Knowledge in Islam
Another distinctive features of Islam is its emphasis on knowledge, below are some of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) sayings (Hadith):
“The first thing created by God was the intellect”.
“The acquisition of knowledge is a duty incumbent on every Muslim, male and female.”
“To spend more time in learning is better than spending more time praying; the support of religion is abstinence. It is better to teach knowledge one hour in the night than to pray all night”.
“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”.
“With knowledge man rises to the heights of goodness and to a noble position, associated with sovereigns in this world, and attains to the perfection of happiness in the next.”
“He dies not who gives life to learning”.
“One learned man is harder on the devil than a thousand ignorant worshippers.”
“The calamity of knowledge is forgetfulness; and to waste knowledge is to speak of it to the unworthy.”
“To listen to the words of the learned, and to instill into others the lessons of science, is better than religious exercises”.
“That person who shall die while he is studying, in order to revive the knowledge of religion, will be only one degree inferior to the prophets”.
“The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.”
“Acquire knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lighten the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our companion when friendless; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is an ornament among friends, and an armor against enemies”.
“Who’s honored the learned honored me.”
“Verily God does not takes away knowledge from the hands of His servants; but takes it by taking away the learned; so that when no learned men remain, the ignorant will be placed at the head of affairs. Causes will be submitted to their decision, they will pass sentence without knowledge, will err themselves, and lead others into error.”
“The knowledge from which no benefit is derived is like a treasure from which no charity is bestowed in the way of the Lord”.
“That person who shall pursue the path of knowledge, God will direct him to the path of Paradise; and verily the superiority of a learned man over an ignorant worshipper is like that of the full moon over all the stars.”
“He, who knows his own self, knows God. Who are the learned? They who practice what they know.”
“Verily the best of God’s servants are just and learned kings; and verily the worst are bad and ignorant kings”
“One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer.”
“He, who leaves home in search of knowledge, walks in the path of God.”
“Go in quest of knowledge even unto China.”