It Is Necessary To Learn Islam

Those who do not learn the faith and teachings ('ilm al-hal) of Ahl as-Sunna [1] or teach them to their children are exposed to the danger of deviating from Islam and falling into the abyss of disbelief. The prayers of such people are not acceptable. Then, how can they protect themselves against disbelief? Rasulullah (sall-Allahu ta'ala 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "There is Islam where there is knowledge. There is no Islam where there is no knowledge. " As it is necessary to eat and drink in order not to die of hunger, so it is necessary to learn our religion in order not to be deceived by disbelievers and not to become non-Muslims. Our ancestors frequently assembled and read 'ilm al-hal books and thus remained Muslim and enjoyed Islam. They communicated this light of bliss correctly to us.

   So, for remaining Muslims and lest our children should be captured by the enemies inside or outside, the first and the most necessary preventive measure is to read and digest the 'ilm al-hal books prepared by the scholars of Ahl as-Sunna. Parents who want their child to be a Muslim should send it to a teacher and make certain that it shall learn how to read the Qur'an al-karim. Let us read, learn and teach our children and those we are responsible for while we have the chance. It will be difficult or even impossible for them when they go to school. It will be useless to lament after the degeneration takes place. We should not believe the enemies of Islam, their deceptive and false books, newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs, and motion pictures. Ibn 'Abidin (rahimah-Allahu ta'ala) wrote in the third volume [of Radd al-mukhtar] that those insidious disbelievers who, though they do not believe in any religion, pretend to be Muslims and teach things that cause disbelief as if they were Islamic, and who strive to cause Muslims to go out of Islam, are called "zindiqs[2]. "

[1] Ahl as-Sunna (wa'l-Jama'a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kiram. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the four Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali.
[2] zindiq: an enemy of Islam who pretends to be a Muslim.