KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims should strive to acquire all kinds of knowledge and not just those pertaining to religion, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He said Islam demanded from its followers a comprehensive understanding of man, his environment and creator.
Knowledge should never be limited to fardhu ain (knowledge about the faith) but should include science and technology, mathematics, astronomy, information technology, computer and so on, he said at the opening of the national khat or Islamic calligraphy competition at the Islamic Arts Museum yesterday.
His speech was delivered by Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Abdullah said Islam placed knowledge as the foundation of its civilisation.
He said Prophet Muhammad urged Muslims to acquire knowledge even from faraway lands and from the cradle to the grave.
He said the Government encouraged Muslims to learn Arabic besides Bahasa Melayu and English.