All praise and thanks are due to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds;and the good end is for the pious. Prayers and peace be uponHis Slave and Messenger; the best of His creation, the faithfulto His revelation, our Messenger and Leader, Muhammad theson of 'Abdullaah; upon his family, his Companions andwhoever follows his way until the Day of Judgement. Toproceed: Indeed the virtues and merits of knowledge ('ilm) are wellknown to everyone. It is the most noble thing that one can askfor, and the best thing a seeker can strive to attain. Knowledgeconsists of many branches, but according to the scholars of Islaam: "What is meant by knowledge in the absolute sense isIslamic knowledge." This is the intended meaning of knowledge in the Book of Allaahand the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).In the absolute sense, it is knowledge regarding Allaah, Hisnames and attributes, knowledge of His rights over Hiscreation, and what He, the One free from all defects, the MostHigh, has prescribed for them. It is the detailed knowledge of the path that leads to Allaah; knowledge of the purpose of ourcreation; and the end which the slave will result in, in theHereafter. This Islamic knowledge is the best of sciences worth acquiringbecause through it Allaah is recognized and acknowledged, andby it He is worshipped. One who possesses this knowledgeknows what Allaah has made lawful for him and what He hasprohibited him from; what pleases Him and what evokes Hisanger. With this knowledge a person knows his result withAllaah and his end. From amongst the people, those who havetaken upon themselves to observe the precepts of the Religionwill result in Paradise and bliss, and the rest (which are themajority) will result in a place of disgrace, humiliation andmisery. The people of knowledge have cautioned us about thisand explained that knowledge is confined to this meaning.