“And I keep hittin’ re-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat”
Five Muslims walked into PR, whipped out their laptops and headphones, and immediately became absorbed in Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls.
We see it all the time – time being wasted. When school season begins or when people are busy with jobs, we hear it constantly, “I have absolutely NO time!” But when we get that time, what do we do with it? We waste it. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:
“Seeking Knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” (Related by Ibn ‘Adiyy, Al-Bayhaqi & Al-Tabarani)
Sure, we all seek knowledge today. We got our education going and we know everything that our work entails. We know all about the ‘in’ shows and the hottest stars. Heck, we even…wait for it…read…yes, READ! Majority of the people dislike reading (they only do if for schoolwork), but if there’s a really good novel that everyone is talking about… they’ll read it. What people don’t realize is the importance of gaining knowledge on Islam…their deen. This is important especially in today’s society of misconceptions and ‘war on terror’. Unfortunately, many Muslims know very little about Islam. If we as Muslims can’t explain an issue or correct a misconception, then who will? Not only that, but how can we practice fully and to the best of our ability the deen of Islam without learning more about it? With more knowledge comes more of an appreciation for Allah (swt)’s creations, more of an awareness of Allah (swt)’s attributes and qualities, and more taqwa.
“It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah.” (Qur’an, Fatir 35:28)
Don’t get me wrong, relaxation isn’t bad – in fact, sometimes it’s much needed. If all our time is put into our jobs, schoolwork, socializing, and relaxation (through entertainment) though, then there’s a serious problem. What happened to learning about Islam? We can all make excuses, but in reality there really is no excuse. We’re all guilty of it, and we need to make a change. Instead of listening to music, we can listen to tafsir, Quran recitation, and lectures on various topics during car rides to work or school. I know plenty of people who have a zillion songs memorized by heart, but all they know from the Qur’an are 5 or 6 surahs from the 30th chapter. Instead of watching dramas, movies, or the food network channel we can watch lectures or even read, YES READ, a book on Islam. Watching/listening to lectures is great, but that cannot be our only source of knowledge. Reading is essential and you can usually get lots of information in a short amount of time. And of course, after gaining knowledge and implementing it, we must share it, even if it’s as little as one verse – The Prophet (saw) said
“Convey (what you learn from me) even if it’s only one verse…” (Related by Bukhari)
I’m sick and tired of hearing people complain about a million jobs and then watch those same people kill a disgusting amount of hours on TV or games. I’m tired of talking with Muslims about something pertaining to Islam and hearing my own echo come back to me because they’re not ‘interested’ in talking about Islam. I’m tired of seeing conversations go back and forth between only 5 or 6 people on a thread of almost 100 Muslims because everyone else doesn’t have the ‘time’ or isn’t interested. Let’s make a change…let’s start by seeking knowledge today.
And now, I leave you with a hadith. Abu Huraira said, The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
“People are like mines of silver and gold; the more excellent of them in the days of Ignorance are the more excellent of them in Islam when they attain knowledge.” (Muslim, Mishkat).