Ten Useless Matters

All praise and thanks are due to Allah. 

“Say: are they equal, those who poses knowledge and those who do not?” Al-Zumar (39:9).

Life is meant to be spent to learn about beneficial knowledge (for example: Fiqh (jurisprudence), Tafsir Qur’an or Ahadeeth, communication or public speaking skill, medical knowledge and so on) that will help us in the long run, compare to non-beneficial knowledge such as magic or (sihr). 

In life, learning is one way to know and understand what is good and what is bad, because we could easily fall on grey area if we don’t keep asking ourselves whether what we are doing is benefit us or it let us drown in ignorance.

In life, if men or women would like to have a good life, then they must seek for knowledge that would help them to achieve that goal (e.g. Live a healthy life, having high education, sustainable income and enough wealth). It is impossible to attain a good life without having sufficient knowledge about it. 

In life, what makes someone better than the others is neither wealth nor popularity, but knowledge.

A knowledgeable man is worth 1000 ignorant men. A bullet could kill one person, but with knowledge you could bring down entire civilization. Catastrophe is not when we lost our wealth, but when we lost knowledgeable men amongst us. In short, knowledgeable men are irreplaceable.

Ten Useless Matters by Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah From book Al-Fawa’id

1. Knowledge that is not acted on.

2. The deed that has neither sincerity nor is based on following the righteous examples of others.

3. Money that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life nor obtains any reward for it in the Hereafter.

4. The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allah, and of seeking closeness to Him.

5. A body that does not obey and serve Allah.

6. Loving Allah without following His orders or seeking His pleasure.

7. Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to do good.

8. A mind that thinks about useless matters.

9. Serving those who do not bring you close to Allah, nor benefit you in your life.

10. Hoping and fearing whoever is under the authority of Allah and in His hand; while he cannot bring any benefit or harm to himself, nor death, nor life; nor can he resurrect himself.

However the greater of these matters are wasting the heart and wasting time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hope. Destruction occurs by following one’s desires and having incessant hope, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allah.

How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.

Here is some advice from the Prophet (pbuh).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Knowledge comes by learning, and patience comes by trying to be patient. Whoever seeks goodness will be given it, and whoever fears evil will be protected from it.” Narrated by al-Daaraqutni in al-Afraad: this is a hasan hadeeth, as was stated by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 2328.

In life, it is recommendable to ask Allah SWT for knowledge, as He is The All Knower and The One Who give us knowledge, as it is stated in the Qur’an:

“And say: My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” Ta Ha (20:114).

May Allah SWT protects us from all these acts that don’t benefit us, prevents us to be such ignorant person in this world, and ease our path in learning good knowledge.

Thank you for reading, hope this short writing would help us to understand more about what we should seek (beneficial knowledge) in our life.

Have a nice day and let’s keep learning 🌷

Edited by omrizkiblog

Chirped from dhikrullah and islamfactory

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