Ignorance - a spiritual malady P7
A person should have a lifelong desire to increase in knowledge. One method of acquiring knowledge is through dua, however this must be accompanied by the necessary effort and sacrifice. Nabi-e-Kareem (SAW) made dua for Abdullah Ibn Abbas RA to be bestowed with knowledge of the Quran, yet he made great sacrifice and effort in attaining knowledge of Deen. Inspiration can also be taken from the Pious Akabireen and Senior Ulama such as Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel (R) who made great sacrifices and endured hardships in the acquisition of knowledge, but did not stop pursuing knowledge of Deen. Nabi-e-Kareem (SAW) mentioned amongst the signs of Qiyamah is that knowledge will be lifted from the earth and ignorance will become widespread. He explained that this will occur on the Ulama passing away, one by one, leaving no competent people to teach the knowledge of Deen, therefore people will learn and practice Deen according to their own interpretation. In our part of the world we are blessed with hundreds of Ulama from whom we can seek guidance, however when Ulama are taken for granted and people prefer ignorance, this blessing then becomes a source of great accountability. The amazing dream of Nabi-e-Kareem (SAW) regarding Sayyidina Umar (RA) indicates the depth of knowledge Sayyidina Umar (RA) was blessed with. We should undertake the journey of acquisition of knowledge, and persevere in this path until our last breath, so that we may be raised amongst the students of Deen on the day of Qiyamah.
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