“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.” (20:114)
This doua is very unique in that it is the only doua in the Qur’an which asks Allah (swt) an increase in something, and that something that we are taught to seek an increase in is knowledge. Why knowledge? It seems like it’s the last thing a person would ask Allah (swt) to increase them in. Because through knowledge so many doors and gates can be opened for a person that may have otherwise been shut. A very simple example is that of a person seeking a job that would bring in a good monthly income in which a person can spend easily on themselves and others. In order to secure a good paying job a person needs a very fine skill set or a higher educational degree, both of which “knowledge” based.
There is a beautiful hadeeth the shows the superiority of the person that seeks knowledge and the blessings that come with that:
Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion.”
[Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi].