Islam and Knowledge

The pursuit of knowledge has lead Mankind to make many great breakthroughs in their understanding of the world around it and in the process by which things happen. It has led to complex and mind-boggling scientific advancements, which have completely changed how we lead our lives, radically different from anything in the past. However, does religious education and knowledge have any role to play in this ‘new’ society or is there a greater need today than there has ever been before?

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2 Responses to Islam and Knowledge

  1. bint Yusuf says:

    Assalamu alaykum

    I begin with the name of Allah the most merciful and the most kind, peace and blessing be upon beloved Prophet (S.A.W) All praise is for Allah. Islam is the religion of knowledge. The first aayah of the Qur’an to be revealed enjoined reading which is the key to knowledge. Allah (SWT) says:

    “Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen. He has taught man that which he knew not” [al-‘Alaq 96:1-5]

    Allah (SWT) created man and provided him with the tools for acquiring knowledge, namely hearing, sight and wisdom. Allah says: “And Allâh has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allâh) [al-Nahl 16:78]

    Because of the importance of knowledge, Allah (SWT) commanded His Messenger to seek more of it. Allah (SWT) says: “and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge”[Ta-Ha 20:114] Islam calls us to seek knowledge.

    Religious guidance plays a vital role. It teaches us about the wrongs and rights; it encourages us to be of good character and actions; it teaches us about our purpose of life and what happens when we die; it teaches us about our creator and the relationship we should have with Him; it teaches that which is beyond human perception and can only be taught through divinely appointed teaches – the Prophets.

    There are many ideologies in the many societies on Earth. Their present forms are often based on ideas which have evolved with the changing times. Islam is different because of the concrete unchangeable foundation upon which our deen is based known as the Holy Quran. We also have the Sunnah as a practice guide to the application of this divine blueprint. Both the Quran and the Sunnah are also the foundations upon which Islamic education is based.

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  2. RashidNzambu says:

    Knowledge, as you have rightly said, is emphasized in Islam. Further, Allah in His absolute mercy to mankind has grant us the capacity to acquire and understand knowledge.

    In most literature available we see knowledge divided into two main categories i.e Religious and Non-Religious or Secular and Non-Secular. This is both right and wrong. This division of knowledge is by and large hypothetical (i.e it has no basis in reality). This is why I say so:

    If knowledge and truth are synonymous, then the ultimate knowledge is also the ultimate truth. And as we all know, the ultimate truth is Allah. It then follows that knowledge is the pursuit of knowing Allah, the Creator and Originator of all that exists.

    It is said that the first thing to be created was the “Pen”…..then Allah started writing His creative Laws and Creating all that exist. All that exist are signs (Ayah) that point to the Creator. When you are commanded to “Read”, you are in effect being asked to study creation, because from this you will be guided to the Creator.

    At the lower levels of learning, this connection may not be so obvious….but as you go deeper into any branch of learning, you will ultimately find Allah.

    Let me demonstrate with a few examples that we may all be familiar with:

    1. Everything that exist is made of one “material” …..Atoms. Be is Water, Rocks, Diamonds, Oil, Gases, Human Beings, Plants, Animals etc…….we are all made of identical matter. The atoms that constitute your body are the same ones that make up liquids, gases, rocks, plants etc. Is this then not an indication to One Creator?

    2. All that exists is temporal and ever changing. Even when we cannot discern the changes….science has now discovered that all matter is ever changing. Yet the laws that govern the changes and the created objects are constant. This unchanging and unchangeable force behind all that exists, the Holy book informs us, is Alllah. Remember the Prophet Abraham (AS), when he was searching for God, and he dismissed one after the other, the created heavenly bodies? His final answer, or ultimate knowledge was God must be the unchanging and unchangeable.

    3. The creational balance. Allah states in the Quran that He created the Heavens, the Earth and all that is in between with Justice. Justice, as any Philosopher will tell you is the Creational balance. When you seek justice say in a court of law, what you are asking for is to be restored back to the same situation your creator created you in. For those who still remember their Mathematics, I refer you to the “Equations”. K= (a + b + c)2 X (2x / t) etc. The left side of the Equation represents the Constant, whereas the right is for the variables. Creation is the variables (as it is ever changing), whereas the never-changing Constant is……Allah!

    These are just the simpler examples….but the deeper you delve into any branch of knowledge, the closer you get to Allah.

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