Islam provided great impetus for the human pursuit of knowledge. The first verse that descended on the
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Was Iqra, meaning “read,” opening the door to read, write, and ponder. The
Quran urges mankind to think, ponder, reflect and acquire knowledge that would bring them closer to God and
his creation. The Quran uses repetition to embed certain key concepts in the consciousness of its listeners. Allah
(God) and Rab (the Sustainer) are repeated 2,800 and 950 times, respectively, in the sacred text; Ilm (knowledge)
comes third with 750 mentions. The prophet Muhammad (SAW) commanded knowledge upon all Muslims,
and urged them to seek knowledge as far they could reach, and also to seek it all times. Ali ibn Abu Talib, 4th
Caliph (may Allah be pleased with him), once said, “I would be a slave of a person who teaches me a letter”
accentuating the importance of knowledge. Following these commands and traditions, Muslim rulers insisted
that every Muslim acquire learning and they gave considerable support to institution and learning in general.
This contributed to making elementary education almost universal amongst Muslims. WVMA strives to further
Islamic knowledge in the community through its religious programming and classes.

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