you one way or another but it just fills up your brain with that rather than trying to learn more about your religion. Useless information brings you pleasure in this dunya and it keeps you engaged in this dunya rather than preparing for the Day of Judgment. Curiosity can be either useful or useless. If your curious about something small that only requires one answer than that's fine but if you are curious to the point where you keep digging deeper to find your answer and devote to it, then that's harmless. This relates to the saying that "Curiosity killed the cat." Too much curiosity can "kill' you metaphorically speaking. Useful knowledge is more of what you need rather than want and useless knowledge is what you want rather than need. Knowledge can either be essential for your deen or can lower your iman.
your instincts also sense if something is useless knowledge
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