Islam attaches great importance to knowledge, learning and education. When the Quran began to be revealed, the first word of its first verse was ‘iqra’, that is, read. Education is thus the starting point of every human activity.
The Quran repeatedly asks us to observe the earth and the heavens. This instills in man a desire to learn natural science. All the books of Hadith have a chapter on knowledge (ilm). In Sahih Bukhari there is a chapter entitled, “The virtue of one who acquires ilm (learning) and imparts it to others.”
For instance, there is a tradition that one who treads a path in search of knowledge has his way paved to paradise by Allah as a reward for this noble deed. (Bukhari, Muslim)
Women were not kept away from educational activities. Starting with the Prophet’s own household, Muslim families provided equal opportunities to the female members of the family to learn to grow and play a constructive role in the progress and development of society at large.
A large number of learned women are mentioned in history as authorities on various Islamic sciences such as hadith, Islamic jurisprudence, seerah of the Prophet, commentary on the Quran, etc. The Prophet’s own wife, Aishah, imparted the knowledge and wisdom she received from the first educator, the Prophet himself, for almost half a century. She narrated more than two thousand traditions of the Prophet, and according to the Muslim jurists, these are the source of two thirds of the Islamic laws relating to social, political and cultural issues.
The prophet s.a.w. mentioned three times the importance of ILM/Knowledge in a Hadith. To be successful in the Dunia is with ILM. To be successful in the Akhirat is with ILM. To be successful in the Dunia and Akhirat is with ILM.
We must seek ILM for 23 years as an example Allah had given Al-Quran to our Rasul s.a.w. 13 years in Mecca and 10 years in Medina at the age of 40 till 63 as an evidence that long-life learning is very important in our life in order to achieve ILM for our Dunyia and ILM for our next eternal world Jannah. After getting ILM, the AMAL will follow suit.
Everyday we should make Doa for Allah to give us TAUFIQ/Strength to perform the good AMAL since Allah mentioned WA MA TAU FIQI ILL LAA BILLA. Try our level best to understand the translation of the Quran in any language we like/understand.