Seeking knowledge is better
than any value in the world. Allah Almighty says in Holy Quran: “And say: My Lord, increase me in knowledge.” (Quran
20:114) It protects us from many difficulties. It has many benefits in
this world and also in the hereafter. Knowledge is the base of our
lives, and religious knowledge is pleasant, appropriate, and gives
pleasure to us because we came to know about our Lord. No other religion
gives as much importance to knowledge as the religion Islam. Islam has
made seeking knowledge necessary for all Muslims and has believed that
not doing so is considered as a sin. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
said about it in these words: “Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” (At-Tirmidhi)
obligation is not limited to certain sex or class but it is also
important and obligatory for women as for men, young and old, rich and
poor. Whoever seeks knowledge and help other people to learn will get
astonishing rewards from Allah Almighty. Allah (SWT) will grant him/her
high ranks in this world and the Hereafter. Allah Almighty says in Noble
Quran: “Allah raises of those who believe and those who have been given knowledge many levels.”(Quran 58:11).
others is one of the good deeds from which we will earn great rewards
even after death. Whoever leaves behind beneficial knowledge will get
rewards as long as people are still getting benefits from his knowledge.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “When
a man dies all his deeds come to an end except for three: an ongoing
charity, beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who prays for him.” (Al-Bukhari)
In another hadith, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “The
excellence of a scholar over another (ordinary) worshipper is like the
excellence of the full moon over the rest of the heavenly bodies.”(Abu
Dawood). From this hadith, we came to know that there is a great
difference between a Muslim who has a knowledge and the one who does not
have. So it’s important to seek knowledge in Islam to know about our
existence or creation of this world and everything in it. If you want to
know about the purpose of your creation and this world then you must
seek knowledge about it.
emphasizes the great importance of knowledge and education. When the
Quran began to be revealed, the first word of its first verse was ‘Iqra’
that is, read. Allah says in Noble Quran: “Read!
In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has
created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And
your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.
He has taught man that which he knew not” (Quran, 96: 1-5)
must have knowledge about what is permissible and impermissible in
daily life. A person must also learn how to purify their hearts and
deeds from guilty traits. Muslims must know how to purify their hearts
from the love of wealth, status, and fame, and how to make one’s love
for Allah alone. They must also learn the soaring manners taught to us
by the religion Islam, and try to live our lives according to Prophet
Muhammad (SAW). When someone tries to learn while it is hard for
him/her, they will surely receive the double reward from Allah Almighty
because they put a lot effort into seeking it.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever reads the Quran and stutters while reading, due to its difficulty, will receive a double reward.”(Sahih Muslim)
Learning about religion will make easy for us the path to Paradise, as Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in a way: “Whoever treads a path in seeking knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Paradise” (Al-Tirmidhi).
The main purpose of seeking knowledge is to bring us closer to our
Creator Allah Almighty. It is not simply for the pleasure of the mind or
the senses. Knowledge accordingly must be linked to values and goals.
Stages of Seeking Knowledge are mentioned below:
- Ask questions in a good manner
- Remain quiet and listen attentively
- Understand well
- Memorize it
- Teach it to others
- Act upon it and keep it to the limit
short, knowledge is mandatory for the creation of a just world in which
authentic peace can obtain. Quran emphasizes the importance of the
seeking of knowledge. We should try to seek knowledge for the sake of