Is the pursuit of all knowledge ibadah?

by Md Nasiruddin.

The concept of knowledge, ilm, which is a value when it is pursued within an Islamic framework, is one of the most written-about and discussed concepts of Islam.’ There are more than 1,200 definitions of ilm, and almost all Muslim classical authors from al-Kindi (d.873), al-Farabi (d. 950) and alBiruni (d.1048) to ibn Khaldun (d.1406) have produced major classifications of knowledge.

In general, ilm is divided into two categories: revealed knowledge, which provides the ethical and moral framework, and non-revealed, the pursuit of which is an obligation under the dictates of ibadah. Nonrevealed knowledge is further sub-divided into two categories: fard-ayan, such as ethics and morality, which is essential for individuals to survive, and fard kifayah which is necessary for the survival of the whole community. The pursuit of knowledge for the benefit of the individual or the community is ibadah. The notions of science for science’s sake and science as a means to an end are rejected.
– Ziauddin Sardar,
Islamic and Western Approaches To Science, pp.7

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