Q: My parents, sister and friends are always telling me why I am gaining Islamic knowledge? I don’t know but I am very much curious about knowing and applying it. They always tell me “why you are are gaining knowledge and increasing your risk/probability of going to Hell, you just complete your fard Salah and recite some Quran, if you know more, Allah will ask you about that knowledge!” I always says to them, “you are not making any effort to apply it, and felling safe, and I am at least making some effort to gain more knowledge thereon pleasing Allah, if I hadn’t done the known act in some situations, then will that allah not forgive me?” They are not gaining knowledge, and also trying to resist me. But, in each stage of appling my knowledge, I getting restrictions from my colleagues/friends (they are separate in grp expelling me) and parents. They say ‘How can you be without any friends,’ but I am try my best to be friendly with them by leaving bad things,’ So what can I do now? Should I continue my effort or leave it? Plz give me suggestion
A: This is compounded ignorance because the acquiring of ilm is compulsory. If someone misleads you from ilm then he is really a jaahil.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)