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[24/12/2022] Three Fundamental Duties of the Seeker of Knowledge – By Uways At-Ṭaweel حفظه الله. The SalafiPublications Winter Conference at Masjid As-Salafi, Birmingham, UK.
Some points discussed during this lesson:
- The obligation of seeking knowledge.
- The first fundamental duty of the seeker of knowledge: The duties related to himself/herself.
- 1. Seeking knowledge to gain closeness to Allāh.
- The necessity of sincerity in seeking knowledge.
- ‘Abdullāh Anṭākī (رحمه الله) on the impossibility of gathering between sincerity and showing off.
- Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) on the three categories of patience as it relates to obedience.
- Statements from Isḥāq b. Khalaf, Sufyān ath-Thawrī and Ma’mūn (رحمهم الله) regarding yearning for leadership.
- The reason there is more benefit in the statements of the Salaf than ours.
- Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) on three statements that absolute caution should be taken regarding, those who were afflicted by them and how they should be used.
- 2. Purification of the heart.
- Making time for affairs related to purification of the heart.
- The similitude of the guidance and knowledge Allāh sent the Prophet ﷺ with.
- 3. Not allowing shyness or arrogance to prevent one from learning.
- Examples from the Ṣaḥābah regarding not allowing shyness to prevent one from seeking knowledge and asking questions.
- Following the example of our scholars in benefitting from those on our level, those more knowledgeable and those less knowledgable than ourselves.
- 4. Patience in seeking knowledge.
- Encouragement from the Messenger ﷺ for the one who finds difficulty in reciting the Qur’ān.
- The great blessing of patience.
- 5. Being cautious regarding those who are obstacles in the path of seeking knowledge.
- Ahlul-Bid’ah and social media “influencers” are a hindrance.
- The perils of sitting with the people of innovation.
- A warning against the deceivers who claim to be with the scholars of the Sunnah, and an example from Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله) in this regard.
- That which determines if a person is truly the student of a Shaykh.
- 6. Being open and ready to retract and make tawbah when one makes a mistake.
- Examples of the humility of the Salaf in this regard.
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