The Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever travels a path in pursuit of sacred knowledge, God puts them on a path to Paradise” [Muslim, 2699, and others].
The light of sacred knowledge shines from the lamp of revelation. It shone brightest in the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace), and was preserved by his companions, who passed it on to those who followed them, and so on down to our times. Sacred knowledge is taken not from books alone, but from those who have inherited it from the Prophet (God bless him and give him peace). The Prophet (God bless him and give him peace) said, “Verily, sacred knowledge is only attained through learning,” and the hadith master Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani explained, “This means that sacred knowledge only merits consideration if it is taken from prophets and their heirs by learning [directly from them].”
Treading the path of sacred knowledge has traditionally required traveling to those who possess it. Muslims thirsty for knowledge often feel trapped by financial or family responsibilities. Weekly study-circles, month-long retreats, or even lengthy hiatuses from worldly responsibilities are useful but insufficient: becoming firmly grounded in the religious sciences requires continuous, long-term, systematic study.You can now learn directly from qualified teachers online at SunniPath Academy. Students can progress step-by-step through our comprehensive curriculum by following one of our certified learning tracks. It is our conviction that the student-teacher relationship is the core of traditional Islamic education and our online courses are carefully designed to maximize interaction.
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