Importance Of Knowledge In Islam

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The importance of knowledge in the Islamic world was intrinsic to its culture. For, the Prophet Muhammad had repeatedly stressed on the importance of knowledge and learning: “Acquire knowledge, it enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armour against enemies.” Several Hadith reiterated the obligation of Muslims to acquire knowledge. This was especially impressed upon rulers, who were seen as the vanguard of Islam. The Prophet himself had warned: “Verily god doth not taketh away knowledge from the hands of His servants; but taketh it by taking away the learned; so that when no learned men remain, the ignorant will be placed at the head of affairs. Causes will be submitted to their decision, they will pass sentence without knowledge, will err themselves, and lead others into error.”
Learning and the acquisition of knowledge was an early preoccupation
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As a matter of fact, the second type of institutions were found in those days in a very large number, under which the ulama or learned persons used to impart knowledge or give lecture on different subjects sitting in mosque or at their own houses. .. It should also not be overlooked that during the Muslim rule in India in big cities and towns there used to be grand and spacious mosques with series of rooms (hujrahs) at least on two sides which were meant mainly for the students and teachers. This showed that these mosques also served as madrasah or educational institution as has been rightly observed by Maulana Abul Hasana

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