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Striving and exerting oneself in seeking knowledge

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From amongst the most important of the ways and means by which beneficial knowledge  is obtained, is:

Striving and exerting oneself in seeking knowledge, having keen interest for it, having a true desire in which the Pleasure of Allaah, the Most High, is sought and adopting all of the ways and means in seeking knowledge of the Book and the Sunnah. [1]

A man came to Abu Hurairah (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) and said, “I desire to learn the knowledge but I fear that I may waste it.” So Abu Hurairah replied to him, “Your abandonment of learning it is sufficient in wasting it.” [Refer to Tafseer as-Sa’dee (5/194)].

For this reason one of the wise people, upon being asked, “What is the way by which knowledge is obtained?” answered, “With eagerness is it followed, with love is it listened to, with sole concern is it gathered, teach your knowledge to the one who is ignorant, and learn  from the one who teaches, for if you do that, you will come to know that of which you were ignorant and you will memorise that which you (yourself) have learnt.” [Jaami Bayaanul-Ilm wa Fadlihi of Ibn Abdul-Barr (1/102,103)].

For this reason, Imaam ash Shaafi’ee (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“My brother! You will not acquire knowledge

except by six matters,

I will inform you of their detail with an explanation:

Intelligence, zeal, striving, competence/proficiency

The companionship of a teacher …

and a long time!”


Footnotes:

[1] Such as buying books and cassettes, connecting with the people of knowledge from Ahlus-Sunnah, not Ahlul-Bid’ah, attending their gatherings, talks and conferences, travelling for the sake of knowledge and other such efforts.

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Written by islamictreasure

17/05/2012 at 4:47 PM

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