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Education in Islam

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) "Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave."
(b) "Seek knowledge even if it is far as China."
(c) "Seeking of knowledge is a duty of every Muslim"
(d) "Wisdom is the lost prop­erty of the believer, he should take it even if finds it in the mouth of a mushrik."