Category Archives: Acquiring Knowledge
So far, in our previous posts, we have covered 3 advises that will aid a person in seeking knowledge, we move on to the 4th advice in this post.
Advice No. 4 – Lower your Wings and put Arrogance and Pride behind you ( خفض الجناح و نبذ الخيلاء و الكبرياء)
Adorn yourself with personal etiquette such as abstinence, forbearance, patience, humbleness to the truth, and the tranquility of a bird; i.e. dignity, calmness and lowering the wings (of humility), bearing the humility of learning for the honor of knowledge, and showing humility towards the truth.
Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) said:
و ذالك لأن المقام يقتضي أن يكون عند طالب العلم عفة عما في أيدي الناس و عفة عن النظر المحرم و حلم لا يعجل بالعقوبة إذا أساء إليه إحد و صبر على ما يحصل له من الأذى مما يسمعه إما من عامة الناس و إما من أقرانه و إما من معلمه، فليصبر و ليحتسب.
And that is because the position required from the student of knowledge is to abstain from what is in the hands of people, and to abstain from looking at the unlawful, and forbearance (patience, self-control) in hastening punishment if one wrongs him, and patience with what he receives of harm from what he hears, whether it is from the general public, acquaintances, or his teacher. Let him show patience and hope for the reward from Allaah
و التواضع للحق و كذالك للخلق, فالتواضع للحق بمعنى: أنه متى بان له الحق خضع له و لم يبغ سواه بديلا. و كذالك للخلق، فكم من طالب فتح على معلمه أبوابا ليست على بال منه، فلا تحقرن شيئا.
And one should humble himself towards the truth, and similarly to the creation. Humbling oneself to the truth means that whenever the truth is clear, he yields to it and does not seek a substitute for it. And likewise to the creation, for how many a student have opened doors for their teacher which he could not perceive. Hence, one should not belittle anything
The student of knowledge accepts the truth. He does not go to another teacher or seek another Fatwa if the truth that comes from his teacher does not go along with his desire.If the intention of the student of knowledge is purely for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will make him a blessed person. His suggestions will be blessed suggestions – they will be of continuous goodness. And this does not happen to anyone, it is just for the blessed student of knowledge. Everyone ascribes purity to themselves and thinks that they are that blessed person. But we do not know, only Allaah knows.
و قوله: سكون الطائر من الوقار و الرزانة و خفض الجناح
The author’s (رحمه الله) statement: The tranquility of a bird; i.e. dignity, calmness and lowering of the wings:
Knowledge becomes beneficial knowledge when you act upon it, and is unbeneficial when you do not act upon it. The Prophet ﷺ sought refuge from unbeneficial knowledge by saying the following du’a:
…اللهم إني أعوذ بك من علم لا ينفع
“O Allaah! I seek refuge in You from knowledge which is not beneficial…..” [Muslim]
Read our article on advice No.2 that will aid a person in seeking knowledge.
Advice No. 3 – Continual Watchfulness (of Allaah) دوام المراقبة
Shaikh Bakr Abu Zayd (رحمه الله) stated means in his book ‘حلية طالب العلم‘ (Hilyat Talibul-‘Ilm) that will aid the student of knowledge if he adheres to it.
The first means is to adhere to the Path of the Pious Predecessors explained in part 4 of this series.
Advice No.2 –
Adhere to the Fear of Allaah – ملازمة خشية الله تعالى
In the English language, fear is one word. However, in Arabic, there are different words for fear, such as خشية (Khashyah), رهبة (Rahbah), خوف (Khawf), وجل (Wajal) – and each term has a unique meaning. The most important kind of fear which the student of knowledge should be attributed with is خشية (Khashyah).
The student of knowledge should adorn himself inwardly and outwardly with خشية الله (the fear of Allaah) by maintaining the rites of Islam and manifesting the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ . He should spread it by implementing it and calling to it. He should lead the way to Allaah by his knowledge, manners, and actions whilst adorning himself with masculinity (or femininity), leniency, and pious conduct.
People will notice how he behaves, sits, talks and deals with others. Even if he does not command the people directly, he can make Da’wah by his actions. If he meets an ignorant person, he should be lenient and gentle in calling him to Islam. Read the rest of this entry
Acquiring knowledge is one of the best deeds through which a slave draws nearer to Allaah. There are a lot of manners the student of knowledge has to follow so that Allaah will bless the knowledge he has acquired; therefore, the scholars have emphasized the importance of following the manners of seeking knowledge.
Shaikh Bakr Abu Zayd (رحمه الله) wrote a book called ‘حلية طالب العلم‘ (Hilyat Talibul-‘Ilm) which has been explained by Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله), and consists of advices for the student of knowledge:
Advice no. 1 Read the rest of this entry
The Prophet ﷺ said:
من يرد الله به خيرا يفقه في الدين
“If Allaah wills good for a person He bestows comprehension of the Religion upon him.” [Agreed Upon]
Religious knowledge has many merits. In order to attain these merits, we have to follow the correct means of acquiring knowledge. In his book “The Book of Knowledge – “كتاب العلم“, Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) mentioned some means which will help the student of knowledge in his seeking knowledge.
3- Memorization (Al-Hifdh –الحفظ )
It is required for the student of knowledge to be keen on studying and learning accurately, either by memorizing the knowledge by heart or by writing it down. This is due to the forgetful nature of the human being. If one does not take care of reviewing and memorizing the knowledge, it will be lost and forgotten. Read the rest of this entry
All the Scholars are in consensus in regards: there is nothing better than acquiring knowledge to come close to Allaah. It is أجل العبادات Ajal Ebadah (The loftiest act of worship).
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said:
مَنْ جَاءَ مَسْجِدِي هَذَا لَمْ يَأْتِهِ إِلاَّ لِخَيْرٍ يَتَعَلَّمُهُ أَوْ يُعَلِّمُهُ فَهُوَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ الْمُجَاهِدِ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَمَنْ جَاءَ لِغَيْرِ ذَلِكَ فَهُوَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ الرَّجُلِ يَنْظُرُ إِلَى مَتَاعِ غَيْرِهِ
“Whoever comes to this mosque of mine, and only comes for a good purpose, such as to learn or to teach, his status is like that of one who fights in Jihaad in the Cause of Allaah. Whoever comes for any other purpose, his status is that of a man who is keeping an eye on other people’s property.” [Ibn Maajah]
This Hadeeth emphasizes the importance of knowledge. It is of the same level as Jihaad in the Way of Allaah, as Allaah says in Surat at-Tawbah [9:122]:
“And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihaad) all together. Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil).”
In our previous post, we mentioned the first means – Taqwa, which will aid a person in seeking knowledge.
In this post, we present the second means which will aid a person in seeking knowledge: Read the rest of this entry
Acquiring knowledge is one of the noblest acts of worship with which one can draw nearer to Allaah. Allaah made knowledge a counterpart to Jihaad in Surat at-Tawbah [9:122]:
“And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihaad) all together. Of every troop of them, a party only (i.e. some of them) should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may receive instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil).”
The Prophet ﷺ said:
من يرد الله به خيرًا يفقه في الدين
“If Allaah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the Religion (I.e. understand the Qur’an and Sunnah.” [Al-Bukhaari]
So if you see that Allaah (Ta’ala) has opened the gates of understanding the Religion for you, then receive the glad tidings that Allaah wants good for you. This is a blessing from Allaah for certain people whom He chooses; not just for anyone. Read the rest of this entry
The Prophet ﷺ said:
وَمَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيهِ عِلْمًا سَهَّلَ اللَّهُ لَهُ بِهِ طَرِيقًا إلَى الْجَنَّةِ
“Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, then Allaah will make easy for him a path to Paradise.”
This either means that Allaah will guide him to perform righteous deeds that will lead him to Paradise or that Allaah will enter him into Paradise without any trouble or difficulty.
وَإِنَّ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ لَتَضَعُ أَجْنِحَتَهَا رِضًا لِطَالِبِ الْعِلْمِ
“And indeed the Angels lower their wings in approval for the one seeking knowledge.”
The Angels either truly lower their wings expressing their appreciation for what the seeker of knowledge is doing, or they stop flying and sit to listen to the knowledge.
وَإِنَّ الْعَالِمَ لَيَسْتَغْفِرُ لَهُ مَنْ فِي السَّمَوَاتِ وَمَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ حَتَّى الْحِيتَانُ فِي الْمَاء
“Indeed forgiveness is sought for the knowledgeable one by whomever is in the heavens and whomever is in the earth, even the fish in the waters.”
We cannot enumerate the number of creatures in the heavens and the earth, and yet all of them – the ones we know and the ones we do not know, the ones we see and the ones we do not see, the ones in the heavens and the ones on the earth and the ones in the depths of the sea and in the air and on other planets – all seek Allaah’s forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge. This is an honor for the knowledgeable person.
وَفَضْلُ الْعَالِمِ عَلَى الْعَابِدِ كَفَضْلِ الْقَمَرِ عَلَى سَائِرِ الْكَوَاكِبِ
“And superiority of the scholar over the worshiper is like the superiority of the moon over the rest of the celestial bodies.”