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The Inquirer

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“To rise up at dawn and learn a section of knowledge is better than to pray one hundred rakah [repetitions of prayer with movement]; it is better than the world and its contents; knowledge is a treasure house and its key is inquiry. So inquire, there are rewards for four persons: the inquirer, the learned man, the audience and their lovers; to be present in an assembly with a learned man is better than praying one thousand rakahs. The messenger was asked, “O Messenger of God! Is it better than the reading of the Quran?” He replied, “What benefit can the Quran give except through the knowledge?”


Ghazzali, Imam Abu-Hamid. (1058-1119 a.d.). Ihya Ulum-Id-Din, p. 20

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