Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once said, “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” In Islam, it is our duty to learn more about the deen in any way possible, and of course this means that our pursuit in bettering ourselves and seeking closeness with God never ends.
During Holy nights, for example Ramadan or Aushra, we are inspired by the stories of those who came before us. However, when these nights end, it is as if many of us have been unaffected by the words spoken. If, instead, we used that inspiration and kept the spark of knowledge lit, the outcomes would be unimaginable.
To continue self development and continue to research and learn is to come closer to Allah (swt) and the Prophet (pbuh). Research from Anne E. Cunningham’s, “What Reading Does for the Mind,” states that “readers tend to be different from nonreaders in their cognitive skills and behavioral habits.” Our 6th Imam, Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (as) made multiple contributions to science and law. He studied the deen and studied about the world which Allah (swt) created. And we are commanded to do the same. Only by learning can we truly grow and become successful. We must take the potential that Allah (swt) gave us and use it to better ourselves and prosper in this life and the next.