Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa on Sura Luqman – On Knowledge of the Qur’an

Sura Luqman emphasizes tarbiya, or spiritual growth, and is named after a great sage. In this series, Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa explores the meanings of this chapter.

Shaykh Ibrahim begins by saying that there are two keys to Paradise, both who have to be inserted into the lock together. The first one, to is to connect to Allah’s mercy through the Prophet, Allah bless him and give his peace. The second one, is to wait patiently for Allah’s blessings, which He grants as He wills.

Similarity, knowledge is of two types, kasbi and wahbi. Knowledge that is kasbi, is the knowledge that you actively seek and have to strive for. This type of knowledge is the most accessible to us.  Wahbi knowledge is a gift from Allah, which Allah gives to those whom He had favored, such as the sage Luqman, as well as the Prophets.

The Qur’an has been revealed so that people can reflect on the meaning. Imam Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, was once asked whether the Prophet singled out members of his family in order to teach them things that he did not teach the rest of the Muslims.

“No,” Imam Ali replied, “Except for something of the understanding of the Book of Allah.”

Much of the knowledge of the Qur’an is kasbi, which is why scholars study for years to be able to understand the meanings of the verses. However, in every generation, certain wahbi knowledge of the Qur’an is revealed to some people from the Ahl al-Bayt, the family of the Prophet. This has been proved in the following hadith:

“I have left two things amongst you; if you hold onto them, you will never be led astray. The Book of Allah, and my family. They are always together, and do not depart, until they meet me at the Pool.” 

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Resources for Seekers

Who Should We Learn Religion From?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers the question: who do we take knowledge from? He details the advice of al-Khatib al-Shirbini, which revolves around three main points:
(1) consulting the scholars experts in the discipline,
(2) following those who act on what Islam entails, and
(3) following those who learned with scholars and not through only reading books.

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SeekersGuidance Student Assembly – Term 3 2012

SeekersGuidance Student Assembly – Term 3 2012

Seeking Knowledge with Manners and Virtue


Yesterday, students gathered online and at the SeekersHub in Toronto. Surrounded by our Teachers, we listened to their wise words and counsel as we approach the end of our studies for this term.

Sayyid Mohammed Assagaf, teacher at SeekersGuidance, softly and humbly spoke about the importance of intention and adab in respects to knowledge. He also mentions how the seeker of knowledge should maintain consistency to reach a point of felicity. He graciously adds that we should purify our heart for it is the vessel for the light of Allah.


Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Executive Director and teacher at SeekersGuidance, passionately gave counsel to students referring to the teachings of Abu Madyan. Giving students these four points to ponder upon:

  • 1. Renunciation (Zuhd). Seek Allah, and detach your heart from worldly matters.
  • 2. Knowledge. Know what you need to know, and avoid things that are not beneficial.
  • 3. Rely on Allah. Trusting in Allah was the Prophet’s State, taking means was his Sunnah.
  • 4. Certitude. Have certitude without any doubt of Allah and His Messenger.

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani also advises that Allah and His Messenger have us given all knowledge we will ever need, without any doubt.

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Some further relevant resources on Seeking Knowledge, and maintaining Adab as a student:

Ten Adab of Seekers of Knowledge – Notes by Ayaz Siddiqui

The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge – Nur Sacred Sciences

Keys to Successful Seeking of Islamic Knowledge: Advice from Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Islamcast – The Virtues of Seeking Knowledge

Advice Regarding Being a Student of Knowledge and Taking Notes

The Loss of Adab, The Corruption of Knowledge, and The Moral Dislocation of the Muslim World (Sayyid Naquib al-Attas) – Allahcentric Blog