SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)-
Point 1: Necessity of learning.
(‘E’lamoo’ 27 times in Holy Quran)
Point 2: Repeatedly blame on forsakers of knowledge.
قُل لا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ عِندِي خَزَائِنُ اللّهِ وَلاَ أَعْلَمُ الْغَيْبَ وَلاَ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ إِنِّي مَلَكٌ إِنْ أَتَّبِعُ إِلَّا مَايُوحَى إِلَيَّ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الْأَعْمَى وَالْبَصِيرُ أَفَلاَ تَتَفَكَّرُونَ
Say: I do not say to you, I have with me the treasures of Allah, nor do I know theunseen, nor do I say to you that I am an angel; I do not follow aught save that which is revealed to me. Say: Are the blind and the seeing one alike? Do you not then reflect? (6:50)
They ask you about intoxicants and games of chance. Say: In both of them there is a great sin and means of profit for men, and their sin is greater than their profit. And they ask you as to what they should spend. Say: What you can spare. Thus does Allah make clear to you the communications, that you may ponder.(2:219)
And if We had pleased, We would certainly have exalted him thereby; but he clung to the earth and followed his low desire, so his parable is as the parable of the dog; if you attack him he lolls out his tongue; and if you leave him alone he lolls out his tongue; this is the parable of the people who reject Our communications; therefore relate the narrative that they may reflect. (7:176)
Point 3: Talks about people going and learning and come back and teach people.
And it does not beseem the believers that they should go forth all together; why should not then a company from every party from among them go forth that they may apply themselves to obtain understanding in religion, and that they may warn their people when they come back to them that they may be cautious? (9:122)
Point 4: Knowledge, the goal of creation. (65:12)
اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ سَبْعَ سَماوَاتٍ وَمِنَ الْأَرْضِ مِثْلَهُنَّ يَتَنَزَّلُ الْأَمْرُ بَيْنَهُنَّ لِتَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِيرٌ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ أَحَاطَ بِكُلِّ شَيءٍ عِلْمَاً
Allah is He Who created seven heavens, and of the earth the like of them; the decree continues to descend among them, that you may know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah indeed encompasses all things in (His) knowledge.
Meaning Quran mentions seven heaven and earth, talks about the dealing and starting of creation.
Point 5: Education, the goal of all the prophets’ missions. (2:151):
Prophet has come to educate/provoke/elevate people, prophet has come to teach you things that we don’t know e.g. hereafter.
Even as We have sent among you an Apostle from among you who recites to you Our communications and purifies you and teaches you the Book and the wisdom and teaches you that which you did not know.(2:151)
Point 6: Reflection, the goal of the descending of the Quran. (e.g.38:29):
Quran has come to make people think/reflect. This book is full of blessing so you can think about it.
كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُوا الْأَلْبَابِ
(It is) a Book We have revealed to you abounding in good that they may ponder over its verses, and that those endowed with understanding may be mindful.(38:29)
Point 7: Insight, the goal of the Prophet’s ascension (e.g.17:1):
Prophet has been given spiritual and physical ascension, purpose of the ascension was insight, to learn things.
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْبَصِيرُ
Glory be to Him Who made His servant to go on a night from the Sacred Mosque to the remote mosque of which We have blessed the precincts, so that We may show to him some of Our signs; surely He is the Hearing, the Seeing. (17:1)
Point 8: ‘Read’, the first word of Allah in Islam. (96:1-5):
The much proof that Islam emphasis on seeking knowledge is the very first Ayaah revealed was Iqra meaning READ.
اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ
خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ
اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ
الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ
عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ
Read in the name of your Lord Who created. (96:1)
He created man from a clot. (96:1-2)
Read and your Lord is Most Honorable. (96:1-3)
Who taught (to write) with the pen. (96:1-4)
Taught man what he knew not. (96:1-5)
Point 9: Knowledge is light & brightness. (13:16):
قُلْ مَن رَّبُّ السَّماوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ قُلِ اللَّهُ قُلْ أَفَاتَّخَذْتُم مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ لاَ يَمْلِكُونَ لأَنْفُسِهِم نَفْعاً ولاَ ضَرّاً قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الْأَعْمَىوَالْبَصِيرُ أَمْ هَلْ تَسْتَوِي الظُّلُمَاتُ وَالنُّورُ أَمْ جَعَلُوا لِلَّهِ شُرَكَاءَ خَلَقُوا كَخَلْقِهِ فَتَشَابَهَ الْخَلْقُ عَلَيْهِم قُلِ اللَّهُ خَالِقُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُوَ الْوَاحِدُ الْقَهَّارُ
Say: Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth? Say: Allah. Say: Do you take then besides Him guardians who do not control any profit or harm for themselves? Say: Are the blind and the seeing alike? Or can the darkness and the light be equal? Or have they set up with Allah associates who have created creation like His, so that what is created became confused to them? Say: Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Supreme.
Point 10:‘The Learned’ only know the secret of the universe. (e.g. 30:22):
Quran admires and praises the learned one, only the learned ones knows the secret of the heaven.
وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ خَلْقُ السَّماوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفُ الْسِنَتِكُمْ وَأَلْوَانِكُمْ إِنَّ فِي ذلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِلْعَالِمِينَ
And one of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colors; most surely there are signs in this for the learned. (30:22)
Point 11: ‘Allah’, the first teacher. (2:31):
Allah was the first teacher he taught us from before.
وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الْأَسْماءَ كُلَّهَا ثُمَّ عَرَضَهُمْ عَلَى الْمَلاَئِكَةِ فَقالَ أَنْبِئُونِي بِأَسْمَاءِ هؤُلاَءِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
And He taught Adam all the names, then presented them to the angels; then He said: Tell me the names of those if you are right. (2:31)
Point 12: Knowledge, human’s privilege. (2:33):
Man has been given privilege due to the knowledge that he possess. Adam was granted knowledge by Allah which made the angels prostrate to Adam.
قَالَ يَا آدَمُ أَنْبِئْهُمْ بِأَسْمَائِهِمْ فَلَمَّا أَنْبَأَهُمْ بِأَسْمائِهِمْ قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُلْ لَّكُمْ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ غَيْبَ السَّماواتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَأَعْلَمُ مَا تُبْدُونَ وَمَا كُنْتُمْ تَكْتُمُونَ
He said: O Adam! Inform them of their names. Then when he had informed them of their names, He said: Did I not say to you that I surely know what is ghaib in the heavens and the earth and (that) I know what you manifest and what you hide? . (2:33).