The significance of knowing Allah cannot he underestimated. The following are five reasons that highlight the importance of attaining knowledge of Allah:
1.Knowledge of Allah is the most excellent knowledge.
Indeed, there is no greater knowledge than Knowledge of Allah. Ibn Arabi (RAH) stated: "The excellence and virtue of a piece of knowledge is according to its subject matter. The Creator is the Highest and Most Excellent of subject matters and therefore the knowledge of His Names is the most excellent and highest knowledge." (Ahkam al-Quran) We are also informed of the virtue of religious knowledge. Ibn Masud (RA) narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "There is no envy except in two: a person whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it in the right way and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (religious knowledge) and he gives his decisions accordingly and he teaches it to others." (Bukhari)
If religious knowledge is the highest in virtue, then certainly the knowledge is the highest of that religious knowledge. The verses of the Quran that inform us about Allah are the best verses of the Quran. Ubayy b. Kab said: Allah's Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "0 Abu al-Mundhir, do you know the verse from the Book of AIlah which, according to you, is the greatest?" I said: Allah and His Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) know best. He again said: "Abul-Mundhir, do you know the verse from the Book of Allah which, according to you, is the greatest?" I said: Allah, there is no god but He, the Living, the Eternal." There upon he struck me on my breast and said: "May knowledge be pleasant for you, o Abul-Mundhir!" (Muslim). One cannot realize the reality of worship without knowledge of Allah Allaah says: "And I did not create the jinn and humankind except to worship Me." (Q51[Dhaariyaat]:56). Indeed this is a noble purpose with which Allah has honoured us. How can we fulfill this purpose with only a little information about whom we are to worship? How can we perfect our worship if we do not know whom we are worshipping? How can we worship Allah without knowledge? Worship (ibaadah) is a term which comprises everything that Allah loves and approve of from the apparent and hidden sayings and deeds. Thus, in order to realize the reality of worship, knowledge of Allah is essential.
2. Purification of the Soul
It is with knowledge of Allah that the soul is purified and made right. With knowledge, the heart is filled with the love of Him and love of Him generates obedience to Him. Knowledge of Allah guards against error and stumbling, opens the door of hope, assists in patience and protects from laziness and apathy.
3. Knowledge of Allah increases faith and opens hearts
As knowledge of Allah purifies the soul, it likewise has the ability to increase faith and open the heart. Allah says: "And whenever there comes down a Surah (chapter from the Qur'an), some of them (hypocrites) say: Which of you have had of his faith increased by it? As for those who believe, it has increased their faith,and they rejoice,but as for those whose heart is a disease of doubt, disbelief and hypocracy, it will add suspicion and doubt to their suspicion, disbelief and doubt, and they die while they are disbelievers" (Q9[Tawbah]:124-125).
4. Reward for those with knowledge
Are those who know equal to those who do not know? (Q39[Zumar]:9). Encompassing the knowledge of Allah is one of the highest elements that a person can achieve. It is, in fact, required in order to perform good deeds and keep away from ill deeds. Only knowledge gives a person power to fully worship Allah the way Allah loves to be worshipped. So it follows that there is a great reward in the next life for the person who has knowledge and acts accordingly.
It is through knowing their lord, Allah the most high, that heart finds peace and filled with happiness in their devotion to Allah. By submitting ones heart and mind to Allah, the lord of everything that exists, one is lifting the burden of life off his shoulders and placing his trust in Allah. With the submission and trust comes happiness, deep contentment and peacefulness within the heart and soul.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited