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Knowledge and Capability Is From Allaah

3rd November 2015

The acquisition of true knowledge normally leads to humility when approached in a sincere manner. One who acquires true knowledge realises how little they know. However, when it is approached in a materialistically restricted manner, it causes people to become proud. This flawed approach to seeking knowledge is not something new, and has precedents from others who have lived in former ages: 


"Then when their Messengers came to them with clear proofs, they were glad (and proud) with that which they had of the knowledge (of worldly things): And that at which they used to mock, surrounded them (i.e. the punishment)." (Soorah Ghaafir, 40:83)



"He (Qaaroon) said: "This has been given to me only because of knowledge I possess." Did he not know that Allah had destroyed before him generations, men who were stronger than him in might and greater in the amount (of riches) they had collected.But the criminals, about their sins, will not be asked." (Sooratul-Qasas, 28:78) 

Imaam as-Sa'dee رحمه الله said: "Whatever mankind have in the way of knowledge and capability is due to Allaah سبحانه و تعالى having given them this knowledge and capability. It should also be considered that Allaah سبحانه و تعالى appointed a limit to mankind's knowledge and capability which cannot be extended... Just as Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is the One who created them when they were not even a thing mentioned, He is also the One who made them come out from their mothers' wombs knowing nothing, and created for them the ability to hear, see and understand, and the means to acquire knowledge." [al-Adillatul-Qawaati' wal-Baraaheen fee Ibtaal Usool-il-Mulhideen] 

Every single piece of information that any human being has ever perceived came from an All-Knowing Creator سبحانه و تعالى: 


" They (angels) said: 'Glory be unto You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Verily, You are the All-Knower, the All-Wise.'" (Sooratul-Baqarah, 2:32)

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