Channel: Bilal Philips
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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh my brothers and sisters, this is another verse from the Quranic reflection series. And this is from Surah Al Baqarah. Well, I lemma Adam l Esma Aquila. He Allah taught Adam, all the names. This verse addresses a law being the source of all knowledge.
The first point the reflection is the divine origin of knowledge. True Knowledge is essentially sacred, which is why the Prophet SAW Salem stated that seeking knowledge is obligatory, and he raised it to the level of a body of worship. Tolerable enemy for either Allah cola Muslim,
seeking knowledge is a religious obligation on every Muslim.
this is something that we should feel
a need to know Islam and how we should apply Islam in living in this world. The second point of reflection is that
when we think about divine knowledge that has come to us from Allah.
That divine knowledge is useful knowledge
and it should be used in a useful way.
Otherwise, it becomes useless knowledge. Essentially, useful knowledge is distinct from useless knowledge.
And the prophesied seldom used to seek refuge along them in the I O to become an ailment, Lion fat, or Allah, I seek refuge in You from knowledge is of no benefit. So
we have to avoid useless knowledge. And
as I said, useful knowledge can become useless knowledge, if it is not applied in the appropriate way. For example, in schools, where children are being taught hedge in grade one, for example,
now in grade 12, or grade 10, you know, they go into the different types of hedge, hedge tomato, hedge a fraud, and so it's also and they explain what these different types of Hotjar but for grade one,
to have grade one kid six, seven years old, no hunch the matter Haji fraud.
It's useless knowledge. They don't need to know it. All they need to know is Hajj, go to Mecca,
walk around the Kaaba,
drink Zam, Zam,
throw stones at the Jamaat.
That's all they need to know.
So, giving them what we call knowledge overload.
That in fact, turns
useful knowledge into useless knowledge.
On the other hand, there is useless knowledge that is useless knowledge, because this time is not the time for it. For example,
knowledge of the composition of dirt on Mars,
billions are spent to send rocket ships to Mars, in order to find out the composition of dirt on Mars, and we have starving millions on Earth today.
We have to say that that knowledge of the composition of dirt on Mars
that knowledge is useless knowledge and it's a waste of our resources to go and try and find it now. Later on. When an if the earth becomes overpopulated or whatever.
And we need
someplace to put all the human beings or many human beings on earth
resource resources not enough to take care of the needs of all the people okay, then we can look for other places.
That's the time to know about the composition of our
If on Mars, can we plant food and grow things there and move some of our earthlings there? That's the time now.
So we need to have that distinction, knowing the divine origin of knowledge.
The third point of reflection
is appropriate knowledge.
When we are seeking it.
The most important point to consider when choosing a career, for example, is not how much money you get paid. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, dentists, etc. They get the most so that we're going to become a doctor instead.
But it should be the need of the ummah.
One of the big needs of the OMA all over the world, wherever Muslims are. Female gynecologist, where are they?
The female dentists where are they? they're few and far between.
Male gynecologist lead the field and make the most money. But it is an inappropriate specialization for men.
Male dentists, different from male gynecologist because dentistry is for both males and females.
gynecology is only for females. So a man being a dentist and he practices dentistry mainly with women.
Well, you know
it's better Islamically that he practice it with men
which we have enough female dentists then they can handle the situation for women
because of the close contact that is involved in dentistry
so to avoid fitna and issues problems
it's better for men to practice dentistry among men in emergency situations, etc. They handle women too, as an emergency but not the norm.
BarakAllahu li Walakum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato