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    Etiquettes for the Seeker of Sacred Knowledge and the Snare of Shaytan
    Shaykh Nazim Mangera, ***************

    For a long time I have wanted to discuss some etiquettes about reading Islamic literature and listening to speeches delivered by scholars.

    We should read and listen with the intention of benefiting from their writings and their speeches.
    Whatever our intention is, that is what we will get from it. If we read and listen with the intention of increasing our knowledge and trying to act upon it, Insha Allah that is what we will gain. If we read and listen with the intention of criticizing and taking out mistakes and finding faults, then we will find mistakes and faults and that is the only thing we will get from it. It’s very easy to criticize destructively and it is often said that it’s easier to haul down than to build.

    Scholars elaborate this by citing the following example:
    Two types of animals are set free in a garden; one is a bird and the other is a swine. The bird will look for clean and pure sustenance, whereas the swine will look for filth and dirt. Whatever intention they have, they will get. So the bird enters the garden and finds clean and pure sustenance and the swine/pig enters the garden and searches for filth and garbage and dirt and finds it because no garden is filth free. They both got what they wanted.

    Another point the scholars make is that we should read and listen with the desire and urge to increase our knowledge and act upon it and propagate it to others. If we have no desire to increase but rather we think we know everything, then we will hardly benefit from their writings and speeches and eventually we will only be harming ourselves.

    The following example is cited:
    If an empty glass is put under a tap, and the mouth of the glass is facing down, then it does not matter how fast the water is coming out, the glass will never get full for obvious reasons. But if that same glass is facing the correct way and the mouth of the glass is facing up, then it does not matter if the force of the water is low, but a time will come that the glass will be full of water.

    If we have the intention of benefiting, then we will benefit tremendously. And if we have the intention of finding faults and mistakes, then we will find them. For sure, there will be times when there will be grammatical mistakes in the writings. There will be mistakes of wrong word usage. But is that a good reason to get happy over the mistake? That is nothing but the Shaytan’s method of preventing you from benefiting from a scholar’s advice. Being happy over a person’s mistake is either a sign of pride or jealousy- two of the most devastating sins of the soul. If we get happy at a mistake of another, it is a sign of a spiritual sickness. There will be times when your writings will be better than a scholar’s writings; there will be times when you will speak better than the scholar. But that gives us no reason to be put off by the scholar’s advice.

    There could be many reasons why your writings or your method of speaking could be better than a scholar’s writing. One reason is usually in the Madrassah’s run by Asian scholars, very little attention is paid to the English language. The majority of our lectures were either in Urdu or Arabic. That trend is slowly changing though. Another reason could be that the scholar does not spend much time in English speaking countries. Now when the scholar will speak, there might be a stutter or an accent or the pace will be slow. But that should never be a reason to ignore the scholar’s advice. It is the content of the speech which really matters. Just because a person is an eloquent speaker does not mean that the content of the speech is correct as well. Being eloquent is one thing, and being correct is a completely different matter.

    Another point I wish to clarify is that after reading an article or listening to a speech, some things might not be clear to us or go against our prior view on the matter. In this case, in a polite manner, ask the scholar that this is what I understood from your speech but I thought it was supposed to be like this. Am I correct in my understanding or not? I’m sure the scholar will not mind if we have any questions on the topic. Never hesitate to ask questions because two types of people never increase in their knowledge: A proud person and a shy person.

    Also, if we think that the scholar has made a mistake somewhere, then bring up the point with the scholar in a polite manner and discuss it. We all are prone to mistakes. Only Allah is free of all blemishes and faults.



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    وإذا لم يكن منَ الموتِ بُدُّ فمِنَ العَجزِ أنْ تَكُونَ جَبَانا
    If death is something inescapable, then it is from weakness to be a coward-!

    Lahoo main bhegay dareeda Anchal
    Qasam hai tum ko bhula na daina...


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    Re: Et!quEtteS for thE SeeKer of KnowleDge



    JazakAllah!


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    Even a Smile is charity!





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    Re: Et!quEtteS for thE SeeKer of KnowleDge

    Quote Originally Posted by hidaayah View Post
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    Also, if we think that the scholar has made a mistake somewhere, then bring up the point with the scholar in a polite manner and discuss it. We all are prone to mistakes. Only Allah is free of all blemishes and faults.
    true said... jazakAllah khayr
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    "O Muslims! If anyone among you worshipped Ramadan, then know that Ramadan is dead. But those of you who worshipped Allah, then know that Allah lives and will never die. Indeed Allah created Ramadan and He also, in truth, created Shawaal, Dhul Qidah, Dhul Hijjah, and all the rest of the Months..."

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    Re: Et!quEtteS for thE SeeKer of KnowleDge

    I recommed a book named 'The Book of Knowledge' By Uthaymeen.

    I have got it and it is really good!
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    The path is long but I hope we meet,
    After the grave and the Day, in paradise in bliss upon a reclined seat.

    A traveler traveling - travelled from shirk to tawheed,
    If I'm remembered for anything - let it be the Mercy I seek.

    Your Bro. Abu Hurayra, al-Habeshi

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    Re: Et!quEtteS for thE SeeKer of KnowleDge

    ^^^

    That book is excellent. I wonder if part two is out yet?

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    Re: Et!quEtteS for thE SeeKer of KnowleDge

    jazakillah

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    Re: Etiquettes for the Seeker of Knowledge

    alhumdulillah.............dat was very informative!

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    Re: Etiquettes for the Seeker of Knowledge

    Al-Mu'minah, wow there's a part 2 for Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah's) book?

    I strongly agree that book is a gem maasha'Allaah!
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    ليس من مات استراحا بميت * انما الميت ميتة اﻻحياء

    انما الميت من يعيش كئيبا * كاسفا باله قليل الرجاء

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    Re: Etiquettes for the Seeker of Knowledge

    jazakallah khair
    sisters and brothers do pray for me tht an eagerness to gain knwledge takes birth in me
    Etiquettes for the Seeker of Knowledge

    1. The Believers; men

      And women, are protectors,

      One of another; they enjoin

      What is just, and forbid

      What is evil; they observe

      Regular prayers, pay

      Zakat and obey

      Allah and His Messenger

      On them will Allah pour

      His mercy; for Allah

      Is Exhalted in power, Wise.

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    Re: Etiquettes for the Seeker of Knowledge

    salaam
    also, 'the etiquettes of seeking knowledge' by Shaikh Bakr Abu Zaid is an excellent book. i find it extremely helpful, especially when im at my boarding school.
    wassalaam

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    Re: Etiquettes for the Seeker of Knowledge

    as a knowledge seeker, the ettiquettes is a must... so we get hidayah from Allah, and barakah fil ilm, insha Allah...


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