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The purpose and importance of education in Islam

For the importance and value of education, it is enough that Almighty Allah starts the first revelation to His last messenger Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) with the word ‘read’ and says: “Recite in the name of your God who created, created man from a clinging substance, Recite, and your God is the most Generous, who taught by the pen, taught man that which he knew not. Also, when we read about the Prophet’s life and tradition, there are many such examples that are encouraged to read books and acquire all kinds of knowledge and show the importance and value of education. For example, some infidels were captured alive by Muslims in the battle of Badr. Although Muslims were facing with economic problems, Muslims could release their prisoners and could put more pressure by keeping these prisoners with themselves, some prisoners were released after each prisoner taught 10 Muslim children in exchange for his freedom. In our Prophet Mohammad’s meeting, those who were educated and could read and write would sit closer to the Prophet. For example, Zaid bin Sabit was 15 years old, but he was writing the Revelation and was a translator. There are lots of benefits of reading books, but we cannot put all of those benefits here. Some of the benefits of reading books are listed as below: 1. A book or books can give us literal strength and teach us how to interpret what is in our hearts and make other people understand it, whether it is in written form or not. 2. Books enrich our thinking and help create new ideas. Books promote our thinking. 3. Reading books awaken the imagination as passages that are made up of which letters in the books make the readers think about them in order to search for the hidden meanings behind each letter and sentence and understand them. 4. Books give their readers information about other places, draw their attention to new and different lives, and through books we can get information about historical figures of the past. 5. Books make the reader feel empathy, sympathy and cooperation with others, through which it becomes easier to understand the sorrow and pain of others and they can feel good about themselves and other people in this world. 6. Books can create strength and power in their readers and can make someone cry and give them the opportunity to learn a lot. 7. Reading books can directly or indirectly present different morals and attitudes in a person and sometimes it can find the same attitudes in a person or awaken them. 8. Reading books teach us how to find solutions for problems we are facing with, and informs us from the experiences of Part I others that we can easily find solutions for our problems and save ourselves from the bad consequences. 9. The books show their readers the ways to address the problems with different aspects and strategies and indicate the easiest and cheapest ways based on previous experiences. 10. Reading books help us know ourselves and others well and understand the value of everything. 11. A person who reads books can become the best friend of his life as on the one hand, we don’t feel alone when reading a book; and on the other hand, our time becomes useful and we can learn a lot from it. 12. The book is the only thing that is common between us, other friends and the people. We all rely on the reference of the words written in it and we refer to the book through the strength of our words and give our words on it and we do document it. Saifullah Saee

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.