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The Virtue of Knowledge

Imam Baqir (as) said: Learn, for learning is protection. Seeking knowledge is worship, studying it is glorification (of Allah), looking for it is jihad, teaching it (to others) is alms, and giving it to those who are appropriate for it is proximity (to Allah).
Knowledge is the signpost of the garden. It is an intimate in lonesomeness, a companion in exile, a friend in estrangement, a guide to ease, a help against affliction, adornment with friends, and a weapon against enemies.

Associating with Scholars and the Pious
Imam Baqir (as) urged Muslims to associate with scholars and the pious to make use of their guidance and behavior. He (as) said: Indeed association with him whom I trust is more reliable with me than a year's work.

Rules for the Student
Imam Baqir (as) said: When you sit with a scholar, then listen to him more than speaking to him. Learn good listening as you learn good speech. Do not interrupt (the scholar) while he is busy talking.

Proclaiming Knowledge
Imam Baqir (as) said: The zakat (alms) of knowledge is that you teach it to the servants of Allah.
He (as) also said: Whoever learns knowledge will have the same reward of him who teaches it, and will be better than him. Learn knowledge from scholars. Then teach it to your brothers as the scholars have taught it to you.

The Imam dispraised Boasting of Seeking Knowledge.
Imam Baqir (as) said: He who seeks knowledge to vie with the scholars for glory or to dispute with the foolish or to know the prominent figures, then he shall occupy his place in the Fire. Indeed leadership is inappropriate for anyone except those who are appropriate for it.
Reference: Life of Imam Baqir (A.S.)

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