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Importance of Knowledge in Islam

by | Dec 3, 2015

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Islam is known as a religion of knowledge and education. The importance of knowledge in Islam can be judged by the fact that education is a religious obligation for every Muslim. The beauty of Islam, which has obliged the necessity of acquiring education on its followers.

Under this ruling, Muslims can enjoy both; pleasures of being knowledgeable and the reward in the hereafter for fulfilling the obligation. Seeking and learning are better than any treasure in the world because it helps one face the difficulties and solves puzzles of life.  With many benefits in this world and acquiring education also has uses in the hereafter.

The following evidence will more highlight the importance of knowledge in Islam:

The Prophet (S.A.W.) says:

“It is obligatory for every Muslim to acquire knowledge. Allah likes those who seek knowledge”.(Usulul Kafi, p.15)

The Prophet (S.A.W.) says:

“Learned discussions enliven the dead hearts provided they lead to Allah and His commands”.
(Usulul Kafi, p.20)

Concept of Knowledge in Islam:

Seeking and learning are essential to enter Jannah.

The Prophet (S.A.W.) says:

“Allah opens the path of Paradise to one who takes a step on the path of acquisition of knowledge”.
(Muniatul Murid, p.11)

The Prophet (S.A.W.) says:

“Acquire knowledge even if it be in China”.
(Biharul Anwar, vol. 1, p.57)

Imam Ja’far Sadiq, (A.S.), says:

“Knowledge and action are associated with each other because whoever possesses knowledge acts upon it and the knowledge and wisdom of the one who puts them into practice remains unimpaired. Knowledge is a Divine voice which invites its bearer to act upon it. If he accepts its invitation and acts his knowledge lasts but if he does not give a positive response it forsakes him”.
(Usulul Kafi, p.22)

It is also noted that:

“A scholar is like a person who always observes fast and offers prayers and he is like a mujahid who sacrifices his life in the cause of Allah. As and when a scholar dies a breach takes place in Islam which cannot be filled till the Day of Judgement”.
(Biharul Anwar, vol.1, p.82)

Knowledge in Islam, According to Imam Ja’far Sadiq, (A.S.):

“On the Day of Judgement Allah will be pleased with a person who honors and respects a Muslim scholar; and He will be annoyed with one who insults a Muslim scholar”.
(Biharul Anwar, vol.1, p.82)

Hazrat Ali said:

“What you get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth
disappears but what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you.” Hazrat Ali Ibne Abi Talib (A.S)

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