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Seeking Knowledge is Obligatory.
As far as the knowledge of the Sharee’ah is concerned, it is incumbent, since Allah has created jinn and mankind so that they may worship and fear Him. As He declares it in His Book saying:
“I have not created jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” [Soorah Ad-Dhariyaat (51): 56]
And worship is not permissible except through Islamic knowledge. He cited the obligation of acquiring knowledge in His Book saying: “So ask the people of Knowledge if you don’t know”
[Soorah An-Nahl (16): 43]
He also pointed out this obligation [i.e. seeking knowledge of Allah] prior to declaration of the Shahadah:
“And know that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah then seek forgiveness for your sins...”
[Soorah Al-Quraan 47: 19]
The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) made this obligation certain in his (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) Sunnah, when he said:
“The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim; and the conveying of knowledge to the non-deserving is like putting necklaces of jewels, pearls and gold around the necks of swine.”
[Transmitted by Ibn Majah and Bayhaqi in Shu'ab al-Iman up to the word "Muslim" saying: This is a hadith the text of which is quite well known but the chain of transmission is weak.
[At-Tirmidhi # 218]
Consequently, we understand that it is a duty of every Muslim to study and understand the Deen, and reflect upon what Allah has prescribed. To explore the authentic Pure Aqeedah, which the Prophet of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was sent with, which he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), his Companions (radhi allahu anhu) and their followers in righteous were upon - which is belief in Allah, His Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), His Names and His Attributes, believing in them in a manner, which is fitting to Allah without distortion (tahreef), denial (ta’teel), qualification (takyeef), or likening (tamtheel) – without increase or decrease.
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