The value of supporting Sincere Scholars and sponsoring Islamic Knowledge
Knowledge is the heart beat of Islam. Its like the blood that flows through the veins of a human body; when that stops, the body dies.
Preservation of the ‘Ulama is imperative to preserving Dinul Islam in its pure form.
The Institutions of knowledge are the fountainheads. Every Muslim household should be connected to an institution of Islamic knowledge (madrasah/Darul Uloom etc) via their children’s attendance, du’as and support.
A Great lesson from Imam ‘Abdullah Ibnul Mubarak (rahimahullah)
Imam ‘Abdullah ibnul Mubarak (rahimahullah) was an unparalleled stalwart of his time, who was all rounded, and excelled in many branches of knowledge and practice.
As he was known for his generosity, someone once rebuked his expenditure on people of knowledge in other towns outside his home town of Marw.
عُوتِبَ ابْنُ المُبَارَكِ فِيْمَا يُفَرِّقُ مِنَ المَالِ فِي البُلْدَانِ دُوْنَ بَلَدِهِ،
His response was the following:
قَالَ: إِنِّيْ أَعْرِفُ مَكَانَ قَوْمٍ لَهُم فَضْلٌ وَصِدْقٌ، طَلَبُوا الحَدِيْثَ، فَأَحْسَنُوا طَلَبَهُ لِحَاجَةِ النَّاسِ إِلَيْهِم، احْتَاجُوا، فَإِنْ تَرَكْنَاهُم، ضَاعَ عِلْمُهُم، وَإِنْ أَعَنَّاهُم، بَثُّوا العِلْمَ لأُمَّةِ مُحَمَّدٍ -صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ- لاَ أَعْلَمُ بَعْدَ النُّبُوَّةِ أَفْضَلَ مِنْ بَثِّ العِلْمِ
‘I know of several good, reliable people who sought Hadith [knowledge of Islam] in the best of ways, and whose knowledge the people are in need of. These individuals have now become needy [for their livelihood]. If we abandon them, their knowledge will get wasted, but if we assist them [with their livelihood] they will continue to propagate knowledge to the Ummah of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
After the rank of Prophethood, I don’t know of anything better than the spreading of knowledge.’
(Siyar A’lamin Nubala, vol.8 pg.387)
These are great words, from a great man.
May Allah Ta’ala inspires us all.
Don’t wait to be asked for your support. Rather make it your duty to search for such avenues yourself.