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    Education in Islam

    • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
    • 2015


    Education in Islam
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    In a society where religion and knowledge in general and science in particular do not go hand in hand, it seems necessary to briefly describe the position of Islam vis-à-vis knowledge, Islam, in theory as well as in practice, has always promoted knowledge. Distinctive mark of human beings over the angels is knowledge:

    “And Allah taught Adam all the names…” (2:31)

    The first verses of the Quran began with the word:

    “Read. Read in the name of thy Lord who created; [He] created the human being from blood clot. Read in the name of thy Lord who taught by the pen: [He] taught the human being what he did not know.”(96: 1-5).

    The Qur’an says.

    “Are those who have knowledge equal to those who do not have knowledge?!”(39:9).

    The Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) has also emphasized the importance of seeking knowledge in different ways:

    (a) Time: “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”

    (b) Place: “Seek knowledge even if it is far as China.”

    (c) Gender: “Seeking of knowledge is a duty of every Muslim”

    (d) Source: “Wisdom is the lost property of the believer, he should take it even if finds it in the mouth of a mushrik.”

    • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
    • 2015