Read: the first word to be revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Even if this was the only reference to seeking knowledge in Islam, the fact that it is was chosen as the first word of the Quran to be revealed to humankind would be enough to demonstrate its utter magnitude. With the proper intention and etiquette, seeking knowledge is one of the greatest acts of worship. Today, there are few better ways to strengthen ourselves and our community than by seeking knowledge of our faith and the world — and then implementing and passing that knowledge on.
Imam Abdul Malik discusses how we as Muslims should not be “robotic” in our ibadah but be true and authentic with our worship of Allah. We should not let the current time and environment affect the way we follow the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.