“Secular studies bring you closer to Islam.” Well…

29Jan10

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمدُ للهِ ربِّ العالمين والصلاةُ والسلامُ على رسوله الأمين

أما بعد

فالسلام عليكم و رحمة الله

In 1996, Nature conducted a study in which they discovered that the general majority (about 61%) of American scientists expressed disbelief or doubt in the existence of Allah (who, sadly, is commonly referred to as “God” by jahalaa’ (وَلِلَّهِ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا)).

Furthermore, in 1998 they discovered that the percentage of  greater scientists who disbelieved in or doubted the existence of Allah was much higher.  An astonishing 93%.  Can you believe that?  Only 7% of the surveyed greater scientists believe in the existence of Allah.

These “greater scientists” are from the National Academy of Sciences.  According to their website, “election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.”  I’m sure all the scientists reading this already knew that, right Taha?

So does that mean one of the main criteria NAS looks at before electing a scientist to their academy is their rejection of Allah’s existence?  Unlikely.  Does it mean that the smarter you become in secular studies, the more likely it is that you’ll at least start to doubt His existence?  Maybe.  Or does it mean that if you don’t initially have a firm grasp of Tawheed and what Islam is, your study of secular sciences will only progressively reaffirm your jahl, which will then lead to kibr, nifaaq and even kufr?  I think so.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is clear… your parents. and their parents. were wrong.  Yep.

Many Muslims were raised under the notion, “What Allah really wants me to do is become smarter than the kuffar so we can advance farther than them and build more than them and solve more equations than them.  So what I’ll do is study really hard and become very smart and make good grades so I can be a good example to them and hopefully just maybe they’ll like Islam and they’ll become Muslim like me.”

I believe there’s a strong negative correlation between the study of secular sciences and adherence to the religion, i.e. the deeper you delve into dunya studies, the farther you get from the deen. This happens, of course, under the condition that one’s foundation in ‘aqeedah isn’t firm.  To the minority of families that stress the importance of ‘aqeedah while encouraging secular advancement, may Allah reward you.  However, for the majority who don’t, I’m talking to you.

Have you ever seen the mentally handicapped donkey who skips Jumuah because he has classes to attend?  Or have you met the guy who’s existance is worth less than my parakeet’s poop since he wont fast on an exam day?  Or the complete dumbass who says things like, “The ummah needs more doctors and engineers, not Islamic scholars?”  They’re the ones raised on that notion.  Their parents were raised on it too.  That’s why many of them raised you amongst the kuffar instead of amongst Muslims where you belong.  Sure, there were other reasons too, but this was a major one, don’t deny it.

Anyway, these idiots use the ayaat and ahadeeth that praise seeking knowledge as their evidence.  You them all (I hope), but the question is, do these evidences apply to both Islamic knowledge and secular sciences, or just Islamic knowledge?

I alone have heard a number of opinions.  Some say this, some say that.  It seems the most correct opinion is that seeking Islamic knowledge is the loftiest of pursuits and seeking secular knowledge (with the right intention) is praiseworthy and rewarding, but not as much as the former is.  Only few have said there’s no reward in studying secular sciences, based on what I know (which is little, clearly).

Needless to say, however, I highly doubt evidences such as this one refer to studying Math and Chemistry,

مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَبْتَغِي فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَلَكَ اللَّهُ بِهِ طَرِيقًا إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَإِنَّ الْمَلَائِكَةَ لَتَضَعُ أَجْنِحَتَهَا رِضَاءً لِطَالِبِ الْعِلْمِ وَإِنَّ الْعَالِمَ لَيَسْتَغْفِرُ لَهُ مَنْ فِي السَّمَوَاتِ وَمَنْ فِي الأرْضِ حَتَّى الْحِيتَانُ فِي الْمَاءِ وَفَضْلُ الْعَالِمِ عَلَى الْعَابِدِ كَفَضْلِ الْقَمَرِ عَلَى سَائِرِ الْكَوَاكِبِ إِنَّ الْعُلَمَاءَ وَرَثَةُ الأنْبِيَاءِ إِنَّ الأَنْبِيَاءَ لَمْ يُوَرِّثُوا دِينَارًا وَلا دِرْهَمًا إِنَّمَا وَرَّثُوا الْعِلْمَ فَمَنْ أَخَذَ بِهِ أَخَذَ بِحَظٍّ وَافِرٍ. ” رواه الترمذي (2606) وصححه الألباني

“Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allaah will make easy for him the path to Paradise. The angels beat their wings in approval of the seeker of knowledge, and those who are in the heavens and on earth pray for forgiveness for the scholar, even the fish in the water. The superiority of the scholar over the worshiper is like the superiority of the moon over all other heavenly bodies. The scholars are the heirs of the Prophets, for the Prophets did not leave behind dinars or dirhams, rather they left behind knowledge, so whoever gains knowledge has gained great good fortune.’” (narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2606; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani).

Yes it is true, the Prophets did not leave behind dinars or dirhams, nor did they leave behind innovative scientific theorems or mathematical equations.  They left behind one thing, i.e. knowledge of what gets you to Jannah.  And notice who Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, defined as being scholars.  They’re the heirs of the Prophets, meaning they inherited something from them.  And what did these Prophets leave behind?  Knowledge.  What kind of knoweldge?  Religious knowledge.  So who are the scholars?  There ya go.

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5 Responses to ““Secular studies bring you closer to Islam.” Well…”

  1. 1 Amer Homsi

    So anyone who seeks knowledge and strives to understand and apply it, can be considered an heir of the messenger of Allah? (just want to make sure i understood this correctly based on what you said).

    • No, the scholars are the heirs of the prophets in general. The student of knowledge has a different status, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him.” (abu Dawood and at Tirmidhi)

  2. 3 Shariq Mohammad

    Wow Brother Kareem, this is great work. Is this all your work? :O Very impressive!!!

    • Yeah, its all original. Any good or benefit in anything I write is from Allah, the rest is on me.

      • 5 Amer Homsi

        Well Kareem, I just want to let you know, that I am someone who is striving to attain knowledge and apply to the best of my ability. Inshallah I am considered by Allah as a seeker of knowledge, because I truly wish to please Allah, learn, and practice Islam to the maximum. Its beautiful to know about such ahadeeth indeed. May Allah grant us the highest level of Jannah and make our lives comforting and keep us content. I also appreciate all the information you are bringing up so that we may better ourselves and increase our status with Allah(SWT), you will be rewarded greatly for this.


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