Knowledge is power. Head that age-old phrase, right? Interestingly, what’s older than this is Islam’s stance on seeking education. The first command which Allah sent down to the Prophet (peace be upon him) was Iqra – READ. That itself should tell you how important education is. However, it doesn’t end there. Allah repeatedly reiterates the importance of seeking knowledge. Commands to seek knowledge are laid throughout the pages of the Quran and books of Sahih Hadith.
What Hadith say about education
“Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.”
Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 224
“Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. People do not gather in the houses of Allah, reciting the book of Allah and studying it together, but that tranquility will descend upon them, mercy will cover them, angels will surround them, and Allah will mention them to those near him.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2699
“Verily, the angels lower their wings for the seeker of knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and earth, even the fish in the depths of the water, seek forgiveness for the scholar. The virtue of the scholar over the worshiper is like the superiority of the moon over the stars. The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. They do not leave behind gold or silver coins, but rather they leave behind knowledge. Whoever has taken hold of it has been given an abundant share.”
Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 3641
“There is no envy but in two cases: a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it rightly, and a man whom Allah has given wisdom and he judges and teaches with it.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 73
Other reasons Muslims should seek education
- It is a command of Allah
The fact that Allah’s first command for us was to “Read” should be reason enough to seek knowledge. It is through knowledge that Allah empowers us to differentiate between right and wrong. To build ourselves, our communities and make valuable contributions to the world.
- Helps broaden the mental horizon
Education shapes the mind. It can improve your levels of happiness, boost your confidence and help you achieve self-sufficiency. Educated people stand a fair chance of being financially and otherwise independent. This is not a rule of thumb but of course, the chances are higher.
- It helps in personal development
When you sit down to learn something new, you open yourself up to a wide range of possibilities that help you grow and develop as a person.
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