Seeking knowledge is a religious duty, which Islam encourages all Muslims to fulfill.
Muslim scholars in the past used their knowledge to strengthen people’s belief in contrast to the scholars of this age, who use their knowledge to weaken people’s belief.
Muslim scholars in the past used their knowledge to serve mankind, in contrast to most of the scholars today who use their knowledge for exploitative and selfish ends.
Scientists during this era invented the atom and hydrogen bombs and other weapons of mass destruction. Thereafter they prevented others from owning these weapons in an attempt to control and exploit the riches of the world.
Muslim scholars of the past spread their knowledge so that people could benefit from it, in contrast to others who may withhold knowledge for themselves or for their own country and prevent others from acquiring it.
Muslim scholars of the past aimed to attain the Mercy of Allah and His reward, in contrast to the scholars of today who try their best to benefit materialistically from their discoveries.