The first word revealed in the Qurʾān was “read.” Islam consistently emphasizes and encourages people to learn, read, think, reflect, and ponder. However, one cannot stop at knowledge, one must also act on what they know. Knowledge without action is like a tree that cannot give fruits. It is a tree, but what is the point of a tree if one cannot reap any benefits from it? Likewise, action without knowledge is also dangerous. The great caliph ʿUmar ibn ʿAbd Al-ʿAzīz, said: “Whoever acts without sound knowledge ends up destroying more than building.” This is because when one acts based on ignorance, they will do more harm than good. For example Jabir, the companion of the Prophet peace be upon him, said: We were on a journey and one of us got injured. Later, he had a wet dream. He asked his companions, ‘Can I perform tayammum?’ They said, ‘No, not if you have water.’ He performed ghusl and died. When they came to the Messenger of Allah, they informed him of what had happened. He said, ‘They killed him, Allah will kill them. Why did you not ask if you did not know? The rescue of the ignorant person is the question. He could have performed tayammum and dropped water on his wound or wrapped it with something and wipe over the wrapping, and wash the rest of his body (Sunan Abu Dawud).
Nothing like unto Him "(Allah is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves and pairs among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him and He is the One that hears and sees (all things). To Him belong the k...
I was brought up in the modern world of all the luxury and the high life of show business. I was born in a Christian home, but we know that every child is born in his original nature – it is only his parents that turn him to this or that religion. I was given this religion (Christianity) and thought this way. I was taught that God exists, but there was no direct contact with God, so we had to make contact with Him through Jesus – he was in fact the door to God. Read more