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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

UAE Friday sermon: seeking knowledge is an obligation in Islam

Mosque-goers on Friday will be encouraged to seek knowledge as education is the true wealth of a nation

Worshippers will be reminded on Friday about the importance of seeking knowledge as it is an obligation in Islam and the foundation for building the human mind.

The very first verse in the Quran urges people to seek knowledge: “recite in the name of your Lord who created.” The verse highlights the importance of reading, elevates the standing of knowledge and urges its pursuit, the sermon will say.

Prophet Mohammed reiterated this sentiment, saying “to seek sacred knowledge is an obligation on every Muslim.” Thus, striving in seeking knowledge is among the most important duties for every individual.

Knowledge is the true wealth a nation can ever accumulate and which people can benefit from

Prophet Mohammed said, “Indeed, knowledge only comes by learning.” Similarly, learning is about questions and answers while by asking important and good questions one would gain better knowledge, the sermon will say.

The sermon will call on worshippers to pray to Allah to grant their children success in their learning endeavours as they are entering a new academic year.

Parents have a big responsibility regarding their children’s learning and development, the sermon will say.

They must provide a good environment that is conducive to studying and learning and should know that achieving success is a responsibility shared between the school and parents.

To this end, they are responsible to follow up on their children’s study and continuously co-ordinate with the school.

“Teachers efforts are also appreciated and acknowledged not only by people in this world, but also by Allah, the Almighty, Who prepared for them the best of rewards,” according to the sermon.

This was emphasised by Prophet Mohammed when he said, “Indeed Allah, His Angels, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earths — even the ant in his hole, even the fish — invoke blessings upon the one who teaches the people to do good.”

Mosque-goers will be told that learning is open for all, both adults and youngsters in the UAE and the unification of the educational system across the country stems from the UAE’s wise leadership’s belief that the Emirati younger generations are the cornerstone for the future.

“Thus, it provided them with a highly-performing education based on the highest standards of quality for the education sector.”

Allah says, “say, ‘Are those who know equal to those who do not know?’ Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.” (Az-Zumar: 9).

That is to say: in the sight of Allah the Almighty people of knowledge are not equal to those who are ignorant.

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