Knowledge Includes Action.
All thanks is to Allah, the One free of all defects, for having inspired us, we ask Allah to grant us the ability to act upon what He has given us knowledge of. Indeed, goodness cannot be attained, except by His granting and His assistance. Whomsoever Allah leads astray, there is no one from His creation that can guide him.
As we are all seekers of knowledge we should have a sincere and pure intention in our search for knowledge, and that we exert ourselves in acting upon what it necessitates (from action). Knowledge is a tree and action is its fruit and one can never be considered knowledgeable so long as he doesn’t act upon what he has knowledge of.
There is a saying, “Knowledge is a parent and action is its offspring.” And “Knowledge comes with action, while narrating comes with investigating.”
We should not feel satisfied with actions so long as we are lacking in knowledge. Nor should we feel satisfied with knowledge so long as we fall short of producing actions. We should rather, combine them both, even if our share of the two is small. there is nothing worse than a scholar, whose knowledge the people abandons because of the corruption of his ways, nor an ignorant person whose ignorance the people accept because of what they see from his worship. So a little of knowledge along with a little of action is what is most likely to save us in the end, when Allah bestows His Mercy upon His servant and completes His favour upon him. As for laziness and negligence, love for ease and comfort, preferring the easy life and showing indifference, inclining towards leisure and relaxation, then the results of these characteristics are blameworthy, detestable and disastrous. Knowledge leads to action, just as action leads to salvation. So if the action falls short of the knowledge, then the knowledge becomes a burden upon the one who possesses that knowledge. And we seek Allah’s refuge from knowledge that turns into a burden, is the cause of humiliation and which, becomes a shackle on the neck of the one who possesses it. The matter is even tighter upon a scholar than when one clenches his fist tightly, even though the ignorant person is not excused because of his ignorance (i.e. he will be held to account also). However, the scholar will receive a greater punishment if he abandons what he has knowledge of and doesn’t act upon it. So did those of our predecessors from the past reach the high levels that they reached except through sincerity in creed (beliefs), righteous actions and overwhelming abstinence of the attractive features of this worldly life? And did the wise people reach the greatest level of success (that they did) except by working hard in their efforts and being pleased with their easy accomplishments, while sacrificing the excess amount from their needs by giving it away to the poor and those who asked? Is not the one who gathers books of knowledge just like the one who gathers gold and silver? Is not the one who has an intense greed for them just like the one who is eager and desirous of gold and silver? Is not the one who is deeply in love with them just like the one who treasures gold and silver? So, just as wealth does not benefit except by it being spent, then likewise, knowledge does not benefit except for one who acts upon it and carries out its obligations. So let each individual examine himself and take advantage of his time, for indeed the resting place (i.e. this world) is short, the (time for) departure is near, the road is hazardous and deviating from it is common. The danger is great; the one who takes note has wisdom, Allah, the Most High, is watching over, and to Him is the (final) recourse and return. Allah says:
فَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَهُوَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ
“And whosoever does an atom’s weight of good, he shall see it. And whosoever does an atom’s weight of evil, he shall see it.” (Surah Al Zalzala 99:7-8)
“O’Allah! Make useful for me what you have taught me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me. Oh Allah! I ask you for the understanding of the prophets and the memory of the messengers, and those nearest to you. Oh Allah! Make my tongue full of your remembrance and my heart with consciousness of you. Oh Allah! You do whatever you wish, and you are my availer and protector and best of aid.Aameen Thuma Aameen”