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Golden Naseehah To The Seekers of Knowledge

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Golden Naseehah To The Seekers of Knowledge

Post by Ithar Ghada Faied on Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:18 pm



Bismillaah, wal-hamdulilaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu 'alaa rasoolillaah, As Salamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuh

by Shaykh Fahad Al Fuhayd حفظه الله
on November 19th, 2005
http://albaseerah.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3163

Do not be Lackadaisical or Lazy

Also, be aware of being lackadaisical or lazy. Don't leave off acting upon that which you know, or acting upon that which Allaah سبحانه وتعالى has taught you.

These are the things and guidelines which we all need to take advantage of, and implement while we are seeking knowledge: We should not envy one another, we should not be arrogant, and we should not be proud because of that which Allah has given us. We should not be hasty, rather we have to be gentle and patient, and we should act upon that which Allah has taught us. Indeed this is the path of the scholars from the past as well as those in the present time; we have to follow their path in seeking knowledge.


Have Respect for the Scholars

From the major mistakes that many people fall into while seeking knowledge is that they show no respect for the People of Knowledge. They show no respect to the scholars of this Deen. Perhaps they may differ with the People of Knowledge on an issue and they take that which they think is right; this is a great danger upon them. Undoubtedly, this is a fatal disease which we should all be aware of. Rather, while seeking knowledge we have to show respect and have good manners with the People of Knowledge.

I will mention to you a book which will be of great benefit to you in learning the Adaab, the good etiquette that the Student of Knowledge should have when learning from the Scholars. It is the book Hilyatu-Taalibil 'Ilm (The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge) by Shaykh Bakr Ibn 'Abdullaah Abu Zayd حفظه الله. This book has been explained by our beloved Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al 'Uthaymeen (رحمه الله تعالى). It is available on cassette and now it may also found as a book.


Have Good Manners and Etiquette

Therefore, we have to learn manners and good etiquette. Learning etiquette and having an understanding of good manners while seeking knowledge was from the ways of the Salaf and they were diligent in learning etiquette while they were seeking knowledge. One of the people of knowledge said that he heard Imaam Ahmad رحمه الله تعالى saying that the people should learn Aadaab (etiquette) while they are seeking knowledge. Another person said that he stayed with Imaam Ahmad رحمه الله learning from him for four years, and he didn't ask Imaam Ahmad except one or two times out of esteem for him. So it is from good manners that we should be moderate. We should not be from those people who do not pay attention to these things, nor show respect to the People of Knowledge. Neither should we be from those who mix between having good etiquette and being diligent but not asking the People of Knowledge and the likes of this. Therefore, it is very important upon the Student of Knowledge to seek knowledge while displaying and learning the etiquette of seeking knowledge and dealing with the People of Knowledge.


Prepare, Review and Try to Memorize the Texts to be Studied

With respect to the Mutoon (texts) which you are about to study with the Mashaayikh, (Noble Scholars) then you must read them, prepare them, and check them before the classes. Read them once or twice and try to understand them. First try to have a general idea of the text, then while the Shaykh is giving the explanation pay attention to what he says. Then after the class, review your notes; review what the Shaykh said. Following that, you may take a notebook and write down the things which you still have a problem understanding in order to ask the Shaykh these things at the next class.

Likewise, from the things that are going to help you attain great benefit from these classes is reviewing the class with your brothers so that you can check with them what you may have missed.

Also, what will help you benefit greatly from these classes is trying to memorize the text of the books if possible.


Organize Your Time

Additionally, organize your days i.e. organize your time in a day. Allocate time for the Qur'an - memorizing, reciting, and contemplating it; time for the hadeeth of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم – memorizing, reviewing and trying to understanding them; and time for reviewing the texts and classes that you have with the noble scholars.


Supplicate to Allah

Also make du’a and supplicate to Allah سبحانه وتعالى to grant you beneficial knowledge, as Allah سبحانه وتعالى gave this command to the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم (who is the best of all creation) when He said:

وَقُل رَّبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْمًا
{..and say: “O my Lord increase me in knowledge." } [TaaHaa 20:114]

So ask Allah to grant you beneficial knowledge and righteous actions.

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