First and foremost, knowledge is one of the most important part of Islam..and it is an obligation and an honor for a Muslim to understand and know where he is going. Exercising the mind and seeking the knowledge and discovering the signs of Allah in the universe is part of our worship, it strengthen more our eeman . The Prophet(SAW) said:
“Seeking knowledge is a duty on every Muslim” (Bukhari)
"It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.” (Quran 35:28)
We have spiritual as well as secular knowledge where we must gain and balance in seeking it, to make this life worth living..We should acquire as much knowledge of this deen as we need, to ensure that our worship and daily dealings are correct and Pleasing Allah and also to ensure that we have sound grasp of basic principles of this religion to walk on to the right path.
And we also should keep abreast of developments in every field that we are best, to serve Allah through serving our own people. A smart Muslim is the one who achieves academic success which will raise his status in the eye of the others and this in return will enhance his da’wah so long as he presents its sincerely and earnestly, and in accordance with the spirit of Islam( the like of our predecessors) . And this is where we will have this supplication granted:
rabana aatina fiduniya hasanatav wafil akhirati hasanatav wakina azaban naar
We enjoy what Allah has given us as provision in this life (graces), for us to use in gaining provisions (good deeds) to be taken to our final journey and that is the hereafter. By adhering to Allah’s commands and the teaching of our beloved Prophet(SAW), Naar (hellfire) will be avoided…ameen thumma amen.