Indeed, Islam is a religion that respects science. Even God himself through the Qur'an exalt those who have knowledge than ordinary people some degree.
Allah will raise up, to ranks (and degrees), those of you who believe and who have been granted knowledge. (Al Mujadilah: 11)
In the letter of Ali 'Imran:18 Allah even start with himself, then with his angels, and then with people who have knowledge. Obviously, if God so appreciate those who have knowledge :
"There is no god but He : that is the witness of Allah, His Angels , and those endued with knowledge, standing firm on justice. There is no god but He, The exalted in power, the wise. (Ali Imran: 18)
God also states that only with the knowledge to understand the parable given by God to man.
"And these parables we make for man, and not understand it except those who have knowledge" (Al ''Ankabut: 43)
An 'alim is also higher than in a religious expert who can whenever lost because lack of knowledge. "The virtue of the 'alim on the expert worship is like myself on the primacy of the least of my best friend." (Reported by At-Tirmidhi).
Prophet s.a.w. also said:
"When it comes to me one day, being the day that I was not increased knowledge to bring myself to God azzawajalla, then nothing will be blessed me the sun rises of that day ."
If God himself who directly deliver the promise and privilege for those who have knowledge, whether we as His servants will still be denied ?. God gave the command, God will also give us the ability to execute the command.
God directly provide guidance to us how it should reach the level or degree as those who have knowledge, that is, in a letter al alaq: Read! In the name of your lord and cherisher, who created. Also in other verses, God reminds us to always think.