We are the ummati of Prophet Muhammad SAW and the first revelation of Quran to us was “IQRA” i.e Read. Our Ulemas,Our Parents,Our teachers, Our Well wishers keep telling us to Read. Do you know WHY? Because there are great great merits of ilm.
Prophet Ādam’s (ʿalayhi al-salām) superiority over the angels was due to nothing but his knowledge.
عَلَّمَ آدَمَ الْأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا
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“Allāh will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, in high degrees.”(Al-Qur’ān, 58:11)
And Allāh said,
هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
“Are those who know equal to those who do not know?”( Al-Qur’ān, 39:9)
They are not equal in their lives, in their actions, in their intentions, in their dying, in their graves, in their resurrection, in their reckoning, in their ability to cross the bridge and in their level in Jannah. They are not equal; they are different in every way possible.
The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said,
وَمَنْ سَلَكَ طَريقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللهُ لَهُ طَريقًا إِلَى الجَنَّةِ
“Whoever pursues a path to gain knowledge, Allāh will ease for him a path to Paradise.”(Muslim, on the authority of Abu Huraira)
Lets now read some Quotes by sahaba RA.
Here are some Quotes on Virtues of seeking Islamic Knowledge that will help you understand why is it important for a Muslim to keep seeking Knowledge that is beneficial.
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Hadhrat Mu’aadh bin Jabal RA said, “Acquire (divine) knowledge because learning it is fear of Allaah, going out in search of it is Ibaadah, rehearsing it is Tasbeeh, discussing it is Jihaad, teaching it to those who do not know is Sadaqah and spending it on those worthy of receiving it promotes nearness to Allaah.
Knowledge highlights what is Halaal and what is Haraam, it is a beacon for people on the road to Jannah, it is a companion in loneliness, a friend in the wilderness, a partner to talk to in solitude and a guide in prosperity and in adversity. Knowledge is also a weapon against the enemy and makes one shine out when amongst friends. Allaah elevates nations by virtue of this knowledge, making them leaders in virtue so that people follow in their
footsteps, emulate their actions and always adopt their opinions. In addition to this, the angels are eager to be with them and rub their wings against them.
Everything on land and water seek forgiveness for them, even the fish and other creatures in the oceans and the wild animals on land. This is all , because (divine) knowledge brings life to hearts (that have died after suffering) from ignorance, it is a lantern of the eyes against darkness and by virtue of this knowledge, a person reaches the ranks of the chosen ones (of Allaah) and elevated stages in this world as well as in the Aakhirah. Thinking deeply about such knowledge equals fasting while learning and teaching it equals standing in salaah.
Iladhrat Abul Ahwas narrates that Hadhrat Abdullaah bin Mas’ood RA said, “No person is born an Aalim. Knowledge is gained only through studies.”
Hadhrat Qurra narrates that Hadhrat Abu Dardaa RA once said, “Acquire knowledge before it is taken away because its disappearance will be effected by the demise of the Ulema.
Hadhrat Abdur Rahmaan bin Mas’ood Faraazi reports that Hadhrat Abu Dardaa once ‘said, ‘Whenever anyone proceeds to the Masjid to learn or to teach anything virtuous, he receives the reward of a Mujaahid who returns with booty.”
Hadhrat Abu Dharr RA and Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah RA both said,
“Learning even a single chapter of knowledge is more beloved to me than a thousand Rakaahs of Nafl salaah.” They also narrate that Rasulullaah SAW said, “If death comes to someone studying the knowledge of Deen when he is still studying, he dies as a martyr.”