Three Fundamental Duties of the Seeker of Knowledge [Part 2] – By Uways At-Ṭaweel – SalafiPublications Winter Conference 2022.

Uways At-Ṭaweel

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation—and may He extol the Messenger in the highest company of Angels, and grant him peace and security—likewise to his family, Companions, and true followers.

[25/12/2022] Three Fundamental Duties of the Seeker of Knowledge [Part 2] – By Uways At-Ṭaweel حفظه الله. The SalafiPublications Winter Conference at Masjid As-Salafi, Birmingham, UK.

Some points discussed during this lesson:

  • The second fundamental duty of the seeker of knowledge: The duties related to his companions.
  • The importance of appreciating your fellow student of knowledge, and statements from the Salaf in this regard.
  • 1. Being humble towards your companion and not being haughty or arrogant.
  • The humility of Imām Aḥmad and Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمهم الله).
  • Sufyān ath-Thawrī (رحمه الله) on the fruits of having a good companion.
  • 2. Cooperating with your companion upon righteousness and piety.
  • Benefits from the narration regarding ‘Umar and his neighbour (رضى الله عنهما) taking turns going to the Prophet ﷺ and informing the other of what they learnt.
  • 3. Wanting good for your companion.
  • Loving and hating for your brother what you love and hate for yourself.
  • 4. Not being envious of your companion. 
  • Fuḍayl b. ‘Iyāḍ (رحمه الله) on one of the causes of destructive jealousy.
  • ’Abdullāh b. al-Mubārak (رحمه الله) on saddening affairs we complain to Allāh alone regarding.
  • Not letting personal issues pollute relationships between the people upon the Sunnah and seeking knowledge.
  • ‘Umar b. ‘Abdul-‘Azīz (رحمه الله) on the least a person can do if he is unable to be a scholar.
  • The third fundamental duty of the seeker of knowledge: The duties related to the scholars.
  • Āyāt, aḥādīth and statements from the Salaf regarding the great virtue of the scholars.
  • The creation’s need for the scholars, and the calamity of them passing away.
  • Yūsuf b. al-Ḥusayn (رحمه الله) on the fruits of good manners.
  • Statements from the Salaf regarding respecting and honouring the scholars.
  • Etiquettes of how we should be with the scholars when seeking knowledge.
  • How you should visit the scholar.
  • The appearance you should have.
  • The etiquette of walking with the scholar.
  • The etiquette of sitting with the scholar.
  • An example of the great respect Imām ash-Shāfi’ī had for Imām Mālik (رحمهم الله).
  • The manner in which the student addresses the scholar.
  • Actions the student should refrain from while in the presence of the scholar.
  • Benefits from the āyah, “…and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allāh, certainly, Allāh loves those who put their trust (in Him).” [Sūrah Āl ‘Imrān 3:159]. 
  • Patience upon any strictness or harshness that may come from the scholar.
  • Making du’ā for the scholars, being grateful for their  knowledge and spreading it amongst the people. 

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