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A must watch 4 Every Student of Knowledge

A very Heart Softening, beautiful short video.

A truly golden piece of advice by Shaykh Muhammad Mukhtaar al-Shinqeetee,  one that every student of knowledge should remind himself of daily.

A Must Watch for Every Student of Knowledge.

A must watch for those who feel laziness & Idleness in seeking knowledge.

Download the Du3aa made by Shaykh Shinqeetee at the end of the video

Du3aa (in Arabic)

Du3aa’ (in English & Arabic)

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Seeking Knowledge… Just around the Corner

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever follows a path seeking therein knowledge, Allaah will ease for him a path to Paradise”

The journey undertaken to seek knowledge is indeed a beautiful journey.

Physical, emotional, psychological ups and downs, and the many obstacles faced along the way only add to the flavor of our humble endeavor. Whenever this topic of seeking knowledge is brought up though, we tend to be inundated with ideas of journeys across deserts and rugged terrains, from country to country in pursuit of knowledge.

True, this was the reality for many of our pious predecessors who traveled on long and difficult journeys in order to gain an answer to a certain mas’alah or to study ahaadeeth from a certain scholar. For them, undertaking this task proved to be very exhaustive and often too risky for the common man.

 

However, in our current situation where technology really has made the world a smaller place, we find that these beautiful pearls and gems of knowledge are actually not that far off.

In most of our communities today, there are at least one or two mediums through which we can attain sound knowledge. These range from regular classes or halaqaat (Islaamic study circles), conferences and Islaamic courses, or simply the many Islaamic bookshops which sell valuable publications in different formats. If however a community is deprived of even these, then there is always that medium which this century has become so famous for.

Yes, it’s that double-edged sword, more commonly known as the Internet.

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Despite all these avenues though, we continue to see a general lack in the Muslims when it comes to reaping the maximum benefit from the resources made available to us by our communities. 

I sometimes find that regular Islaamic classes come to a halt because the number of dedicated attendees drops too low. Other times, the response that these fountains of knowledge receive is heart breaking.

It’s quite saddening to see ourselves dreaming of seeking knowledge to a far away land – desiring to undertake and bear its hardship, but we unfortunately fail to show up when our community or Islaamic center provides a platform where we can gain authentic Islaamic education.

Why is it that we wait years to travel abroad, but meanwhile in that time, we do not take advantage of the resources available to us? Not to be misunderstood, making the journey abroad to study the Islaamic sciences is indeed a very rewarding journey and often abundantly fruitful. However, for those not able to undertake that yet, it sometimes becomes an excuse. Some claim that they will soon study abroad and therefore there is no need to attend any current classes. Unfortunately, such people often end up waiting years!

The point of all this is, we need to tread the path of knowledge wherever it takes us. It may take us around the corner or to the next town, where there may be much benefit in the community. It may indeed even take us to the next continent, over deserts and rugged terrains. Wherever it takes us, we need to stay on this blessed track and be firmly steadfast upon it regardless of its distance and length. Indeed, it is as the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi  wa sallam said:

“He who leaves his home in order to seek knowledge, he is in Allaah’s path until he returns [to his home].” [Tirmidhee, Sunan; Nawawee, Riyadh us-Saliheen]

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The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge

 


The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge

In the past, scholars used to dictate to the seekers of knowledge the etiquette of seeking knowledge, carrying the knowledge, the etiquette of the student with their teacher etc.

Chapter 1:

The Etiquette of the Seekers Inner Self.

Knowledge is Worship: Some scholars say Knowledge is a secret prayer and the worship of the heart. Therefore the conditions of worship are:

1. Al-Ikhlaas (Sincerity) to Allaah the All-Mighty. Allaah said (which means) “And they were commanded not except to worship Allah Alone sincerely.” [Soorah Al-Bayyinah, v:5]

Likewise our beloved Prophet sallallaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, Verily actions are by the intentions [Bukhari and Muslim]. So avoid Ar-Riyaa and Tasmee (showing off with the intention of being heard). Seek the Pleasure of Allaah and avoid everything that blemishes your intention such as loving to stand out, seeking wealth, glory, fame, praiseworthiness etc.

2. As-Sunnah (In accord with the way of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam)

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa said (meaning): “Say, If you truly love Allaah, then follow me (i.e. the Prophet), Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. [Soorah Aal-e-3Imraan, v:31]

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*Be adherent to the path of the Pious Predecessors: Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Ahlus-Sunnah are the finest selection of Muslims, and the best people towards people.”

“And verily, this is my Straight Path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path.” [Surah Al-An3aam, v:153]

*Adorn yourself with the splendor of knowledge: by having beautiful manners, pious conduct, peacefulness, humility, humbleness etc. Ibn Seereen said, they (i.e. the Salaf) used to learn manners as they would learn knowledge.

*Adorn yourself with honor: and that which leads to it, such as good manners, a cheerful face, spreading the Salaam, showing forbearance etc. Avoid what tarnishes your honour, whether it is your nature, speech, or actions, evil habits, boastfulness, arrogance, looking down at others.

*Outside appearance (dress): is an indication of the persons affiliation and expressing themselves. So be careful of what you wear. Your clothes indicate to the onlooker as to how to categorize you in terms of dignity, sensibility, or it shows you to be a shaykh, a person of worship, a childish person, or a person who loves to be noticed.

*Adorn yourself with gentleness: Adhere to being gentle in speech, avoiding harsh words, for gentle speech wins over hostile personalities.

*Contemplation: Think before you speak, what am I going to say? What will be the results of what I am going to say? Be careful how you phrase it.

Chapter 2:

The Methodology of Seeking Knowledge.

*Whoever does not perfect the foundation is prevented from reaching their aim in knowledge” and “whoever wants to attain knowledge in one go, will lose it in one go”. Seeking knowledge should be taken step by step. The proof for that is:

“And [it is] a Qur’aan which We divided into parts in order that you may recite it to men in intervals, and We revealed it by stages.” (Surah Al-Israa :106)

*Memorize the Qur’aan (if possible), then attend lessons from:

  • (3Aqeedah) Books on Tawheed such as Kitaab Al-Tawheed, Al-3Aqeedah Al-Waasitiyyah etc
  • (Hadeeth) The Forty Hadeeth of An-Nawawi,
  • (Fiqh) Buloogh Al-Maraam
  • (Tafseer) Ibn Katheer
  • (Seerah) Zaad Al-M3aad etc
  • & other books related to these topics as a foundation.

*Capture knowledge by writing it down:

*Acquire knowledge from the Mashaaikh: The basis of knowledge should be taken by way of dictation and acquisition from the teachers, by being in the company of scholars and taking from the mouths of men, and not from the depths of books.

Whoever becomes involved in seeking knowledge without a Shaykh will emerge without knowledge, because knowledge is a profession and every profession has its experts, therefore, it is necessary to have a proficient teacher in order to learn. If you wish to attain knowledge without a teacher, you will stray from the straight path.

Chapter 3:

The Etiquette of the Seeker with their Shaykh.

As knowledge is not attained primarily from the books, rather it is necessary to take from a shaykh in order to perfect the keys of knowledge with him. The student should likewise maintain a certain etiquette when with the shaykh. Abstain from arguing in front of him, talking excessively, interrupting him continually, excessive questions etc. Avoid calling him by his first name, rather call him shaykhee, or ya shaykhanaa. Just as you would not refer to your father by his name.

Chapter 4:

The Etiquette of Companionship.

*Beware of bad companions: People are like flocks of birds, naturally disposed to imitating one another, so beware of associating with bad companions for it is indeed destruction and prevention is better than cure. Therefore, choose the best companions and friendship. Someone who will help you in you quest in drawing nearer to your Lord.

Chapter 5:

The Etiquette of the Student in Leading a life of knowledge.

*One must have high aspirations in knowledge: Having high aspirations will attract endless good from Allaah that will never cut off.

*Emigrating for the sake of seeking knowledge: Whoever does not emigrate to seek knowledge in search of teachers and travel to acquire from them, then it is unlikely that he will ever be qualified to be traveled to (for people to learn from him), as knowledge will be gained that is rare to find in the depths of books.

*Preserve the knowledge through writing it: Do your best to preserve knowledge in written form as this will safeguard it from being lost. So bind knowledge by writing, especially benefits that are unlikely to be found in corners. Likewise, forgetfulness in frequent.

*Occasional revision of knowledge: Whoever does no revise knowledge will lose it. If the Quran which has been made easy to memorize- is lost without revision, then how about other forms of knowledge?

*The sanctuary of the seeker of knowledge: is to say I do not know (laa adree). If you are unsure of the answer then make sure you say this.

*Avoid procrastination: Preserve you life by tacking your time serious, adhering to study and being in the company with the people of knowledge. Do not be one who says I will get round to it later. Value your time now and act now.

*Completion of learning the tools: The seeker should not leave a subject until they have perfected it.

Chapter 6:

Adorn Yourself with the Implementation of Knowledge.

*The alms of knowledge: Openly proclaim the truth, enjoin the good and forbid the evil, weigh up the advantages and disadvantages. Due to the nobility of knowledge, it increases with implementing it.

*Dealing with the books: After purchasing a book, do not put it in your library until you have a browse, read its forward and index, and a few extracts from it.

Chapter 7:

Precautions.

*False hopes: to claim knowledge in something that you know not, or proficiency in what you are not proficient.

*Beware of being Abu Shibr (father of a span): It is said that knowledge has three spans; whoever enters the first span will become arrogant (he thinks he knows it all), then the who enters the second span will become humble (because he realizes he needs to learn a lot more), then he who enter the third span will realize that he knows nothing.

*Becoming manifest before becoming qualified: It was said, Whosoever manifests themselves before their time, then they have manifested themselves into humiliation. (e.g. if you are not really a shaykh yet, they do not claim to be one).

*Beware of the Byzantine debate: for they use to debate about whether the Angels were male or female while (they were arguing about a not so important issue) their enemy was at the gates of their county, then they were defeated.

*Avoid sectarianism: Hold together to the Rope of Allaah.

(May Allaah bless you to be a successful student.. Ameen).

Book by Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd
Summarized by Abdul-Shaheed Drew

You can download the full version of this book from here.

The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge

An Explanation Of Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd’s ‘Etiquette Of A Seeker Of Knowledge’ By Shaykh 3Uthaymeen

Explanation by Shaykh 3Uthaymeen

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