"A person who follows a path for acquiring knowledge, Allah will make easy the passage to Paradise for them."
—a hadith from the collection of Muslim
When Archangel Gabriel delivered the divine message to the Prophet Muhammed, the first thing he said was: Read!
"Read! In the name of your Sustainer, who created man out of a germ cell. Read! For your Sustainer is the most bountiful one who has taught man the use of the pen, taught man what he did not know."
This is a clear message to all humanity that Islam and ignorance can never meet. The value of knowledge is again emphasized in a verse that compares people of knowledge with people of ignorance:
Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understanding that remember (Allah's Message).
Part of the trust that comes with being a Muslim, then, is the responsibility to seek and acquire knowledge. This is a responsibility that falls on the head of each person, as each of us are ultimately responsible to God for all we've done in the course of our lives.