The path to knowledge includes both religious and secular education. Religious education includes learning about the Quran, the Sunnah, how to perfect one’s manners, and actions that bring with them much reward from Allah (SWT). Such education can be pursued individually and through the help of scholars. Masjid Daarus Salaam provides several opportunities for seeking Islamic knowledge, including classes that will help you learn more about Islam.
Secular education, or formal schooling, prepares us for our roles in this world and as members of society. Through this education, we gain understanding of various aspects of life. The more secular education we attain, the more we are able to become positive forces of change in our communities, and the more we can contribute to the organizations/workforces that we are a part of. Two schools of excellent educational quality provide such education (in an Islamic environment) in the Tampa Bay Area: AYA and UAF.
Seeking knowledge is of paramount importance for Muslims, as stated by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male and female).” The pursuit of knowledge, be it religious or otherwise, is a task that continuously humbles us as people and can help strengthen our relationship with Allah (SWT).
Allah (SWT) commands us to become more knowledgeable so that we become closer to Him and so that we become a people of understanding. The pursuit of knowledge brings with it two types of benefits: benefit for ourselves and benefit for others. By learning more about Islam and various secular topics/fields, we come to truly realize how great Allah (SWT) is. We also, in attaining such knowledge, become more equipped to teach others about that which we know. It is through knowledge that we, as members of the human race, can create positive change in our communities. More importantly, as we learn more, we become more able to educate others about what is most important: the message of Islam, its unmatched values, and its absolute beauty.