Why We Should Seek Knowledge and From Whom
Our brother Abū Khadījah ʿAbd al-Wāḥid delivers a precise admonition on the virtues, benefits and blessings of having knowledge.
Allāh the Most High has established Tawḥīd through the sending of his prophets and messengers for the purpose of guiding the people to his worship, and thereby gain them entry into Jannah. From this, it is upon the Muslim to strive in the pursuit of knowledge and the understanding of the details of that knowledge. For the Muslim who strives in the path of knowledge there is a great reward as Allāh sees fit through his wisdom to raise the station of those who possess knowledge over the ones who do not have knowledge.
Allāh, the Most High, has stated:
“Say: ‘Are those who know equal to those who know not?’ It is only men of understanding who will take heed.”
Knowledge is the shield and protection from sin and transgression for the Muslim. When the Muslim knows the difference between the truth and misguidance he can then distinguish between the people of Paradise and the people of the hellfire.