Scriptural Justification in the Quest for Knowledge in Islam: Biographical References in Nigeria and Pakistan

Abdulrahman Yusuf Maigida


This research focused on the scriptural justification on the quest for knowledge (including modern education knowledge) in Islam. The study presented justifications from the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith, corroborated with biographical references regarding the manifestations in Nigeria and Pakistan. Generally in Islam, Quran (Muslims’ Holy Book) and Hadith (teachings of Prophet Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him-PBUH) provide guidance and direction for the Muslims in their undertakings and lifestyles. Both scriptures enjoin all Muslims to be knowledgeable; since knowledge in itself is central to Islam. The study adopted historical research method on the argument for the positive disposition of Islam to the quest for knowledge, with evidences from the two scriptures. Early efforts of the Muslims in pioneering several fields of modern education (knowledge); delving into the areas of medicine, mathematics, chemistry, geography, history, astronomy, biology etc were portrayed. The biographic peculiarities and contributions of Muslim individuals internationally and as evidenced in the case of Nigeria and Pakistan formed parts of the findings discussed. The study therefore concluded that there is widespread misconception on the position of Islam and the negative perception of Muslims about seeking modern education or searching for knowledge, therefore dispelled the insinuation with facts and figures. Relevant recommendations were therefore made to all stakeholders, challenging them on redoubling their efforts to improve and sustain the feats already achieved which have launched Muslims in Nigeria and Pakistan to limelight as well educated professionals and experts in various fields of modern education endeavours.

Keywords: Quest for knowledge, Scriptural justification, Islam, Biographical references, Nigeria and Pakistan

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