The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When you pass by the meadows of Paradise indulge freely in them!” The Sahabah asked: “O Messenger of Allah! What are the meadows of Paradise?” He replied: “The circles of Ilm.”
– [Tabarani, Al-Mu’jam Al-Kabir]
Ilm that is mentioned here is ‘beneficial knowledge’. This is the knowledge that brings us closer to our Creator and Sustainer. Many are the rewards for the seekers and teachers of ilm. This is because it is through beneficial knowledge, knowledge of the reality of this world and knowledge of the Hereafter, that we draw nearer to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), which in turn brings us closer to Jannah.