“Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists)” [Alaq, 96:1]
The quest for knowledge is a compulsion on every Muslim. [Hadeeth Hassan]
Raised Status and Rank
“Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have knowledge, to high ranks.” [Al-Mujaadilah, 58:11]
Superiority over all beings
“And He taught Adam all the names, and then showed them to the angels, saying: Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful. They said: Glory is to You! We have no knowledge but that which You have taught us; surely You are the Knowing, the Wise. He said: “Oh, Adam! Tell them their names.” When he had told them, Allah said: “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of heaven and earth, and I know what you reveal and what you conceal?” And behold, We said to the angels: “Bow down to Adam” and they bowed down…” [Al-Baqarah, 2:31-34]
Scholars truly understand the Qur’an
“And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those who have knowledge understand them.” (Al-‘Ankaboot, 29:43)
Sign of Allah’s love for a person
“Whosoever Allah wishes good for, He gives him understanding (fiqh) of the Religion.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Statement of Imam Shaafie’
“After the obligatory deeds, nothing is more beloved to Allah than studying knowledge”
Hadith of Abu Darda
“If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah SWTwill cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters willask forgiveness for the learned man.
(cont’d) The superiority of the learned man over the worshipper is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leavingonly knowledge, and he who takes it takes a big fortune.” [Abu-Dawud]
Statement of Ibn Hazm (ra)
“If the learned ponders how the hours he spent learning saved him from the humiliation of being dominated by the ignorant and from the distress of having no access to the facts, and how those hours provided him with the joy of discovering that which is hidden from others, he would excel in praising Allah, the exalted, full of majesty, and would be more pleased with the knowledge he has and would deepen his desire to increase his knowledge.”
Are you satisfied ?
“Two persons are never satisfied, one who is seeking knowledge, and the other who is seeking the world”
When should you be jealous of others ?
“No one should be jealous of anything except two people – a man whom Allah has blessed with wisdom/ilm/Qur’an and he teaches it; and a man who has money and he spends it in the sake of Allah.” (Bukhari)
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” [Taha, 20:114]