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Allah (SWT) said: “O my Lord! Advance me in knowledge.” (Qur’an 20: 114)

The very first word in Islam is the word “Read” (Qur’an 96:1), a very important and valuable word in education and training. This is the very first command given to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), a man who did not know how to read but who afterward rose up to the pinnacle of educatedness and wisdom. It is this first word that spurred him to show people the importance of knowledge and skills in life.

It is normal among people to insist on coherence and harmony. People know that differences between people can be wildering when confronted with these differences. It might also lead to bitter conflicts and discrepancies. However, it is customary among people to seek agreement from others as well. On the other hand, one forgets to force himself to agree with others and have harmony with them in the same fashion.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) considered the poor as the best part of his ummah and the fastest to travel to Paradise. Haritha bin Wahb (RA) heard Prophet Muhammad (SAW) say: “Shall I tell you of the People of Paradise? They comprise every poor humble person, and if he swears by Allah to do something, Allah will fulfill it; while the people of the Fire comprise of every violent, cruel arrogant person.” Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said again: “There are many persons who look much disturbed with ruffled hair and boggard face and are scornfully pushed away from people’s doors, yet if they were to say in the name of Allah, the same would be fulfilled.”

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