Learning in Islam
- From: "Faris Jawad" <ana_faris_bila_jawad@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 11:27:55 -0500
Learning in Islam
By Dr. Jamal Badawi
In Islam, the act of learning itself is considered an act of worship,
provided that it is within God's limits and with a good motive behind it.
Asserting the importance of learning in Islam, the Qur'an and the prophetic
tradition encourage learning. The very first word reveled in the Qur'an was
iqra' (read) (Al-`Alaq 96:1). In the first few verses of this same surah
(chapter), teaching is mentioned twice and the pen is mentioned as one of
the tools of learning.
One verse says what means
[The erudite among His bondmen fear Allah alone. Lo! Allah is Mighty,
Forgiving.] (Fatir 35:28)
This means that people who have the right knowledge and sincerity to study
carefully and objectively would be more cognizant of God's power and mercy
and would be more God-fearing than those who are ignorant.
Another verse says what means
[Allah will exalt those of you who believe, and those who are given
knowledge, in high degrees; and Allah is Aware of what you do.]
The verse does not specify the type of knowledge that a person is supposed
to learn because, in Islam, any beneficial knowledge to mankind is
considered a way of getting higher degrees.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) informs us in one of his sayings
that the angels extend their wings for people who seek knowledge, which
shows the importance of sincerely seeking knowledge and how the angels are
pleased and satisfied with that act.
In that sense, learning in order to build a balanced civilization that
combines material and moral progress is actually a duty incumbent upon every
Muslim, both male and female.
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