Importance of learning
People are enemy of what they do not know.
Amirul Momineen Ali (a.s.) says in Nahjul Balagha:
“One who claims (verbally) and says that I am hopeful of the Mercy of Allah, is a liar. By Allah if his claim is genuine then why is his sincerity not reflected in his actions?”
Amirul Mo-mineen Ali (a.s.) was once asked about Khair (Good). He said,
Good is not that you have more wealth and children. Good is that your knowledge increases.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said: For the devil, the existence of one Faqeeh (jurisprudent) is more intolerable than the existence of a thousand worshippers.
The great jurisprudents of Islam are of the opinion that obtaining Ilm is waajib-e-Ainee so far as it refers to the matters of belief like the principles of religion and those practical affairs without which duties cannot be fulfilled; and that beyond it, it is Waajib-e-Kifaai. But a group of jurisprudents think it is absolutely compulsory even in that case for those who can afford to obtain knowledge.
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: When you notice that a learned man Aalim has indulged in the material worlds consider him a criminal against religion and do not trust or rely on him because every lover goes round the thing he loves.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said: God Almighty revealed to Dawood (a.s.): Do not make a worldly scholar a mediator between Me and you; that he may prevent you from loving Me because they are robbers lurking on My path. The least that I do about them is that I take back the sweetness of prayers from their hearts..
It is reported from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.): So long as they are not inclined toward the material world, the religious scholars and jurisprudents are trustees of the Prophet. Being asked what inclination towards world meant, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) replied, Obedience to a ruler. So beware of them in the matter of your religion when they begin to obey a ruler
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said: The angels on the earth and in the sky curse the one who issues Fatwa or opinion without knowledge Behaarul Anwaar 2: 114 – 119
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: Verily it is the meaning of faith that you must hold truth above untruth even if it harms you and that your words should not exceed your knowledge Behaarul Anwaar 2 114 – 119
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) also said: One who rushes to reply all the queries is a mad man. Ibid.
Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s.) says, Had people known what benefit learning gives, they would have run after it even if it required the blood of hearts and diving deep into oceans.