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How Can I Know Everything About Islam?

Questioner

Zuhra

Reply Date

Aug 29, 2018

Question

What makes me sad is that there is soooooooooooo much to know about Islam. How can I possibly learn everything? How can I possibly know all there is to know? How can I get someone who knows everything to assist me so that when I have children I can teach them? How can I know what is right or wrong in the name of Allah, the All-Knowing? It makes me very sad, because there is so much I don’t know, that people don’t know about sooo many different small and big things in life.

Consultant

Answer


Know Everything

Short Answer: God checks your actions and the intents behind the actions. In most cases you simply follow the dictates of your commonsense, the reason that Allah has given you. In cases where you are in doubt, you ask the opinion of someone who can help you in the matter. But, spend a part of your time for study too. The rest is with Allah. Depend on Him and pray to Him for forgiveness, for guidance.

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Asalamu Alaikum Zuhra, 

Thank you very much for your question. 

This is the first time I’ve heard a complaint of this sort. You know that there are millions of Muslim men and women, who do not worry very much that they are not able to learn everything about Islam to live as Muslims. 

Please understand the following facts: 

  • God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear, as the Quran states:

{On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns.} (Quran 2:286)

If you study all that is in the Quran and the hadith, along with all the explanations, interpretations, details of law, jurisprudence, and so on and so forth; you will be one of the greatest scholars the world has ever seen.

But this is not required of you in order to live as a Muslim. 

Once you understand the fundamental principles of Islam and the practical aspects of religious duties, everything else follows naturally.

But you may have doubts, in certain circumstances, about whether some particular thing is proper from the Islamic point of view or not. In such cases, you need to consult someone you know to be knowledgeable, that is all. 

  • Understand that God will not do even an atom’s weight of injustice. God says in the Quran:

{[…] I do not the least injustice to My servants.} (Quran 5:29)

  • God is Just and Merciful at the same time. He knows what you reveal and what you hide.

Intentions & Accountability

He knows your strength and weakness; He knows the circumstances which compel you to fall into error. He will not punish for your errors, unless you are really responsible for such actions. 

The Quran says God is Forgiving and Merciful. Repeatedly, again and again. He never punishes any one for the things they do unknowingly or unwittingly. 

  • God does not look at your external appearance or into your wealth. He looks into your hearts and your actions.

Or, rather He checks your actions and the intents behind the actions. It is on the basis of the intention behind the action that every action is judged.

The foregoing means that in most cases you simply follow the dictates of your commonsense, the reason that Allah has given you. In cases where you are in doubt, you ask the opinion of someone who can help you in the matter. 

But, spend a part of your time for study too. The rest is with Allah. Depend on Him and pray to Him for forgiveness, for guidance. 

Of course, you must have a desire to do good and avoid evil, a desire to obey God, and not to obey the Devil. That is all you have to do. 

God bless you Zuhra. 

Thank you and please keep in touch. 

Walaikum Asalam

(From Ask About Islam archives)

Please continue feeding your curiosity, and find more info in the following links:

Religious Knowledge vs. Pretentious Knowledge

Converts – Seeking Knowledge is Power

Reverts – 4 Steps Will Help in Your Path of Knowledge

 

 

 




About Professor Shahul Hameed

Professor Shahul Hameed is an Islamic consultant. He also held the position of the President of the Kerala Islamic Mission, Calicut, India. He is the author of three books on Islam published in the Malayalam language. His books are on comparative religion, the status of women, and science and human values.


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