Studying the Deen brings you contentment
Many of us might be aware of the importance of studying the Deen and putting time and effort into being aware of the various teachings of our faith. There may be times in our lives when we struggle to motivate ourselves to dedicate time into learning more about it. An important point for us to keep in mind is that our duty to gain further knowledge is not the only reason for us to do so – we should also realise that seeking knowledge of the Deen changes the way we feel and brings us contentment.
For example, when we study the aspects of the Deen that show us the extent of Allah’s mercy, it only increases our sincerity towards Him and helps us to improve us our Imaan. It motivates us to seek repentance sincerely and not see seeking forgiveness as something which is not our priority. Learning about the mercy of Allah makes us more properly put our trust and faith and Him, without losing hope, as we know that He is indeed Ar-Raheem (The Most Merciful). We read in the Holy Qur’an:
“Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.’ And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Qur’an 39:53-54)
Learning about Prophet Muhammad (SAW) will not only show us the way to live our lives following his example, so that we may please Allah, but it will also make us realise the amount of care and concern the Prophet (SAW) had for his Ummah. On our journey to learning more about him, we develop the care, respect and admiration that we should have for him.
Even if our aim was just to learn about his life because we know the importance he has in Islam, we automatically allow ourselves to establish respect for him, because we realise how much he cared for his Ummah. He was selfless and always wanted good for others. He explained that those who follow his example and sincerely worship Allah will be granted Jannah. We read in a hadith:
Narrated Anas bin Malik: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said to me: ‘O my son! If you are capable of (waking up in) the morning and (ending) the evening, while there is nothing of deception in your heart for anything, then do so.’ Then he said to me: ‘O my son! That is from my Sunnah. Whoever revives my Sunnah then he has loved me. And whoever loved me, he shall be with me in Paradise.'” (Tirmidhi)
May Allah make us amongst those who are motivated to study the Deen thoroughly, putting in time and effort to improve ourselves as believers. May He make us realise that studying the Deen brings us contentment as we discover the true beauty of it. Aameen.