And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided…(3:103)

Knowledge: the Basic Necessity of Man

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اِقْرَاْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِىْ خَلَقَ (1) خَلَقَ الْاِنْسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ (2) اِقْرَاْ وَرَبُّكَ الْاَكْرَمُ (3) الَّذِىْ عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ (4) عَلَّمَ الْاِنْسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ (5)

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Quran Surah:96 Ayah:1-5

“1. Read with the name of your Lordwho created (everything)2. He created man from a clot ofblood.3. Read, and your Lord is the mostgracious,4. who imparted knowledge by meansof the pen.5. He taught man what he did notknow.”

These are the initial 5 verses of Surah Al-Alaq, the first revelation to the Holy Prophet ﷺ while he was engaged in a special worship of Allah in the Cave of Hira. Indeed, these verses encompass a great deal of instructions in themselves. Though it has become a cliché that a man has three basic and fundamental requirements in his life as bread to eat, clothes to wear and a house to live in, but, in reality, the most fundamental requirement of a man is the acquisition of knowledge.

The first thing with which Allah, the Almighty equipped a man when He created him was knowledge – so that, through the help of it he could recognize his real Creator, Allah, the Almighty. Because, if a man is devoid of knowledge, he may possibly appear a humanbeing as per his looks but would turn worst than an animal being an arrogant, irresponsible and despotic practically. Besides it, he will fill the whole world with his mischief.

Hence, a man needs to learn as who is his real creator? Who is sustaining from a small to the biggest living creature? Who is controlling such a big universe? Who has the power over the cosmic order as the succession of day and night, the sun-setting and sun-rising and the systematic order of raining and sun shining? Is there anyone who can dare to interfere it? Then, why not a man should ponder over his own creation? Do not you think who has managed to make you grow step by step in the womb of your mother unless you came out of it in the form of a safe and sound child? Then, who is there who has maintained a right proportion of the size of your body and intellectual faculties right while you were in your mother’s womb?

Again, thereafter, who is there who keeps on taking full care of you from birth to death? Who is it who instilled a deep love for you in your parents’ heart who are ever ready to undergo any hardship to nurture and upbring you? Who is it who keeps you in his protection against all types of calamities and tragedies and grants you recovery from your ailments?

In fact, a man in no way has the ability to recount the means and sources provided to him by Allah, the Almighty for his survival in the world, rather, he does not even notice its importance. Then, what to speak of his ability to manage for all these sources? Are all these things taking place without the systematic planning, absolute supervision and care of One God, Allah, the Almighty?

Further, it is said that if your Creator, Most Kind, Who not only created you and provided you with the sources of survival in life but also equipped you with knowledge and the art of learning with the help of which you can lead a comfortable life and turn this mortal world into Paradise, an abode of comfort. Wile, on the other hand, you can turn it into a Hell being deprived of great wealth of knowledge.

Besides it, Allah, the Almighty has also taught the man the art of using the pen so that, through the help of it, he might spread knowledge and thus save the whole mankind from destruction. Initially, the man had no knowledge nor he himself is able to acquire it on his own. It is merely through the virtue and mercy of Allah, the Almighty that he is bestowed with it. It is He who opens the door of knowledge for one whom He wishes. In a nutshell, none has the ability to achieve anything on his own except the ability granted by Allah, the Almighty.

Whatever discoveries and explorations man considers to be on his own behalf, in reality, he did not have any beforehand knowledge about them, rather, it was merely Allah, the Almighty aloneWho gifted him with it through unknown way. Thus, the bounty of Allah, the Almighty requires a man to recognize Him with the help of knowledge and art He equipped him with.

Only if a man turns away from knowledge gifted by Allah, he will definitely cease to possess the characteristic of humanity with the result that he will be subject to worsen more that an animal. As well as, the whole world turn into a cradle of disorder and mischief.

These days, the world is in dire need of acquiring the accurate knowledge so that it is saved from destruction. Hence, it is the bounden duty of the bearer of this knowledge to enlighten the whole mankind with it, otherwise they themselves would be subject to be the fuel of the Hell and held responsible before Allah, the Almighty not to care mankind when it was heading towards the abyss of destruction.

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