Teaching the Learner, the Methodology of Learning is a book written by Burhan ad-Deen az-Zarnooji. Like Ibn Jama’ah, Burhan ad-Deen az-Zarnooji was from the 6th Century. He was from a place called Zarnooj in Turkistan. This book is his only work that has been discovered.
You can find the Arabic PDF version of this book here
All praise be to Allaah Who favored the Children of Adam with knowledge and action over the rest of the world. And may peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad, the master of the Arabs and non-Arabs, and upon his family and companions from whom knowledge and wisdom spring.
And what follows:
I have observed that many seekers of knowledge in our time work hard towards knowledge but do not attain it (i.e. they are deprived from its benefits and fruits, which are gained by acting upon it and spreading it). This is because they mistake its path and abandon its conditions, and whomsoever mistakes the path will be misled and fail to reach his objective, be it little or great. Therefore, I desired to elucidate the methodology of learning according to what I have seen in books or heard from my learned and wise teachers.
Shaikh Hasan Bukhaari commented on this book, saying
- The fruits and benefits of knowledge are not a certificate which you get or a test which you pass. Rather, it is acting upon what you learn and teaching it to others.
- Whoever does not enter from the right gate to knowledge will not reach his goal. Knowledge has one way of entry and that is by taking care of its manners. If you lack manners, you will not reach your goal.
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