Words of Advice to the One Seeking Knowledge – By Abu Hakeem Bilāl Davis

Abu Hakeem Bilāl Davis

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.

[14/02/2022] Words of Advice to the One Seeking Knowledge – By Abu Hakeem Bilāl Davis حفظه الله. Short words of advice, answering questions regarding seeking knowledge after the weekly Tafsir Ibn Kathir class.

Some points discussed during this advice:

⁃ That which the da’wah of the Prophet ﷺ was based upon and the importance of being familiar with the texts of the Book and the Sunnah.
⁃ The effectiveness of quoting the verses of the Book of Allāh upon the hearts.
⁃ Contemplating upon our ability to convey the legacy left by the Messenger ﷺ if the responsibility was solely on our shoulders.
⁃ The importance of equipping ourselves to be carriers of this legacy.

The level of importance that should be given to memorising.

⁃ Giving priority to memorising the small texts in ‘Aqīdah after the Book of Allāh and what one is able to memorise from the Sunnah of the Messenger ﷺ.
⁃ Being familiar with and beginning one’s da’wah with the fundamental texts such as Uṣūl ath-Thalāthah, Qawā’id al-Arba’a and ‘Aqīdatul-Wāsiṭiyyah.

Things that prevent a student from learning.

⁃ From the best of the books written on this topic: ‘Awā’iquṭ-Ṭalab of Shaykh ‘Abdus-Salām b. Barjis (رحمه الله).
⁃ From the things that may be present prior to him embarking upon studying:
⁃ 1. Characteristics such as kibr.
⁃ 2. Being deceived by Shaytān that one is too old and not able to memorise/study.
⁃ 3. Not having a sincere intention.
⁃ 4. Not being familiar with the methodology of studying.
⁃ 5. Pursuing the dunyā.

Jealousy among students of knowledge who are at a similar stage/level.

⁃ Constantly checking oneself and one’s ikhlāṣ.
⁃ If a person is badly affected by the progression of his companion, he must ask himself:
⁃ How is he in relation to his own sincerity in his seeking of knowledge?
⁃ How is he in relation to the statement of the Prophet ﷺ, “Love for your brother what you love for yourself”?
⁃ He should use that as a form of encouragement and put in more effort.
⁃ He should pay attention to the fact that the race is not for the swift but those who can endure.

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