Complete adherence to the Holy Quran and Sunnah is the objective and aim of a Muslim. It is essential for a Muslim to look around his life and check out his beliefs, values, and actions encompass. The heart and mind of a believer should be resistant to adopting the traditions and culture of kuffar (disbelievers); there is no excuse by any means for a believer to conform to the beliefs and doings of the kuffar (disbelievers).
If the basic beliefs and concepts of Islam are not inculcated in a Muslim’s life in the way it should have, s/he would exert efforts in the wrong path. Any doing that opposes the Quran and Sunnah leads to wrong practice, may it be in any form. For this reason, acquiring the fundamentals of divine knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim. Divine knowledge does not only provide the understanding of Islam, but it instills Taqwa (Fear toward Allah), which assists in safeguarding Iman (the faith of a Muslim). Consequently, it capable us to refrain from evil doings. It is through divine knowledge, a Muslim gets the right direction and guidance. When there is only ‘a notion’ of Islam’s understanding, it does not suffice to protect a Muslim’s faith and actions. Many Muslims today have misunderstood and regarded ‘self-notions’ as the divine knowledge of the Holy Quran and Sunnah; such conclusions are extremely erroneous. Acquiring insufficient knowledge, be how confident, obstinate and arrogant a person may seem today, there is absolutely no guarantee of salvation in the afterlife. Insufficient knowledge leads to distorted understanding, value and beliefs. Consequently, it is detrimental to our Iman and good deeds.
The greatest enemy of mankind – shaytan is there. Besides shaytan, the lower self – nafs is there. Direct and indirect attacks from shaytan are continual which he had vowed of. Becoming ‘uncaring and unaware of the right and wrong’ make our enemy snatch away the most valuable assets (faith and good actions). It is in our possession today, however, with inadequate care and development, it falls victim to shaytan’s prey.
Today the Ummah is under great threats against many evils. No doubt, the evils had always been around, looking for the slightest opportunities and chances to ruin us. In resisting these evils, one key is attaining divine knowledge. However, the Muslims have largely got missing in this field. The consequence is as usual; the shaytan and nafs became highly active; they had successfully engaged us in mischiefs which a Muslim of hundred years ago could hardly have imagined of!
Acquiring divine knowledge is the prerequisite to correct understanding of Islam. It is not possible to develop and protect Imaan (faith/belief) without the correct understanding of Islam. Muslims have to take the momentous initiative as much as possible to achieve divine knowledge or otherwise, their beliefs, thoughts, and actions may outwardly represent them as Muslims only but the ultimate goal may not be achieved.