Anas b. Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet said,
"Seek knowledge, even as far away as China. The acquisition of knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim. ”
The words of Allah’s Messenger echoed throughout history and kindled a burning desire for Muslims to reach unprecedented heights. This Prophetic directive gave birth to many great discoveries which mankind benefits from till today, such as the analytical Hadith sciences to the invention of the astrolabe. And the golden tradition of seeking knowledge still lives today. Those who we see as scholars today were once students themselves who endured years of arduous studying and learning.
Living in a society engulfed in ills, it is essential that generations of scholars are being continuously produced to tackle the plethora of issues out there. From the spread of atheism and unbelief to the widespread dissemination of ignorance and transgressions, the vanguard must be trained and subsequently summoned to neutralise these potential threats to our faith. This can only be achieved by fostering environments and cultures of education and learning.