In the light of the Holy Hadith
Knowledge enhances human dignity
“O Allah, teach me that which will benefit me, and
increase me in knowledge.”
(At-Tirmidhi, Chapters on Supplication, 128)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
One day, some companions of the Prophet in the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi were busy praying, and another group were busy studying. Our Prophet (pbuh) observed this situation and said: “Both groups are busy with a good endeavour. Some pray to Allah and ask Him for certain things. Allah will give or will not give them if He wishes so. The others study and teach that knowledge to those who do not know. What they are doing is more virtuous.” Messenger of Allah (pbuh) did not just gratify his companions who sought knowledge. He said: “Indeed, I have been sent as a teacher, an educator.” and sat beside them. Because he was a prophet, who showed the superiority of knowledge with the life he led in the light of this verse: “Are those who know equal with those who know not?”
Our Prophet placed great importance on education and knowledge throughout his life. Eradicating ignorance was a very important goal for him. The way to truth and God was to teach knowledge that gives meaning to life and honour to humans. He was a Messenger of Mercy who prayed, “O Allah, teach me that which will benefit me, and increase me in knowledge.” Because our Prophet was first addressed with the command “Read” in the Holy Quran, our guide to the true path.
We are the members of a civilization where knowledge is merged with reason and kneaded with wisdom, and the scholar is adorned with morals. Knowledge is considered the prayer of the mind in our civilization. Knowledge means first and foremost to try to understand the truth and essence of objects, the purpose and reason of existence. Knowledge means to know oneself because those who know themselves know their Lord. Those who know their Lord sets learning the truth and essence of objects as their goal. Those who are conscious of their existence will be conscious of their environment, the universe and life.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey