How does one make his intention sincere in seeking knowledge?

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgement (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).


If someone were to ask, “How does one make his intention sincere in seeking knowledge?” Then it would be a few affairs:

Firstly, by making your intention following the command of Allah; because Allah ta’ala (the exalted) commanded that when he said,

“So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah” [Surah Muhammad (47) : 19].

Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala (praise Him the exalted) urges knowledge, and if Allah urges something then it necessitates that He loves it and it pleases Him.

Secondly, by making your intention to preserve the Shari’ah of Allah. Preserving Allah’s Shari’ah is by way of education, memorization, and writing books.

Thirdly, making you intention to protect the Shari’ah of Allah and defending it. If it wasn’t for the scholars, then the Shari’ah wouldn’t have been preserved and no one would have defended it. For this reason, we find Shaykh Al-Islam (and other than him from the people of knowledge) repelled the people of innovation — clarifying the misguidance of their innovation — and we find that they achieve a lot of good.

Fourthly, by making your intention to follow the Sunnah of Shari’ah of Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). It is not possible to follow his Shari’ah until you learn this Shari’ah.


Taken from: Sh. Ibn Uthaymeen‘s explanation of ” حلية طلب العلم — The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge” by: Sh. Bakr AbuZayd

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.