THE DUTY OF ATTAINING OF KNOWLEDGE
Having knowledge is the most important aspects in one’s life. Religious knowledge and Secular knowledge are two kinds of knowledge very important for a human being. Secular (public education), important for social interaction and religious (islamic education), what carries a Muslim through life on earth and into the hereafter.
The Holy Prophet of Allah (S.A.W.) has said: “Atta libul ilm faridhatol kuli muslim.” This Hadith means: “Attainment of knowledge is a must for every Muslim.”
THE CREATION OF NABI ADAM (A.S)
– his first lesson from Allah S.W.T
When Nabi Adam (A.S.) was created, Allah S.W.T. said to the angels to bow down. Everybody bowed down except Iblis. The reason Iblis refused to bow down was because he said that Nabi Adam (A.S.) was made of clay and he was made from fire. How can fire bow down to clay? The angels looked at it in a different way. They looked at the inside of Nabi Adam (A.S.) because Allah S.W.T. gave knowledge to Nabi Adam (A.S.)
In the Holy Qur’an, Allah S.W.T. says in Sura 2, verses 31-34:
“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. They said: Glory be to thee! We have no knowledge but that which Thou hast taught us; surely Thou art the knowing, the wise. 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 unseen in the heavens and the earth and (that) I know what you reveal and what you hide? And when We said to the angels: “Prostrate before Adam”; so they prostrated, except for Iblees. He refused and was arrogant and became of the disbelievers.”