In the light of the Holy Hadith
Start your journey for knowledge
The Messenger of Allah (?) said, “He who goes forth in search of knowledge is considered as struggling in the Cause of Allah until he returns.” (At- Tirmidhi – 2647)
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the modern era, we acquire knowledge from our school or college near our house. Sometimes we search Google and watch YouTube to collect information. But Islam emphasises to go outside our homes to acquire knowledge. From the Internet, Google or YouTube, we can get only information, not knowledge. Knowledge requires direct interaction between the teacher and student. Hazrat Sayeed-b-Musayyeb travelled many days in search of one Hadis, Hazrat Shubi said: If a man travels from Syria to the distant Yemen to hear a sermon, his journey will not fruitless. Hazrat Jaker-b-Abduallh travelled from Medina to Egypt for one month and heard a Hadis from Abdullah-b-Anis Ansari.
Acquisition of knowledge is a religious matter and the journey for this purpose is of two kinds: (1) journey for visiting the holy places, such as Mecca, Medina, Baitul Moqaddas or journey for defense of the frontiers of Islamic state, (2) Journeys for visiting the holy shrines of the religious leaders and friends of God and of those religious people who are alive.
We need journey not only to acquire knowledge, but also to purify our character and conduct. To walk in the path of the next world is not possible without character and conduct. The name journey means to turn away from bad character and conduct. In journey, a man’s character is disclosed. When a person was brought before Hazrat Omar as a witness, he asked him: Were you with anybody in a journey for which you have known his character? He said: I was not. Hazrat Omar said: Then I think you do not know him. Hazrat Bashar Hafi said: “O learned men, if you would have come out in journey, you would have been purified, because if water is logged in a place, it becomes polluted and if it is flowing, it is made pure.
Jobayer Al Mahmud
Student, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey