Islam and Knowledge
Islam has given great importance to the process of seeking knowledge. If we look at the first five verses revealed from the Holy Qur’an to our Prophet (ﷺ), we can see that the word “اقـــــرأ” (read) is repeated two times, the word “قـــــلــــم” (pen) is mentioned once and the word “عــــلَّـم” (teach) is repeated twice.
Let us have a look at the following verses in Surah Al-‘Alaq.
“Read in the name of your Lord Who created. He created man from a clot. Read and your Lord is the Most Honorable. Who taught by the pen. Taught man what he knew not.” (Qur’an 96:1-5)
Islam makes it a religious duty upon Muslims to seek knowledge.
Seeking knowledge with the intention of benefiting oneself and the people is rewarded like performing additional prayers or fasting.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Seeking Knowledge is an obligation on every Muslim.” (Ahmed)
Whoever seeks knowledge will get unaccountable rewards from Allah (SWT).
“Allah will exalt those who believe among you and those who have been granted knowledge to high ranks.” (Qur’an 58:11)
Knowledge is more important than wealth and property.
No wonder, knowledge is among the important things which Allah (SWT) directed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to pray that he will be granted more of it.
Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Qur’an: “And say: My Lord, increase me in knowledge.” (Qur’an 20:114)
Knowledge humbles you
In fact, having more knowledge about ourselves and the world makes us feel more humble before the greatness of the creation of Allah (SWT).
“It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah.” (Qur’an 35:28)
Seeking knowledge is one of the things that will surely lead us to Paradise.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Whoever follows a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah makes his way easy to paradise.” (Bukhari)
Spreading knowledge is a source of perpetual goodness.
Whoever leaves behind beneficial knowledge will get rewards as long as people are still getting benefits from his knowledge.
Our Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “When a man dies all his deeds comes to an end except for three: an ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who prays for him.” (Bukhari)