Acting Upon Knowledge

bism0113Question: What is your advice regarding acting upon knowledge?

Answer by Shaikh Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah):

It is mandatory that a person acts upon his knowledge, because the fruit of knowledge is action. If a person does not act upon his knowledge, he will consequently be from amongst the first people to  be punished in the fire on the Day of Judgement. It was mentioned (in lines of poetry):

“The scholar who did not act upon his knowledge will be punished before the worshippers of idols.”

Thus, if a person does not act upon his knowledge, this will lead to failure in knowledge, loss of blessing, and forgetfulness of knowledge. This is based on the statement of Allaah:

Due to their breach of their covenant, We cursed them and made their hearts grow hard. They change the words from their places and have abandoned a good part of the Message that was sent to them. (Surat Al-Mā’idah 5:13)

The abandonment mentioned in the above verse includes:

– A mental abandonment

– A physical (in actions) abandonment

Thus, the meaning is: they abandon the knowledge mentally, or they abandon it physically by not acting upon it. This is because Al Nisyaan in the Arabic language refers to abandonment. But on the other hand, if a person acts upon knowledge, then Allaah will increase him in guidance.

Allaah said: Those who are guided, He (Allaah) increases their guidance. (Surat Muĥammad 47:17)

He (Allaah) will also grant them Taqwa, as Allaah continues to mention in the verse:

and He grants them Taqwa (Surat Muĥammad 47:17)

Thus, if a person acts upon his knowledge, Allaah will grant him further knowledge that he did not previously possess. Due to this, some of the Salaf mentioned: “Knowledge searches for action; if it does not find it, it will depart.”


[Majmu’ Al-Fatawa 26/104]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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One Response to Acting Upon Knowledge

  1. mjrodns says:

    Jazakumullaahu Khayran

    On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM, Talibatul `ilm

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