Friday 17 May 2019

Ramadan 2019/1440: Thought of the Day 12

The quote for Day 12 of Ramadan from my box of things to think about is:

“If a person reads and teaches a hundred thousand books on intellectual and knowledgeable issues but does not act on any of it, it will not benefit him at all…” ~ Imam Ghazali

It’s interesting that this quote comes from a great scholar known for his books and his breadth if knowledge.  To me it speaks of his wisdom and humility to acknowledge that the value in his great learning is in the application.

As someone who loves books and has a bottomless thirst for knowledge of all kinds, this is a useful reminder that it isn’t enough to read and store away, but especially knowledge of Islam exists to guide and to be applied.

Umm Salma (Radhi Allahu anha) said the Messenger of Allah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)  used to say in the supplication in the morning prayer:
‘Allaahumma innee assaluka ilman nafia, wa rizzqan tayyeebun, wa amalan mutaqabilan’
‘O Allah indeed I ask You for beneficial knowledge, and a good Halal provision, and actions which are accepted.’ (Tayalisee, Tabraani)

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