Posted by ABDULAZEEZ TUNBOSUN -Timbuktu on 9/28/2020 to Self-Purification
The definition of knowledge is unusual to begin a book that wants to focus on inward reality as one would assume the priority should be something practical and not abstract. However, Imam al-Ghazali explains the very purpose of religion as all affairs that have to do with affirming the existence and submitting to Allah (God). The religion is truth and what is the truth is that which is known to correspond with reality. The reality is Allah (God). In this form of religion, all we need to do to submit to Allah (God) requires knowledge. This justifies why the book must start with understanding what knowledge means, including the what and why of knowledge. One thing the Prophet was commanded by Allah (God) to seek an increase in is "knowledge", in Suratul TaHa (20:114)
"...and say, "My Lord, increase me in knowledge."
There are lots of evidence in traditions that point to the virtues of knowledge and the status of the possessor in the community of men.
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