We all want to learn about our religion. But, ilm cannot be gained without ādāb; without respect and without good, beautiful manners. Ibn Wahab, a famous scholar who was one of the students of Imam Malik says that we learnt, quoted and conveyed more about ādāb from Imam Malik رحمه الله than we did of knowledge. Even the companion Anas ibn Malik ضى الله عنه actually advised a young man ‘My Son! Learn ādāb (manners and respect) before you learn ilm’.
There is no concept of knowledge without respect.
[This excerpt is based on a talk entitled ‘Respect in Islam’ delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 10th March 2017]