Fudool Things

A student entered a sheikhs house and noticed something was broken and told the sheikh. The sheikh said I’ve not noticed that for thirty years!

This is known as fudool.

It means being excessive in things; in what you eat, drink, sleep, speech and so on. It’s not necessarily haraam rather it could be talking too much with permissible things for example.

Ibn al Qayyim (rh) mentioned this is a reason a person would enter the Hellfire! As they are being busied with this fudool rather than the things which are important.

Striving To Learn Knowledge By Giving It Time

A person won’t really have a good understanding of a science until he lives with it: Meaning he studies, revises, reads and learns with it. And this is at the very least 3-4 years before he gains some sort of decent understanding. So please struggle hard and be patient on your talab.

For example, one sheikh has read al fiyyat of Ibn Malik and its explanation on sheikhs maybe 4-5 times. That’s 3-4 volumes of hundreds of pages on grammar!!!

Sheikh Yahya read al Bukhari maybe 150 times.

One of the shuyookh of Mauritania studied for 20 years then was called sheikh and had understanding.

So let us stop being hasty insha’Allah and take our time and really try hard, as this is one of the paths of Jannah so obviously it requires effort!

As for those who say we have this or that, family, work and so on then it’s possible this path isn’t for you and it might suffice to learn the basics. But remember that those that Allah wants good for He grants them understanding of the religion!

How Should One Spend Their Free Time?

A student of knowledge must have a daily portion of Qur’an and he must always do dhikr. If he’s at home with a big gap then he must revise his notes and memorise Qur’an.

As Malik (rh) told one of his students who was revising his notes and then the student stood up to offer optional prayers. Malik (rh) said, what you were doing before (revising) was far better and some of the people of the past followed the view that if a person knows enough Qur’an to read Salaah then he should be doing talab ul ilm all the time; revising, refining notes, memorising, asking questions and of course going to classes.