What Did Our 'Ilm Do For Us?
From the sayings of ‘Abdullāh ibn Al-Mubārak رحمه الله:
‘We acquired ‘ilm (religious knowledge) for the world, but it led us to leave the world aside.’
One who acquires true ‘ilm will find that it leads him away from overindulgence in the pleasures of this world, and a deeper yearning for the pleasures of the Hereafter.
 Ibn Khallikān in Wafayāt Al-A‘yān.
ومن كلام ابن المبارك رحمه الله: تعلمنا العلم للدنيا فدلنا على ترك الدنيا.