The Status of Knowledge in Islam
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), teachers (mu’allim), and students (muti’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 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 (ikhlaas), and a sense of responsibility before God and His creation.