Hadith Sharif on Excellence of Acquiring Knowledge and Sharing it

Hadith Sharif on Excellence of Acquiring Knowledge and Sharing it


Get up in the morning in a state that you be an ‘Alim or a seeker of knowledge. Or one who sits in the company of an ‘Alim or at least loves an ‘Alim. Do not be in the fifth state (i.e. other than the four mentioned) because you will go astray. – [Majmah al-Zawaid, Hadith 594]


The Beloved Rasool ﷺ stated: When a man dies, his deeds discontinue except three:

  1. Sadaqah Jariyah i.e. Sadaqah which gains perpetual reward.
  2. The knowledge by which benefit is acquired.
  3. A pious child who makes Du’a for him.

[Sahih Muslim, Page 684, Hadith 4223]


Sayyiduna Mu’aaz bin Jabal (Radi Allahu Anhu) has narrated, the Greatest and Holiest Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) has stated:


Acquire knowledge because acquiring knowledge for the pleasure of Allah is actually Khauf (fear) and the worship of Allah repetition of knowledge is the glorification of Allah and teaching an uneducated person is Sadaqah and teaching family is a proximity i.e., virtue, because knowledge is a source of distinguishing Halaal and Haraam; it is a mark of the way of the dwellers of Jannah and it is a source of relief in the era of corruption; it is a travel companion; it is a friend in loneliness; it is a guide in poverty and prosperity; it is a weapon against the enemy; it is an adornment in the sight of friends; by virtue of knowledge, Allah grants success and supremacy to nations observing their goodness and making them guides and Imams, then their footsteps and deeds are followed and their opinions are considered final.


[At-Targhib Wat-Tarhib, Kitab al-Ilm, Vol. 1, Page 52]


A person presented himself before Hadrat Abu Darda (Radi Allahu Anhu) in the Mosque of Damascus and said that he had traveled from Madinah Munawwarah to learn a (particular) Hadith of Rasoolullah (SallAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) from him. He said, “I have heard that you narrate this (particular) Hadith, so I have traveled here solely for this reason”. Hadrat Abu Darda (Radi Allahu Anhu) said that he heard the beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) saying:

“Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah makes easy for him the path to Paradise, and without doubt, the angels, who feel pleased with the act of the knowledge seeker, spread their wings for him, and without doubt, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth, even the fish in the sea, pray for forgiveness for the Islamic scholar, and the superiority of the scholar over the worshiper is similar to that of the full moon over the rest of the stars, and without doubt, the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets (Alayhim as-Salaam). Without a doubt, the Prophets (Alayhim as-Salaam) do not leave dirhams and dinars (wealth) as inheritance, but these pure souls leave knowledge as their inheritance. So whoever gains this has gained a large share.”

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[Sunan IbnMajah, Vol. 1, Page 145, Hadith 223]


On the day of Judgement, the biggest regret will be for the one who had the opportunity to gain knowledge but he did not. [Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 10, Page 138, Hadith 28696]


Anyone whose feet are covered with dust in the way of Allah will not be touched by the hellfire. [Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 2811]


‎Whoever travels in search of ‪‎knowledge is in the path of ‪‎Allah until he returns. [‪Tirmidhi, Vol. 4, Page 295, ‪Hadith 2700]


It was asked, ‘What are the gardens of Paradise.’ He ﷺ replied, ‘The gatherings of knowledge.’ [Mu’jam al-Kabir, Hadith 11158]


Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with Allah from the knowledge that is of no benefit. [Ibn Majah Vol.5 Book 34 Hadith 3843]


For you to go to learn a chapter (from Islamic) knowledge in the morning is better than 100 Rak’at of Nafl Salaah. [Sunan IbnMajah, Vol. 1, Page 142, Hadith 219]


Sayyiduna Abu Zar Ghifari (Radi Allahu Anhu) narrates that the Beloved Prophet (SallAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said to me,

‘‘O Abu Zar! If you learn one Ayah from the Book of Allah in the morning, it is better for you than offering 100 Rak’at Nafl, and if you learn one chapter from Islamic knowledge in the morning, whether you act upon it or not, it is better for you than offering 1000 Rak’at Nawafil.’’

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[Sunan Ibn Majah, Kitab as-Sunnah, Vol. 1, Page 142, Hadith 219]


Whosoever recites the Quran and learns it and acts upon it, his parents will be made to wear a crown of Noor on the Day of Judgment whose shining will be like the sun and his parents will be made to wear two garments, this world cannot pay the price for them. Thereupon, they will ask, ‘Why have we been made to wear these dresses?’ It will be said to them, ‘Because your children have memorized the Quran.’ [Al-Mustadrak ala al-Sahihayn lil Hakim, Vol. 2, Page 278, Hadith 2132]


Whoever recited the Qur’an and acts according to its contents, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given to wear a crown whose light is better than the light of the sun in the dwellings of this world if it were among you. So what do you think of him who acts according to this?! [Musnad Ahmad, Vol 4, Page 446]


Keep revising (the learning by heart of) the Qur’an, because I swear by Him in Whose control my soul is, it is more slipping away than a camel which is tied with a rope. [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 2, Page 753 – Sahih Muslim, Vol 1, Page 268]


Anyone who recites (i.e. learns off by heart) the Qur’an and then forgets it will meet Allah on the Day of Resurrection in a maimed condition. [Sunan Abi Dawood, Vol. 2, Page 207 – Sunan Daarimi, Vol. 2, Page 325]


Allah will brighten the graves of those who learn and teach well so that they would not have any fear. [Hilyat al-Awliya, Hadith 7622]


Do not wish to be like anyone except in two cases: a person whom Allah has given wealth, and he spends it righteously, and the one whom Allah has given wisdom, and he acts according to it and teaches it to others. [Sahih Bukhari Vol 1, Book 3, Hadith 73]


The best Sadaqah is that a Muslim gains knowledge and then imparts it to his brother. [IbnMajah, Vol. 1, Page 158, Hadith 243]


The one who goes out to the mosque wanting only to learn good or teach it has the reward of a complete Hajj. [Hadith, al-Tabarani]


One who acts upon his knowledge will be given such knowledge by Allah that he didn’t have before. [Hilyat al-Awliya, V10, P13, Hadith 1455]


Whoever learns knowledge by heart and then conceals it from the people, he will come on the Day of Judgment wearing a fire-made bridle. [Sunan IbnMajah, Vol. 1, Page 170, Hadith 261]


When tribulations arise or innovations and a scholar does not reveal his knowledge; then the curse of Allah, the angels, and mankind is upon him. Allah neither accepts his obligatory acts nor his supererogatory. [Kanz al-Ummal, Hadith 1271]


One (righteous) scholar dominates Satan more than one thousand worshippers. [Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 5, Page 76, Hadith 28904]


One whose chest has nothing in it from the Holy Quran is like a deserted home. [Tirmidhi, Vol. 4, Page 419, Hadith 2922]


A small amount of knowledge is better than an abundance of worship. [At-Targheeb Wat-Tarheeb, Kitab al-Ilm, Vol. 1, Page 50, Hadith 104]


The Ulama (righteous scholars) are representatives of the Prophets (Alayhim as-Salam). [Sunan IbnMajah, Vol. 1, Page 146, Hadith 223]


The Ulama of my Ummah will experience heat due to the power of the Holy Quran in their hearts. [Firdous al-Akhbar, V8, P352, Hadith 2596]


To see the face of an Aalim is Ibadah, to see the Kaaba is Ibadah and to look at the Holy Quran is Ibadah. [Kanz al-Ummal, Hadith 43486]

All of you are custodians and everyone will be asked about his dependents (subordinates). [Sahih Bukhari, V2, P159,  Hadith 2554]


If Allah wills to bestow someone with special virtue; He makes him a Faqih of the Religion. [Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 71]


If Allah Almighty guides anyone through you, it is better for you than the fact that you possess red camels. [Sahih Muslim, Page 1007, Hadith 6223]


No doubt, the one who guides towards a good deed is like the one who performs the good deed. [Tirmidhi, Vol. 4, Page 305, Hadith 2679]


Whosoever records some knowledge or a hadith from me, the reward will not cease being recorded for him as long as that knowledge or hadith remains. [Kanz al-Ummal, Vol. 5, Page 79, Hadith 28947]

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