Acquire knowledge because doing so is good. Seeking it is worship. Reviewing it is glorifying Allah. Researching it is Jihad. Teaching it to the ignorant is charity. Serving the scholar is a way of drawing nearer to Allah because knowledge is a path of ascension to the stations of Paradise. It is a companions in isolation and a comrade in distant lands. Its speaks to you in solitude. It is a guide to prosperity and a shield against adversity. It beautifies one among friends and is a weapon to the enemies. With it Allah elevates people and makes them guides and bellwethers of good. The scholar are people whose words are sought and whose actions are imitated. The angels long for the scholar's company and comfort them with there wings. Everything, the fish of the sea, the beasts of the Earth, the predators of land and sea, and the cattle pray that blessings come upon him.
This knowledge enlivens the heart against ignorance, illuminates the eyes against darkness, and strengthens the body. It transports the servants to the mansions of the select and the righteous and to the highest ranks in the world and the Hearafter. Contemplating it is equivalent to fasting, and reviewing it is equal to the night prayer vigil. With it kinship is united and the lawful is distinguished from the unlawful. knowledge is an imam which leads to righteous actions. It is craved by the people destined for paradise and shun by people destined for Hell.
-warathathu'l ambiyah: Imam Ibn Rajab Al Hanbali