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Virtues of Seeking Knowledge

وعنه قال‏:‏ سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول‏:‏ ‏"‏الدنيا ملعونة ملعون ما فيها إلا ذكر الله تعالى، وما والاه، وعالمًا أو متعلمًا‏"‏ ‏

‏(( رواه الترمذي وقال‏:‏ حديث حسن‏.‏ ‏)‏‏)‏


Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:


The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "The world, with all that it contains, is accursed except for the remembrance of Allah that which pleases Allah; and the religious scholars and seekers of knowledge."


[At- Tirmidhi].

ن أبي أمامة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏"‏فضل العالم على العابد كفضلي على أدناكم‏"‏ ثم قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏:‏ ‏"‏إن الله وملائكته وأهل السماوات والأرض حتى النملة في جحرها وحتى الحوت ليصلون على معلمي الناس الخير‏"‏ ‏

(رواه الترمذي وقال‏:‏ حديث حسن‏.‏ ‏)‏))


Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "The superiority of the learned over the devout worshipper is like my superiority over the most inferior amongst you (in good deeds)." He went on to say, "Allah, His angels, the dwellers of the heaven and the earth, and even the ant in its hole and the fish (in water) supplicate in favor of those who teach people knowledge."



And among people and moving creatures and grazing livestock are various colors similarly. Only those fear Allah , from among His servants, who have knowledge. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Forgiving.



{Surah Al Fatir 35:28}

O you who have believed, when you are told, "Space yourselves" in assemblies, then make space; Allah will make space for you. And when you are told, "Arise," then arise; Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do


{Surah Al Mujadila 58:11} 

Sheikh Uthaymeen -رحمه الله- said:


From the benefits of learning the Arabic language is correction of the tongue with the Arabic tongue which the speech of Allah was revealed in. Because of this, understanding the Arabic language is extremely important. But the sciences of the Arabic language are difficult in the beginning and becomes easy thereafter. It is the example of a house made of cane (the likes of sugar cane), but its door is made of steel. Meaning, it is difficult for one to enter, but once one does, is is then made easy. Due to this, I encourage the student to learn the foundations of the language in order to make the rest easy for him/her.



Sharh Al Ajrumiyah

Shaykh Fawzaan -حفظه الله- on:

The 10 ways of obtaining the Love of Allah -تعالى-, as mentioned

by Ibn Qayyim-رحمه الله- 

الأسبـاب الجالبـة لمحبـة اللـه -تعالـى-:

 أحَـدُها: قراءةُ القرآنِ بالتدبُّر والتفهُّم لِمعانيه وما أُريدَ به.

 الثَّانـي: التقربُ إلى اللهِ تعالى بالنوافِلِ بعدَ الفرائض.

الثالِـثُ: دوامُ ذِكرِ اللهِ على كلِّ حالٍ باللسانِ والقلبِ والعمل.

الرابِـعُ: إيثارُ ما يُحبُّه اللهُ على ما يُحبُّهُ العبدُ عند تَزاحُمِ المَحَبَّتَيْن.

الخامِـسُ: التأملُ في أسماءِ اللهِ وصفاتِه وما تدل عليه مِن الكمالِ والجلالِ، وما لها مِن الآثارِ الحميدة.

السـادِسُ: التأملُ في نِعَمِ اللهِ الظاهرةِ والباطنةِ ومشاهدة بِرِّهِ وإحسانِه وإنعامِه على عِبادِه.

السابِـعُ: انكسارُ القلبِ بين يَدَيِ اللهِ وافتِقارُه إليه.

الثامِـنُ: الخَلوةُ باللهِ وقتَ النُّزولِ الإلهيِّ حين يَبقَى ثُلثُ الليلِ الآخِرِ، وتلاوةُ القرآنِ في هذا الوقت، وَخَتمُ ذلك بالاستغفارِ والتَّوبة.

التاسِـعُ: مُجالسةُ أهلِ الخيرِ والصلاحِ المُحبِّينَ للهِ -عزَّ وجلَّ-، والاستفادةُ مِن كلامِهم.

العاشِـرُ: الابتعادُ عن كلِّ سَببٍ يَحولُ بينَ القلبِ وبينَ اللهِ مِنَ الشواغِل.

["الإرشاد إلى صحيح الاعتقاد"، للشيخ صالح الفوزان-حفظه الله-، ص: 77، بتصرف يسير].

Shaykh Fawzaan -حفظه الله- on:

The 10 ways of obtaining the Love of Allah -تعالى-, as mentioned

by Ibn Qayyim-رحمه الله- 

✅1. Reading the Quran, pondering over it and understanding it with its intended meanings.


✅2. Drawing closer to Allah with the Nawaafil (supererogatory acts of worship) after the [fulfillment of the] obligatory acts.


✅3. Constant remembrance of Allah in all situations with the tongue, the heart and the action [of the limbs].


✅4. Preferring that which Allah loves over what the servant loves when the fulfillment of the two conflict.


✅5. Contemplation over the names and attributes of Allah and what they indicate [of his) perfection and magnificence. And also [contemplating over] what they contain from praiseworthy implications.


✅6. Contemplation over both the hidden and apparent blessings of Allah, while bearing witness to His kindness, favor and distribution of His grace upon His servants.


✅7. Humbling oneself and wholly submitting to Allah while admitting one's dire need of Him.


✅8. Seclusion with Allah at the time of His Divine descent [that is befitting of His perfection and glory] in the last third of the night. And reciting the Quran at this time and concluding it by making Tawbah (repentance) and Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness).


✅9. Sitting with the people of goodness and integrity, those who love Allah -عزَّ وجلَّ- and benefiting from their speech.


✅10. Distancing one's self from any distracting means that would hinder the heart from Allah [and his remembrance]."



Al-Irshaad Ilaa Saheeh Al-I'tiqaad" by Shaykh Fawzaan -حفظه الله- (pg. 77)

Learning The Creed

By Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

An stern advice to those who belittle the learning and teaching of the creed of Islaam.

"Unfortunately, many of the du’aat (callers to Islaam) are themselves unaware of (basic matters such as) what are the conditions for Prayer, or unaware of the rules and regulations concerning wudoo‘ (ablution) and those matters which invalidate wudoo‘."

[Q]: There are some people here, who keep away from (attending) lessons on ’aqeedah (creed/beliefs), and they say: ‘We are Muslims, we are not unbelievers or idol-worshippers such that we have to learn ’aqeedah or attend lectures about it.’ So, O noble Shaykh, what is your view regarding this!


[A]: Teaching the Muslims (the correct) ’aqeedah does not mean that we have judged them to be unbelievers. Rather, we teach the Muslims about ’aqeedah in order for them to know about it thoroughly, and know what matters nullify it and what matters are contrary to it. Hudhayfah Ibnul-Yamaan, one of the distinguished Companions -radiyallaahu ’anhu - said:


“People used to ask the Messenger about the good, but I used to ask him about the evil, for fear of falling into it.” [2] Likewise ’Umar Ibnul-Khattaab (radiyallaahu ’anhu) said: “Soon the bonds of Islaam will be loosened bit by bit, because people will enter into Islaam but will be unaware of Jaahiliyyah (ignorant practices that Islaam opposes).” [3] Thus, when we teach ’aqeedah, this does not imply that we have judged those whom we are teaching to be non-Muslims. Rather, what it means is that we desire that they should be thoroughly aware of the correct Islaamic’aqeedah; so as to cling to it, and to be aware of what opposes it; so as to keep far away from it. Allaah - the Most High - said, whilst addressing His Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam: “So have knowledge about Laa ilaaha illallaah (i.e, have knowledge that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah), and seek forgiveness for your sins, and for the believing men and women.” [Soorah Muhammad 47:19]


So it is essential that a person learns and that he does not content himself with merely saying: ‘I am a Muslim.’ Yes indeed, you are a Muslim - and all praise is for Allaah! However, if one of you were asked as to what Islaam means, or you were asked to explain what Islaam is, then many of you would not be able to correctly explain this. If one of you were to be asked to explain what are those factors which nullify Islaam, then many of you would not be able to explain this. Thus, if a person is ignorant (of such fundamentals), it is possible that he may fall into falsehood without realizing it. If one of you were asked to explain the pillars of Islaam or eemaan (faith) that the Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) explained and taught, we would find that most people would be unable to do so. So how is it that a person (suffices with) saying: ‘I am a Muslim,’ yet does not know these (basic) matters!


Unfortunately, many of the du’aat (callers to Islaam) are themselves unaware of (basic matters such as) what are the conditions for Prayer, or unaware of the rules and regulations concerning wudoo‘ (ablution) and those matters which invalidate wudoo‘. Some of them do not even know what matters form the arkaan (pillars) of the Prayer, or form itswaajibaat (obligations), or those matters which invalidate the Prayer. So what Islaam are they calling to! Islaam is not merely a call, rather it is a reality to be learnt and practiced. So it is essential to acquire sound knowledge and understanding of the Religion. This is because a person who does not have sound knowledge, may fall into dangers without even realizing it; just like a person who walks down a path, but is ignorant of the fact that along this path there is a ditch, or a hole, or even an ambush. Yet (due to his ignorance) he ends up falling into the hole, or the ambush, without even realizing it.


Thus it is essential to learn about Tawheed, since it is Tawheed that is the basic foundation (of both the Religion and the correct Islaamic ’aqeedah). Indeed, no one abstains from learning about Tawheed (and those matters it necessitates, as well as its limits, conditions, fundamentals, clear proofs, fruits and consequences, and those matters which increase and strengthen it, and those that decrease and weaken it, etc.) except one of two people: [i] an ignorant person - and the ignorant person’s [view] is not to be given any weight; or [ii] a bigoted deviant - one who desires to avert people from the ’aqeedah of pure Tawheed, and who wishes to conceal from the people his own false beliefs, and those other deviant beliefs that are (falsely) ascribed to Islaam. And this is possibly the Ease of many of those who abstain from learning about Tawheed. Allaah - the Most High - said: “And it is not proper for all the Believers to go out together and fight. From every troop of them only a party of them should go forth, so that those who remain behind may gain understanding of the Religion so that they may (instruct and) warn their people when they return to them, in order that they may beware.” [Sooratut-Tawbah 9:122]


Also, the Messenger (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever Allaah desires to show goodness to, He gives him the understanding of the Religion.” [4] The meaning of this hadeeth is that whenever Allaah does not want to show goodness to a person, He does not give him the understanding of the Religion. So the one who says: ‘I do not need to learn ’aqeedah.’ It is as if he is saying: ‘I do not need to gain understanding of the Religion!’ And this is said by either an ignorant person, or one who is misguided!



[1] al-Muntaqaa min Fataawaa (1/303-306)

[2] Related by al-Bukhaaree (no. 3606) and Muslim (no. 1847)

[3] Related by Ibn Taymiyyah in his Majmoo’ul-Fataawaa (10/301)

[4] Related by al-Bukhaaree (1/25), from Mu’aawiyah (radiyallaahu ’anhu)