Reasons and Etiquettes of Seeking Knowledge

A scholar of the past used to say, “Seek knowledge and seek in order to [attain] knowledge, stillness and seriousness (sakīna wa al-waqār) as well as humility towards whom you are learning from and towards those you are teaching.”

As for humility, this not only means that students should be in a state of humbleness while learning but that they must also humble themselves to knowledge in the exertion of their efforts to seek it.

Ibn ʽAbbās (ra) used to say, “I lowered myself seeking, and then I became sought (dhalaltu ṭāliban fafiztu maṭlūban).”

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