Looking back upon the history, Islam has created many great Muslim leaders such as Rasulullah SAW, Sayyidina Umar, and Sultan Muhammad Al-Fateh. Apart from that, history have it there were many Muslim scholars and philosophers born back then. To name a few, they were Imam Malik, Ibn Sina, Al-Kindi, Al-Khawarizmi and Ibn Khaldun.They are just normal human being like the rest of us who were given 24 hours and seven days in a week but amazingly they were able to master not only in one field of study but a vast amount of knowledge.We often heard about their great contribution to western knowledge. Over time their researches in physics, algebra, astronomy, philosophy and hundreds of other studies have benefits to the mankind until the recent.
But looking at our generation, how many of us wish to achieve big like them? Some of us study to pass the exam, to make our parents proud, aim to get a good job with a high salary so that we can buy our dream car, dream house and live happily ever after. The end. Of course, there is nothing wrong to dream such things but there are much more out there that awaiting to be discovered and to fight for. Because perhaps the purpose of our creation is more than that, more than just happiness this world could bring us.
Those Muslim scholars seek knowledge to please Allah and they had true passion for knowledge. Yes, in whatever action we took, we should aim for akhirat (hereafter).That could probably be the reason why they can easily acquire knowledge. Narrated by Abu al-Darda’:I heard the messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. (Book 19, Number 3634). So it is important to have a clear intention and sincerity by doing it for Allah first.
Knowledge is a light which Allah places in the heart. Therefore being servant and try our best to avoid evil and wrongdoings is what we should be aiming to do. Knowledge should bring us closer to Allah as He is the sources of knowledge.“And Allâh has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while youknow nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allâh) [al-Nahl 16:78]. Also, did not Allah promised that He will give more to those who obey Him? Taking Sultan Muhammad Al-Fateh for example, based on the story of how he was chosen to be the imam of solat, we can conclude that he was a pious man a good servant to Him. At the end Allah helped him to conquer Constantinople which many people before him attempts to conquer it, but none had succeeded.
Besides that, other important lesson we can take is how to manage time. These great Muslims, they were not made to become great in one or two days but it takes a long time. They acquire knowledge at a very young age which they seek from many teachers and their determination in seeking knowledge had made them travelled out of their hometown. Little did we know that Ibn Sina was only 17 when he cured the illness of the King of Bukhara.
Apart from what has been written above, there are more lessons that we can list down be it discipline, respect the teachers and the knowledge itself and also to be patience. What most important is to always try to be like them, as the hadis states “seeking knowledge is an obligation of every Muslim.”
Nur Amirah Md Yusoff