Holy Prophet on knowledge & education

One of the distinctive features of Islam is its emphasis on knowledge. The Holy Qur’an and the Islamic Tradition (Sunnah) invite Muslims to seek and acquire knowledge, wisdom and understanding of Deen and to hold men of knowledge in high esteem.

The first few verses of Holy Qur’an that were revealed to our Holy Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam):

“Read in the name of your Lord who created”
“Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood”
“Read, and your Lord is the most Generous”
“Who taught by the pen”
“Taught man that which he knew not.”
(Holy Qur’an 96:1-5)

Hence, it is a beautiful prayer for every Muslim to ask always:

“O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” (Quran 20:114)

The only limit set to the acquisition of knowledge in Islam is that Muslims should seek useful knowledge. Our great Prophet (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) is reported as having said: “My Lord, save me from the useless knowledge.” 

Useless means that is not helpful towards anything. Another aspect of it is that how it will help you on judgement day, this includes good deeds and bad deeds.

Example of useless knowledge: Abul Hikam (Father of Wisdom) was the title of Amr Ibn Hesam, one of the bitterest enemies of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). Holy Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) nicknamed him Abu Jahl (Father of Ignorance) because of his rigid attitude towards understanding the teachings, meaning of life and Islam.

From the above example we can see, how much our Holy Prophet (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) disliked ignorant and at the same time we can learn from the following example, how much our Holy Prophet (pbuh) liked to learn.

The mosque of Medina was not only a place of worship. The believers assembled here to learn.

When the Holy Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) was present they heard his words of wisdom, his elucidation on the verses of the Holy Qur’an and benefited from his counsel. And when he was not present, other faithful companions taught what they had heard from the Prophet of Almighty God.

Once our Holy Prophet (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) entered the Mosque before the prayer time. He found two groups in the Mosque. One group was busy with its own act of worship; some were reading the Holy Qur’an while the others were supplicating. The other group was in a corner busy learning. They learnt how to read and write and discussed the teachings of Islam and their application to their daily lives.

Looking at both, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) said: “They are both engaged in useful pursuits. But I am a teacher. I shall join the group assembled to learn.” So he (S.A.W) sat with the group of students.

And in those times the prisoners used to achieve their freedom by teaching 10 Muslim children, how to read & write.

But one should also be aware of the point that nation of Noah/Nuh (alaihi as-salām – عليه السلام) also went astray with their knowledge. Knowledge without religious guidance is recipe for disaster. Without proper “Navigation system”, it is not possible to reach the desired destination.

::SOME OF HIS WISE SAYINGS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE::

۝ It is an obligation for every Muslim to seek knowledge.

۝ To acquire knowledge is binding upon all Muslims, whether male or female.

۝ Seek knowledge from cradle to grave.

۝ Acquire knowledge, it enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven.

۝ The most learned of men is the one who gathers knowledge from others on his own; the most worthy of men is the most knowing and the meanest is the most ignorant.

۝ The loss of running after an affair without learning about it is more than its benefit.

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۝  (Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Knowledge, Book 13, Hadith 1376)

Mu’awiyah (r.a) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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۝ The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” – (Tirmidhi, Hadith 74).

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۝ The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ – peace be upon him) said: “One who treads a path in search of knowledge has his path to Paradise made easy by God…” – (Riyadh us-Saleheen, 245)

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۝ The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ – peace be upon him) said: “A servant of God will remain standing on the Day of Judgment until he is questioned about his (time on earth) and how he used it; about his knowledge and how he utilized it; about his wealth and from where he acquired it and in what (activities) he spent it; and about his body and how he used it.” – (Tirmidhi, Hadith 148)

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۝ The Prophet also said: “Knowledge from which no benefit is derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in the cause of God.” – (Tirmidhi, Hadith 108)

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۝ The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ – peace be upon him) said: “God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” – (Tirmidhi, Hadith 422)

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۝ The Prophet also said: “Acquire knowledge and impart it to the people.” – (Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith 107)

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۝ (Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 019, Hadith Number 3634).

Chapter : Exhortation to the pursuit of knowledge.
Narated By Abu al-Darda’ (r.a) : Kathir ibn Qays said: I was sitting with Abu al-Darda’ in the mosque of Damascus.A man came to him and said: Abu Darda, I have come to you from the town of the Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) for a tradition that I have heard you relate from the Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam). I have come for no other purpose.

He said: I heard the Apostle of Allah (ﷺ – Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) 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 thestars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes an abundant portion.

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۝ (Sunan Ibn e Majah, Book of Sunnah, Hadith no.241)

‘Abdulldh bin Abi Qatâdah narrated that his father said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘the best things that a man can leave behind are three: A righteous son who will pray for him, ongoing charity whose reward will reach him, and knowledge which is acted upon after his death.’”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 01, Book 03, Hadith Number 080).

Narated By Anas : Allah’s Apostle said, “From among the
portents of the Hour are (the following):
1. Religious knowledge will be taken away (by the death of
Religious learned men).
2. (Religious) ignorance will prevail.
3. Drinking of Alcoholic drinks (will be very common).
4. There will be prevalence of open illegal sexual  intercourse.

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 01, Book 03, Hadith Number 085).

Narated By Abu Huraira : The Prophet said, “(Religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious scholars) ignorance (in religion) and afflictions will appear; and Harj will increase.” It was asked, “What is Harj, O Allah’s Apostle?” He replied by beckoning with his hand indicating “killing.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 002, Book 017, Hadith Number 146).

Narated By Abu Huraira : The Prophet said, “The Hour (Last Day) will not be established until (religious) knowledge will be taken away (by the death of religious learned men), earthquakes will be very frequent, time will pass quickly, afflictions will appear, murders will increase and money will overflow amongst you.” (See Hadith No. 85 Vol 1).

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۝ (Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 019, Hadith Number 3652).

Chapter : Excellence of spreading knowledge.
Narated By Zayd ibn Thabit : I heard the Apostle of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) say: May Allah brighten a man who hears a tradition from us, gets it by heart and passes it on to others. Many a bearer of knowledge conveys it to one who is more versed than he is; and many a bearer of knowledge is not versed in it.

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۝ (Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 019, Hadith Number 3656).

Chapter : Seeking knowledge not for the pleasure of Allah.
Narated By Abu Hurairah (Radhi Allahu Anhu): The Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’ Sallam) said: If anyone acquires knowledge of things by which Allah’s good pleasure is sought, but acquires it only to get some worldly advantage, he will not experience the arf, i.e. the odour, of Paradise.

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 02, Book 24, Hadith Number 490).

Narated By Ibn Masud : I heard the Prophet saying, “There is no envy except in two: a person whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (i.e. religious knowledge) and he gives his decisions accordingly and teaches it to the others.”

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۝ (Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 019, Hadith Number 3636).

Chapter : Exhortation to the pursuit of knowledge.
Narated By Abu Hurairah : The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) said: If anyone pursues a path in knowledge, Allah will thereby make easy for him a path to the Paradise; and he who is made slow by his actions will not be speeded by his genealogy.

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 05, Book 57, Hadith Number 030).

Narated By Hamza’s father : Allah’s Apostle said, “While I was sleeping, I saw myself drinking (i.e. milk), and I was so contented that I saw the milk flowing through my nails. Then I gave (the milk) to ‘Umar.” They (i.e. the companions of the Prophet) asked, “What do you interpret it?” He said,
“Knowledge.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 01, Book 03, Hadith Number 079).

Narated By Abu Musa : The Prophet said, “The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation.(And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits).

The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah’s religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through me  (the Prophets and learns and then teaches others.

The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah’s guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land.)”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 01, Book 03, Hadith Number 098).

Narated By Abu Huraira : I said: “O Allah’s Apostle! Who
will be the luckiest person, who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?” Allah’s Apostle said: O Abu Huraira! “I have thought that none will ask me about it before you as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said sincerely from the bottom of his heart “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.”

And ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz wrote to Abu Bakr bin Hazm, “Look for the knowledge of Hadith and get it written, as I am afraid that religious knowledge will vanish and the religious learned men will pass away (die). Do not accept anything save the Hadiths of the Prophet. Circulate knowledge and teach the ignorant, for knowledge does not vanish except when it is kept secretly (to oneself).”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 06, Book 61, Hadith Number 543).

Narated By ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar : Allah’s Apostle said, “Not to wish to be the like except of two men. A man whom Allah has given the knowledge of the Book and he recites it during the hours of the night, and a man whom Allah has given wealth, and he spends it in charity during the night and the hours of the day.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 09, Book 92, Hadith Number 419).

Narated By ‘Abdullah : Allah’s Apostle said, “Do not wish to be like anybody except in two cases: The case of a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and that of a man whom Allah has given religious wisdom (i.e., Qur’an and Sunna) and he gives his verdicts according to it and teaches it.” (to others i.e., religious knowledge of Qur’an and Sunna (Prophet’s Traditions).”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 08, Book 73, Hadith Number 037).

Narated By Abu Sulaiman and Malik bin Huwairith : We came to the Prophet and we were (a few) young men of approximately equal age and stayed with him for twenty nights. Then he thought that we were anxious for our families, and he asked us whom we had left behind to look after our families, and we told him. He was kind-hearted and merciful, so he said, “Return to your families and teach them (religious knowledge) and order them (to do good deeds) and offer your prayers in the way you saw me offering my prayers, and when the stated time for the prayer becomes due, then one of you should pronounce its call (i.e. the Adhan), and the eldest of you should lead you in prayer.

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 07, Book 62, Hadith Number 158).

Narated By Anas : I will narrate to you a Habith I heard from Allah’s Apostle and none other than I will tell you of it. I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “From among the
portents of the Hour are the following: Religious knowledge will be taken away; General ignorance (in religious matters) will increase; illegal Sexual intercourse will prevail: Drinking of alcoholic drinks will prevail. Men will decrease in number, and women will increase in number, so much so that fifty women will be looked after by one man.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 09, Book 092, Hadith Number 461).

Narated By Ubaidullah : Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Why do you ask the people of the scripture about anything while your Book (Qur’an) which has been revealed to Allah’s Apostle is newer and the latest? You read it pure, undistorted and unchanged, and Allah has told you that the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) changed their scripture and distorted it, and wrote the scripture with their own hands and said, ‘It is from Allah,’ to sell it for a little gain. Does not the knowledge which has come to you prevent you from asking them about anything? No, by Allah, we have never seen any man from them asking you regarding what has been revealed to you!”

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۝ (Sahih Muslim Book 04, Hadith Number 1725).

Chapter : Concerning dozing off in prayer, or faltering of one’s tongue in the recitation of the Qur’an, or in mentioning of Allah, one should sleep, or stop it till one
becomes lively.
‘Abdullah is reported to have said: Keep refreshing your knowledge of the sacred books (or always renew your knowledge of these sacred books) and sometimes he would mention the Qur’an for it is more apt to escape from men’s minds than animals which are hobbled, and the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: None of you should say: I forgot such and such a verse, but he has been made to forget.

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۝ (Sahih Muslim Book 34, Hadith Number 6451).

Chapter : Knowledge would be taken away and ignorance would prevail upon people and the turmoil at the end of the world.Anas b. Malik reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: It is from the conditions of the Last Hour that knowledge would be taken away and ignorance would prevail (upon the world), the liquor would be drunk, and
adultery would become rampant.

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۝ (Sahih Muslim Book 34, Hadith Number 6458).

Chapter : Knowledge would be taken away and ignorance would prevail upon people and the turmoil at the end of the world.Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: (When) the time would draw close to the Last Hour, knowledge would be snatched away, turmoil would be rampant, miserliness would be put (in the hearts of the people) and there would be much bloodshed. They said: What is al-harj? Thereupon he said: It is bloodshed.

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۝ (Sahih Muslim Book 34, Hadith Number 6442).

Chapter : Prohibition of making a hot pursuit of the allegories contained in the Qur’an and avoiding those who do it, and of disputation in the Qur’an. ‘Aisha (r.a) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) recited (these verses of the Qur’an): “He it is Who revealed to thee (Muhammad) the Book (the Qur’an) wherein there are clear revelations-these are the substance of theBook and others are allegorical (verses).

And as for those who have a yearning for error they go after the allegorical verses seeking (to cause) dissension, by seeking to explain them. And none knows their implications but Allah, and those who are sound in knowledge say: We affirm our faith in everything which is from our Lord. It is only the persons of understanding who really heed” (iii. 6). ‘Aisha (further) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said (in connection with these verses): When you see such verses, avoid them, for it is they whom Allah has pointed out (in the mentioned verses).

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۝ (Sahih Muslim Book 30, Hadith Number 5668).

Chapter : Pertaining to the similitude with which Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) has been sent with guidance and knowledge.
Abu Musa reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: The similitude of that guidance and knowledge with which Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, has sent me is that of rain falling upon the earth. There is a good piece of land which receives the rainfall (eagerly) and as a result of it there is grown in it herbage and grass abundantly.

Then there is a land hard and barren which retains water and the people derive benefit from it and they drink it and make the animals drink. Then there is another land which is barren. Neither water is retained in it, nor is the grass grown in it. And that is the similitude of the first one who develops the understanding of the religion of Allah and it becomes a source of benefit to him with which Allah sent me. (The second one is that) who acquires the knowledge of religion and imparts it to others. (Then the other type is) one who does not pay attention to (the revealed knowledge) and thus does not accept guidance of Allah with which I have been sent.

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۝ (Sunan Abu Dawood, Book 019, Hadith Number 3643).

Chapter : Gravity in lying about the Apostle of Allah(Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) .
Narated By ‘Abd Allah b. al-Zubair on the authority of his father : I asked al-Zubair: What prevents you from narrating from the Apostle of Allah (pbuh) as his Companions narrate from him? He replied: I swear by Allah, I had a regard and a reverence for him. But I heard him say: He who lies about me delibrately will certainly come to his abode in Hell.

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volumn 01, Book 02, Hadith Number 047)

Narated By Abu Huraira : One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.” Then he further asked, “What is Islam?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.”

Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.”

Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents.

1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master.
2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah.The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour…” (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari Volumn 01, Book 02, Hadith Number 049).

Narated By An-Nu’man bin Bashir : I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.

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۝ (Sunan Ibn e Majah, Book of Sunnah, Hadith number 231)

Muhammad bin Jubair bin Mut’im narrated that his father said: “The Messenger of Allah stood up at Khaif in Mina and said: ‘May Allah cause his face to shine, the man who hears what I say and conveys it (to others).

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Hadith number 188)

Narrated Az-Zubair bin ‘Adi (RadiAllahu anhu): We went to Anas bin Malik and complained about the wrong we were suffering at the hand of Al-Hajjaj. Anas bin Malik said, “Be patient till you meet your Lord, for no time will come upon you but the time following it will be worse than it. I heard that from the Prophet.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Hadith Number 191)

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (RadiAllahu anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) said, “Whoever takes up arms against us, is not from us.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Hadith Number 198)

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (RadiAllahu anhu):
I heard the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) saying, “Do not revert to disbelief after me by striking (cutting) the necks of one another.”

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۝ Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, HadithNumber 237)

Narrated Abu Huraira (RadiAllahu anhu):
Allah’s Apostle (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) said, “The Hour will not be established

(1) till two big groups fight each other whereupon there will be a great number of casualties on both sides and they will be following one and the same religious doctrine,
(2) till about thirty Dajjals (liars) appear, and each one of them will
claim that he is Allah’s Apostle,
(3) till the religious knowledge is taken away (by the death of Religious scholars)
(4) earthquakes will increase in number
(5) time will pass quickly,
(6) afflictions will appear,
(7) Al-Harj, (i.e., killing) will increase,
(8) till wealth will be in abundance —- so abundant
that a wealthy person will worry lest nobody should accept his Zakat, and whenever he will present it to someone, that person (to whom it will be offered) will say, ‘I am not in need of it,
(9) till the people compete with one another in constructing high buildings,
(10) till a man when passing by a grave of someone will say, ‘Would that I were in his place
(11) and till the sun rises from the West. So when the sun will rise and the people will see it (rising from the West) they will all believe (embrace Islam) but that will be the time when: (As Allah said,) ‘No good will it do to a soul to believe then, if it believed not before, nor earned good (by deeds of righteousness) through its Faith.’ (Qur’an 6.158)

And the Hour will be established while two men spreading a garment in front of them but they will not be able to sell it, nor fold it up; and the Hour will be established when a man has milked his shecamel and has taken away the milk but he will not be able to drink it; and the Hour will be established before a man repairing a tank (for his livestock) is able to water (his animals) in it; and the Hour will be established when a person has raised a morsel (of food) to his mouth but will not be able to eat it.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Hadith Number 238)

Narrated Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba (RadiAllahu anhu):
Nobody asked the Prophet as many questions as I asked regarding Ad-Dajjal/Anti-christ.
The Prophet Mohammed (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) said to me, “What worries you about him?” I said, “Because the people say that he will have a mountain of bread and a river of water with him (i.e. he will have abundance of food and water)” The Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) said, “Nay, he is too mean to be allowed such a thing by Allah”‘ (but it is only to test mankind whether they believe in Allah or in Ad-Dajjal/Anti-christ.)

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۝ (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Hadith Number 2649)

Narrated Abu Hurairah ( رضي الله عنه):
that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever is asked about some knowledge that he knows, then he conceals it, he will be bridled with bridle of fire.”

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۝ (Sunan an-Nasa’i, Hadith number 5442)
(English translation version: Vol. 6, Book 50, Hadith 5444)

It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin Amr (رضي الله عنه) that:
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) used to seek refuge (with Allah) from four things: From knowledge that is of no benefit, from a heart that does not feel humble, from a supplication that is not heard, and a soul that is never satisfied.

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۝ (Sahih Muslim, Book 6, Hadith Number 270)

‘Abdullah (رضي الله عنه) is reported to have said:
Keep refreshing your knowledge of the sacred books (or always renew your knowledge of these sacred books) and sometimes he would mention the Qur’an for it is more apt to escape from men’s minds than animals which are hobbled, and the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: None of you should say: I forgot such and such a verse, but he has been made to forget.

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۝ (Riyad as-Salihin, Book 17, Hadith 15)   (Sahih Muslim)

Zaid bin Arqam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) would supplicate: “Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-‘ajzi wal-kasali, wal-bukhli wal-harami, wa ‘adhabil-qabri. Allahumma ati nafsi taqwaha, wa zakkiha Anta khairu man zakkaha, Anta waliyyuha wa maulaha. Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min ‘ilmin la yanfau’, wa min qalbin la yakhsha’u, wa min nafsin la tashba’u, wa min da’watin la yustajabu laha’ [O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the inability (to do good), indolence, cowardice, miserliness, decrepitude and torment of the grave. O Allah! Grant me the sense of piety and purify my soul as You are the Best to purify it. You are its Guardian and its Protecting Friend. O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the knowledge which is not beneficial, and from a heart which does not fear (You), and from desire which is not satisfied, and from prayer which is not answered].”

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۝ (Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith 3843)
(English translation : Vol. 5, Book 34, Hadith 3843)

It was narrated from Jabir (RadiAllahu anhu- رضي الله عنه) that :
the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) said: “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with Allah from knowledge that is of no benefit.”

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۝ (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 88, Hadith Number 241)

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar (RadiAllahu anhu – رضي الله عنه):
Allah’s Apostle  (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)  stood up amongst the people and then praised and glorified Allah Subhana Wa Ta’aala as He deserved and then he mentioned Ad-Dajjal/Anti-Christ, saying, “I warn you of him, and there was no prophet but warned his followers of him; but I will tell you something about him which no prophet has told his followers:
Ad-Dajjal/Anti-Christ is one-eyed whereas Allah is not.”

Holy Quran:

Read in the name of your Lord Who created. He created man from a clot. Read and your Lord is Most Honorable, Who taught (to write) with the pen. Taught man what he knew not.

(Surah Al Alaq 96:1-5)

Allah will raise in rank those of you who believe and those who have been given knowledge,” (58:11) and “Say: ‘Lord, increase me in knowledge.'” (20:114)

رَبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا    (Also a dua)

O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge

(Surah Taha 20:114)

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6 thoughts on “Holy Prophet on knowledge & education

  1. Our great Prophet (ﷺ-Sallallaho Alaihi Wa’Sallam) is reported as having said: “My Lord, save me from the useless knowledge.”

    I want to know the reference of this hadith

    1. @khush bakht,

      Sister!

      Zaid bin Arqam (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
      The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) would supplicate: “Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-‘ajzi wal-kasali, wal-bukhli wal-harami, wa ‘adhabil-qabri. Allahumma ati nafsi taqwaha, wa zakkiha Anta khairu man zakkaha, Anta waliyyuha wa maulaha. Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min ‘ilmin la yanfau’, wa min qalbin la yakhsha’u, wa min nafsin la tashba’u, wa min da’watin la yustajabu laha’ [O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the inability (to do good), indolence, cowardice, miserliness, decrepitude and torment of the grave. O Allah! Grant me the sense of piety and purify my soul as You are the Best to purify it. You are its Guardian and its Protecting Friend. O Allah! I seek refuge in You from the knowledge which is not beneficial, and from a heart which does not fear (You), and from desire which is not satisfied, and from prayer which is not answered].”

      [Sahih Muslim].
      (Riyad as-Salihin, Book 17, Hadith 15)

      In a hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim, Zaid bin AlqamRadhi Allahu Anhunarrated that the Prophetﷺ used to supplicate:

      اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عِلْمٍ لَا يَنْفَعُ وَمِنْ قَلْبٍ لَا يَخْشَعُ وَمِنْ نَفْسٍ ‏لَا تَشْبَعُ ‏ ‏وَمِنْ دَعْوَةٍ لَا يُسْتَجَابُ لَهَا‏

      Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min ‘ilmin la yanfa’u wa min qalbin la yakhsha’u wa min nafsin la tashba’u wa min da’watin la yustajabu laha

      “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from knowledge which does not benefit, from a heart that does not entertain the fear (of Allah), from a soul that is not satisfied and the supplication that is not answered.”

      1. Brother do not misinterpret my intentions I have quoted this hadith in my work and i don’t know its reference that’s why i have asked because its too difficult to find out the reference of hadith myself

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