A general Muslim, is a
person who tries to fulfill the compulsory, obligatory 5 times of prayers, and
pay Zakat and fast in the month of Ramadan and perform hajj once in a lifetime.
He tries to maintain the balance between both the worldly life and hereafter.
Most of the time he falls in the trap of the worldly life desires and commit
sins and later feels guilty. And repent to Allah for its forgiveness. But due
to his low faith of eman he keeps on committing sins and asking forgiveness for
it from Allah. Shaytan can easily trap him to commit sins. He feels confused
about Islamic knowledge since he has not yet acquired any authentic Islamic knowledge
himself/ herself. He is busy in achieving the success for this worldly life.
Busy in fulfilling responsibilities of family, meeting friends and having fun
with them. He tries to find happiness and peace in this worldly life. He looks
like a Muslim, through his action’s and tries to behave like a Muslim and is a Muslim.
But he is not a true Muslim as his heart is not surrender to Allah and he is
not obedient to Allah. He does not have full faith and Taqwa on Allah. When any
hardships or calamity occurs he questions to Allah about it? He does not have
patience and faith in Allah that he is only testing his creatures, by making
him go through hardships. Allah says in the Quran “Everyone will be tested”,
“with every hardships Allah provides ease and through hardships Allah removes
the sins of a believer”. Every Muslim should have full faith and trust in Allah
that he knows what is best for us. And he will guide us in the right path. 

A student of knowledge is
the person who wishes to acquire Islamic knowledge to understand the Quran and
its true meaning. To apply the Islamic teaching of Quran and sunnah in its
daily life. Such person before trying to seek knowledge, should make sure their
intention’s are true. They are seeking knowledge only to worship Allah and not
to use it for this worldly life to gain wealth, or any other bad intention.
Such person would have much difficulty in finding true scholar from whom they
can learn and practice. Now days they are many fake scholars who tries to
invent their own teachings which are not mention in Quran and sunnah and make
people believe them . A person should be able to distinguish between a good and
bad person. A person might find it difficult to leave its bad habit for the
sake of Allah and engage in worship of Allah which will make them closer to Allah
and help them in gaining true knowledge. A person should follow only Quran and sunnah,
and only authentic hadith and not to follow any new innovation created by human
as a ritual.

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A scholar, is a person
who teaches Islamic knowledge and give lectures and gives dawah to people to
accept Islam to non-Muslim. Not any Muslim can be a scholar. Now days people
think all of them are scholars who can give fatwa and all themselves. To become
a scholar a person should study deeply about Islam, Quran and sunnah. They
should study not only from books or videos as they many be false also. They
should make sure they are studying from authentic book. To become a scholar, it
is not necessary only to study from books. it is necessary to learn from a
teacher or scholar face to face not only for some months or a yr. To become a scholar,
he should learn with a teacher till 6 or 7 years, to be qualified as a scholar.
He can also study from Islamic university of Madinah. A scholar should have
true intentions and should do it only for the sake of Allah. They should not
get trapped up in this worldly life. They should be role models for a Muslim
student to follow. They are the ones who can help in making the Muslim come
towards closer to Allah.

I consider myself as a
general Muslim, who is been born and brought up in a Muslim family but not so
Islamic family. I had been taught about compulsory obligatory prayers and
worship to Allah. Alhamdulillah as I stay in Saudi Arabia, I am able to speak
in good Arabic. Which is helpful in understanding of Quran and its meaning. Now
I am a student of knowledge who is finding to gain knowledge which will be useful
for both in this world and in hereafter. I always wanted to study and learn more
about Islam and to improve my tajweed and all. But my parents never supported me
for it, they think it’s a secondary thing u can gain knowledge about Islam later
first they give priority for this life knowledge. That is to get a degree which
can give u better job and salary. But somehow, I convinced my parents to allow me
to choose what I want to do in life. That is, I always wanted to be a better Muslim.
Improve my relationship with Allah. Who is most important than all. I want to become
a scholar or a person who can make a small positive change in another person’s life
which would make that person happy. My goal in life is to bring a genuine smile
in other person’s face and know you are the reason to make them happy. I want to
solve or clear my doubts about so many things which are not authentic and people
believe in them blindly. I want every Muslim should make his first priority to improve
his relationship with Allah. And to gain knowledge true understanding of Quran by
reading Quran with meaning. Every Muslim should learn Arabic language as it is the
word of Allah. Muslim should apply Quran and sunnah in their daily life not just
read or understand them. I hope may Allah blessed me with righteous knowledge and
help me to study and convey message to others. JazakAllah Khairan for IOU all the
teacher’s and founder of it Bilal Philip for giving opportunities to study.