I remember going to events and seeing people take notes and not seeing the point of it. It’s not a school. It’s a fun thing to do, listen to lectures and hearing jokes.
But our brains aren’t made that way to retain information like that. I used to just feel good about a lecture and feel like wow, that blew my mind. Awesome. And I’d come home to tell my mom about it but I would mess up all the points and forget the details and end up just saying: you had to be there!
We forget that these lectures are a luxury. And we are going to be held accountable.
There’s an ayah in Surah Taha where Allah raises someone up on the Day of Judgement blind. And they ask Him why. And Allah says, my signs came to you and you ignored them, so today you will be ignored.
You are all students of knowledge – regardless of if you are enrolled in seminars and Islamic classes or just go to a lecture here and there. You need to value that knowledge. Allah gave you youtube, Allah gave you MSA and Halaqas and masjid events and organization conferences. You do not need to travel far for knowledge.
But what good is it if it goes in one ear and out the other.
And notes aren’t to have a collection of journals filled with things. Notes are for review. Strengthening your knowledge.
Tirmidhi relates a hadith from Abu Umama that the Prophet ﷺ said,
“Indeed, Allah, the angels, the denizens of the heavens of the earth, the ants in their burrows, and the fish in the sea pray for blessings to come upon those who teach good to people.”
Tabarani relates from Jabir that the Prophet ﷺ said,
“Everything, even the fish in the sea, seeks forgiveness for one who enlightens the people.”
Once Allah has given you knowledge, it is incumbent upon you to hold onto it and act upon it and then share it.
And don’t say you don’t have time. If other people can find barakah in their time, you can too. It’s just a matter of prioritizing. And if you really loved Allah, you’d make time for Him. You would.
Because this is the exam.
The questions come at the end.
And it’s all cumulative.
Originally posted at DROPS OF KNOWLEDGE