In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…
The great scholar, Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan (may Allaah preserve him), was asked:
What is “ta’aalum”? And what is your advice to the youth who face trials due to people engaged in ta’aalum?
Ta’aalum is to feign knowledge. Feigning knowledge. It is when a person claims knowledge, while he is not knowledgeable in reality. He has not taken any knowledge directly from the scholars. Rather, he merely learned some things from books, solely from reading. He lacks sound fundamentals to build upon; he just reads things in books and proceeds according to his own understanding, likely erring more than being correct. This is a person of ta’aalum. He is a danger to himself (firstly) and to everyone (at large), since he plays games with the religion of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.
Shaykh Al-Fawzaan (hafidahullah) said, “I advice all my brothers, especially the youth upon the sunnah and the students of knowledge upon the sunnah to busy themselves in seeking the correct knowledge, whether it be in mosques, islamic schools, islamic institutions or islamic universities.
Plus busy themselves in islamic lectures and I advice them to stay away from plunging into disputes between the scholars because, this matter brings no good and there is no wisdom in entering it.
Also it is wasting time and confusing the thoughts of the students of knowledge from Ahlus Sunnah and the laymen who adhere to the way of the salaf us saalih (righteous predecessors), it is a barrier in good deeds and it is falling into abandonment of others upon the sunnah and instigating a war amongst the Muslims upon the Sunnah.
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