We really ask Allah to grant us beneficial knowledge for it is the foundation. Whenever a person acquires such knowledge he will recognize (mari’fa) the worshipped Lord and be encouraged to serve Him as He commands and loves. It will lead him to the road of sincerity (tariq al-ikhlas).
The basis of all fundamentals (aslal-usul) and principles is knowledge (ilm), and the best kind of knowledge is looking at the stories of the Messenger ﷺ and his Companions (radiyAllahu ‘anhum) for,
“Those are the ones whom Allah has guided, so from their guidance take an example.” [aI-An’am (6):90]
Book: Captured Thoughts | By | By al-Hāfiz Abū’l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzī | Translated and Published by | Dār as-Sunnah Publishers | P. 183-184.