Islamic Manners

Etiquettes of Seeking Knowledge – I

Abu Rifa’ah, may Allah be pleased with him, came to see the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) while delivering a Khutbah (sermon) and said,” O messenger of Allah, I am a stranger. who came to ask about his religion because he does not know his religion. The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) looked at him, stopped delivering the Khutbah and went to see him to teach him religion until he knew and understood . After that, the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) continued his khutbah.
After the death of the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention), Ibn Abbas was anxious to ask the Companions that Allah be pleased with the words of the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu` alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention). Whenever he learned that a man knew a hadith of the Messenger, sallallahuarayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention), he would join him and, if he found that man asleep at noon, he would sit at the door .
He would wait until he woke up to the point of being covered by the desert sand because of the wind. When the companion went out to meet Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, he would say to him: “Cousin of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahuahu alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention), why did you come? You should have sent someone for me and I would come to you. “Ibn ‘Abbas, may Allzah be pleased with him, say,” No, it is I who should come to you to ask you about the hadith. “[Al-Haakim] Knowledge enjoys a high status in Islam because the first verse that was revealed called for learning. Allah the Almighty says (meaning): {Recite in the name of your Lord who created-} [Quran 96:1]

Allah the Almighty Judged by the very tool of writing, the pen, as He the Almighty says (meaning): {Nun. By the pen and what they inscribe,}  [Quran 68:1]

The Sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) confirms the high status of knowledge and therefore has made the quest for knowledge a means of entering Paradise. The Prophet Sallallahuah’Alayhi wa Sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said: “Whoever follows a way to seek knowledge, Allah will make easy for him a way to Paradise.” [Al-Bukhari, Abu Dawood and At-Tirmithi]

Moreover, the reward of knowledge reaches the deceased and never stops. The Prophet Sallallahuah’Alayhi wa Sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said: “When a person dies, his deeds will all come to an end except for three: continuous charity, knowledge from which people derive benefit, and a righteous child who would supplicate Allah for him.” [Muslim]

The angels surround the researcher of knowledge with their wings as Safwan Ibn “Assal Al-Muradi may Allah be pleased with him:
” I went to see the Prophet sallallahuahu alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) while he was in the mosque reclining on a red cloak of his and I said to him, ‘I came to seek knowledge.’ He said, ‘Welcome seeker of knowledge. Indeed, the angels surround the seeker of knowledge with their wings.” [Ahmad and At-Tabarani]

Knowledge is divided into collective and individual obligation. Every Muslim should know certain aspects, such as what Muslims should know about their Lord, their religion, and the Prophet. Common duties relate to the knowledge of the scientific specializations that some Muslims should learn to meet the needs of society such as industry, agriculture, medicine and other areas of daily life.
Knowledge is the path taken by Muslims to know Allah exalted as it should be known. For this reason, those who have knowledge are those who fear Allah the most. Allah the Almighty says (meaning): {Only those fear Allah, from among His servants, who have knowledge.} [Quran 35:28]

There are labels to look for knowledge to which we should adhere and they are:
• Sincerity: One who seeks knowledge should have a sincere intention and should not do so for the sake of glory or dominion. The Prophet Sallallahuah’Alayhi wa Sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said:

“Actions are based on intentions and every person will be rewarded according to what he has intended.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) also informed us that “Among the first category of people who will enter Hellfire on the Day of Resurrection is a man who acquired knowledge and taught it (to others) and recited the Quran. He will be brought to Allah Who Will Make him recount His Blessings and he will recount them. Then Allah Will Ask him, ‘What did you do with these blessings?’ He will say, ‘I acquired knowledge and taught others, and recited the Quran seeking Your Pleasure.’ Allah The Almighty Will Say, ‘You have told a lie for you only acquired knowledge so that you may be called a scholar and you recited the Quran so that people would say ;He is a reciter’ and such has been said.’ Then orders will be passed against him and he will be dragged with his face downward and cast into Hellfire.” [Muslim]

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• In search of useful knowledge: the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention), said in his supplications: “Allahumma innee a‘oothu bika min ‘Ilmin la-yanfa‘, wa ‘amalin laa yurfa‘, wa-min du‘aa’in laa yusma‘ (O Allah, I seek refuge with You from knowledge that does not benefit, deeds that are not accepted and a supplication that is not answered.)” [Ahmad, Ibn Hibban and Al-Hakim]

• Spend time searching for knowledge: It has been said, “You can only acquire knowledge if you spend all your time.” The just predecessors valued knowledge and devoted all their time to it. This is because knowledge is vast and life is short. It has been said, “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”
• Purify the soul of bad morals: the beneficial knowledge is a light granted by Allah the Exalted in the heart of his pious slaves and he does not concede it to those who have a bad behavior and a corrupt morality. Thus, a Muslim who seeks knowledge should avoid envy, excuses and all other reprehensible acts and bad customs.
• Seeking knowledge from an early age: It was reported that the Prophet sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) said: “Any young child who seeks knowledge and worships Allah until he grows up, Allah Will Grant him on the Day of Resurrection the reward of seventy-two steadfast affirmers of truth.” [At-Tabarani]

It has been said, “Learning at a young age is like cutting stones.” Seniors should not hesitate to look for knowledge. It was reported that Qubaysah ibn Al Mukhariq, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I came to the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention) and he asked me, ‘What has brought you here?’ I said, “I have grown old and my bones have weakened so I have come to you to teach me something that Allah Will Beneficent me with.” The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam (may Allaah exalt his mention)  said, ‘You have not come upon a stone, a tree or even dirt except it has asked Allah for forgiveness for you O Qubaysah. If you pray the Fajr prayer, then say three times, ‘Subhaanallaah Al-‘atheem wa bihamdih (Glory be to Allah The Great, and with His Praise), you will be healthy from blindness, leprosy, and paralysis. O Qubaysah, say: ‘O Allah, I ask You for what You Have, Be Generous with Your Favors upon me, Spread Your Mercy over me, and Descend Your Blessings upon me.’” [Ahmad]

• Work does not prevent seeking knowledge: many Companions can be satisfied with Allah who used them. They would seek knowledge for the rest of the day after returning from work. They stayed up late at night to study the Qur’an and Hadith.
It was reported that Abu Said was pleased with his word and said, “We used to go to battle and let one or two men listen to the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahuahu alayhi wa sallam). When we come back, they would tell us that they had learned from the messenger or from Allah sallallahuah’alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention), and then we told these hadiths. [Ibn ‘Asakir] Therefore, it is permissible to combine the pursuit of knowledge and work and sustenance with the blessings of Allah, the Exalted.
• Have patience and tolerance: A Muslim must be patient with difficulties and seek knowledge because patience is provided by believers and helps them with the difficulties and pain they face. It has been said, “He who does not bear the humiliation of seeking knowledge for an hour will remain in the humiliation of ignorance until the hour (that is, the day of resurrection).
• Seek knowledge gradually: Whoever seeks knowledge should start with the basic and preliminary sciences before diving into it. And that should be according to the instructions of his teachers. It takes diligence to know all the sciences and leave none.
Yahya ibn Khalid, may Allah have merciful him, said to his son, “You should learn a little more about every branch of knowledge, for man is the enemy of all that he is ignorant of and I would hate you for being the enemy of any branch of knowledge. ”
To be continued…

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