“Wisdom is the lost property of the believer, let him claim it wherever he finds it,” the Prophet Muhammad said.¹ He obligated the seeking of knowledge for all Muslims, saying: “Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim,” and he warned against hiding knowledge and withholding it, saying: “He who is asked about something he knows and conceals it will have a bridle of fire put on him on the day of resurrection.”3 992

The esteemed Prophet Muhammad encouraged Muslims to seek knowledge. He said: “He who seeks knowledge and attains it will have a double portion of reward, but if he does not attain it, he will have a single portion of reward,”4 and “If anyone seeks knowledge, it will be an atonement for past sins.”5

I Set forth by al-Tirmidhi in al-Sunan, 5:51 $2687. Ibn Mājah in al-Sunan, 2:1395 $4169.

2 Set forth by Ibn Majah in al-Sunan, 1:81 $224. Abu Ya’la in al-Musnad, 7:96 $4035.

3 Set forth by Aḥmad b. Hanbal in al-Musnad, 2:263 $7561. •Abū Dāwūd in al-Sunan, 3:321 §3658. Ibn Mājah in al-Sunan, 1:97 $264. 4 Set forth by al-Dārimī in al-Sunan, 1:108 $335.

5 Set forth by al-Tirmidhī in al-Sunan, 5:29 $2648. al-Dārimī in al-Sunan, 1:149 $561.


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