Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) on Knowledge without Action

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) wrote, in his Ayyuha al-Walad, “My dear son, knowledge without action is insanity, and action without knowledge is vanity.  Know that, knowledge today will not distance you from sins, nor bring you into obedience, nor distance you from the Fire of Hell tomorrow.  If you do not act today and do not derive lessons from your past days, you will say on the Last Day, ‘Return us to our previous life and we will do good deeds,’ and it will be Said to you, ‘O fool, it is from there that you have come.’”

If thou couldst but see when they are confronted with the Fire!  They will say: “Would that we were but Sent back!  Then would we not reject the Signs of our Lord, but would be amongst those who believe!  Yea in their own (eyes) will become manifest what before they concealed but if they were Returned, they would certainly relapse to the things they were forbidden, for they are indeed liars. (Surah al-An’am:28)


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