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Seeking ilm from one who claims salafiyyah, but sits with ahlul bid’ah


Question:

What is the ruling of seeking Ilm (knowledge) from someone who claims to be a Salafi? What he teaches is according to the Manhaj (methodology), deriving rulings from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah with the understanding of the Salaf. However, outside the class he mixes with Ahlul Bid’ah, Hizbees (partisans) and the likes of them and make Da’wah videos and so forth. Are we still allowed to seek knowledge from this kind of person?

Answer:
Bismillaah, alhamdulillahi wassalatu wassalaamu alaa rasoolillahi wa ala’ aalihi wasallam, amma ba’ad

No, it is not allowed for you to seek knowledge from this person. As per your account of him above, he seems to display signs of clear Nifaaq (hypocrisy). So how do you seek knowledge from such people who display the characteristics of the Munafiqun (hypocrites)? It is from one of the principles of Salafiyyah that we boycott Ahlul Bid’ah and Ahlul Hawaa (people of desires), for the sake of protection of our Religion and to have Istiqaamah (steadfastness/uprightness) upon the Right Path. Hence, we do not call such a person a Salafi, if he mixes and cooperates with Ahlul Baatil (people who are wrong), as this is against the Manhaj that he teaches.

The following Aayah and Tafseer (exegesis) show that it is upon us to keep away from those who mock the Verses of Allaah through their Bid’ah and the others from the innovators:

وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ الَّذِينَ يَخُوضُونَ فِي آيَاتِنَا فَأَعْرِضْ عَنْهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ ۚ وَإِمَّا يُنسِيَنَّكَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَلَا تَقْعُدْ بَعْدَ الذِّكْرَىٰ مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
”And when you (Muhammad SAW) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Quran) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaitan (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.).” [Surah al Anaam (6), Aayah 68]

As Shawkani رحمه الله said in his Tafseer, Faidh ul Qadeer, regarding this Aayah:
“This Aayah is a big advice for those who allow mixing with the people of innovations who change the Speech of Allaah and they play with His Book and the Sunnah of the Prophet and they give a false interpretations for them (Kitaab and the Sunnah). So if you could not forbid the evil at least do not involve in it …. Hence, (from this Aaayah) we know that mixing with the people of innovations is more and more evil then mixing with the sinners …..”

Also Ibnul Arabi al Maaliki said under this Aayah in his book, Tafseer Aayaatul Ahkaam, regarding this Aayah:
“This Aayah is an evidence for the prohibition of sitting with Ahlul Munkar (People of evil, i.e People of innovations)”

Moreover, the following Hadith is a warning to those who cooperate with Ahlul Bid’ah:
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ قَالَتْ تَلاَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم هَذِهِ الآيَةَ ‏{‏هُوَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ‏}‏ إِلَى قَوْلِهِ ‏{‏أُولُو الأَلْبَابِ‏}‏ قَالَتْ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ فَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ الَّذِينَ يَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ، فَأُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ سَمَّى اللَّهُ، فَاحْذَرُوهُمْ

Narrated `Aisha رضى الله عنها: Allah’s Apostle recited the Verse:– “It is He who has sent down to you the Book. In it are Verses that are entirely clear, they are the foundation of the Book, others not entirely clear. So as for those in whose hearts there is a deviation (from the Truth ). follow thereof that is not entirely clear seeking affliction and searching for its hidden meanings; but no one knows its hidden meanings but Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: “We believe in it (i.e. in the Qur’an) the whole of it (i.e. its clear and unclear Verses) are from our Lord. And none receive admonition except men of understanding.” (3.7) Then Allah’s Apostle said, “If you see those who follow thereof that is not entirely clear, then they are those whom Allah has named [as having deviation (from the Truth)] ‘So beware of them.”
[Sahih al Bukhari Vol. 6, Book 60, Hadith 70]

Furthermore, there are numerous statements of the Salaf regarding the the issue of sitting and mixing with Ahlul Bid’ah. Some of them are as follows:

Muhammad Ibn Sereen (d.110H) said, “This knowledge is a matter of deen, so be careful who you take your deen from.“
[Sahih Muslim]

Abu Qilaabah (d.140H) said, “Do not sit with the people of innovation, because I do not feel secure that they will not drown you in their misguidance and make part of what you used to know, unclear to you!!!”
[Bayhaqee in Al-I’tiqaad; Abdullah ibn Ahmed in As-Sunnah]

Imaam Maalik (d.179H) said, “How evil are the people of innovation, we do not give them salaam.”
[Reported by Al-Baghawee in Sharhus-Sunnah, 1/234]

Qaadee Aboo Ya’laa (d.333H) said, “There is concensus (Ijmaa’) among the Sahaabah and the Taabi’een as regards dissociating and cutting-off from the Innovators.”
[Hajarul-Mubtadi, p. 32]

Al-Qurtubee (d.671H) said, “And when avoiding the people of sin has been established, as we have just explained, then avoiding the People of Innovations and Desires is foremost (i.e., more befitting).”
[Tafseerul-Qurtubee, 5/418]

Al-Baghawee (d.535H) said, “And the Sahaabah, the Taabi’een, their successors and the Scholars of the Sunnah passed away while they were upon this, united and unanimously agreed upon having enmity towards the People of Innovation and fleeing from them.”
[Sharhus-Sunnah, 1/227]

Ibn Qudaamah (d.620H) said, “The Salaf used to forbid sitting with the People of Innovations, looking into their books and listening to their words.”
[Al-Aadaabus-Shareah, 1/263]

Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad (d.187H) said, “I met the best of people, all of them people of the Sunnah and they used to forbid accompanying the people of innovation.”
[Reported by Al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usoolil-I’tiqaad, no. 267]

Ibraheem Ibn Maysarah (d.132H) said, “Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islam.”
[Reported by Al-Laalikaa’ee, 1/39]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (d.161H) said, “Whoever listens to an innovator has left the protection of Allaah and is entrusted with the innovation.”
[Reported by Aboo Nu’aym in Al-Hilyah, 7/26 and Ibn Battah, no. 444]

Al-Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad (d.187H) said, “Whoever sits with a person of innovation, then beware of him and whoever sits with a person of innovation has not been given wisdom. I love that there was a fort of iron between me and a person of innovation. That I eat with a Jew and a Christian is more beloved to me than that I eat with a person of innovation.” [Reported by Al-Laalikaa’ee, no. 1149]

Al-Layth Ibn Sa’d (d.175H) said, “If I saw a person of desires (i.e., innovations) walking upon the water I would not accept from him.” So Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee then said, “He (Al-Layth) has fallen short. If I saw him walking in the air I would not accept from him.”
[Reported by As-Suyooti in Al-Amr Bil-Ittibaa’ Wan-Nahee ‘Anil-Ibtidaa’]

Wallaahu ta’ala A’lm
Answered by Ahmad Banajah Hafidahullah

Blessings of Seeking Knowledge


talibul-ilm“Knowledge is power.”

How many times in our lives have we heard this phrase? How many times have our parents, teachers, elders stated this same thing over and over again? This quote by Sir Francis Bacon emphasizes that when you have knowledge, you have authority. It alludes to the fact that there is something about acquiring knowledge that gives you a controlling influence. But more importantly, this is a non-Muslim phrase which has only been around since 1597.

The teachings of religion of Islam came to us well over 1400 years ago. From the beginning of revelation, there was an emphasis on seeking and acquiring knowledge. I remind you that the first words of revelation were “Read!”

Recite in the name of your Lord who created.” [Qur’an, 96:1]

The intention of this article is not so much to remind you the importance of seeking knowledge. It is assumed that we know as Muslims that we have been commanded to seek knowledge.

The quest for knowledge is a compulsion on every Muslim. [Hadith Hassan]

Note: The knowledge referred to above is knowledge in deen because that is the only knowledge that is wajib (compulsory).

The main goal of this article is to motivate you to continue to seek Islamic knowledge, and to encourage you to take joy and pride in doing this act of worship, because we can understand from various Qur’anic statements and ahadith (statements of the Prophet ﷺ) that there are definite returns for these efforts in the form of rewards and blessings from Allah.

Raised Status and Rank

58:11

“Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees.” [Qur’an, 58:11]

Let us take a hypothetical scenario where you work for a reputable company. One day your boss entices you with a promotion upon completion of a certain project under your lead. I guarantee you would put your heart and soul into getting that promotion. Well, Allah wants to give you a promotion, not just in this dunya but in Jannah (Paradise)! Scholars agree that the term “high ranks” in this statement refers to bounties in this world and the Hereafter. Just because the promises of Jannah are intangible at the moment should not allow us to ignore such a huge blessing of seeking knowledge. We have to believe in the ayat (verses, signs) of our Lord.

Superiority over all beings

“And He taught Adam the names – all of them. Then He showed them to the angels and said, ‘Inform Me of the names of these, if you are truthful.’ They said, ‘Exalted are You; we have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Indeed, it is You who is the Knowing, the Wise.’ He said, ‘O Adam, inform them of their names.’ And when he had informed them of their names, He said, ‘Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.’ And [mention] when We said to the angels, ‘Prostrate before Adam’; so they prostrated…” [Qur’an, 2:31-34].

When Allah taught Adam (`alayhi assalam – peace be upon him) the names of all things, He asked the angels and Iblis (who had reached the level of angels) to prostrate to Adam (as). I remind you that angels are pure creations of Allah. They are made of light, are in complete obedience to Him and are doing tasbih (glorifying Allah) at all times. Such a pure creation of Allah was commanded to show respect to our ancestor Adam (as), who was made of clay and was prone to sinning. This prostration was performed as a form of respect and took place based on one and only one factor: knowledge.

In one of Michelle Obama’s speeches at an all-girls’ high school, she told the students that she was where she was only because of education. Even in this dunya, the way to gain superiority over other human beings is through knowledge – you get a better income, you enjoy a more luxurious lifestyle, you have a higher reputation in the society. But to be higher in front of Allah you have to be knowledgeable in your deen, and this is how you will truly become superior to all other creations of Allah.

Scholars truly understand the Qur’an

29:43

“And these examples We present to the people, but none will understand them except those of knowledge.” [Qur’an, 29:43]

Scholars agree that this ayah is actually referring to all people of knowledge (and not just the scholars). People of knowledge who read, learn, and understand the Qur’an are the ones who truly comprehend the parables it contains. The parables mentioned in the Qur’an are important in telling us which actions are harmful to our akhira (Hereafter) and hence should be avoided. They also guide us in which actions are more rewarding than others, so that we can strive to do them.

Sign of Allah’s love for a person

“Whosoever Allah wishes good for, He gives him understanding (fiqh) of the Religion.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

As children we are always looking for signs of love from our parents. If a parent buys gifts for their child, the child is assured that their parents love them. Love and compassion from parents makes a child feel happy and special. Allah tells us through the Prophet ﷺ that if He loves us, He gives us understanding of the religion of Islam. The difference is that the love of Allah is far greater than anybody else’s love. Acquiring the love of Allah is the ultimate goal of this life.

However, this love does not come without striving, trying hard and putting in a lot of effort. You have to earn the love of Allah by striving to gain Islamic knowledge – even if there are not many resources around you, even if the knowledge seems hard to retain, even if there are many distractions around you.

Statement of Imam Shafi’i

“After the obligatory deeds, nothing is more beloved to Allah than studying knowledge.”

While this statement holds the obvious meaning of how much Allah loves for a person to seek Islamic knowledge, it also a much deeper implication. The process starts off by gaining knowledge that is absolutely essential for a Muslim to perform their obligatory deeds. Once a person gets accustomed to performing obligatory deeds and does not find them burdensome, then because of the impact of knowledge, they will automatically do acts that are more than obligatory.

Let us take an example of a sister who finds is hard to pray two sunnah rakat (units of prayer) at the time of fajr. She skips the sunnah rakat, prays the obligatory units quickly, and jumps back into bed. She takes a class where she learns of the great blessings of praying the sunnah units of fajr prayer. After gaining knowledge, she makes it a point not to miss her sunnah units of prayer.

Hadith of Abu Darda

“If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man.

The superiority of the learned man over the worshipper is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars. The learned are the heirs of the Prophets, and the Prophets leave neither dinar nor dirham, leaving only knowledge, and he who takes it takes a big fortune.” [Abu Dawud]

This hadith outlines multiple blessings of seeking knowledge, but we will concentrate on two main benefits. The two main benefits of treading on the path of knowledge are the protection of angels and the du’a of Allah’s creatures. Angels provide protection in two ways: they lower their wings for a student of knowledge (i.e. they allow the student of knowledge to walk over their wings, much like a red carpet), and out of respect for the student of knowledge, they stop flying until the student has passed them. Allahu Akbar! Despite the purity of the angels, knowledge allows us to gain a higher rank than them in the eyes of Allah!

The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth make du’a for the student of knowledge. This includes the du’a of the angels and all other creatures on this earth, such as ants and all the fish in the sea. This is a great honor for children of Adam (as)! Striving for knowledge is one of the best deeds we can do to attain mercy of Allah.

Statement of Ibn Hazm (may Allah be pleased with him)

“If the learned ponders how the hours he spent learning saved him from the humiliation of being dominated by the ignorant and from the distress of having no access to the facts, and how those hours provided him with the joy of discovering that which is hidden from others, he would excel in praising Allah, the exalted, full of majesty, and would be more pleased with the knowledge he has and would deepen his desire to increase his knowledge.”

This is a beautiful statement by Ibn Hazm (ra). The direct implications of his statement are obvious. Possession of knowledge will save us from the humiliation of being dominated by the commands of ignorant people. Moreover, possession of knowledge will save us from the distress of having no access to reliable and authentic information. Furthermore, possession of knowledge will give us the joy of knowing that which others do not know. Correct knowledge allows us to worship our Lord in a better manner, a manner which pleases Him. Once we have the knowledge, we will become even more pleased with its advantages and benefits in our lives. This would deepen our desire to gain more knowledge. It is a sweet yet vicious cycle, which takes initial effort and indulgence, but once we taste the sweetness of knowledge, we become addicted!

Are you satisfied?

“Two persons are never satisfied, one who is seeking knowledge, and the other who is seeking the world.”

(Note: there is a disagreement about the above statement. Some say this is a hadith, and some say it is a statement of Ali (ra). Either way, we concern ourselves with the beneficial message of this statement.)

We have a choice in this world. We can either get addicted to this dunya, which we will leave after 60-80 years of life along with everything in it, or we can get addicted to seeking knowledge, which will reap heavy rewards on the Day of Judgement. The path of this dunya leads us away from Allah, and the path of knowledge leads us towards Allah. Likewise, the path of this dunya destroys our Hereafter, and the path of knowledge secures our Hereafter. The choice is entirely ours.

When should you be jealous of others ?

“No one should be jealous of anything except two people – a man whom Allah has blessed with knowledge and he teaches it; and a man who has money and he spends it in the sake of Allah.” (Bukhari)

This hadith alludes to the etiquettes of seeking knowledge. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is saying we should not get envious of others for anything other than two things, one of them being knowledge. Observing other people who have knowledge of the Qur’an and the Sunnah should make us feel envious; the idea is to use this feeling as a motivation to gain knowledge. This hadith does not imply that we question Allah’s decree as to why He made the other person knowledgeable and why we were not given similar knowledge. Instead, we should ask Allah to make us learned in our deen.

20:114

“My Lord, increase me in knowledge.” [Qur’an, 20:114]

Conclusion

I hope this article has served as a motivation to continue seeking knowledge because of the numerous benefits and blessings associated with it. Seeking knowledge will help us appreciate our deen, better our connection with Allah, and allow us to find solutions to our problems from the Quran and sunnah to simplify our lives.

Courtesy: http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/blessings-of-seeking-knowledge/

Etiquette’s (Adaab) of a student of knowledge


seeking-islamic-knowledgeBismillahir rahman ir raheem

The weightiest thing a person will have on the day of judgement is good manners.

Etiquette’s (Adaab) of a student of knowledge (Adaab)

  • How to treat himself
  • How to treat his Sheikh

Other topics include how to treat your books, dormitory. Ibnu Jama’ has a book written 700-800 years ago and it has a chapter about etiquette’s about how to keep your dormitory, how to treat your fellow student, how to cleanup bathroom after using it.

A student of knowledge has to become more conscious of his manners. It will open up the hearts of others.

Maqrad Al Hussien—(one of the famous scholars of hadith) — said to Imam Abdullah Ibn Mubarak (who was one of the famous scholars of the hadith of his time—also was of the level of the teachers of Buqhari—died year 198) “Verily we are more in need of a little bit of good manners then we are to a lot of knowledge”

Allah says to Musa: “And when you speak to Pharon, speak to him justly and softly, It is possible that he might be guided to Allah”

Firoun being the worst human being on the face of the earth, under the Djjal

Importance of Character is a topic of itself…

Point to emphasize here is that as a student of knowledge, it is more befitting for him to have increase in character.

Adaab with Himself:

1)Most important thing: Ikhlaas – Sincerity

  • We should be doing this only for the sake of Allah.
  • Without showing off, without arrogance, humbly.
  • They have only been commanded to worship Allah sincerely, Some worship to showoff
  • Be very careful that our niyyat is only for Allah.
  • Prophet (saw) said “don’t seek knowledge to argue with the layman, whoever does that let him beware of the fire of hell.”
  • Prophet (saw) said: “Whoever studies any knowledge which he seeks to earn things in this dunya, then let him beware of the fire of hell.” in another hadeeth, “this person will never smell the scent of jannah”
  • Suffyan As saoudi – Died in year 160 – “I have never tried to cure anything that is more difficult to cure than my niy’yah (intention)”
    • He was The scholar of Hadith before Imam Bukhari
  • Niyya continuously changes

2) Second aspect: To make sure we cleanse our hearts from every jealousy, envy, and evil feeling towards our fellow students.

  • Don’t have anything in heart against your brother.
  • Prophet (saw) : “In the body there is a piece of flesh, if it is good then the whole body is good, if it is bad, then the whole body is bad, and that piece of flesh is the heart”

3) Third – Our bodies should be pure from sin. We should implement the knowledge. Make sure we apply this knowledge.

  • Imam ash Shafi’i – One of the four Imams of the schools of thought.
    • Full name : Muhamad ibn Idris ash Shafi’i, die in year 204
    • Wake’ ibn Jaba’ died 198or197 – Imam shafi’i complained to Wake’ ibn Jaba that he cannot memorize, so Wake’ advised me to leave sin, the deen of Allah is like a light, how can it be that the light of Allah be given to a sinful person.
  • Leave doing sins and increase our Taqwa

4) Conceptualizing the importance of this knowledge – understand you are learning the deen of Allah.

  • Being serious with this knowledge out of its greatness.
  • Realize the benefits of this knowledge

5) Good studying habits – have some type of schedule of activities.

  • Full-time student schedule:
    • Morning – memorize
    • After that go over new topics
    • After noon – revise
    • Evening – research

No matter what our life is like, we can make a schedule (barna’maj. – Construct a schedule to stick to. – make it efficient, practical and effective.

6) Choose proper companions

  • Prophet (saw) said: ” The person is going to follow the religion of his friends, so be-careful who you choose as your friends”
  • If hang around proper students of knowledge, they will help you increase your knowledge and character. or at-least will avoid evil topics and acts and going astray.
  • Prophet (saw) described good friend as a carrier of perfume and the bad friend as a blacksmith.
    • Even if the good friend doesn’t give you perfume, you will still smell the goodness or even pickup the scent.
    • Even if the bad friend doesn’t burn you , you will still smell his stench and might pick it up.

7) He should try to study Islam at the earliest age possible for him

  • Scholars say: “To memorize while your a child is like inscribing on a rock, and to memorize when your old is like writing with a stick on the water”
  • Even if we are too old, at-least make sure our children aren’t deprived of this blessing.

8 ) Patience – Very important – If not patient, wont get anywhere.

  • Scholars describe this knowledge: “If you give all of yourself (money self time) you will only attain a little part of it “
  • The scholars of the past didn’t become scholars for studying a few weeks, months or years, they studied lifetime.
  • This is only the beginning. We’ve only put our foot out the door.

9) Taking of notes

  • Prophet (saw) – “Trap knowledge, ” Sahaba asked how , Prophet (saw) said: “By writing it down”.
  • Your own notes are more understandable to yourself than others notes
  • This is a hadith, not just common sense. Alhumdulillah
  • Story: Students would be taking notes in hadith classes, when they ran out of paper, they started writing on sleeves, when ran out of sleeves, they started writing on the top of their shoes, then walked home barefoot and wrote it down on paper. Look at this eagerness

ADAAB WITH HIS SHEIKH

1) To choose the proper Sheikh (teacher)

  • Mohammad Ibn Sireen – died 110 – “This knowledge that your learning is the deen, so be-careful and be cautious who you take your deen from”
  • side note: In the end its our responsibility on the day of judgement to answer for what we’ve done, even if someone tells us to do it, we will be held accountable.

2) Respect his Sheikh – treat him properly

  • Prophet (saw) said “He is not one of us who does not love and show mercy to the young ones and show respect to the elders, and respect the rights of the scholars.” [Abu Dawood, Book 36. General Behavior. Hadith 4925]
  • Love him , pray for him, and pray for his guidance.
  • He taught you what you knew, even if you gain more knowledge than him, even if he just taught you how to read Quran, you still learned from him.
  • Abdullah ibn Abbas – Took the stirrup of Zaid Ibn Thabit’s horse and lead his horse, Zaid Ibn Thabit was embarrassed that he is the prophets cousin, Ibn Abbas responded that this is how we have been commanded to treat our scholars.

3) Have proper adaab in appearance, conduct, relationship with him.

  • Imam ash Shafi’ – died 204 – his most famous shiekh – Imam Malik – died 179
    • Imam Shafi’ said:”When I would sit in-front of Imam malik, i would make sure I’d turn pages real gently so not to disturb him with the sound”.
  • Like you treat your elders, that’s how you will be treated.
  • Ar Rabi’ – The most famous student of Imam Shafi’ – “Wallahi I never had the guts to drink water infront of Imam shafi’”
  • Adaab
    • He should pay attention when Sheikh talks
    • Not talk to fellow peers while Sheikh is talking
    • Sit in proper manner
    • Relationship based on trust and respect
  • Avoid excessive jokes and laughing
    • Prophet (saw) said to Abu Huraira – ” Beware of laughing much, because laughing much makes your heart hard”

4) He should pray for his teacher, and love him for the sake of Allah (swt)

  • Shuhab ibn Hajjaj ? (could not hear name properly on audio)
    • ” When I would hear one hadeeth from a person, for the rest of my life I would try to help him out as much as I can”

5) Be patient concerning the faults of your Sheikh

  • No matter how knowledgeable he is, he is still human being.
  • You wont learn from him unless you have patience with him.

6) Sit properly in-front of your Sheikh

  • When you show respect to knowledge externally , only then will you inwardly have respect.
  • One sitting position which is obvious is not to sit with your legs outward.
  • In Hadith Gibrail, shows us how to sit -First hadith of Sahih Muslim
    • When Angel Gabriel asked Prophet (saw) about Islam and Imaan, He (as) sat knee to knee, hands on thigh.
    • This is how a student should sit

7) Speak with him in a nice and proper manner

  • Address him with proper names – “Ya Sheikh so and so”
  • Speak at times which are right

These are just some points.

After Questions

  • Imam Shafi’ studied under Sheikh Mohammad ibn Hassan al Shaibani, who was one of the direct students of Sheikh Abu Hanifa
  • knowledge of this dunya is not the knowledge which is talked about in the Quran. – its only for worldly living. Its perfectly halal.
  • How does a person deal with a mother and father who don’t want him to study Islam? Think he’ll become a fanatic.
    • Prophet (saw) said :”There is no obedience to any person when it comes to disobedience to Allah”
      • This is obligatory- you must come learn this knowledge
      • Should still be nice to them
      • Be wise while dealing with them.
      • If friends, you can pick and choose your friends, just drop the bad friendships.

Note to self: This is a test, “On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns.

(Pray:)

Qur'an 2:286

Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith.” AL-QURAN 2:286

As salaatu wa salaam ala Rasulullah. Alhumdulillah.

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