20 Prophet Muhammad Quotes and Hadith about Seeking Knowledge

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Here are 20 amazing Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Quotes and Hadith about Seeking Knowledge. Often a basic question comes to our minds like “When Prophet Muhammad motivated muslims to seek knowledge, did he also mean to gain worldly/ academic knowledge or the focus was just on gaining islamic knowledge?”

The Real Meaning of Knowledge

Firstly, there is no concept of “I’m studying deen (religious knowledge) or I’m studying dunya (worldly knowledge)”, both are the subjects of Islam. So whatever you’re studying, you’re getting Islamic Knowledge.

Secondly, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Quotes and Hadith about knowledge are only for the Quran and Sunnah students. It means, the told reward and protocol of angels will be only given to those who will strive to understand the Quran and Sunnah. Why? because learning Quran and Sunnah means you’re learning the knowledge that came from far beyond the skies, that bestowed from the unseen world, the words of God Almighty himself and His guidance through His prophet. it’s a mighty honour boys and girls!

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20 Prophet Muhammad Quotes and Hadith about Seeking Knowledge

1. “Whoever travels a path to seek knowledge, Allah will make the path to paradise easy for him.” – Prophet Muhammad

2. “There is no one who goes out of his house in order to seek knowledge, but the angels lower their wings in approval of his actions.” – Prophet Muhammad

3. “The example of the one who seeks knowledge but does not share it with others, is like a person who collects treasure but does not spend it (in Allah’s way).” – Prophet Muhammad

4. “Whoever follows a path in pursuit of Knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a path to paradise. No people gather in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the book of Allah or teaching it to one another, but the angels will surround them, tranquility will descend upon them, mercy will envelop them and Allah will mention them to those who are with Him” – Prophet Muhammad

5. “The most excellent of you is the one who learns the Quran and teaches it.” -Prophet Muhammad

6. “Do not wish to be like anyone except in two cases: A person whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (knowledge of Quran and Sunnah) and he acts upon it and teaches it to others.” – Prophet Muhammad

7. “Whoever calls people to guidance, will have a similar reward to those who follow him, without any sort of decrease in his rewards” – Prophet Muhammad

8. “Whoever teaches some knowledge will have the reward of the one who acts upon it, without any slightest decrease in his reward.” – Prophet Muhammad

9. “When Allah wills good for a person, He causes him to understand the religion.” -Prophet Muhammad

10. “When a person dies his deeds end, except for three; Continuous charity, knowledge which can benefit others, and a virtuous child who prays for him.” – Prophet Muhammad

11. “Once the prophet embraced Ibn Abbas and said, O Allah teach him wisdom and (correct) interpretation of the book.” – Prophet Muhammad

12. “If Allah wants to do good to a person, he makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor (of knowledge) but the grant (of wisdom) is from Allah ” – Prophet Muhammad

13. “By Allah, if Allah guides aright even one person through you, that is better for you than to possess the red (most valuable) camels.” – Prophet Muhammad

14. “Whoever comes to this mosque of mine and only comes for a good purpose, such as to learn, or to teach, his status is like that of one who fights in jihad in the cause of Allah. Whoever comes for any other purpose, his status is that of a man who is keeping an eye on other people’s property (something that does not belongs to him).” – Prophet Muhammad

15. “Knowledge comes by learning and understanding comes by (seeking) understanding. He who seeks goodness will be given it and he who seeks refuge from evil, will be saved from it.” – Prophet Muhammad

16. “Ask Allah for Knowledge that benefits and take refuge from Knowledge that does not benefit.” – Prophet Muhammad

17. “May Allah gladden a man who hears something from us, so he conveys it as he heard it. Perhaps the one whom he conveyed is more understanding than the one who heard it.” – Prophet Muhammad

18. “Convey to the people even if were a single sentence, and tell others the stories of Bani Israel for it is not sinful to do so. And whoever tells a lie on me intentionally, will surely takes his place in the fire.” -Prophet Muhammad

19. “The virtue of the scholar over the worshiper is like my virtue over the least of you. Indeed Allah, His angels, the inhabitants of the heavens and earth – even the ant in his hole, even the fish sends blessings upon the person who teaches people to do good.” – Prophet Muhammad

20. “The example of that guidance and knowledge with which Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, has sent me is that of rain falling upon the earth. There is a good piece of land which receives the rainfall, and as a result of it, there is grown in it herbage and grass abundantly. Then there is a land hard and barren which retains water and the people derive benefit from it and they drink it and make the animals drink. Then there is another land which is barren. Neither water is retained in it, nor is the grass grown in it. And that is the example of the first one who develops the understanding of the religion of Allah and it becomes a source of benefit to him with which Allah sent me. (The second one is that) who acquires the knowledge of religion and imparts it to others. (Then the other type is) one who does not pay attention to (the revealed knowledge) and hence does not accept guidance of Allah with which I have been sent.” – Prophet Muhammad

Source of Prophet Muhammad Quotes / Hadith about Seeking Knowledge:

  1. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Muslim 2699
  2. Hasan Hadith l Sunan ibn Majah 226
  3. Sahih Hadith l Al Silsila As Sahiha 2492
  4. Sahih Hadith l Sunan Ibn Majah 225
  5. Sahih Hadith l Sunan Ibn Majah 212
  6. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Bukhari 73
  7. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Muslim 6804
  8. Hasan Hadith l Sunan Ibn Majah 240
  9. Sahih Hadith l Sunan Ibn Majah 220
  10. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Muslim 1631
  11. Sahih Hadith l Sunan Ibn Majah 166
  12. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Bukhari 71
  13. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Muslim 2406
  14. Hasan Hadith l Sunan Ibn Majah 227
  15. Sahih Hadith l Al Silsila as Sahiha 2450
  16. Sahih Hadith l Al Silsila as Sahiha 2469
  17. Sahih Hadith l Jami Tirmidihi 2657
  18. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Bukhari 3461
  19. Hasan Hadith l Jamia Tirmidihi 2685
  20. Sahih Hadith l Sahih Muslim 2284

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