Ramadan Daily Dose: The Qur’an and Your Child’s Academic Studies

Published: 3 April 2023

Day 12


By Shofi Ahmed 


The Importance of Seeking Knowledge

Surah Fathiha, the opening chapter of the Holy Quran, promotes a comprehensive approach to education that encompasses intellectual, religious, spiritual, and moral development. It advocates for critical thinking, reflection, and inquiry while emphasising the importance of seeking knowledge, balance, and guidance from Allah SWT. In this context, this mind map highlights some of the academic teachings found within Surah Fathiha and how they can be applied in modern academic settings. Let’s explore these topics in more detail.


The importance of seeking knowledge:


Surah Fathiha highlights the importance of seeking knowledge and guidance from Allah SWT. The first verse of the Surah begins with the phrase “Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Rahim,” which translates to “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.” This phrase is a reminder to seek Allah’s guidance and mercy in all aspects of life, including academic pursuits.


The Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) also emphasises the significance of seeking knowledge, regardless of where it may be found. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave” and “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” These statements highlight the importance of a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.


Furthermore, the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) encouraged his Ummah to travel far and wide in search of knowledge. The Hadith, “Seek knowledge even if it is in China” implies that distance should not be a barrier in the pursuit of knowledge. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) wanted Muslims to acquire knowledge from any and all sources, and not to limit themselves to a particular place or people.

In modern times, this lesson holds true. The pursuit of knowledge is not limited to one’s immediate surroundings or traditional institutions of learning. With the advent of technology, there are countless resources available online and offline, including massive open online courses (MOOCs), academic journals, books, and educational videos, making it easier than ever to seek knowledge.


Additionally, travelling to different parts of the world to learn from other cultures, languages, and experiences can broaden one’s understanding of the world and enrich their knowledge. The pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong journey, and one that should not be limited by geographical or cultural boundaries.


Seeking knowledge and guidance from Allah SWT is an essential part of the Muslim faith. It is a lifelong journey that should be pursued with passion and dedication, regardless of distance or obstacles. The pursuit of knowledge can enhance personal and professional growth, promote critical thinking and reflection, and ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of Allah’s creation and purpose for humanity.