Man’s purpose is to dispel ignorance. Knowledge already exists within. Knowledge is from Allah’s Attribute of al-‘Alīm, the Knower. This Attribute is never absent, so one’s task is simply to strip away ignorance. Divine knowledge (al-‘ilm al-ladunī) is already within us, and to arrive at it we must learn prescriptive outer knowledge and proper courtesy, which are all based on the prophetic practices of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “The Heart of the Qur’an and the Perfect Mizan – Surat Yā Sīn”