A Sheikh mentioned the more a person increases in knowledge, the more they increase in gentleness with the people.
Sufyan al Thawri (rh) said that there is no action better than seeking knowledge, if a person has the correct intention.
Imagine a Shaykh in his 60s with the biggest library of books in his part of the world. A book fair occurs, and he spends one million worth of his money on books! Look at the aspiration and love for knowledge.
We buy cars, eat out and waste our money without any problem. However, when we need a book that costs a small amount of money, all you hear is it’s too expensive and we don’t end up buying it! Yet, we spend nicely on everything else.
When a Shaykh went to see Imam Nawawi (rh), he said that there was nowhere to sit as there were piles of books everywhere, even the floor was covered in them!
Zuhri said that Allah is not worshipped by anything better than ilm!
One of the people of the past saw in his dream that a person from the dunya attained Jannah and was allowed to go wherever they wished. He asked, how did you achieve this? They said, by attending the gatherings of knowledge!
Abdullah ibn Masood (ra) said, the faqeeh is always in a state of salaah so he was asked, how is this? He replied, constantly remembering Allah in the heart and on the tongue.
One of the people of the past mentioned, I don’t eat or sleep unless I’m extremely hungry or have been overcome with sleep. My desires are fulfilled by learning, revising and gaining benefits from wherever possible.
This same Imam became an Imam at the age of 20! Yet at the age of 50, he was still studying with mashaayikh!
The ulema mention that a person should spend their day between revision, memorisation, reading, and depending on his level, research and this is with his ibaadah and so on.
In our times, we sleep 8 hours a night, eat 3-6 meals a day, drink 2 litres of water. This is in addition to work and whatever else a person does!
Where is the time for Allah and knowledge!
Abu Yusuf, the student of Abu Hanifah (rh), was on his death and in his last moments on earth began asking about fiqhi issues!
Commenting on this, a famous Shaykh said to look at the love they have for ilm. They didn’t remember their wives or their children on their deathbed, rather they remembered ilm! With this attitude, they became imams in ilm and the religion!
It’s sad to see in our times that a person will spend time eating, going out with friends, sitting in family gatherings for hours (usually unnecessarily long periods of time) but when it comes to ilm they say, we are busy, it’s too expensive, we have other things to do!
Allah’s help is sought.
Some of the people of the past would say that seeking ilm is more important than eating and drinking! Why? Eating is needed once, twice or thrice a day but as for ilm, we need it all the time!