Those who listen to knowledge differ. They differ in their desires as to what they listen to and they differ in their readiness. Their hopes are not one and their readiness is not one. Rather, their hopes and readiness differ:
- There are some among them who listen to the knowledge whilst they have the desire to learn. These are the majority of the students of knowledge, and all praise is due to Allaah.
- There are among them, those who listen to the knowledge but out of a desire to evaluate the teacher or see his position in knowledge, i.e. how good a teacher he is and how capable he is of teaching.
- There are among them who come one time and are absent ten times.
And there are many types of desires. What concerns us is the one who comes desiring the knowledge. When the student of knowledge comes desiring to learn he should be in a certain mentality and spiritual state.
As for the state of his heart and soul: his intention to acquire knowledge is to remove ignorance from himself. And this is sincerity in acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is an act of worship; therefore, it obligates sincerity. Thus, the most important thing that the student of knowledge should take care of when coming to any class is his sincerity. And sincerity is to intend to remove the ignorance from himself. Read the rest of this entry
Shaikh Saleh Aal-Shaikh mentioned in his explanation of Kitab at-Tawheed:
فإن الاهتمام بالعلم، والرّغب فيه، والحرص عليه، والإقبال عليه، دليل صحة القلوب؛ لأن القلب إذا صحَّ لنفسه، وعرف ما ينفعُه فإنه سيحرِص على العلم؛ ذلك لأن الله جل جلاله مدح أهل العلم، ورفعهم على غيرهم درجات، قال سبحانه ﴿يَرْفَعْ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ﴾ [المجادلة:11]، وقال جل وعلا ﴿أَمَّنْ هُوَ قَانِتٌ آنَاءَ اللَّيْلِ سَاجِدًا وَقَائِمًا يَحْذَرُ الْآخِرَةَ وَيَرْجُو رَحْمَةَ رَبِّهِ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ﴾ [الزمر:9], فعدم استواء من يعلم مع من لا يعلم, هذا إنما يذكره ويعيه أهل الألباب؛ (إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُوْلُوا الْأَلْبَابِ)
Indeed, giving importance to knowledge, desiring it, being keen to attain it, and directing one’s attention to it is an evidence of the wellness of the heart. This is because if the heart is well and recognizes what benefits it, it will be keen to attain knowledge, because Allaah praised the people of knowledge and elevated them above others in ranks. He said in Surat Al-Mujadalah [58:11]:
“Allaah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge.”
And in Surat Az-Zumar [39:9]:
“Is one who is obedient to Allaah, prostrating himself or standing (in prayer) during the hours of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the Mercy of his Lord (like one who disbelieves)? Say: ‘Are those who know equal to those who know not?’ It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allaah’s Signs and verses).”
The lack of equality between the those who know and those are do not know are only remembered and heeded by the Ulol Albab (Men of Understanding). Read the rest of this entry
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
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
It is a blessing from Allah that He made the means of seeking forgiveness easy, as there is no one from the sons of Adam except that he commits sins.
The Prophet (Salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “No people sit together to remember Allah and then they disperse except that it is said to them, “Disperse (or get up) for you have been forgiven.”
(Reported in Ahmad)
Narrated by Abu Hurairah: Prophet Muhammad (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allah will make the path to Jannah (Paradise) easy for them.”
This is restricted to religious knowledge.
There are two kinds of ‘treading a path to knowledge’:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ إيمَانًا دَائِمًا وَعِلْمًا نَافِعًا وَهَدْيًا قَيِّمًا
‘O Allaah! I ask you for abiding Imaan, beneficial knowledge & upright guidance.’
Beneficial knowledge which is knowledge that you learn and act upon is what makes your faith continuous.
Continuous faith requires continuous knowledge.
If you stop seeking knowledge, your faith will decrease.
This supplication indicates that there is faith which is discontinuous. There is no guarantee that the faith in our hearts will remain until the end of our lives.
If you don’t add wood to fire, it will extinguish. In Surat An-Nisaa’, Allah describes the hypocrites as having believed, then disbelieved. Since they didn’t take the means of increasing their faith,decreased until it was entirely removed from their hearts and they became disbelievers.
The Intentions of the Student of Knowledge should be:
1) To remove ignorance from himself
2) To remove ignorance from others
3) To protect the Shari’ah from innovations and from being forgotten.