Islam And Knowledge

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This picture depicts an aspect of modern technology. Modern technology would not have advanced the way it has had it not been for Islamic culture

The religion of Islam encourages all people to seek and increase their knowledge, and it disparages and warns against ignorance. Allah says:

(Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe and those who have been granted knowledge.) (58:11)

It regards striving to seek, learn, and teach knowledge as a means which leads to Jannah (paradise). The Messenger of Islam, Muhammad said:

"Whoever seeks a path in search of knowledge, Allah would make easy for him a path leading to Jannah (paradise)." (Abu Dawud)

He forbade that knowledge be concealed, as it is an obligation for each person to seek it. The Messenger of Islam, Muhammad said: "Whoever conceals knowledge would be muzzled on the Day of Resurrection with a muzzle of Fire." (Ibn Hibbaan)

Islam regards scholars with high esteem and demands that they be paid their due respect. The Messenger of Islam, Muhammad said:

"He is not from my followers, he who does not respect his elders, who does not show mercy to the young, and does not give due right to a scholar." (Ahmed)

The Messenger, Muhammad informed us of the status of the scholar in his sayings: "The excellence of a scholar over a layman is like my excellence over the least of you." (Tirmidthi)