Is not the one who collects books of knowledge just like the one who collects gold
and silver? Is not the one who has an intense craving for them just like the one who
yearns and longs for gold and silver? Is not the one who is deeply in love with them
just like the one who treasures gold and silver?
So just as there is no benefit in wealth unless it is spent, then likewise, there is no
benefit in knowledge unless it is acted upon and its obligations carried out.
Therefore, let each individual examine himself and take advantage of his time, for
indeed the resting place (i.e. this world) is short, the (time for) departure is near, the
road is hazardous, deviating from it is common, the danger is great, the one who takes
himself to account has insight, Allaah, the Most High, is watching, and to Him is the
(final) recourse and return.
“And whosoever does an atom’s weight of good, shall see it. And whosoever does
an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.” [Surah Az-Zilzaal: 7-8]
Taken from Iqtidaa ul Ilm al Amal by Imam Abu Bakr Ahmad bin Ali Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdadi