“It is not (possible) for any human being to whom Allah has given the Book and Al-Hukma (the knowledge and understanding of the laws of religion, etc.) and Prophethood to say to the people: ‘Be my worshippers rather than Allah’s.’ On the contrary (he would say): ‘Be you Rabbaniyun (learned men of religion who practice what they know and also preach others), because you are teaching the Book, and you are studying it.’” (Ale-Imran 3:79)
Rabbaniyun means the devoted worshippers of the Rabb (swt). These are people who obtain Ilm (knowledge), practice what they have learnt, and also worry about passing on the Ilm and Amal (actions), so that it transforms into Tarbiyah for oneself as well as for others.
Now, how can you be one of the Rabbaniyun?
- Attain knowledge both of the Deen and the Dunya. If you don’t have knowledge of this world, you will not be able to comprehend, reflect and benefit from the knowledge of Deen. Once, you have sufficient knowledge of both, you can reflect, as Allah (swt) constantly tells us in the Quran that He has revealed these Ayahs of the Quran for those who use their rationale and intellect.
- Once these Ayahs have been truly absorbed in your heart, mind and soul, then Insha’Allah, you will be able to stay on the Sirat-ul-Mustaqeem “Hanifah”, without swerving. You will be able to obey Allah’s (swt) commands without questioning them.
- Be concerned about the etiquette and behavior of fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. Yours and their character should excel and represent the true essence of Islam.
- Following from the previous point, practice what you preach. There should be no contradiction between your actions and what you request others to do.