In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful SIGNIFICANCE & CHALLENGES OF SEEKING KNOWLEDGE (ILM). Imam Luqman AbdurRaheem Usrah Lecture , Leicester, UK 31/03/2013. AL-Qur’an: Source of Knowledge. Overview. Thematic Meaning: What is knowledge? Significance: Qur'an Evidences
Imam Luqman AbdurRaheem
Usrah Lecture, Leicester, UK
Dr. Sayyid Wahid Akhtar describes 'Ilm as referring to 'light' (nur), and Allah is the ultimate Nur. In the general sense, the 'light' of Allah liberates people from ignorance, superstations and doubt.
Ilm also refers to information, skills and understanding, and natural laws. It is needed to dispel conjecture and false belief.
Ilm is the first gift to Adam soon after his creation. He was taught 'all the Names‘ because Allah is the First and Ultimate Teacher. He taught Adam, what Angels do not know. Allah is still teaching!!!!
Dr. Sayyid Wahid Akhtar assert that:
Ancient Arab lacked knowledge, hence Allah raised a teacher (Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) for them. Allah says:
Imam Abu Hamid al Ghazali classified knowledge into:
3. Allah exalted knowledgeable folks over ignorant folks. He says:
"Are those who know equal to those who know not'' It is only men of understanding who will remember ????????? (Q39:9).
4. Allah enjoins sitting in the gathering of sages, intellectuals and philosophers who celebrate knowledge. He says;
5.Allah exalts the knowledgeable:
Mu’awiya reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
مَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ بِهِ خَيْرًا يُفَقِّهْهُ فِي الدِّينِ
Abu Ad Darda reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
Scholarship and Halaqah, Madrasah Model
Scholarship and Schools
Scholarship and Books
Ishaq bin Ali Rahawi, wrote the Adab al-Tabib (Conduct of a Physician),
Ali ibn Sahl Rabbani al-Tabari wrote Encyclopedia of Medline called Firdous al-Hikmah (Paradise of Wisdom)
Muhammad ibn Zakarīya Rāzi (Rhazes) wrote Kitab ul Kamil at-Tibbiyya (Comprehensive Book of Medicine),
Ali ibn Abbas al-Majusi (Haly Abbas)'s Kitab Kamil as-sina'aat-tibbiyya (Complete Book of the Medical Art),
Scholarship and Books
Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis) wrote on medical surgery a treatise called Kitab al-Tasrif("Book of Concessions") 30-volume.
Ibn Sina, a Hanbali scholar of medicine wrote Qarnun fi al-Tibb (Canon of Medicine) and Al-Kitab as-Shifa (The Book of Healing),
Ibn al-Nafiswrote Ash-Shamilfi al-Tibb (The Comprehensive Book on Medicine),
Mansur ibn Ilyas wrote Tashrihal-badan (Anatomy of the body)
Al-Biruniwrote on pharmacology, Kitabal-Saydalah (The Book of Drugs),
Scholarship and Scholars
Islam there is no such distinction. Ma'rifah is ultimate knowledge and it springs from the knowledge of the self. The scholars of Tasawuf assert:
Man ‘arafa nafsahu faqad 'arafa Rabbbahu (One who realizes one's own self, realizes his Lord).