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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 has obliged the necessity of acquiring education for its followers.

Under this ruling, Muslims can enjoy both; the 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 difficulties and solves life’s puzzles. With many benefits in this world, acquiring education also has uses in the hereafter.

Importance of Knowledge in Islam

Islam is a religion that celebrates seeking knowledge as a virtue. We may find many verses in the Quran encouraging us to exercise our intellect to think and ponder. One such is the verse: 

وَسَخَّرَ لَكُم مَّا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا مِّنْهُ ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

“And He has subjected to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth – all from Him. Indeed in that are signs for people who give thought.”

(Surah Al-Jathiyah, 45:13)

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

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

“Every Muslim must acquire knowledge. Allah likes those who seek knowledge”.

(Usul Kafi, p.15)

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

“Learned discussions enliven the dead hearts provided they lead to Allah and His commands.”

(Usul 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 is 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 remain unimpaired. Knowledge is a Divine voice that invites its bearer to act upon it. If he accepts its invitation and acts, his knowledge lasts, but if he does not respond positively, it forsakes him”.

(Usul 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 for Allah’s cause. When a scholar dies, a breach occurs in Islam which cannot be filled till the Day of Judgement”.

(Biharul Anwar, vol.1, p.82)

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 Ibne Abi Talib (A.S)said:

“What you get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears, but what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you.” 

Benefits of Seeking Knowledge in Islam 

  • The Path to Paradise

مَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَطْلُبُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَلَكَ اللَّهُ بِهِ طَرِيقًا مِنْ طُرُقِ الْجَنَّةِ وَإِنَّ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ لَتَضَعُ أَجْنِحَتَهَا رِضًا لِطَالِبِ الْعِلْمِ

“Whoever takes a path in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to walk in one of the paths to Paradise. Indeed the angels will lower their wings in great pleasure with the one who seeks knowledge.”

(Sunan Abi Dawud)

  • Ranks being Raised

يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ

“Allah will raise those who believe among you and those who were given knowledge by many degrees. And Allah is All-Aware of what you do.”

(Surah Al-Mujadila, 58:11)

  • Allah intends goodness

مَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ بِهِ خَيْرًا يُفَقِّهْهُ فِي الدِّينِ

“If Allah intends goodness for a person, He gives him the understanding of the religion.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

  • Open the doors of virtues

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ

“It is those of His servants who have knowledge who stand in true awe of Allah. Indeed Allah is almighty, most forgiving”

(Surah Fatir, 35:28)



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