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I will not be an ignorant

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Published: May 15, 2011
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Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],

The Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- once said: "Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male and female)."
If it is true that the knowledge incumbent upon every Muslim pertains to religious knowledge, how deeply does one have to pursue his quest of this knowledge to fulfil his duties and discharge the learning obligations placed upon him. In other words, what are the minimum teachings that every Muslim - male or female - is required to know about his religion?

A. Types of Knowledge in Islam:
Muslim scholars classify knowledge into two categories:

:bulletred:1: Obligatory knowledge: This refers to knowledge of the fundamentals of Islamic beliefs which every Muslim must know. Seeking this knowledge is an obligatory duty upon every Muslim.

:bulletred:2: Optional knowledge: This is not a duty required of every individual, but rather it falls upon the community as a whole. Hence, if a group of individuals in the community undertake to acquire this kind of knowledge, all other individuals will be exempted from this duty. Examples of such knowledge include studying Islamic law and other basic sciences, industries and professions which are vital for the welfare of the society.

Unlike obligatory knowledge, optional knowledge covers part of Islamic knowledge (called called optional Islamic knowledge) and all worldly knowledge.


B. Minimum Requirements for Islamic Sciences:

:bulletred: 1: the understanding fundamentals of Iman (faith): This is also called Fundamentals of Deen (religion). every Muslim must have a general knowledge of all matters pertaining to his faith. He should have a clear understanding of the Lord he worships, the Prophet he follows and the Deen to which he committed himself.

:bulletred: 2: understanding Islamic rules and conduct: This is also called understanding of acts of worship such as prayers, fasting, charity, pilgrimage... it also covers all aspects of family issues, such as marriage, divorce, children's education, as well as rules and regulations for one's business transactions such as, buying, selling, borrowing lending, etc.

A Muslim is obligated to learn from acts of worship only matters that are related to worship he needs to perform; and rules of a particular transaction he wants to undertake. For example, if a Muslim has not reached the age for prayer or fasting, he does not have to learn about them though he may be encouraged to do so. Also, if one does not have the necessary means to perform Hajj, one does not need to learn its rituals until one becomes able to undertake the Hajj journey.


A Muslim who has learned the requirements of his individual duties is responsible for disseminating the knowledge he has acquired to his family members first; then to his friends, coworkers, neighbours, etc...

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*"Obligatory knowledge" means a Muslim has the duty to learn it. but he should learn it by himself. it doesn't mean it should be forced upon the Muslim.


my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, don't be ignorant Muslims. don't follow what the Muslims around you are doing without questioning it and seeking truth. you have to learn your religion well and understand it well before you practice it.


I hope that was beneficial

Wassalaamu alaikum,
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