Knowledge is the Goodness of this World

Al-Hasan said regarding the verse [al-Baqarah 2:201], “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good!”: It is knowledge and worship; “and in the Hereafter that which is good”: It is Paradise. Ibn al-Qayyim said, This is from the best explanations of this verse. Indeed, the greatest of the goodness of this world is beneficial knowledge and good actions. [Miftah dar as-Sa’ada Vol 1/102/397] Because of the importance of knowledge, Allah commanded His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to seek more of it. Allah says, “and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’” [Ta-Ha 20:114] Ibn Hajar commented that this is a clear proof of the excellence of knowledge. This is because Allah did not order the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to request for an increase in anything except for knowledge. [Fath al-Bari 1/141]