Saturday 28 October 2023

The virtue of spreading knowledge (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Knowledge is a form of awareness or familiarity. It embodies facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Once one obtains knowledge, it becomes incumbent upon him to share the same with others so that the chain of sharing continues and benefits many others who have been gifted to receive knowledge, understand it and then share with others.

And when it comes to Qur'an and Sunnah, how blessed are those who can read and understand Qur'an, especially in Arabic, and then teach others who cannot read. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has on many a occasion emphasized the need to seek knowledge and spread it.

Of the many a Hadith on seeking and spreading knowledge, we share the following hadith as mentioned in Sunan Abi Dawud (Book # 26 Knowledge (Kitab Al-Ilm)/ كتاب العلم / Chapter # 10 The virtue of spreading knowledge / باب فَضْلِ نَشْرِ الْعِلْمِ ) as Hadith number # 3660:

Narrated by Zayd ibn Thabit:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) 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.

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنْ شُعْبَةَ، حَدَّثَنِي عُمَرُ بْنُ سُلَيْمَانَ، - مِنْ وَلَدِ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ - عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ أَبَانَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏ "‏ نَضَّرَ اللَّهُ امْرَأً سَمِعَ مِنَّا حَدِيثًا فَحَفِظَهُ حَتَّى يُبَلِّغَهُ فَرُبَّ حَامِلِ فِقْهٍ إِلَى مَنْ هُوَ أَفْقَهُ مِنْهُ وَرُبَّ حَامِلِ فِقْهٍ لَيْسَ بِفَقِيهٍ ‏"‏ ‏.‏
Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)

The sole purpose of our sharing Hadiths and verses from Qur'an daily is that our readers would retain at least 10% of what has been shared, retain it in their memory, and then also share the acquired knowledge with others. However, care must be taken to acquire knowledge from authentic sources and while sharing the same, it is better to share knowledge by giving an authentic reference to the source and should not share knowledge based on mere heresy or based on sources that are not authentic.

While sharing Hadiths, care be taken to only share the Sahi / Authentic Hadiths. Hadiths that are Hassan / Fair or Daif /weak should not be shared, for as per scholars there exists a doubt to their authenticity or correctness. 
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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Informative explained easily.Jazakallah khairon

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