The people of the past said, there is no action on the face of this earth better than seeking knowledge; for the one who fears Allah and has the correct intention.
Some ulema have stated that the Qur’an mentions more about the Names, Attributes and Actions of Allah than it does about food, drink and marriage in Jannah!
And the ayaat that mention the Names and Attributes of Allah are from the greatest of ayaat and indeed the greatest ayah is full of information about Allah; Ayatul Kursi!
And the greatest Surah is al Faatihah which also mentions Allah and His Names.
This shows the loftiness of knowledge of the Names and Attributes of Allah!
لا يستطاع العلم براحة الجسم ؟
The statement of Yahya Ibn Katheer (rh) was used by Imam Muslim in his Saheeh:
Knowledge is not obtained with the relaxation of the soul.
When reading a biography of the Prophet (saw), the Sahaabah or of the scholars, how should it be done? Should notes be made on the important points we read, lessons we can see in the text and so on.
Notes can be made next to the text on the side, on sticky notes or at the back of the book, with the most important things you have learned. This saves time taking a notebook out every time.
Know that one of the features of the Khawaarij was their tremendous ability to memorise. This is a mistake made in a lot of Arab countries, even by mashaayikh. Just memorising is problematic in 2 ways:
- You memorise and don’t understand what you’re memorising
- You don’t implement what you’re memorising.
We say memorise as much as you can, especially the Qur’an and Hadith, but do so with understanding and implementation.
Don’t be impressed when you hear someone has memorised so much until you see that is has been implemented in them.
When the mashaayikh say, when you memorise you’ll become this or that, they are referring to people they presume have clean hearts, where the ilm goes into a safe place. However, the reality is most of us don’t have clean hearts.
- What is the purpose of following a madhab and sticking to one in the initial stages of seeking knowledge?
- Why is it better to only have one teacher at the beginning?
We follow a madhab to have structure in learning.
We stick to one madhab initially because there are many different opinions and learning about more than one, in the beginning, can become confusing. It is learning about the basic opinions of the masters of the madhab.
Having more than 1 teacher at the beginning can confuse the student and they won’t get the most from their teacher as they will be splitting their time between them. It also depends on the structure of each teacher; they will be different and this will make it even more confusing for the student.
It’s strange to see those that try to study many madhabs at the beginning, or they say we follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah only and no madhab!
Private classes generally require a lot more dedication compared to public open classes. In public classes you can come and go as you please but with private classes the teacher is giving up his time, so it requires some degree of dedication from students.
It’s also poor adab to keep missing private classes unnecessarily as the teacher is giving up their time for this and in addition to this a person must think; they don’t miss work and important appointments for anything. Seeking ilm must be given the same rights and even more if one wants to be successful.
Obviously if there is a legitimate excuse and is a one off then that’s fine but as for regularly missing classes, this is not beneficial for the student or the teacher.