True Knowledge

When Abdullah ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhuma) was asked, “How did you achieve this Ilm?”

He replied: بلسان سؤول و قلب عقول “With a tongue that questions, and a heart that understands.”

Comprehension comes from the heart, Qalb.

Qalb has two meanings:

  1. Physical flesh heart
  2. Inside/core of something

So what is true knowledge?

True ‘aql starts in the heart, then it travels to the brain. If you have a pure heart connected to Allah (swt) and it is sincere, you reason with a purity of intention. It isn’t corrupted by your desire.

This is where differences comes into reasoning. If someone doesn’t want to believe in Allah (swt), then they won’t reason with purity. In the akhira, “… they will say: “Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!” [Quran 67:10]

True intellect comes from having a pure heart. True knowledge comes when a person’s heart is connected to their Creator.


Dr. Syed ibn Iqbal

Dr. Syed ibn Iqbal has been active in Islamic work for 15 years. He has worked with various different outreach initiatives and efforts across Canada, with his greatest focus being on Western Canada. His extensive experience and expertise have allowed him to contribute towards community development and enhancement.

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