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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.


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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One student of knowledge’s perseverance

A story by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah:

…And here [we will mention] another account from among the most extraordinary of narratives, which occurred with an Andalusian scholar when he traveled from al-Andalus to the East. He traveled this great distance walking on his two legs [without the help of a horse or camel on which to ride] in order to meet with an Imaam from among the [great] Imaams and to acquire knowledge from him. When he arrived there he found that the Imaam had been put under house arrest and banned from teaching the people. In spite of this, by utilizing some secretive and artful means, the Andalusian scholar was able to learn from him… And history is replete with such strange and interesting occurrences…

His name was Abu 3Abdur-Rahman Baqiyy bin Makhlad Al-Andalusi al-Haafidh. He was born in the year 201 [after the Hijra] and passed away in the year 276, may Allaah have mercy on him. He traveled to Baghdad by foot when he was about twenty years of age, and his deepest and most heart-felt desire was to meet with Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal and to study with him.

It is reported that he said:

“When I came close to Baghdad, the news reached me of the difficult trials that had encircled Ahmad bin Hanbal, and that meeting and communicating with him had been made prohibited. I was greatly grieved by this news. I lodged where I was, and the first thing I did after renting out a room for myself was go to the great masjid [of Baghdad]. I wanted to sit in the lessons there and hear what was being studied therein.

I came across a noble gathering for knowledge [at the masjid], in which a man was teaching about narrators of the hadith, elucidating upon the weaknesses of some narrators and the strength of others. I asked someone sitting next to me, ‘Who is that?’ and he replied, ‘That is Yahya bin Ma3een.’

I saw that a place had opened up [in the gathering] close to the teacher, so I moved to fill it and said to him, ‘Ya Aba Zakariyya, may Allaah have mercy on you. [I am a] stranger [among you], whose home is in a far distant place. I have some questions, so do not disdain me.’ He said to me, ‘Speak.’ So I asked him about some of the narrators of ahaadeeth I had met, and he praised some of them for their excellence, and warned about the weaknesses in others. I asked him a question about Hisham bin 3Ammar, and I had asked and gained a lot of knowledge from him […] when the people of the gathering called out, ‘That’s enough for you, may Allaah have mercy on you! Others have questions too!’

Finally, as I was standing up [to leave], I said, “Can you inform me about one other person: What about Ahmad bin Hanbal?”

Yahya ibn Ma3een looked at me astounded, and said, ‘Can such as us judge a person like Ahmad bin Hanbal!  He is the Imam of the Muslims, the best among them and the most honorable of them.”

I left the masjid and asked to be directed to the home of Imam Ahmad. I knocked on his door, and he answered it. I said, “Ya Aba 3Abdillaah, I am a stranger from a far distant place, and this is my first time entering upon this land. I am a student of hadeeth and one who is bound to the Sunnah. I made this journey only to meet you.”

He said, “Enter from the alleyway to the side, and let no eye fall upon you.”

He then said to me, “Where is your home?”

I said, “The distant west.”

He asked, “Africa?’

I said, “Further than that. I would have to travel across the sea to get from my home to Africa. It is al-Andalus.”

He said: “Your home is indeed a great distance from here. And there is nothing more beloved to me than to help someone like you attain what you are seeking, but for that I am being tried with this difficulty, which you may already be aware of…”

I replied, “Indeed the reached me as I was approaching the city and coming towards you… Ya Aba 3Abdillaah, this is my first time in this land, and I am unknown to its people. If you allow me, I will come to you each day in the garb of a beggar, and I will speak the way that they speak, and you can come to the door. If you narrate to me only one hadith each day [in this way], it would suffice me.”

He agreed, on the condition that I did not attend the gatherings of knowledge and did not meet with the [local] scholars of hadith [so that I would remain unknown among the people].

So I would carry a walking stick in my hand and wrap an old rag around my head, and I would hide my papers and writing instruments in my sleeve, and I would go to his door and call out, “[Give in charity] for the reward of Allaah, may Allaah have mercy on you!” as the other beggars there used to do. He would come out and close the door behind him, and narrate to me two ahadeeth or three or sometimes more, until I had collected about three hundred ahadeeth in this way.

I remained constant in doing this until the ruler who was trying Imaam Ahmad died, and in his place came someone who adhered to the madhab of the Sunnah. Imaam Ahmad then returned to his teaching and his name became renowned, and he became honored and loved among the people. His rank was elevated, and many people flocked to him to study.

He would always remember my perseverance in seeking to learn from him. When I would attend his lessons he would make room for me to sit close to him, and he would say to the other students, ‘This is someone who has earned the title of Talib ul-3Ilm!’ and he would tell them my story. He would narrate hadeeth to me, and I would recite them to him.

One day I became ill, and I was absent from his classes for some time. He asked [the other students] about me and when he heard that I was ill he rose immediately to visit me, and the students followed. I was laying down in the room which I rented, a [cheap] woolen blanket beneath me, a thin cloth covering me, my books near my head [so that I could study laying down].

The lodging literally shook with the sound of many people [entering], and I heard them say ‘That’s him over there…’ […] The lodge-keeper rushed to me, saying ‘Ya 3Abd ar-Rahman, Abu 3Abdullaah Ahmad bin Hanbal, Imaam of the Muslims, has come to visit you!’

The Imaam entered my room and sat at my bedside, and the lodging filled up with his students. It wasn’t large enough to fit all of them and a group of them had to remain standing, all of them with pens in hand. Imaam Ahmad said to me, “Ya 3Abd ar-Rahman, have glad tidings of reward from Allaah. In days of health we often fail to reflect upon illness, and in days of illness we don’t remember our health. I ask that Allaah raise you to good health and wellbeing, and may He touch you with His right hand in healing.”

And I saw every pen in the room moving to write down his words.

He left. The workers of my lodge were very kind to me after that, and were constantly in my service, one of them bringing me a mat to lay on, another bringing a good blanket and wholesome food for me to eat. They treated me better than family because such a righteous person came to visit me…”

He passed away in the year 276 [after Hijrah] in al-Andalus. May Allaah have mercy on him.

[…] His student Abu 3Abdul Malik Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Qurtubi said of him: ‘Baqiyy bin Makhlad was tall, strong, and had tough endurance in walking. I never saw him on a ride, ever. He was humble and unpretentious, and would always attend the funeral prayer.’

How excellent was his patience and his passion for sacred knowledge, and how beautiful his struggle to attain and collect it!

A story from the book “Safahaat min Sabr al-Ulama” [Glimpses of the Perseverance of the Scholars] by Sh. Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah:

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