Obligation of Ilm

An attendee at Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq’s talk on Friday night writes about one of his key takeaways:

❝The obligation of practising on what one knows is not restricted to only those we (or others) may deem ʿulamāʾ. Rather, the obligation falls on everyone, for in a sense each of us is simultaneously ʿālim (knowledgeable) and jāhil (ignorant). We are ʿālim with respect to what we know, and jāhil with respect to what we do not know.

Who is there, for example, who is not aware of the prohibition of backbiting? And so acting on the knowledge of this prohibition by refraining from backbiting is an obligation that falls on all of us.❞

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