Whenever you want wisdom, seek it from Allah alone and be ready to humble yourself. It is wisdom that separates the righteous from the wicked, and in the end it is the wise that triumph. Knowledge is believed to be better than worship because a knowledgeable person fears Allah as he/she should, and his/her actions follow through as a result of the acquired knowledge.


Wednesday, Ramadan 10, 1440 AH (May 15, 2019)

In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

All praise is due to Allah for granting us this time which our hearts, words and limbs have awaited with much anticipation. Endless praises and gratitude are due to Allah for His abundant favours that continue to increase, and we hope to attain His reward on the Day of Recompense. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone, without any partner. He has granted immense reward to those who fast in every generation. I further bear witness that our Prophet Muhammad is Allah’s worshipping servant and Messenger. He was the best individual who fasted and prayed, hence he will be granted the loftiest rank in the hereafter, and those who follow his path will attain the greatest of rewards. O Allah, grant Your commendation, protection, and blessings to Your Messenger as well as to his outstanding family and children, his esteemed Companions, and all those who continue to follow their path until the Day of Recompense.

Dear brothers and sisters! Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) stressed the importance of wisdom and urged everyone to seek it. He compared wisdom with
the worship of Allah the Most High and more. It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:

“Those who seek knowledge, their path to paradise would be made easy. Therefore, seek knowledge and allow true success to be yours.”

What is wisdom?

Wisdom is the application of knowledge. It is knowing how to apply information in various ways. A wise person has information and knows how to apply that information to benefit himself and others. However, an unwise person has information but it is of no use to Him and others. It is just information, that’s it. Therefore, it is no surprise that a knowledgeable person is a better worshiper of Allah the Almighty than a believer who only practices a set of rituals. Indeed, the best believer is the one who has knowledge of Allah the Most High, understands his/her purpose, and strives for the real home in the hereafter.

How do you attain wisdom?

If you want wisdom, seek it from Allah the Almighty, for He responds to you immediately. It may not be as immediate as you think but indeed wisdom begins to enter your life the moment you seek it sincerely. It may not be as you expected it but it will visit you. The first thing that Allah actually sends into your life before wisdom are problems and misfortunes. Allah has to make you worthy of wisdom. He has to prepare you for wisdom. Therefore, problems start to visit you and they prepare the heart for new information.

With misfortunes, you become thankful and appreciative of what you have. You realise your blessings and become thankful. You realise that all things come from Allah and therefore your knowledge of your creator increases. With problems, you realise your flaws and your limitations. You start to introspect. You find good and bad qualities about yourself and strive to be a better person. Problems allow you to perfect your character; a necessary step to receiving important wisdom.

Indeed, wisdom is the fruit of the righteous who have traveled long and difficult paths to receive it. They acquire wisdom in being tested with great trials. Often times, wisdom comes through trials and tribulations. It is during the most difficult times that we attain the most wisdom. Thus the wisdom attained is directly proportional to the problems you face. The more difficult the test, the greater the learning experience. It should be no surprise to us that when we seek wisdom, we encounter problems that cause us to grow spiritually and become strengthened physically.

Whenever you want wisdom, seek it from Allah alone and be ready to humble yourself. It is wisdom that separates the righteous from the wicked, and in the end it is the wise that triumph. Knowledge is believed to be better than worship because a knowledgeable person fears Allah as he/she should, and his/her actions follow through as a result of the acquired knowledge.

In the Qur’an, Allah purposely poses the question about knowledge to make us think:

“Say, Are those who know and those who do not know equal?” [Qur’an, 39:09]

Allah further says in the glorious Qur’an that:

“Only the knowledgeable of His servants fear Allah.” [Qur’an, 35:28]

In another verse, it is stated in the Qur’an that:

“Allah raises those of you who believe and those who have been given knowledge whole degrees.” [Qur’an, 58:11]

What are the prerequisites of wisdom?

Important wisdom requires high morals and good manners. Without morals, wisdom is only information and can be misused. Thus Allah has made it obligatory that for a person to receive knowledge, he/she must fear Him and be righteous. It is when your character is sound and pure that Allah the Almighty instills the fear of Him in you; the type of fear that is the result of respect and authority. It is only after these changes take place that you begin to attain wisdom.

Without the fear of Allah the Most High and a good character, wisdom is only an advantage to you in comparison to others less wise; however, when your character is pure and you fear Allah the Almighty, because of who He is, wisdom is a blessing and deserved. Therefore, one must merit wisdom by striving to positively change himself. And when positive change takes place, Allah the Almighty sends wisdom in your life, but not without a cost. The extra wisdom requires you to do something positive with it.

Perfect knowledge belongs to Allah the Almighty. Our last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.

We ask Allah the Most High to strengthen us in this Ramadan, accept our fasts, and reward us with His forgiveness and the highest place in Paradise. Ameen.

Written by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.