Consider… whether this knowledge would benefit you in the next world.’ November 20, 2007Posted by shadows15 in Amazing Quotes!, Personality Development.
Imaam al-Ghazali (Rahimahullah) wrote the following in ‘Suhaf al-Ghazali‘:
“Before engaging yourself in the achievement and collection of any (sort of) knowledge, you should consider that if you were to depart from this world in the next week, whether this knowledge would benefit you in the next world. So this kind of knowledge (the kind that will benefit you in the hereafter) is not the science of versification, nor the science of composition, neither is it the knowledge of the difference of opinions (amongst the different schools of thought), nor is this knowledge the science of the principles of Islamic jurisprudence nor the science of philosophical theology, etc.”
[As quoted by Akbar Shah Khan Najeebabadi, in his book: ‘Meyaar ul Ullama’]
Imaam al-Ghazali (Rahimahullah) is pointing out those things which will provide benefit to the seeker of knowledge in regards to the hereafter. The seeker of knowledge should only seek that which provides benefit to himself and the society and should leave those things which cause fruitless disputes and wasteful argumentation. From the excellence of one’s Islam is to leave that which does not concern him and restrict oneself to those things which bring about benefit.
Sometimes we see some overzealous Muslims who busy themselves with knowledge of the different opinions of the Ulama in the most minute of issues and then waste away their time in arguing with those of lesser intellect with complete disregard to much bigger issues. Busy yourself with that which brings benefit and leave the minor fiqh issues to the Ulama!