“This is how the Affair of the Student of Knowledge should be.”

In the name of Allaah, the All-Knowing, Ever-Capable. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Sheikh ‘Abdur Razzaaq ibn ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad[1], may Allaah preserve them both, says:

“There is nothing equivalent to seeking knowledge. Here I would like to expound on the statement of Imaam Ahmad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, where he said:

“Nothing is equivalent to seeking knowledge if the intention is corrected.” It was said: “How do you correct it?” He said: “That you intend by seeking it, to raise ingnorance from [1]yourself and [2]others.”

This is the correctness of the intention. We notice this same meaning in the story of the delegation of ‘Abdul Qays, may Allaah be pleased with them all, when they came to the Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, and he greeted them by saying: “Welcome! O people (or delegation) of ‘Abdul Qays! Neither will you have disgrace nor will you regret.” They said: “O Messenger of Allaah! We cannot come to you except in the sacred month and there is the infedel tribe of Mudar intervening between you and us. So please order us to do something good (religious deeds) [1]so that we may inform our people whom we have left behind, [2]and that we may enter paradise (by acting upon them).”[Saheeh al-Bukhaari]

This is the correctness of the intention in seeking knowledge. They said: “So that we may inform our people whom we have left behind and that we may enter paradise (by acting upon them.)”

This is how the affair of the student of knowledge should be in his search for knowledge. It should be for these two affairs:

The first: That this knowledge that he is seeking will be a cause for him to enter into paradise. The Messenger of Allaah, may peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge thereby, Allaah will make his path to paradise easy for him.”

Therefore, he seeks knowledge in order for it to be a cause for him to enter paradise and this should be his goal and objective behind seeking it. Not for leadership, authority, fame or any other reason. Rather his goal and objective behind seeking knowledge should be for it to be a means for him to enter paradise. This is the goal.

The second: To intend to raise ignorance from the people. If we were to look today and contemplate over the majority of the conditions of the Muslims around the world (with respect to the religion), are they upon clarity in the deen (religion) of Allaah?! Are the affairs of the deen clear to them?! Or have doubts and desires destroyed them and that obedience to Allaah has plummeted severely? Misguidance and tons of other afflictions have engrossed them. So if an individual looks, he’ll find that the people are in a dire need towards legislative knowledge. Thus, this incites and drives the student to exert himself in seeking knowledge so that he can return back as an enlightener for the people. Allaah says:

“Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who stay behind) may get instruction in (islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them.”[9:122]

This is why we find the People of Knowledge when they began to seek knowledge they would leave from their countries and go to those countries that contained in them ‘ilm (knowledge), scholars, and understanding of the deen of Allaah, and return back to their lands as scholars, jurists, muftis (one who issues religious verdicts) and judges. Hence, his status and affair would be raised and there came about immense benefit by way of him. He became one who was remembered dearly with goodly words throughout time.

I ask Allaah for us all beneficial knowledge, righteous actions and guidance to the straight way. And may peace and blessings be upon His slave and messenger, our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.”

Footnotes:

[1]The title of the lecture is ‘Legislative knowledge: Its’ virtues, mannerisms and means of attaining it.’

Source: http://www.al-badr.net/web/index.php?page=lecture&action=lec&lec=923

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About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

One Response to “This is how the Affair of the Student of Knowledge should be.”

  1. Sandeep Yadav says:

    Great work dear ..on knowing oneself http://sandyyadav.com/?p=1221&preview=true

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