A food for thought for the student of knowledge – Part 1

It was about 4 years ago. I came into the deen with a dear friend of mine Alhamdulillaah. We were young. We were passionate. We wanted to learn and we wanted to share. So, in our endeavour to learn and especially *share* the message of Islam with our friends and family, we planned to get them some books. Hardly, did we know it would take us through a whole new experience to get those books.

So, I ordered few Islamic books (which were hardly available to me) through an uncle of mine. He sent me those books and they cost me like, let us not talk about it ? We started by photocopying the books. Then to bring an attractive look to the books, we scanned the book cover and got them printed on photo paper!

We got them bound and finally they were ready to give away. All of this was done by three young girls running from one shop to another.In just about 3 years’ time Alhamdulillaah, Allaah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) opened up opportunities after opportunities and I got our first book officially printed, Alhamdulillaah.

Such stories of struggles in people’s lives and the way Allaah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) opens up doors for them really brought me to write this piece. I ask Allaah, the One above all imperfections to bless this writing and make the message that I want to impart be imparted for the benefit of the readers, ameen.

So, every student of knowledge who has undertaken this tedious path of learning and sharing the deen with others have gone through various phases in life. Usually, a student of knowledge will go through a journey of learning that starts with only a few resources. They are sincere and they want to know the truth. However, it seems that sometimes they are frustrated that they do not yet have Sharh ‘Aqeedah At-Tahawiyyah in their book shelf neither Usool ath-Thalaatha.

So, they make du’a to Allaahsubḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to grant them better opportunities to learn the deen. And by time, it so happens that opportunities to learn, open one after the other. But with these opportunities, many a times, sadly, the effort that was initially given to make the most from the little resources they had start to fade away. Why?

In the past few months and events of my life, by the Mercy of Allaahsubḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) I learnt one thing *hopefully* solid. And that is, ‘never rely on your own self even for the most trivial of things’. So, we may have asked Allaah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to open up opportunities for us to learn the deen, we may have asked Him subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to bring us teachers to teach us the great classical books of Islam, however, have we for once relied on our own efforts that once these books and knowledge reach us, we *ourselves* can make the most out of them? Along with asking Allaah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for the opportunity, did we ask Him for the tawfeeq (ability) to make the most of those opportunities? It’s like saying : When you are not there, I ask for you. And when you are there, I hardly care.

And so Alhamdulillaah the du’a that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) taught us to read after every salah gives such a deep insight to me. This du’a which is given below means so much to me now and Alhamdulillaah I cannot thank Allaah enough for allowing us to learn this du’a.

“O Allah help me to remember You, to thank You and to worship You properly.”Sahih Ahmad 5:245, Sahih abu Dawud 2:86, an-Nasa’i

Action points:

1. No matter how little resources you have to seek knowledge, try to make the most of what you have rather than complaining about how little you have. Remember the words of our Lord always :

“If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor].” Surah Ibrahim:7

2. When you ask Allaahsubḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to increase you in opportunities to learn the deen, which in itself is an amazingly powerful du’a, do not forget to ask Allaah for the tawfeeq (ability) to be able to make the most of those opportunities and actually *learn* from them.

3. Read, reflect and try to internalize this beautiful prophetic du’a mentioned above. Read it after every salah and understand that you being able to worship Allaah is a Mercy from Him, and you need His Will to be able to perform every single act of worship, every single act of intention in the heart.

The Author

Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.

10 Responses

  1. Sabine June 30, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    Ma shaa Allah. Ja zaa killah for this reminder sister Faria :)

    • Faria Alam July 28, 2013 / 9:37 pm

      Alhamdulillaah. Waiyyaaki Sabine :)

  2. Sa'diyah June 30, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    jazakillah khayr, the dua’s are beautiful ma sha Allah!

    • Faria Alam July 28, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Alhamdulillaah. BarakAllaahu feeki Sa’diyah :)

  3. Shamila July 1, 2013 / 7:43 am

    Masha Allah!!! Excellent article.

    • Faria Alam July 28, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Alhamdulillaah. Hope you benefited biidhnillaah :)

  4. rashida July 1, 2013 / 10:21 am

    mashallah it gave me time to reflect and think about my abilities what i can do for my deen.faria keep up the good work May Allah bless u with ilm and emaan. Ameen

    • Faria Alam July 28, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      Alhamdulillaah. BarakAllaahu feeki Sr. Rashida :) Ameen to your du’a and waiyyaaki!

      • Faria Alam July 28, 2013 / 9:39 pm


  5. Sara August 8, 2013 / 10:59 pm

    Jazakillah kheyr sis!
    a reminder much needed!

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