SEEKING FOR KNOWLEDGE, GAINING ALLAH’S BLESSING
BY ABDULLAH GYMNASTIAR
In Alqur’an surah Al-Mujaadilah verses 11, Allah says :”….Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have knowledge, to high ranks. And Allah is well-acquainted with what you do.”
The verse above implies that besides faith, knowledge also plays a significant role in determining someone’s status. Sure! A person with knowledge can be likened to a bowl of sugar that attracts hordes of ants. He provides favor both for himself and his surrounding environment. People will honor him since they want to gain benefit from him.
Moreover, if the scholar is sincere in applying his knowledge as guided by Islam, Allah will of course provide an equal reward. When someone passes away and all deeds cease, the rewards for beneficial knowledge will continue to flow. The best knowledge is that which is realized in a deed. The best deed is the sincere one.
Then what is the essence of beneficial knowledge? According to Islamic law, a science will be beneficial if it contains goodness – a benefit value for human beings and the environment. But, the benefit will be meaningless if it fails to make the owner more pious to Allah, the Owner of All Knowledge. Knowledge may increase a person’s nobility and status in the eyes of other humans, but not automatically before Allah.