Learning knowledge from fatwa websites
Fatwa No: 359068

  • Fatwa Date:18-9-2017 - Thul-Hijjah 27, 1438
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Question

Shaykh, as far I know, it is obligatory for me to know how to recite the Quran and know its meaning so that I can act according to it, so I have no question about that. However, I am confused regarding whether reading Tafseer (exegesis) of the Quran and books on Tawheed (pure monotheism) and the correct ‘Aqeedah (creed) separately is obligatory or not. Praise be to Allah, your website contain fatwas on creed, Fiqh on various topics, ‘Aqeedah, and Tawheed, and in each fatwa, there are related verses of the Quran, hadiths, explanations, scholarly opinions, etc., so it is easy to understand different aspects of the religion. If I learn the religion only by reading fatwas on authentic Islamic websites, is that sufficient for me in order to perform the obligatory act of learning the religion?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

In general, seeking knowledge is a religious obligation; however, learning certain fields of knowledge is a communal obligation (required of some Muslims only), while learning other fields is an individual obligation (required of each and every Muslim). We have previously elaborated on this point in fatwa 15872.

As you mentioned, our website is a rich source of useful knowledge in various fields, so whoever searches it for what he needs to know about religious matters will find plenty. However, he may not find all that he needs, in which case, he may find it in any other trusted reliable source.

You asked, "I am confused whether reading Tafseer of Quran and books on Tawheed and ʻAqeedah separately is obligatory or not?" Our answer is that it is not an obligation to search for the information in the original source for it; rather, it is enough to seek it in any source that has a sound foundation.

It should be noted that one of the best ways of acquiring knowledge is to study at the hands of a scholar who would guide the seeker of knowledge through a progressive educational program, clarifying the general indications of the texts and problematic aspects and explaining the odd scholarly views to him. In addition, the seeker of knowledge thus acquires the refined manners that are the adornment of scholars and seekers of knowledge from him.

For more benefit, please refer to fatwa 249955.

Allah knows best.

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