Advice to Students of Knowledge / General / Motivational / on Knowledge

Imam Ahmad’s Quote on Knowledge

“Imam Ahmad on Knowledge” _______________ Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (Allah have mercy on him) beautifully remarked as quoted by al-Hafiz Ibn al-Qayyim: قال الإمام أحمد : الناس محتاجون إلى العلم أكثر من حاجتهم إلى الطعام والشراب لأن الطعام والشراب يحتاج إليه في اليوم مرة أو مرتين، والعلم يحتاج إليه بعدد الأنفاس “People are more in … Continue reading

Advice to Students of Knowledge / General / Motivational / on Knowledge

al-Nawawi: A Lesson in Time and Devotion to Knowledge

 Imam al-Nawawi: A Lesson in Time and Devotion to Knowledge _______ Imam Ibn al-`Attar, one of the main students, servant and close associate of Imam al-Nawawi, studying with him for many years and gaining expertise in the Shafi`ite school, reports the following regarding his teacher: ذكر لي شيخنا رحمه الله أنه كان لا يضيِّع له … Continue reading

Advice to Students of Knowledge

Being a Student of Knowledge: Looking at Some Fallacies

  “Being a Student of Knowledge: Looking at Some Fallacies” ______ If Allah wants good (khayr) for a person then He undoubtedly grants him deep knowledge of the Religion (tafaqquh). Also, a person who sets out to seek sacred knowledge, Allah will lay a clear path to paradise for him.[1] The hadiths on knowledge and … Continue reading

Advice to Students of Knowledge / Islamic Themes

“Aqida Polemics: Advice to the Student of Knowledge…”

“`Aqida Polemics: Distractions and Diversions – Some Advice to the Students of Knowledge” In what follows is a brief discussion about certain groups who have a continual preoccupation with theological matters (`aqida) and make it their sole objective to denounce other Muslims as being out of the orthodox fold. They also insist on imposing their … Continue reading

Advice to Students of Knowledge / Islamic Themes

“Do I need an Islamic Degree to do Dawa…”

“Do I need a Degree and a Turban to do Da`wa? – Some Advice to Students of Knowledge” In what follows is a brief discussion about claims that only the scholars (`ulama’) are permitted to carry out the da`wa and non-scholars have no permission to do that. On the basis of this understanding, many sincere … Continue reading

Advice to Students of Knowledge / Islamic Themes

“Tackling Taqlid: Some Advice for Students of Knowledge…”

“Tackling Taqlid: Some Advice for Students of Knowledge ”             In what follows are some passing points about “taqlid” and its uses and abuses as they play out in the da`wa field. It then draws attention to the remarks from Hujjat al-Islam Imam al-Ghazzali (Allah have mercy on his soul) regarding the dangers of excessive … Continue reading