Acquiring and possessing knowledge (‘ilm) has a great status in Islam, as knowledge is highly encouraged by the Holy Qur’an and Muslim scholars. God the Exalted
introduces Himself using the adjective ‘All-knowing’ (‘aleem) 122 times in the Qur’an. Moreover, the Qur’an on multiple occasions has glorified those with knowledge, such as scholars (‘alim) and teachers (mu’allim). This article will present a brief look at the importance of knowledge in Islam,
as well as the high status educators and scholars enjoy as a result. This knowledge is only is efficient once it is seen through the seeker’s actions. Upon glancing at the verses of
the Qur’an and narrations, the outcome of knowledge and learning is gnosis of God (ma’rifah), sincerity in actions (ikhlas), and a sense of responsibility before God and His creation.
"The Holy Qur’an has also encouraged people to attain knowledge through sending the Prophet as one who integrated learning and instilled a yearning for knowledge in the people’s hearts: (رجوع شود به تصویر صفحه) As We sent to you an Apostle from among yourselves, who recites to you Our signs, and purifies you, and teaches you the Book and wisdom, and teaches you what you did not know.
(39:9) In the Holy Qur’an, God the Exalted praises the ignorant man who follows a knowledgeable man and at times has advised people to find the truth by seeking out knowledgeable individuals even if they are from other religions: (رجوع شود به تصویر صفحه) If ye realize this not, ask of those who possess the Message.
Familiarizing oneself with the abovementioned knowledge is required to such an extent that God the Exalted has said the following in the Holy Qur’an: (رجوع شود به تصویر صفحه) Nor should the Believers all go forth together: if a contingent from every expedition remained behind, they could devote themselves to studies in religion, and admonish the people when they return to them, - that 22 Shaykh Saduq, Am li, p.
(3:18) In other verses, it is shown and made clear to the Holy Prophet that it is the scholars who know what is revealed to you; that it is the truth and is from God: (رجوع شود به تصویر صفحه) And those to whom knowledge has come see that the (Revelation) sent down to thee from thy Lord - that is the Truth, and that it guides to the Path of the Exalted (in might), Worthy of all praise."