What are ethics?
Ethic of education and research
“The relationship between the intellect of man and Faith has always been of fundamental importance to Muslims… The divine intellect Akl-e-kul, both transcends and informs the human intellect. It is this intellect which enables man to strive towards two aims dedicated by the Faith: that he should reflect upon the environment Allah has given and that he should know himself…The man of Faith who fails to pursue intellectual search is likely to have only a limited comprehension of Allah’s creation. Indeed, it is man’s intellect that enables him to expand his vision of that creation”.
— Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Inauguration of the Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan November 11, 1985
Knowledge is a light
Enriching the warmth of life
And all may partake who seek it out.
What did God give us alone of all creatures?
The intellect, by which we lord o’er all the beasts.
With intellect, we can seek out all the hows and whys,
Without it, we are but trees without fruit.
Divan of Nasir-i Khusraw 33: 28-30
Peace of mind from the torment of ignorance
comes from knowledge;
Only with knowledge can the basil of peace blossom forth
In one’s soul.
Divan of Nasir-i Khusraw 25:26
We ought not to be ashamed of appreciating truth and of acquiring it wherever it comes from, even if it comes from races distant and nations different from us.
A scholar’s education is greatly improved by travelling in quest of knowledge and meeting the authoritative teachers (of his time).