Why is IQRAA Fard on every Muslim child and adult?

The Quran and Ahadith are replete with directives to read, reflect and seek knowledge. The very first verses revealed to the blessed Messenger (pbuh) command us to

“Read!” IQRA .

Allah did not say Believe in Me or You are chosen to be my Messenger (s), but he chose 3 key points: Read, Pen and Knowledge .

In the name of your Lord who created: He created man from a clinging form. Read! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful One who taught by [means of] the pen, who taught man what he did not know.”

Similarly, various prophetic traditions, encouraged the companions to read and seek knowledge. The Prophet (pbuh) encouraged his followers to seek knowledge even if it meant travelling to China (where there was no Islam.)

The early generations of Muslims inspired by the Quranic imperative of Reading, Pondering, Thinking, Reflecting on the AYAHS (signs) of Allah laid the foundation of the greatest contributors to science and technology when the rest of the world was in Dark Ages.

This culture of learning was the impetus for one of the greatest periods of Islamic civilisation - the Islamic Golden Age. During this period Islamic scholars flourished and were global pioneers in the sciences as well as the arts. Muslims made exceptional contributions to the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, astronomy, mathematics and architecture.

It could be argued that the Ummah’s civilizational decline began when Muslims stopped appreciating the value and importance of education. Most Muslim countries today show poorly in their educational levels when compared with other nations. Science and technology are dominated by “western” nations who have stressed the importance of education and learning.

It is high time that we, as a global ummah, realise the importance of education and pledge to rise once again as a Muslim civilisation Insha Allah.


Why do we read?

  • Perhaps you’ve heard the oft-quoted tradition “seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave” for as long as your can remember.
  • Or you know all too well that the very first verse revealed to the blessed messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) begins with “Iqra!” a direct instruction from the Lord most high to read.
  • Maybe you’ve even encouraged your children to read voraciously as means of developing their language.
  • But have you really reflected on the purpose of reading? Why is it encouraged so strongly in our faith?

Preparation for action

  • Before you embark on any action, you aught to seek help and guidance. Reading is an essential way in which can help yourself prepare.
  • Knowledge and action are thought to be the twins of faith – neither of which can truly flourish without the other.

Improve understanding

  • The more you read, the greater your understanding of the world around you and your purpose in it.
  • Reading helps you understand yourself, your world, your creator and your community. In order to live a good life, one first needs to understand the guidelines as elucidated by Allah, his messenger (peace be upon him) and the inheritors of this knowledge.

Expand horizons

  • Through reading, you expose yourself to new things, new information, new ways to solve a problem, and new ways to achieve your goals.
  • Invest in reading.
  • Readers will be Leaders.!
  • Let us reignite the flame of IQRA – start reading.


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