Putting Knowledge Into Practice
It is reported that Abu Barza al-Aslami (r.a) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
‘’No one can move on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about his life and how he spent it, about his knowledge and what he did with it, about his wealth and how he earned it and how he spent it, and about his health and how he wore off his body.’’ Tirmidhi, Qiyamah 1/2417
The knowledge is not a virtue in and of itself, but it is a mean to advance humans to more lofty levels. The real virtue is putting the knowledge into practice. Knowledge that is not practiced in life helps nothing but to be a proof against its owner. As a matter of fact, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) considered a scholar who does not put his knowledge into practice equal to an ignorant per-son. Tirmidhi,Ilm 5/2653
In the above hadith presents the first and foremost issues for which humans will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment. They are the life, knowledge, wealth, and health. Allah the Almighty decreed certain rules concerning each one of them and made some requests. Life should be spent as it is prescribed by Islam in performing beneficial deeds. One must not acquire knowledge as a means of pride, but must put it into practice and also teach others. One must obtain wealth through honest earnings and spend it on his family needs and doing good deeds. One must know that health is a divine trust and must be used in accordance with Al-lah’s will.
As a matter of fact, one will be held accountable for everything he did with the blessings of Allah. The issues listed in our hadith are the first things that humans will be held accountable for. And one of these is the issue of putting our knowledge into practice. It is impossible for humans to enter into Paradise before being held fully accountable for it first. So, putting our knowledge into practice in this world is the smartest way to ensure both Allah’s contentedness and appreciation of others.
Muhammed Sezgin Head of Religious Affairs